Scott Mc Kiernan

Photographer, ZUMA Wire Service

San Clemente , California , United States


Scott Mc Kiernan - BIO

Proud to be have been NPPA Vice-President in 2014 and NPPA Board Member 2012-2014 (On BOP Committee and a long time NPPA Mentor too)

Scott Mc Kiernan is a media industry leader. Mc Kiernan’s dynamic leadership of the ZUMA Press family of companies, as well as decades of wide-ranging experience in photojournalism have proven to be instrumental in establishing one of the largest editorial photo agencies in the world and the first digital age picture agency: ZUMA Wire.

Mc Kiernan as a Web pioneer in ‘92, launched the net's first database for editorial pictures. Today his agency is the agent to some of the world's most respected photojournalists, newspapers, agencies and wire services and always evolving. Running a global staff which, as an end product, creating and managing daily the world's largest editorial archive online.

Between Mc Kiernan’s design work, photography as well as picture editing and his roster of stellar photojournalists photography, they have won numerous major awards for picture editing and photography, including Pictures of The Year (POYi), Best of Photojournalism (NPPA’s BOP), Communications Arts, Webbys, World Press Awards as well as a few Pulitzers.

Proud to have judged BOP, POYi, Lucie Awards, Southern Short Course and Atlanta Photojournalism Conference among other contests worldwide and taught at Western Kentucky's Mountain Workshops, Fotofusion, MOPLA and UCLA.

Mc Kiernan's ultimate prides and joy are his first grader: Sean Emerson and newest addition toddler and BOSS BABY: Liam Edison. Who with his lovely wife Kelly enjoy the waves of Southern California. Mc Kiernan remains an active shooter today, living for finding and making that one image that can make a true difference.

For more on Scott and ZUMA go to, or DOUBLEtruck Magazine, Or check out his most recent ventures: where the one and only famous ZUMA picture editor Jimmy Colton interviews the Industry's Movers and Shakers monthly and REPORTAGE Foundation, whose goal is to inform the world on those Stories That Need to Be Told and get the people of influence, to make real change happen on the major issues of our times.

Production Skills & Specialities

Corporate, Documentary, Sports, Portrait, Disaster Coverage, Conflict Coverage, Photo Editing, Still Photography

Contact Information

Phone: 1.949.481.3747

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