March 12-14, 2020  Element Hotel, Arundel Mills and Dave & Busters, Hanover MD

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.  As a freelancer, 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, an advisory board member of the Michel du Cille scholarship program for the National Press Photographers Foundation, 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


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


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 handles event logistics for the White House News Photographers Association 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.


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 founder of the bi-monthly 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.


Graduate of the Photographic Equipment Maintenance (Camera Repair) at the Naval Schools of Photography at NAS Pensacola, FL. Assigned to Patrol Squadron 26, NAS Brunswick, ME, NAS Key West, FL, and Patrol Squadron 24, NAS Jacksonville, FL.

Since retiring from Naval service, JD worked as Maintenance Manager for a commercial photo house in the DC area, Senior Technician for a photo equipment and supplies company in Denver, CO servicing photo business in Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. His most recent position was as a Repair Technician at the Defense Information School, Ft. George G. Meade, MD. JD and Sharon, his wife of 41 years, presently live in the Harpers Ferry, WV area.


Gina Danals has been the Shoot Off Visual Media Workshops graphic designer since 2011.  She enlisted in the U.S. Navy in September 2003 and has photographed in more than 20 countries and has documented the Global War on Terror, Operations Enduring & Iraqi Freedom and humanitarian disaster relief efforts throughout the Caribbean.

In 2013 Danals received the honor of being named the DOD Military Graphic Artist of the Year by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Douglas B Wilson and George Little. Only one military member a year is honored with this title in recognition of outstanding Visual Information contributions in support of Defense Department operations, exercises, programs and contingencies.  Danals has also been recognized multiple times for her skill in photojournalism, receiving various awards and honorable mentions in the Military Photographer of the Year competition and the DOD Worldwide Military Workshop. Additionally, her imagery has been published with international and local newspapers, magazines and television stations.

In 2014 and after 11 years of active duty service she was honorably discharged but continues her service to country as a Naval Reservist. She now works as a freelance graphic designer and photographer in Charlotte, NC.


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.


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.


Gabrielle Rhoads is a student photojournalist at George Washington University and is based in Washington, DC and Eastern Pennsylvania.  She also owns her own business for personal portraiture.  She covers political and social events, and has worked with various student publications in both D.C., and Pennsylvania. In the summer of 2019, she will work as an intern with ArtsQuest, a nonprofit organization in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania helping maintain their social media presence and content.


Phebe Grosser is a sophomore studying photojournalism at George Washington University.  Phebe started photographing high school sports and now photographs DC street photography in addition to covering sports for the GW Hatchet.  This will be Phebe's second year interning at the DC Shoot Off Photojournalism Workshop and is very excited for this year's group of speakers and the competition.



A proud father of 2 lovely daughters Sophia and Bailey, Brien is a native of St. Paul, Minnesota. He is an eighteen-year veteran with the “Black Team” of the Eddie Adams Workshop and was a student in the 2003 purple team. Brien retired from the Navy after 20 years as a Photojournalist and has photographed in 45 countries. As an instructor at Defense Information School he helped mold the future of military photographers. After graduating from the 2002 Advanced Military Photojournalism program at Newhouse School of Communications, Syracuse University, Brien started working as a combat photojournalist at Combat Camera, Atlantic where he completed tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay Cuba. He is a six-time first place winner of the Military Photographer of the Year competition in different categories and also won the prestigious Communicator Award for “The Road to Recovery” a photo documentary about burn patients recovery. Former President of the D.C. chapter of the National Association of Naval Photography, Brien co-founded and helped produce their annual 3 day photography workshop “The D.C. Shoot Off” a workshop open to all government and DOD military photographers. Brien has been published in numerous books, magazines and newspapers such as National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, GQ, Washington Post and the New York Times. His work appears in many books pertaining to the war in Iraq like the critically acclaimed 'This Is Our War”.