Award-winning photojournalist and editor Tom Kennedy gives us behind-the-scenes knowledge of what it is like to be a National Geographic photographer, and what skills a successful photographer needs.
This interview was conducted by PhotoWings in partnership with Blue Earth Alliance.
Tom Kennedy is an internationally-known visual journalist with extensive experience in print and online journalism, including positions as Managing Editor for Multimedia at The Washington Post and Director of Photography for the National Geographic Magazine. He has created, directed, and edited visual journalism projects that have earned Pulitzer Prizes, as well as EMMY, Peabody, and Edward R. Murrow awards. Currently, he is Executive Director for American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP). Kennedy has been a featured speaker at some of the most prestigious journalism conferences and media workshops around the world, while also consulting to various academic institutions and international media companies on topics ranging from media management to multimedia storytelling and innovating within a corporate environment. Prior to joining washingtonpost.com, Kennedy was the Director of Photography at the National Geographic Society for ten years. He directed the Photographic Division that produced all still photography for the Society, with the primary focus on National Geographic Magazine. While at the Philadelphia Inquirer as Deputy Graphics Director, Kennedy directed and edited two projects that earned Pulitzer Prizes for feature photography. Kennedy serves on the Board of Directors for the Eddie Adams Photo Workshop and has served previously on the Board of Advisors for The Knight Center for International Journalism within the School of Communication at the University of Miami, and the Board of Visitors for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.