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September 18-21, 2017   Plaza Hotel Casino, Las Vegas

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.




JIM BRYANT

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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.


MICHAEL LOPEZ

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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.”



KEITH "THE BULL" STEVENSON

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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

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Jamie Rector is an award-winning photographer who earned her degree in photojournalism in 1996. After working at the St. Louis Dispatch she moved to Los Angeles to begin a freelance career with newspapers such as The Los Angeles Times, the New York Times and the Washington Post. Her agencies and other clients, include Polaris, European Press Photo Agency, the Associated Press, Getty Images, Bloomberg, Caribbean Travel & Life, American Bar Association, Consumer Reports, Harper Collins, Investment News and Education Week.

Jamie shot a documentary photo story of the Oscars for producer Gil Cates, showing the behind-the-scenes world of the Academy Awards show in multiple years.  Jamie also worked for networks such as HGTV, Oprah Winfrey Network and Weather Channel.  She's shot on set for OWN's 'Home Made Simple' for the last 6 years and received an Emmy Award for the 2014-2015 season.  

Jamie's clients continue to expand into a mix of commercial, corporate, public relations, non-profit and other clients.  She has traveled to Russia for Operation Smile and to Yemen for Amnesty International. She worked on a series of documentary projects for the Ralph M. Parson's Foundation annual report. Her other clients include Hard Rock International, United Health Care, Pepsi, T-Mobile, General Motors, Marriott International and Siebel Systems. Jamie has photographed space shuttle landings, presidents, marches and many other points of history.  She loves the work she does and is always reinventing to keep it fresh.  Her work is on two websites.  Editorial, photojournalism, corporate, set stills and similar work can be found at: www.jamierector.com. Jamie also has private family clients, documenting their lives and events. That work is at: www.jamierectorphotography.com.


JAMIE RECTOR

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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

JOHNNY BIVERA

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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.



BILL AUTH

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Staff Sgt. Gustavo Castillo is an aerial combat photojournalist assigned to the 1st Combat Camera Squadron at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. In this capacity, he captures time-critical imagery supporting operation and planning requirements during worldwide crises, contingencies, exercises and war. He has participated in multiple military exercises and conferences, including the DoD Worldwide Storytelling Workshop, Vigilant Shield 16, Emerald Warrior 17, D.C. Shoot Off 2017, Veterans in Blue, and more. He is also a head trainer for the squadron's photography training program, and a Modern Army Combatives Program level 1 instructor.   Prior to joining the 1st Combat Camera Squadron, Staff Sgt. Gustavo Castillo called the Air Force Public Affairs Agency, Syracuse University, N.Y., home. Upon the completion of his tour, he became part of the 1st Combat Camera Squadron and has been here ever since.



GUS CASTILLO

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