March 16-19, 2017 Navy League Building Arlington, VA
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.”
Bob Houlihan is the Editor-in-Chief of Airman magazine, the official magazine of the U.S. Air Force. Prior to Airman magazine, Bob was the Director of Photography at the Detroit News, Deputy Director of Photography at the Washington Times and a U.S. Navy Photojournalist.
In addition to his day job, Houlihan is the director of the Department of Defense Visual Storytelling Workshop, serves as the DC Shoot Off Workshops Still Photo Director, and is multimedia presentation program, DCPJ Mafia Photo Night, an evening for mentoring military visual journalists by providing career counseling in the field of visual media and has been a staff member at the Eddie Adams Workshop for the past 15 years.
Houlihan lives in Trappe, MD with his wife Shelly, their seventeen-year-old son Connor, two Labrador Retrievers and a neurotic Beagle.
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
Shane T. McCoy is the U.S. Marshals Service operational still and video photographer. As the 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 close to 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.
Lance Cheung 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.
Annie is a Public Affairs Specialist in the U.S. Coast Guard, stationed at the Coast Guard's Advertising Office in Arlington, Va. She has been active duty in the military since July 2003 and working in the field of photography, videography, and media relations with the military since 2006. 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, Photo Plus Expo in Manhattan, the Intermediate Photojournalism Course and has been a member of the Eddie Adams Workshop Black Team for four years.
She has traveled all over the world with the military, and has documented joint multi-country service efforts in Tokyo, South Korea, Panama, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Midway Island, Spain, Senegal, Liberia, Sierra Leone, 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.