Moriah Ratner

Moriah is a freelance photographer based in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from the photojournalism program in the Newhouse School at Syracuse University in May of 2018. 

She was a staff photographer and assistant photo editor for Syracuse University’s independent newspaper, The Daily Orange.

During the summer of 2016, Moriah interned with The Hill, a political newspaper on Capitol Hill, as a press photographer covering hearings, press conferences and breaking news on Capitol Hill and The White House. 

Following the internship, she spent a week interning at Annie Leibovitz’s studio in New York City, assisting with administrative tasks and researching shoot concepts. 

In the summer of 2018, Moriah was the photography/videography intern for the Naples Daily News in Southwest Florida and in the fall  interned with the digital content team at Oregon Public Broadcasting, an NPR affiliated radio station. 


For almost two years, Moriah documented the journey of Lola, a 13-year-old girl with a rare and terminal brain cancer, in hope of de-stigmatizing the ways in which the public conceptualizes childhood cancer.

For her story, “Live Like Lola,” Moriah won first place in the 2018 Hearst Journalism Awards Program for Picture Story/Series and gold in the documentary category of the 73rd College Photographer of the Year contest. 

Moriah is a member of WPOW, NPPA, and the White House News Photographers Association. She is the 2018 recipient of WPOW’s Lena Grant, the 2018 recipient of NPPF’s Reid Blackburn and Richard Clarkson Scholarships, and the 2017 recipient of the Virginia News Photographers Association George Smith Memorial Scholarship. 

Moriah attended the Eddie Adams Workshop XXX and the New York Times 2018 Portfolio Review. 

Moriah became an associate member of American Reportage in 2019.