National Geographic Creative Looking For Senior Photo Editor

Posted on 6/14/2016 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (0)

National Geographic Creative is looking for a new Senior Photo Editor. Based in Washington, DC this person will review submissions from National Geographic Creative talent, assess which assets would be of commercial value and make determinations as to how they can best be directed for monetization.

In April National Geographic hired Joyce Faust for the position, but for personal reasons she has already left. Faust, who had been with Corbis since 1991, had been a Senior Photo Editor for Corbis from 2006 until Corbis was sold earlier this year to Visual China Group.

The following are the responsibilities and qualifications for the position

  • Reviews incoming photo and video submissions for technical and aesthetic quality and chooses new imagery to be retained and represented for third party license.
  • Builds compelling stock archive of commercially viable imagery.
  • Decides which distribution stream new material should be assigned to.
  • Maximizes earning potential for imagery.
  • Responsible for all workflow facets, including loading new images and video, along with any relevant release documentation into our digital archive management system. 
  • Maintains ingest/edit records in central archive. 
  • Tracks and runs reports on assets.
  • Allows global sourcing of imagery.
  • Works with photographers/videographers to increase quality of submissions.
  • Communicates directly with talent with critique of work and suggestions for improvement. Writes and distributes monthly newsletter for photographers/videographers.
  • Streamlines editing workflow process and maintains strong relations with talent.
  • Liaises with research and sales staff to keep abreast of current archival needs and customer requests.
  • Assures editing decisions are based on needs of the collection and business. 
  • Recommends new photographers for representation and discusses new talent with team.
  • Bachelor’s degree or related experience
  • At least 5 years of commercial still editing experience.
  • Excellent oral and written skills.
  • Analytical skills. Organizational skills and multi-tasking a must.
  • Working knowledge of NG Digital Asset Management systems, Expression Media, Bridge, Photoshop, or Lightroom is a plus.
Interested parties should go here and click “Apply Now” or contact Stacy Gold at National Geographic at 202-857-7537.

Copyright © 2016 Jim Pickerell. The above article may not be copied, reproduced, excerpted or distributed in any manner without written permission from the author. All requests should be submitted to Selling Stock at 10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 162, Bethesda, MD 20817, phone 301-461-7627, e-mail: wvz@fpcubgbf.pbz

Jim Pickerell is founder of, an online newsletter that publishes daily. He is also available for personal telephone consultations on pricing and other matters related to stock photography. He occasionally acts as an expert witness on matters related to stock photography. For his current curriculum vitae go to:  


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