Kate Holt was born in Zimbabwe in 1972 to British and South African parents, grew up in Newfoundland, Canada and was educated in the UK at St Anne's, Windermere, from the age of eleven. Before going to university she spent a year working in the Negru Voda Orphanage in Romania with HIV positive and disabled children. She returned there each summer during her years as a student. She completed her studies with a History Masters from St Andrew's University, Scotland and a Post Graduate Diploma in Photojournalism from The London School of Printing, London.
For the last ten years she has been based in East Africa, covering conflicts throughout the region and in Afghanistan for the International Media, NGO's and UN agencies.
She started her career with the BBC, working on Breakfast News and News 24. Her first field experiences were in Kosova, documenting the effects of the conflict on the civilian population. From there she went on to write her first investigative report that uncovered the trafficking of young girls from Eastern Europe into Bosnia and on to the UK. This work was published as a cover feature in The Sunday Times Magazine and in The Observer. It was the first time the issue of trafficking of women from Eastern Europe for sexual purposes was exposed. At the time the Home Office  denied any such trade existed. Since then she has traveled extensively documenting refugees and the effects of war and poverty on women and children, in conflicts in the Dem. Rep. of Congo, Somalia, Kenya, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Iraq, Afghanistan and Haiti. She photographs regularly for numerous Non Government Organisations including UNICEF, Care International and Jhpiego, the ICRC International Red Cross, MSF Medcins Sans Frontieres and OXFAM.
She is a regular contributor to The BBC, The Guardian and The Mail on Sunday. She has also had work published in The Independent, The Times , The Observer , The Daily Mail, The Telegraph and The Financial Times.
In February 2013 Kate launched Arete Stories a communications agency specialising in media strategy and story telling for Non Government Organisations and corporations.
Sexual Exploitation by UN Peace Keepers and the resignation of the High Commissioner
In 2004 and 2005 Kate uncovered the story of sexual exploitation by UN peace keepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo in a series of articles for The Independent entitled When peace makers become predators. The story led to Kofi Annan announcing a ‘Zero Tolerance’ policy to the issue. She went on to uncover an extensive cover-up by the UN in New York of the issue which led directly to the resignation of High Commissioner for Refugees and the former Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Ruud Lubbers. She exposed the findings of an OIOS report that cited Lubbers had sexually harassed members of his staff. The report had been hidden by the UN and never published.
Kate has been nominated twice for the Amnesty Award for Humanitarian Reporting. Once in 2005 for her series of articles entitled When peacemakers become predators and again in 2010 for a photographic series on Elderly people in Zimbabwe.
In 2010 she was nominated for the Prix Pictet Award for a series of images on maternal healthcare in Afghanistan.
She was highly commended by Amnesty International for her coverage of the drought crisis in the Horn of Africa in 2011.
In 2003 Kate traveled to Iraq and photographed the impact of the UK and US invasion on the civilian population in Basra and Nazariah. The work produced was exhibited in London and Angers in France. The exhibition, entitled ‘Victory’ was supported by the play writer Harold Pinter and Tariq Ali, both of whom supported the anti war movement. The photographs were used by Amnesty International for their campaign to end the use of cluster bombs and illegal weapons by the Coalition Forces in Iraq.
Between 2010 and 2011 Kate was embedded with AMISOM troops from the Uganda and Burundi on the frontline of Mogadishu. As well as producing a body of work on behalf of AMISOM she trained six Ugandan and Burundian soldiers in photography. The results of this training and her own work were exhibited in the Nairobi National Museum, Kenya in October 2011 in an exhibition entitled "Brothers In Arms". The exhibition subsequently travelled to the National Museum in Uganda and the UN Exhibition Centre in Burundi
- A midwife in Afghanistan
- River blindness in Nigeria
- Abandoning female genital mutilation
- The cost of war
- Healthcare in Kandahar
- From Kabul to a M1 service station via a dinghy
- US Marines support civilians in Afghanistan
- Veil of tears
- Born of rape
- Boost Hospital
- Hidden Faces: Women and girls in Afghanistan
- Zimbabwe's impoverished pensioners
- Supplying water to people in Goma, Congo DRC
- Congo DRC - the humanitarian aftermath of the fall of Goma
- Kate Holt's digital storytelling insights, part 1
- Somalia's refugee camps leave women and girls vulnerable to violent assault
- How Nigeria is attacking river blindness
- Kenya's road crash victims