October 10 -11, 2018 Jacksonville, Forida

Jim Bryant is a freelance photojournalist who has covered a wide variety of photo assignments ranging from local news and sports to international travel. He picked up his first camera at the age of 15 and has been taking pictures ever since. From the Central American rainforest to the ice sculptures in Japan's most northern island to the plains of Africa, it has been said that Jim Bryant can't take an ugly photograph.  He studied photojournalism at Syracuse University and has won more than sixty state, regional and national awards for his newspaper and magazine work including being nominated for a 1983 Pulitzer prize in the General News Category for "The Final Homecoming."  While in the military, Jim was consistently recognized for his photography and writing , including receiving two highly acclaimed Thomas Jefferson Awards and in the Military Photographer of the Year competition. Most recently Jim was selected as a member of the inaugural class of the Defense Information School Alumni Hall of Fame. On several occasions, Jim has been sought out by publishing companies to provide photographs for books.

In his career, spanning over three decades, Jim's worldwide location assignments have taken him to more than 25 countries, some of which include Kenya, Vietnam, Japan, Palau, Thailand, and the Azores Islands.  Jim has taught photojournalism classes with Earth Portraits, through the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association, for the military's Morale Welfare and Recreation program and at various High Schools and Colleges in Washington State. He has given numerous seminars on photojournalism throughout his career.


Michael Lopez currently works as the photographer for The United States Military Academy West Point in Upstate New York. He shares his experience as a freelance photographer with Zuma PRESS, Reuters, The New York Times and former staff photographer at the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin and The Orange County Register. Michael spent 12-years in the U.S. Army and Army National Guard and served 2 tours of duty in Iraq in OIF 2 and 8.

Michael has a Bachelors in Science in Visual Journalism from Brooks Institute.

In 2016 Michael was 1 of 10 people selected world-wide to attend a week long photography workshop in La Bastogne, South of France.


Bennie J. Davis III is a Technical Sergeant in the U. S. Air Force as a photojournalist working on his sixteenth year of photographing the Air Force story.  Davis believes that photography is one of the most powerful mediums in the world, a visual language that connects all mankind.  Davis got his start in photography by training at the Defense Photography School, Cory Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fl., where his association with naval photographers began.  In 2007, he continued to further his education in photojournalism at Syracuse University, graduating at the top of his class and was assigned to the flagship publication of the U.S. Air Force, Airman Magazine, with the AF News service in San Antonio, Texas.   From the beginning, his dedication and love for photography has taken him worldwide to the countries of S. Korea, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Honduras, Belize, Uruguay and Paraguay using his camera to capture vital Air Force missions.  Davis' passion for storytelling and imagery has garnered numerous Air Force and Department of Defense Awards, earning nine top honors of first place in Military Photographer of the Year categories.  His work has appeared in numerous major media publications including National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, and The New York Times.  Davis has attended the DC Shoot Off since 2007 and is the current floor producer and regional chapter NANP president for Naval District Washington.  He is currently at Defense Information School as a photojournalism instructor following a tour with Airman Magazine at Defense Media Activity, Fort Meade, Md.  Bennie is a past president of the National Association of Naval Photography Naval District Washington Chapter


Ken Hackman is called “The Godfather” of Visual Information.  Part of that title comes from his founding of the Air Force photojournalism program in 1971 and shaping it into what it is today and from his own extensive portfolio of excellence to include covering the Vietnam War, summer Olympic games at Montreal, Los Angeles, Seoul, Barcelona and Atlanta, portraits of Chuck Yeager, official photographs of presidential aircraft and most Air Force inventory aircraft from the past 30 years.  But, most of this enduring title comes from his ability to mentor and shape young photographers, and give them the training and expertise they need to be successful.  His love of photography since age 11 eventually propelled the Lancaster, Pa., native into an Air Force photography career at age 17.  He still mentors, coaches, judges, teaches, critiques and advises.  “Those creative people must know how to market their photos as well.  Society has an insatiable appetite for imagery, so it's not only taking good photos, but also getting those photos to the right people that will make a difference for the future of VI.”  And after all, 'father' knows best.


Harry's cameras have taken him on assignments to all seven continents and expeditions to both North and South Poles.  He was personal photographer to four Secretaries of the Navy.  He has been published nationally and internationally with covers on the New York Times Magazine, US News & World Report, and features in Time and Esquire.  He has published a coffee table book of his 40-plus-years in photography called “Serendipity a chronicle of a Navy Photojournalist.”

His cameras have covered a wide array of assignments worldwide and all facets of society.  He was commissioned to produce candid portraits of former President Gerald Ford and was selected by Team Kelty-Cabella to cover, the toughest endurance adventure race in the world, the Raid Gauloises in South Africa.  He has covered military stories in Bosnia, Haiti, and most recently in Iraq.

Harry is currently employed with Military Newspapers of Virginia, he also provides photo coverage for local publications such as Inside Business, Vow magazine, and Inside Leadership.


Mickey Strand, Navy Chief Petty Officer PHC(ret) lives in San Diego.  He is currently a freelance photographer, instructor and Project manager for ACME Educational in Los Angeles Ca. teaching for the Pixel Boot Camp classes, as well as Calumet Photo, and at Maine Media Workshops.

He started his Photography career 30 years ago in a basement dark room. This lead to high school photo classes, newspaper and yearbook staffs.  Mickey enlisted in the Navy in 1985 with his first assignment to the USS Ranger (CV 61) serving as a ships photographer.  He worked his way up the ranks at shore and sea stations around the pacific, until being selected to create and teach the Digital Multimedia Course at the Defense Information School at Fort Meade, MD.

In 2001 he reported to Fleet Imaging Command Pacific as the Training Department Chief where he continued to educate sailors throughout the Pacific Fleet Mickey concluded his Navy career as the Leading Chief, Combat Camera Group Pacific in 2009.  


Annie Elis joined the United States Coast Guard in 2003. After serving aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis in Hawaii as a boatswains mate, she lateraled to the Public Affairs Specialist enlisted rating, and was stationed both in New York City and Arlington, Va. In 2014.  She earned a commission through the Coast Guard's Officer Candidate School and served on the Coast Guard Cutter William Trump, a Fast Response Cutter based in Key West, Fla.

As a Public Affairs Specialist, Annie received extensive experience in the field of photography, videography, and media relations. Her imagery and work has been published with national and local newspapers, T.V., radio and wire outlets.

She has attended several Military Photographers Workshops, DC Shoot Off workshops, two Northern Short Course workshops, the Photo Plus Expo in Manhattan, the Intermediate Photojournalism Course and has been a member of the Eddie Adams Workshop Black Team.

She has traveled all over the world with the military, and has documented Coast Guard and joint multi-country service efforts in Tokyo, South Korea, North Korea (the DMZ), Vietnam, Panama, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Midway Island, Spain, Senegal, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Norway, Sweden, England, Denmark, Ireland, and remote areas of the Aleutian Island chain in Alaska.

She has zealously soaked up each experience from workshops and each life experience and is always looking for more opportunities to learn new things about the craft.


Jim is an accomplished public affairs specialist with more than 20-years of experience as a photojournalist, photo editor, designer, and director.  His professional career began as a U.S. Navy photojournalist working with the Blue Angels and All Hands Magazine.

He began a career in newspapers as a photographer at The Denver Post, becoming the Director of Photography after five years. He has also worked as a photographer and photo editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer; Photo Director at the Houston Post; Assistant Managing Editor of Photography at The Sun in Baltimore; and Director of Photography at The Cape Cod Times.

Jim served as the Deputy Director/Senior Photo Editor for the White House Photo Department for the final three years of President Obama's administration, assisting in the daily editing of the visual historical record of the President.


Kurt Lengfield is a Photographer Living in Southern Maryland. For 21 years, he traveled the world as a photojournalist in the Navy and Navy reserves retiring in 2006. For ten years, he worked as an Aerial Photographer documenting test and evaluation of naval aircraft at Patuxent River Maryland.

He is currently working on long term projects documenting the life of the Watermen of the Chesapeake Bay and life in the Application Coal regions of West Virginia after the decline of the coal industry.

His work has been displayed in the Oso Bay Biennial XVIII Juried Exhibition and the Texas Photographic Society Composed Juried Exhibition as well as Burn Diary.


Shane T. McCoy is the U.S. Marshals Service operational still and video photographer. As the Marshals only visual journalist he covers every aspect of their mission from court security and asset forfeiture to fugitive operations. His imagery is released to the media for national and international stories. Prior to the Marshals he spent almost 16 years as a photojournalist in the Navy doing Intelligence photography, combat photography and spent his last seven years working for All Hands Magazine as the Photo Editor and lead photojournalist. He's photographed in 35 countries on five continents winning numerous awards for photography, graphic design and video editing.


Sean Hurt is a U.S. Navy photojournalist who joined the Navy in 2010 as a Mass Communication Specialist.  In 2014 he was awarded the title of Navy Photographer of the Year by the Chief of Naval Information and was later a graduate of the Advanced Military Visual Journalism program at Syracuse University in 2016.  

He was the executive photographer to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and is currently deployed on board USS George H.W. Bush as the Media Departments Leading Petty Officer.


Mark D. Faram is a senior writer and covers personnel, cultural and historical issues for Navy Times. Faram joined the Navy Times in 1992. From 1996-2000 he was a staff photographer for all the Military Times, before returning to writing in 2001. A nine-year active duty Navy veteran, Faram served from 1978 to 1987 as a Navy Diver and photographer.


Photography has always been my passion. I served eight years in the US Navy as a shipboard as well as a Combat Camera Photographer. In 1983, I was top selectee named to attend the prestigious Military Photojournalism Program at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.

My civilian experience has been as a Contract Photographer for the Los Angeles Times San Fernando Bureau and freelance photographer for the Virginian Pilot and Ledger Star in Norfolk, Virginia.


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.