Pamela Chen is editorial director for Instagram. Until May 2014, she was a senior photo editor for National Geographic magazine. Previously, she oversaw photography and multimedia production for the Open Society Foundations. She has been a documentary producer for MediaStorm, and a newspaper photojournalist. As a musician, her sound design and compositions appear in broadcast and online publications including The New York Times Magazine, Showtime, Hulu and Wired.

Her work has earned numerous industry accolades, including national News & Documentary Emmy Awards, the duPont Award, Webby awards, and POYi awards in photography, picture editing, and multimedia. She has served as a juror for the World Press Photo Contest, Tim Hetherington Grant, and for the editing division of Pictures of the Year International. She was a member of the adjunct faculty for the School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography, and sat on the Board of Advisors for the Alexia Foundation. She studied photojournalism and mathematics, and received a Fulbright scholarship for journalism to Taiwan.



  1. Instagram — It’s About Communication — John Stanmeyer
    September 11, 2012

    [...] tried Instagram a few months ago (via inspiration/nudging from National Geographic Photo Editor, Pamela Chen), I was overwhelmed with the options, most of which manipulated the photograph far further then [...]

  2. National Geographic Editor Pamela Chen Shares Her Journey Into Photography
    April 17, 2014

    [...] the short video above Senior National Geographic Editor Pamela Chen gives us a quick run-through of what inspired her photo [...]

  3. Do You Have What It Takes to Become a Photojournalist? – PictureCorrect
    July 19, 2014

    [...] attention. In the video below, award-winning photographer and National Geographic editor Pamela Chen reveals what put her on the road to becoming a [...]