September 18-21, 2017 Plaza Hotel Casino, Las Vegas
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.”
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
BENNIE DAVIS III
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.