Kat Zhou is a nature photographer based in San Francisco, California who specializes in underwater, landscape, and wildlife photography. She's particularly drawn to the underwater realm for its uniqueness and vibrance, and her portfolio reflects a deep affinity for wildlife, education, and conservation. Her work has been featured in numerous competitions and publications worldwide, and she's passionate about capturing and raising awareness on often-overlooked species and destinations. She hopes that, through photography, she can encourage a deeper appreciation for the diversity of our world. 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.
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.)