March 12-14, 2020

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.


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.


Chief Mennuto is currently a Visual Communications Department Academic Director at the Defense Information School in Ft. Meade, Maryland.  His awards include three Joint Service Commendation Medals, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Commendation Medal, two Navy Achievement Medals, five Navy Good Conduct Medals, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and numerous other unit and campaign awards.

Annie Elis joined the United States Coast Guard in 2003. After serving aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis in Hawaii as a boatswains mate, she lateraled to the Public Affairs Specialist enlisted rating, and was stationed both in New York City and Arlington, Va. In 2014.  She earned a commission through the Coast Guard's Officer Candidate School and served on the Coast Guard Cutter William Trump, a Fast Response Cutter based in Key West, Fla.

As a Public Affairs Specialist, Annie received extensive experience in the field of photography, videography, and media relations. 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, the Photo Plus Expo in Manhattan, the Intermediate Photojournalism Course and has been a member of the Eddie Adams Workshop Black Team.

She has traveled all over the world with the military, and has documented Coast Guard and joint multi-country service efforts in Tokyo, South Korea, North Korea (the DMZ), Vietnam, Panama, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Midway Island, Spain, Senegal, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Norway, Sweden, England, Denmark, Ireland, 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.


Larry Levin worked as a photo agent, photo editor and photographer.  During his tenure as photo editor at Nation's Business magazine he was responsible for the visual content of the periodical.  He is currently working as a freelance corporate photographer in Washington, D.C., and additionally for the last 12 years taught visual communication as an adjunct professor at American University, Northern Virginia Community College and Trinity Washington University.  He has been a past president of the American Society of Picture Professionals and former executive director of the White House News Photographers Association and was recently appointed as board member of the National Press Photographers Foundation.  His other passion is working with Best Buddies and refereeing basketball for Special Olympics. This will be his sixth year with the Shoot Off faculty.


Jim is an accomplished public affairs specialist with more than 20-years of experience as a photojournalist, photo editor, designer, and director.

His professional career began as a U.S. Navy photojournalist working with the Blue Angels and All Hands Magazine.

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 served as the Deputy Director/Senior Photo Editor for the White House Photo Department for the final three years of President Obama's administration, assisting in the daily editing of the visual historical record of the President.  He is now the Supervising Photographer at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.


Kurt Lengfield is a Photographer Living in Southern Maryland. For 21 years, he traveled the world as a photojournalist in the Navy and Navy reserves retiring in 2006. For ten years, he worked as an Aerial Photographer documenting test and evaluation of naval aircraft at Patuxent River Maryland.

He is currently working on long term projects documenting the life of the Watermen of the Chesapeake Bay and life in the Application 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 as well as Burn Diary.


Lance Cheung a 24-year veteran of the United States Air Force. For his first 10 years of duty pump refueled every type of AF vehicle and aircraft, WITH a camera at his side. This didn't keep him from advanced photojournalism training at Rochester Institute of Technology's Military Photojournalism Program.  With follow-on assignments to the 1st and 2nd Combat Camera Squadrons, that prepared him to culminate his career as Director of Photojournalism, for the U.S. Air Force's flagship publication, AIRMAN magazine and HQ Air Force News Agency.  As a fully-rated combat aerial photojournalist he has flown in 34 types of aircraft.  His sorties include countless combat missions over hostile fire zones over Bosnia and Southwest Asia. Lance's images have appeared in 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.  

A 2006 retirement, in Texas, allowed him to create Lance Cheung Media (LCM) a business framework that allows his expertise to profit in photojournalism and location feature photography. His focus on the things people do to make life a little better have proven to be rewarding for him and his clients. Lance also joined the Boeing Company, as an on-call staff photographer, at his old stomping grounds, the former Kelly AFB, San Antonio. His talents highlighted the civilian/military workforce that keep heavy lift aircraft flying for warfighters around the world.

Lance entered civil service duty, in 2008, to rejoined the Airman magazine staff as its first civilian photojournalist in Defense Media Activity in San Antonio. Over this time, he created inspiring imagery from atop windmills in the mid-Atlantic; to the hollows of mammoth wind tunnels, in Tennessee, for all to see.

Since 2011, he has been living in the Washington, DC area, tell the story of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As one of the Secretary's personal photographers, he spearheaded the introduction of online multimedia production and photography that highlights Cabinet level events, rural life, nutrition, science, conservation, Foreign Service, food security and safety; and our US forests. You can find him at work knee-deep in a pig sty to the White House.

He has a wife Debra, daughter Sabrina Cheung and two grandson, Noah and Gabriel.


Jonathan Snyder is currently at SAF/PA in the Pentagon on the Digital Media Team, which is responsible for managing the enterprise Air Force social media sites. He has been working as an Air Force photojournalist for 15 years, and is a Syracuse and Eddie Adams Workshop alumni.

He was previously the NCOIC of Command Information at Spangdahlem AB and an Aerial Combat Photojournalist at the 3rd Combat Camera Squadron. During his career his work has been published in many major publications such as Time Magazine, Washington Times, and Business Insider. He has also accumulated many awards and accolades in the Air Force Media Contest, MILPHOG, NPPA monthly multimedia contest, and the AF Photo Contest.

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.


Sean Hurt is a U.S. Navy photojournalist who joined the Navy in 2010 as a Mass Communication Specialist.  In 2014 he was awarded the title of Navy Photographer of the Year by the Chief of Naval Information and was later a graduate of the Advanced Military Visual Journalism program at Syracuse University in 2016.  

He was the executive photographer to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and is currently deployed on board USS George H.W. Bush as the Media Departments Leading Petty Officer.


Nick Parella has been creating photographic images for over 30 years as a photographer, photo editor and technologist and since the 80's has evolved with emerging digital imaging, desktop publishing, web and content management technologies. Today, his work leverages digital asset management, artificial intelligence, robotic process automation and cognitive computing technologies applied to information, visual content and images.

​His journey and passion for photography first began at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York where he studied photojournalism, imaging science and as a senior one of his class projects produced the very first electronic publication called Electronic Still Photography at Rochester Institute of Technology (E.S.P.R.I.T) using Sony Mavica Cameras and early software application versions of Quark Xpress, Digital Digital Darkroom, PhotoMac and Photoshop.

After RIT, he moved to the Washington, DC area where he landed a staff position at the Smithsonian Institution as a Photography Editor/Technologist in the Office of Printing and Photographic Services (OPPS).  During his time at OPPS, he worked with the latest digital imaging technology, content management solutions and web technologies to digitize, catalog, store and manage over 100,000 images in the Smithsonian Archives.

Through the years he has worked for Agency France Presse, Associated Press, Kodak, Picture Network International, eMotion, the Smithsonian, Accenture, CGI and several Fortune 500 companies to design databases and content management systems to help his clients transform, manage and find the business records, photos, video and audio files they are seeking to achieve their overall business goals.  Nick is a member of the National Press Photographers Association and former member of the White House News Photographers Association.  



Michael is an accomplished communications and multimedia professional whose 31 years as a U.S. Army officer include many command and staff positions relating to photography, publishing, public relations 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 Radio/Television Network Europe in Frankfurt. He also served as the civilian director of the Defense Imagery Management Operations Center known as DIMOC where he was responsible for overseeing the visual archive for both physical and digital media for the Department of Defense. He has served as director of communications for presidential/political appointees assigned to the Pentagon and two inaugurals that included the position of Deputy Public Affairs Officer for the 2004/2005 Armed Forces Inaugural Committee for President George W. Bush. From 2005-2007, Edrington was the project director for the New York Times bestselling coffee table photo book Where Valor Rests—Arlington National Cemetery published in cooperation with the National Geographic. Edrington is now a founding partner with Outlook Communications LLC overseeing the company's multimedia business development and day-to-day business operations. Edrington holds a bachelor's' degree from California State University, Sacramento in Government-Journalism and a Masters of Arts in Public Communication from The American University, Washington, D.C.

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 25 countries documenting the Global War on Terror, Operations Enduring & Iraqi Freedom and humanitarian disaster relief efforts throughout the Caribbean. Her various assignments have afforded her the opportunity to photograph former President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Hollywood producer James Cameron, Jon Landau, Michelle Rodriguez, and legendary astronauts, Neil Armstrong and Jim Lovell.

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, after 11 years of active duty service, Danals was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy, however, she continues to serve as a Chief Mass Communication Specialist in the Navy Reserve. She now works as a freelance graphic designer and photographer in Charlotte, NC.


Sharon Farmer is a photojournalist and lectures extensively on photography and photojournalism. She was the curator for a photography show entitled “Cuba Now” at the District of Columbia's Sumner Museum and an assignment editor for the Associated Press and was part of the A.P. team that covered the Super Bowl in San Diego, California.  Ms, Farmer was the campaign photographer for Sen. John

Kerry's presidential election campaign in 29004.

     Farmer served as Director of the White House Photography Office from 1999-2001. A White House photographer since 1993, she has documented the Clinton-Gore Administration since its beginning.

     Ms. Farmer has been a professional photojournalist and exhibition photographer for more than 30 years, shooting news stories, political campaigns, cultural events, conferences, and portraits. Over the years she has photographed for The Washington Post, the Smithsonian Institution, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority to name a few.

     Ms. Farmer's work has been featured in several books, most recently Hillary Rodam Clinton's An Invitation to the White House, The Legacy by Sharolyn Rosier Hyson, and the critically acclaimed Songs of My People. Her photography has been exhibited at the Washington Project for the Arts, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Bethune Museum Archive, Inc. She has also worked on a range of special project: documentary films on the a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock and jazz vocalist Betty Carter, among other artists; theatrical multimedia presentations; and album covers for Sweet Honey in the Rock, the reggae group Black Sheep, and harpist jeffmajors.  

     Ms. Farmer has taught and lectured extensively on photography and journalism at the American University, the Smithsonian Institution, Mount Vernon College, The National Geographic Society, Eddie Adams Workshop, the Women in Photojournalism Conference, Western Kentucky University, Indiana University and the National Association of Black Journalists(NABJ). In 2001 she lectured in five cities for the “Flying Short Course” sponsored by the National Association of Press Photographers.

     Sharon Farmer majored in photography at the Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1974.


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”.



Frank Fey is a retired United State Senate photographer.  He began working in the Senate photo studio in 2001. While working in the Senate he photographed numerous historical events from Presidential Inaugurations, to State funerals and everything in between.  As a staff photographer he was sometimes the only photographer present while visiting VIPs met with senators in their private offices. His photos have been printed in print media all over the country and online as well.

Prior to joining the Senate Frank was a Navy photographer for 20 years.  He traveled through Asia and the Pacific rim. His naval service was broken for several years while he wrote, photographed and edited a half television show on Guam where he won several local press club awards for his work.  In Navy he spent 10 years working in photo reconnaissance not doing a lot of shooting except for personal projects. During his last years in the Navy he taught BSP (basic still photography) at the new Defense Information School.  During this time he won several awards in the Military Photographer of the Year competition from his personal projects.

Frank now spends his time between Thailand and the United States photographing what pleases him.



I remember that moment as a curious teenager; the moment I picked up a camera for the very first time, and what a glorious feeling that was. This might have been the initial spark that started my journey into becoming a visual storyteller. It would not be until I became a combat photographer, where the wheels would certainly start to set in motion.

I recall my mentor, PH1 Bobby McRill, who taught me what it meant to be a photojournalist:

“A photojournalist is a photographer who can grab a moment that can make someone laugh, cry, get angry, start or end a war. No other photographer in existence will ever be able to duplicate what that photographer captured.”

I took these words to heart, and Bobby's mentorship changed the course of my life forever. It was not until PH1 Bobby McRill was killed in action serving in Iraq that I understood how passionate he was about his craft. He died doing what he loved most. After this, I promised myself to be just as passionate as Bobby was and to pass on the knowledge to younger photographers as freely as it was given to me.

My passion began to strengthen once I noticed my work being published. My motivation continued to grow when I traveled to places like Hurricane struck Haiti, Guyana, Nicaragua, and Cuba, showing the world their story. My job of capturing moments that could influence a nation or the world was my definition of photojournalism.

There were many mistakes, quite a bit of yelling, late nights, frustrating hours and tons of stress that have, and continues to mold the person, and photographer I am today. My experiences with documenting starving children, fellow service members, people who lost their homes, and detainees in Guantanamo Bay have reached beyond the lens, touching my very soul, and has helped me understand more than what meets the eye. It opened my heart, to not just simply take a photo, but connect emotionally and tell a great story.

Today as a civilian, I remember the lessons and experiences I learned as a combat photographer. Passion and dedication for photography runs deep into my bones and makes up the very fabric of my being. I don't photograph for the money or fame; I do this simply for the love of capturing a moment that will either make a tear fall from your eye, or a smile come across your face.

My unique photojournalism style is now incorporated into my studio, commercial, and fashion photography shoots. I never capture a posed reaction; I always capture something natural, and wonderful. I find true beauty comes in short burst, and it is my job to capture the split second reaction.

Everyone has a natural elegance, and beauty. Sometimes it's hidden, but I always find a way to bring it out of people with humor, honesty, and passion.



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.


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