Ariel Zambelich is a freelance photo editor and photojournalist based in Washington, DC. A Los Angeles native, she graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in journalism. She attended the Eddie Adams Workshop in 2008, was nominated for World Press Photo’s Joop Swart Masterclass in 2009, received an honorable mention in Magenta's Flash Forward in 2010, and attended the Kalish Workshop for photo editing in 2012.

Her clients include the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times + NY Times Magazine, Vice, Huck Magazine (UK), WIRED + WIRED Japan, Bloomberg Businessweek, the Nobel Foundation, NatureBridge, California Sunday Magazine, The Stockton (CA) Record, Etiqueta Negra, M le magazine du Monde, and The FADER. She has also done freelance editing work for the Matte agency and Buzzfeed News.

She was most recently the Supervising Editor of Photography + Art Director for NPR Visuals, and previously a photo editor for WIRED. She also spent several years co-directing a documentary photography gallery in San Francisco.

Ariel is a proud member of the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Press Photographers Association, and the American Society of Media Photographers. You can find her on Diversify.Photo, and she is on the board of Women Photograph.

She is available for freelance work throughout DC and the greater United States.


Current location: WASHINGTON, DC  

ariel.zambelich@gmail.com  |  323.459.6172  |  @azambelich


Upcoming travel:

  • SF Bay Area + Sacramento, Calif., December 14-28
  • Tokyo, Japan, December 29-January 15
  • SF Bay Area + Sacramento, Calif., January 16-18