about: bio


Karen Ducey is a documentary and commercial photographer based out of Seattle, WA. With over 20 years professional experience she has produced news, sports, feature, portraits and business assignments for print and online clients. She excels at meeting urgent deadlines, enterprising ideas, and dedicating time to long term projects. She has experience in all aspects of production, still or video, whether on location or in the studio. 

Her work has appeared around the world including NationalGeographic.com, Time, GEO, ABC News, Marketplace Public Radio, the Seattle Times, Newhouse News, Alaska magazine, New York Times, Alaska Fishermen's Journal, the Anchorage Daily News Sunday magazine, as well as the Seattle Post-Intelligencer where she was a staff photographer for six years, following four years on staff at The Indianapolis Star. Independent work is available through Zuma Press and archive.karenducey.com. Most recently she was a staff photographer at the Puget Sound Business Journal. 

Her photography and multimedia work has been honored by the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) community service photojournalism award , DART Coverage of Trauma, Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism on Children & Families, Best of the West, Newspaper Press Photographer’s Association-Best of Photojournalism, Society of Press Journalists, Society for News Design, and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.  

In 2011 she received a fellowship from the Knight Digital Media Center, News Entrepreneur Bootcamp at the University of Southern California. While in attendance, she honed plans for AnimalsNorthwest.com, an online publication dedicated to reporting animal news and issues in the Pacific Northwest.  

That year Ducey also directed a documentary short film, "When the Lights Go Out" screened at the Seattle International Film Festival.  

She is a current member of the Newspaper Press Photographer Association, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Online Journalist Association, Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of Environmental Journalists, and Impact Hub Seattle for social entrepreneurs, from where she operates her photography business out of Pioneer Square in downtown Seattle.  

She also served as Creative Lead for the Social Venture Partners' SVP Fast Pitch Seattle for four years. 

Karen graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in political science. Later, she attended the MFA Photography program in New York City at the School of Visual Arts for two years. Recently she updated her multimedia skills through programs at the Seattle Community Colleges. 

For almost a decade she worked as deckhand aboard commercial fishing boats in Alaska. Those images are available at archive.karenducey.com