FRAMES Photography Podcast with Kat Zhou

On today’s episode of the FRAMES Photography Podcast, W. Scott Olsen is talking to Kat Zhou, winner of the 2023 Underwater Photographer of the Year competition.

You can listen to this interview using our podcast player below, but we strongly encourage you to subscribe to the podcast in your podcast app, so that you don’t miss any future episodes of the show.

Kat Zhou loves underwater, landscape, and wildlife photography. She’s particularly drawn to the underwater world for its diversity and vibrance, and she loves learning about and photographing all forms of marine life.

Her recent accolades include being named Underwater Photographer of the Year 2023 in the prestigious Underwater Photographer of the Year competition and winning the overall “Best in Show” award in Ocean Art 2022, becoming the first woman to earn this designation.

Kat is based in San Francisco, California, where she works as a software engineer. She also plans itineraries, organises trips, and leads expeditions for One Step Beyond: Travel & Experiences – a travel company that specialises in crafting unique adventure itineraries around the world for private groups or individuals that inspire guests to form connections while exploring the unknown, pushing comfort zones, and developing new skills.

Her other interests include cats, hiking, gastronomy, craft cocktails, meowing at cats, dancing crazily to 150+ BPM music, aesthetically pleasing bathtubs, hugging cats, and dismantling the heteropatriarchy.

© Kat Zhou
© Kat Zhou
© Kat Zhou
© Kat Zhou
© Kat Zhou



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Comments (2):

  1. John MacAlister

    August 19, 2023 at 22:31

    “Dismantling the Herero patriarchy” oops, you are moving toward losing me as a subscriber🤔😟

    • Tomasz

      August 20, 2023 at 10:26

      From our editorial policy: “The content published in the magazine reflects the opinions of the respective contributors, and not necessarily that of the publisher and editorial team”. Needless to say, this is what Kat is saying in their own official biography.


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