Kat Zhou is an award-winning photographer who 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 creates itineraries and organizes and leads trips for One Step Beyond: Travel & Experiences, a travel company that specializes in crafting unique adventure itineraries around the world for private groups or individuals.
Her other interests include cats, hiking, fine dining, craft cocktails, meowing at cats, dancing crazily to 170+ BPM music, aesthetically pleasing bathtubs, hugging cats, and dismantling the heteropatriarchy 🏳️🌈
(She unfortunately does not have any cats of her own, but she always welcomes receiving photos of others' pet cats.)