March 16-19, 2017   Navy League Building   Arlington, VA

Mark Dolan is currently a professor teaching photojournalism and new media in the journalism dept of the School of Mass Communications and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University.  After a varied career path that included jobs as a Radar operator in the navy, a truck driver, bartender, oilfield worker, garbageman, watermelon picker, and other occupations, he entered the world of photojournalism at the age of 30 when he received his undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of Florida in 1985.  Between 1985 and 1989, he worked as a staff photographer at the Sarasota (Fl.) Herald Tribune and the Gainesville (Fl.) Sun. He then became the Director of Photography at the Anchorage Times in Alaska. In 1994, he attended Syracuse University where he received his Master's Degree in the dept. of Visual and Interactive Communications at the Newhouse School.  In November of 1995, he joined the staff of the Providence (R.I.) Journal as picture editor where he worked until August of 1998. At that time he returned to S.U. as a professor in the dept. of Visual and Interactive Communications for the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication where he taught for eight years.

At the age of 50, he embraced his first midlife crisis when he decided that it was time for a change. He sold his home and left his job to travel the country to visit with family and friends. During those travels, he also began his own personal documentary project using audio and still photography to capture and share the stories of some of the many people in America who have a passion and appreciation for barbecue. Some of that work can be seen on his website www.bbqpilgrim.com.  After two years of travel (and a depleted bank account), Mark Dolan returned to teaching at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL.


Team Lead

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. After 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, IN. There he worked as the Director of Photography at The Indianapolis Star for 15 years. He has been a visiting professor at Syracuse University and working with the Military Photojournalism Classes for more than 30 years.


Team Lead


Team Lead

Michael Edrington is an accomplished photographer whose 31 years as a U.S. Army officer include many command and staff positions relating to photography, publishing and visual communications. He was commander of the Army's 55th Signal Company (Combat Camera), deputy commander and publisher of Stars & Stripes Pacific in Tokyo and commander of the American Forces Network Europe in Frankfurt. He is now the civilian deputy director of the Defense Imagery Management Operation Center known as DIMOC. Most recently he directed publishing and was managing editor for the books, Where Valor Rests—Arlington National Cemetery and For Children of Valor. Other accomplishments include co-curator of the photo exhibit “Desert Storm, A Photographic Diary” at the Smithsonian's American History Museum. He has received the NPPA Morris Berman Award and the President's Medal for service to photojournalist and the photojournalism profession.

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.


Team Lead

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.


Team Lead

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.


Team Lead

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


Team Lead

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 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.


Team Lead

Jim Watson lives in Centreville, MD, and is currently a photojournalist for international wire service Agence France-Presse (AFP) based in Washington, DC. He joined AFP in November of 2001 after serving 8 years as a photographers mate in the U.S. Navy, ending his tour of service at All Hands Magazine. Upon being hired at AFP in 2001, Jim quickly used his past military experience to move himself into position to cover the Iraq War. He was embedded with the 101st Airborne on their journey to Baghdad and upon his return to Washington, was transferred to London where he covered politics, entertainment and sports on a daily basis for two years. After traveling throughout Europe to cover assignments, Jim transferred back to Washington, DC, and has covered a variety of events around the world, both as AFP's photographer assigned to the White House Press Corps, and on general assignment for breaking news stories. He is a graduate of Syracuse University's New House School of Public Communication with a Bachelor's of Science in photojournalism and holds Master's of Arts in New Media Journalism with an emphasis on multimedia from Full Sail university. His pictures have been seen in countless articles, magazines and periodicals, as well as, Internet news sites globally and was won numerous awards during his 23-years in the industry. Always eager to give back to those he learned from, Watson has taught military photojournalism workshops and has judged the annual Military Photographer of the Year competition and is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland University College.


Team Lead






Team Lead

Blake Sell has more than 30 years of experience in the photo industry, having held senior positions in a number of major news media organizations and photo agencies, including most recently as the global head of the Associated Press photo business.  As a staff photographer for the Reuters news agency, Blake covered hundreds of major stories in 50 countries including most of the major news, sports and entertainment events over two decades.  He served as Reuters' White House photographer during the Clinton administration. His photographs have been published in every major magazine, newspaper and website in the world thanks largely to the tremendous reach of the wire service business.  He helped pioneer the use of digital photography starting in 1992 when Kodak designed the first digital camera and used Reuters photographers to secretly test the new technology in real world situations.  Blake moved to the business side of the photo industry, heading two photo agencies and then as director of business development at Getty Images. In 2011 he founded Invision, the entertainment startup company partially owned by the AP.  He splits his time between New York and Annapolis, Maryland, working as a consultant for news media organizations and testifying in federal court as an expert witness in copyright and photo practices cases.

SFC Christophe Paul was born and raised just outside Paris, France.  After obtaining his Bachelor degree in Information and Communication with a Major in audiovisual communication in 1997, he moved to the United States where he joined the U.S. Army in 1999 as a Combat Documentation and Production Specialist and stationed in Hohenfels, Germany for his first assignment.  He later worked at the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command for 3 years in Hawaii.

He's been published in the Smithsonian Magazine and has done 13 recovery missions in South East Asia and Europe.  He was assigned to the Pentagon with AMVID for 2 years and won the DC Shoot off Hackman Challenge in 2007.  He has since been a multimedia shop NCOIC in Korea for a year, an Army recruiter in San Jose, California for 3 years, assigned to the 55th combat camera at Fort George G. Meade for 3 years as a squad leader and Imagery Management Team NCOIC.  He then deployed to GTMO for 8 months, and his current assignment is at Defense Information School where he serves as the Basic Still photography Section chief.



Staff Sergeant Kenneth C. Holston is a United States Air Force photojournalist and the 2015 Military Photographer of the Year winner.  He has eleven years of experience in the career field and has an extreme passion for story telling through multiple layers of media.

He's a motivated individual who loves to learn and push the envelope.  His strengths are conflict, combat and feature photojournalism.  With self motivation and guidance from senior journalists, Sergeant Holston developed his skills as a photojournalist quickly.  

His past assignments include: Still Photographer Sembach Annex, Germany; Photojournalist Ramstein Air Base, Germany; Photojournalist Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri; Photojournalist Deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan; Photojournalist Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.; Forensic Photographer Deployed to Armed Forces Medical Examiner System, Dover AFB, Delaware; Photojournalist Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.; To currently at Syracuse University, N.Y. Advanced Military Photojournalism Course



As a passionate military photojournalist, Vernon Young Jr. embraces the unique responsibility to give a voice to the voiceless by capturing moments that bridge sections of our lives together.  His love for religion, people and travel has taken him to places that he's only dreamt about and enabled him to capture life with a unique perspective.  Young doesn't have a favorite genre of photography, but his heart chases moments that he's experienced and has a deep desire to highlight. Photography is his outlet and his way to express how he feels about the issues we all confront without ever speaking a word. He's currently working as a military photojournalist assigned to Airman Magazine on Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.

Young has been the recipient of the Egnor Cup, Chip Shot and several military photography awards throughout his ten years of military service.  

You can find more of Young's work at: Website:www.vernonyoungphotography.com



Cody Hendrix has been a photojournalist for the Navy for the past 3 years. He served one tour on the USS Ronald Reagan out of Yokosuka, Japan.  He enjoys pushing the limits of photography and thinking outside of the box.  He is currently attending the Military Photojournalism Program at Syracuse University and will be heading to Germany after graduation later this year.

Jensen Stidham has been a U.S. Air Force photojournalist for the past four years. He is passionate about photography and telling great stories. His favourite thing to photograph is news events. Attending the D.C. Shoot Off in previous years, he has won all three photography categories. He is currently attending the Military Photojournalism Program at Syracuse University and will be heading to a Combat Camera unit in July 2017.

SANDY SCHAEFFER is an award-winning national freelance photographer based in the Washington DC region.

Sandy began her career in 1991 after attending the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale for Photography. Her first position was at her hometown newspaper, the Manassas Journal Messenger where she over saw the transition from film to digital and color photography. She went on to be the Chief Photographer for the neighboring county Newspaper, the Fauquier Democrat.

She started her freelance career as a photographer in 1997 covering the Military, Capitol Hill, and White House for MAI photo News Agency and various clients throughout her career. Sandy's work has been featured in many national and international publications.

Four years ago, she started yet another business with her husband, Mel Hopkins, providing visual services for families at Arlington National Cemetery - including still photography and video packages. Sandy regularly travels to the Virgin Islands and is a skilled underwater photographer.

Sandy was born and raised in Virginia and lives in Bristow, VA.


Team Lead

Melina Mara, a staff photographer for The Washington Post, covers the National Political beat.  Born in Englewood, New Jersey, Melina is the daughter of a CBS cameraman and an always motivating and supportive Italian mother.  She studied political science at Sarah Lawrence College, and after being disillusioned with law school became a teacher.  

Refocusing her career in photojournalism, Mara attended University of Missouri School of Journalism as a graduate student. Since then she has worked for newspapers and magazines around the country, and is presently a staff photographer at the Washington Post since 2004, working on the national political beat and general assignment — she's been documenting the American political scene from Capitol Hill to the campaign trail to political issues effecting American's coast to coast.  

While a Seattle-based photojournalist, she began photographing the 13 women in the US Senate in 2001, continuing the project as their numbers grew to 14 in 2003. Mara traveled the country to document this defining period in the history of US politics. At a time when access to national politicians is increasingly controlled, Mara persuaded the senators to allow her to document the unprecedented role of women in the Senate, both behind the scenes and before microphones and lights. Changing the Face of Power: Women in the US Senate, a documentary work of the 14 female senators at work on Capitol Hill, opened at the Smithsonian Institution in May 2003 and is presently a traveling exhibit. The book was released in Fall 2005.


Portfolio Review


Team Lead

J.M. “Joe” Eddins Jr. is the former Director of Photography and Multimedia at The Washington Times in Washington D.C., after serving as Chief Photographer at The Washington Times for 12 years. As Chief Photographer, Eddins organized special event coverage, performed photo and assignment editing, and developed strategies for a conversion to digital still photography in 1999 and, later, to video and multimedia. In addition to feature, news and sports photo assignments, he has covered the White House, Capitol Hill, the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Presidential Campaigns and political conventions and the war in Iraq. From 1990 to 1997, he was a staff photographer for Patuxent Publishing Company of Columbia, Md., a publisher of 11 suburban community newspapers with a combined circulation of more than 300,000. While at Patuxent, Eddins was the National Press Photographers Association, Region Three Photographer of the Year for 1991 and 1992. In 1995, Eddins covered the Papal visit to the United States as a member of The Jersey Photographic Project resulting in a book Pope John Paul II - An American Celebration. He began his career as a freelance photographer and writer in 1984, before taking his first staff job as Sports Editor and Staff Photographer for The Record and The Sunday Weekly in Havre de Grace, Md. Eddins graduated in1984, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and minors in Political Science and English from West Virginia University. Eddins has also served as a coordinator and instructor for the “Kids & Cameras” project at the Greenmount Recreation Center in Baltimore, Md., in conjunction with The Johns Hopkins University Office of Volunteer Services. He has also served as Advanced Team Leader, Team Leader and Lighting Workshop instructor for the World-Wide Military Photojournalism Workshop at the Defense Information School (DINFOS), at Ft. Meade, Md. His clients include The New York Times, The Washington Post, McClatchey News Service, Columbia Association, SC Magazine, Minneapolis Star-Tribune and Connor Studios.

Larry Levin is a seasoned photo agent, editor and photographer.  While earning his MFA in Film and Electronic Media at American University, he interned on NBC's “The West Wing' and worked as a set photographer for “The Apprentice”.

His Thesis project, based on the FSA photography project documenting the Great Depression is distributed by Films.com.  

He's a past executive director of the White House News Photographers' Association, a member of the National Press Photographers Association and a life member and past national president of the American Society of Picture Professionals.

Currently he teaches at Northern Virginia Community College and is an independent freelance photographer and visual media producer.  He also volunteers for the American Red Cross teaching photography for the U.S. military's Wounded Warriors.


Portfolio Review

Kurt Lengfield is a photographer living in Southern Maryland.  For 21 years he traveled the world as a photojournalist in the U.S. Navy and reserves for a full career before retiring in 2006.

He is currently working on long term projects documenting the life of Watermen of the Chesapeake Bay and life in the Appalachian Coal regions of West Virginia after the decline of the coal industry.

His work has been displayed in the Oso Bay Biennial XVIII Juried Exhibition and the Texas Photographic Society Composed Juried Exhibition.



Harry's cameras have taken him on assignments to all seven continents and expeditions to both North and South Poles.  He was personal photographer to four Secretaries of the Navy.  He has been published nationally and internationally with covers on the New York Times Magazine, US News & World Report, and features in Time and Esquire.  He has published a coffee table book of his 40-plus-years in photography called “Serendipity a chronicle of a Navy Photojournalist.”

His cameras have covered a wide array of assignments worldwide and all facets of society.  He was commissioned to produce candid portraits of former President Gerald Ford and was selected by Team Kelty-Cabella to cover, the toughest endurance adventure race in the world, the Raid Gauloises in South Africa.  He has covered military stories in Bosnia, Haiti, and most recently in Iraq.

Harry is currently employed with Military Newspapers of Virginia, he also provides photo coverage for local publications such as Inside Business, Vow magazine, and Inside Leadership.



Matthew Breitbart is currently the staff photographer (Contractor, Dawson Federal) at the National Museum of Health and Medicine located at US Army Garrison Forest Glen in Silver Spring, MD. He has held this position since 2011. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Professional Photographic

Illustration- Journalism (Photojournalism) from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 2010. Breitbart and his wife live in Northwest DC.


Portfolio Review


Team Lead

Jim is an accomplished public affairs specialist with more than 30-years of experience as a photojournalist, photo editor, designer, and photo director.  His professional career began as a U.S. Navy photojournalist working with the Blue Angels, Naval District Washington and All Hands Magazine. He was the 1982 Military Photographer of the Year after being the runner up in 1981.

He began a career in newspapers as a photographer at The Denver Post, becoming the Director of Photography after five years. He has also worked as a photographer and photo editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer; Photo Director at the Houston Post; Assistant Managing Editor of Photography at The Sun in Baltimore; and Director of Photography at The Cape Cod Times.

Jim spent the last three years serving as the Deputy Director/Senior Photo Editor for the White House Photo Department, assisting in the daily editing of the visual historical record of the President.