March 29 - 30, 2018 Defense Media Activity, Ft Meade & Element Hotel, Arundel Mills, MD

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 is a combat veteran from the U.S. Army who after 10 years changed paths and earned his B.S. in Visual Journalism from Brooks Institute.  He has worked in many projects from music videos to being a set photographer for the movie "Without Men" with Eva Longoria in which he was an extra next to Carlos Carrasco from "Blood In and Blood Out."  Working with several locations as a freelance photographer including the LA Lightning (a professional IBBA basketball team), the Los Angeles Journal, and HBO as a assistant to Ed Mulholland, he went on to a 10 month internship with the Orange County Register before finally finding his dream job with the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin.  He was raised in a small rural town in El Centro, California and is bilingual in English and Spanish.  In his spare time, Michael likes to wrestle with his 4 year old daughter, read comic books, play video games, skydive, paintball and run obstacle course races like the Spartan Sprint. He loves all kinds of sports and has been known to think he is an athlete.  His goal in life is to be a top Sports Photographer in the world or a Conflict Photographer.


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


Originally from Saginaw, Mich., Bob Houlihan enlisted in the Navy in 1994 and spent ten years as a Navy photographer, serving on the USS Kitty Hawk and the USS Essex. He was sent to Syracuse University, to attend the Military Photojournalism Program, where he graduated in 2000 and went on to serve as a photojournalist and photo editor of the Navy's flagship publication, All Hands magazine In 2003, Houlihan left the Navy to become the Deputy Director of Photography at The Washington Times. After three years inside the beltway, Houlihan moved back home to Michigan to take the job as Photo Director at The Detroit News. Houlihan is currently the Chief of Product Development for Air Force Production at Defense Media Activity, overseeing multimedia and design and developing new app-based products.  Houlihan currently splits his time between Annapolis and Saint Clair Shores, Mich., where his wife Shelly lives with their twelve-year-old son Connor, a loyal yellow lab and a neurotic beagle.


Photojournalist Mary F. Calvert specializes in coverage of underreported issues about women and children in crisis in the United States and around the world. She believes that journalists have a duty to shine a light into the deepest recesses of the human experience and provide a mirror for society to examine itself.

A gifted storyteller, Calvert has been awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in International Photography twice and is a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography. Her photographs have been exhibited in the U.S. and internationally. She is currently working on healthcare projects about generic drugs and women with AIDS in the Nation's Capitol.


Maury began his photography career in 1956 as a U.S. Navy Photographer's Mate.  During his illustrious Navy career, he was a diver and underwater photographer.  He served in Underwater Demolition Team Eleven.  With the team he served in three combat tours in Vietnam.  He was also a Naval parachutist specializing in free-fall photography and made more than 1,500 jumps.  His last assignment before retiring from the Navy was as Photo Chief at Pacific Stars and Stripes, Tokyo where his staff took first, runner-up and almost one half the individual awards in Military Photographer of the Year competition for three years.

Maury retired as a Chief Petty Officer in 1975 and worked as a staff photographer with the Associated Press in Boston, and spending four years with AP he became the Director of Photography for The Providence Journal in Rhode Island.  After nearly eight years at the Journal he moved to Indianapolis, Indiana and worked as the Director of Photography at The Indianapolis Star for 15 years.  He has been a visiting professor at Syracuse University working with the Military Photojournalism Classes for more than 30 years.


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.




Petty Officer Tony D. Curtis enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a mass communication specialist in November 2007.  He was selected as the 2012 Russell Egnor Navy Media Award's Photographer of the Year.  In May 2017, he graduated from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications' Military Photojournalism Program as an Honor Graduate.

Since May 2017, he has been serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) as the Media department's Leading Petty Officer.  He previously served at AFN Naples, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) and NAS Sigonella.

Petty Officer Curtis is a native of Rapid City, South Dakota and is married to the former Miss Lyndsay Pedro of Richland, Washington. They currently reside in Chesapeake, Virginia.

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