October 10 -11, 2018 Jacksonville, Forida
Johnny Bivera is the principal of Visual Media One and executive director and founder of Shoot Off Visual Media Workshops. He is a freelance photojournalist with over 30 years experience in visual communication and has captured images worldwide from everyday life to the hostilities of war. He was an official videographer to President of the United States Bill Clinton and executive photographer to Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Vern Clark and Chairman of the Joint Chief's of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen. He's covered combat and humanitarian missions to maritime operations like the Bosnia/Herzegovina conflict, the Israeli-Jordan Peace Treaty, Turkey's tragic earthquake and the war in Afghanistan. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 2006 and has since traveled to all six continents. He currently documents news and media events for a variety of clients where his work continues to appear in major newspapers, magazines and video documentaries. He was personally profiled on PBS's Jim Lehrer NewsHour, C-SPAN's American Journal and NFL Films 'American Postcards'. He's been published in numerous books and has worked on projects for publishers Harper Collins and the National Geographic Society. He is an education committee member of the White House News Photographers Association, the National Press Photographers Association's Department of Defense Liaison, a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, a past president of the National Association of Naval Photography and a founding faculty member of the Red Badge Project, a storytelling workshop for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury
Keith Stevenson is president of the National Association of Naval Photography Naval District Washington Chapter and military active duty liaison to Shoot Off Visual Media Workshops. He is known by his friends as “The Bull”, Keith has over 24 years of active-duty combat camera experience in the United States Marine Corps. He has extensively traveled abroad and witnessed unique communities of South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. His images showcasing peacetime military life and culture, exercises and social exchange, and military life during combat operations have supported historical documentation and strategic communication purposes.
Keith is a graduate of the Military Photojournalism program, class of 2000, at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication, Syracuse University. He served four years as a joint-service Intermediate Photojournalism Course instructor at the Defense Information School, Fort George G. Meade, Md. There he was selected for the Marine Corps Warrant Officer Program after 14 years as an enlisted Marine combat photographer. He completed The Basic School, Training and Education Command, Quantico, Va., and he presently serves as a senior combat camera officer in support of the nation's interests.
“As a visual communicator, I want to create content that is responsible and enduring. I strive to present the human experience in a visual language that informs and hopefully leaves room for extended conversation. I want those who are introduced to my images to be a part of what's happening, to ask questions and hopefully to look into more of the details of what I have presented.”
William 'Bill' Auth is a long time photojournalist based in Washington, DC. His career highlights include numerous Olympic assignments, refugee coverage in Asia, every US Presidential Inauguration since Nixon and assignments from the Associated Press, REUTERS, McClatchy, EPA, POLARIS and PRENSA INTERNACIONAL.
After a 21-year career with US News & World Report, Auth works for editorial, commercial and private clients, solving every problem on the fly and with a smile.
Auth is also well known for his volunteer efforts with the National Press Photographers Association and the White House News Photographers Association. He is on the board of the Northern Short Course in Photojournalism, handles event logistics for the White House News Photographers and is working on a long-term project about the effects of Hurricane Katrina on East Biloxi, Mississippi.
Bill was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1982 for his AP coverage of the return of Iranian hostages to the US and works extensively with the Grammy-nominated kid's rock and roll band, MILKSHAKE. He is represented by PRENSA-INTERNACIONAL and POLARIS.
Lance Cheung is a 24-year veteran of the United States Air Force. His military career started with 10 years of pumping aviation fuel, and culminated as Director of Photojournalism, for the U.S. Air Force's flagship publication, AIRMAN magazine and HQ Air Force News Agency.
This combat aerial photojournalist has flown in 34 types of aircraft, many of them in combat missions over hostile fire zones. Lance's images have appeared in countless leading news publications, books, and TV programs. More importantly, his award winning photography has told stories from babies in neonatal wards to crimes against humanity.
Lance Cheung Media (LCM) is the business framework that allows his expertise to flourish in photojournalism and location feature photography. LCM is federally listed as a disabled veteran, minority owned small business based in San Antonio, Texas. His focus is on stories about the human condition, and the things people do to make life a little better.
Aaron Ansarov believes in being passionate in everything he does. After retiring from the U.S. Navy as an award winning military photographer, Aaron Ansarov moved to South Florida where he worked as a commercial and editorial photographer for over ten years. He has since evolved to the fine art world creating personal projects that garner international attention in print, web and gallery sales. Much of his work can be found at www.ansarov.com. When not working on his next project, Aaron can be found enjoying his time with his wife and children.
Lisa is a 21-year veteran who served both on active and reserve duty (12 years on active and 9 years, reserves). She is proud to be a Pensacola, FL, legacy photographer who was trained to shoot both stills and video. Her media career began by supporting public affairs efforts and documenting for Naval Submarine Base San Diego.
After Photography school, Lisa received orders to become a video cameraperson for the Navy’s 30-minute magazine show titled “Navy/Marine Corps News” and covered news in and around our Nation’s Capital. She attended the Navy’s premiere training program at Syracuse University in the Military Motion Media Course. Upon graduation, she was assigned to Naval Media Center Detachment, San Diego, where she continued to support Navy/ Marine Corps News as one of two cameramen documenting West Coast Sailors and Marines.
As a Reservist, she continued her career at Naval Media Center, Washington D.C. supporting their needs. Her video could be seen on the “Daily News Update” on occasion and her support included covering reserve activities in the D.C. area.
Some of her military career highlights include documenting the first woman to receive orders to a combatant ship, aircraft career, USS Eisenhower(CVN-69). She won two military photography awards for her video work-documenting women Marines going through combat training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island. And she was honored to be a crewmember of the video team for one of the first ships named after an American woman, Grace Hopper, for USS Hopper (DDG-70). Her assignments have provided her with a big picture Navy view and have had her riding in helicopters, on aircraft carriers and submarines. She has also found herself at the shooting range in West Virginia with Seabees and at a bombing site with Marine Corps Pilots in Hawaii.
In 2010, she completed a Bachelor’s degree in Television Radio and Film at Syracuse University. In 2013, she graduated from Georgetown University with a Master’s of Professional Studies in Public Relations and Corporate Communications, and for her Capstone, she produced a 102-page communications plan for Shootoff Visual Media Workshops.
Today, she is still telling the Navy’s story. She is an editor for a 65-page quarterly magazine titled Tin Can Sailors Magazine for the National Association of Destroyer Veterans. She collects stories from sailors who have served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam. Today’s destroyer sailors’ stories are also included in the magazine. She intends on bringing a video component into her work in the near future.
She appreciates all of life’s gifts to include the support of her husband, Dave, and her three children, two of which are in college and one who recently graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Longwood University.