EDITORS, MENTORS, COACHES

March 29 - 31, 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.




JIM BRYANT

Michael Lopez currently works as the photographer for The United States Military Academy West Point in Upstate New York. He shares his experience as a freelance photographer with Zuma PRESS, Reuters, The New York Times and former staff photographer at the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin and The Orange County Register. Michael spent 12-years in the U.S. Army and Army National Guard and served 2 tours of duty in Iraq in OIF 2 and 8.


Michael has a Bachelors in Science in Visual Journalism from Brooks Institute.

In 2016 Michael was 1 of 10 people selected world-wide to attend a week long photography workshop in La Bastogne, South of France.


MICHAEL LOPEZ

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

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


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.


BOB HOULIHAN

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.


CHIP MAURY

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.

KEN HACKMAN

ANTHONY CURTIS

DANIEL R. MENNUTO

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.



Chief Mass Communication Specialist Daniel R. Mennuto grew up in Hopatcong, New Jersey until 1993 when he and his family moved to Arizona. He always knew he wanted to spend his life inspiring others through photography. Throughout high school, he spent most of his time as the school's newspaper photo editor, yearbook editor and interning for local professional photographers before joining the U.S. Navy.

Upon graduation of Navy basic training in April 1998, he attended Photographer's Mate “A” School at Defense Information School on Ft. George G. Meade Army Base, Maryland.  Throughout his naval career, he's lived in Japan, Hawaii, San Diego, New York, Italy and Bahrain. He's spent the past 17 years traveling around the world taking photos in 44 countries over five continents.

Chief Mennuto attended a number of advanced schooling including Naval Aircrew School, the Digital Multimedia Course, the Broadcast Managers Course, and the Advanced Photojournalism Course at Syracuse University.  

At Fleet Imaging Command Pacific Det. San Diego, he earned the honor of being selected as the Junior Sailor of the Year for 2005. While with Fleet Combat Camera Group Pacific in 2008, he completed a deployment with Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and a deployment to Iraq with Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Arabian Peninsula in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After Syracuse, he took an assignment as the Lead Petty Officer of American Forces Network Naples, Italy. While there, he was named the Navy's Mass Communication Specialist (shore) of the Year for 2012.

MCC Mennuto is currently the Media Department Leading Chief Petty Officer and has orders to be an instructor 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.


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.


HARRY GERWIEN

Mark D. Faram is a senior writer and covers personnel, cultural and historical issues for Navy Times. Faram joined the Navy Times in 1992. From 1996-2000 he was a staff photographer for all the Military Times, before returning to writing in 2001. A nine-year active duty Navy veteran, Faram served from 1978 to 1987 as a Navy Diver and photographer.


MARK D  FARAM

Photography has always been my passion. I served eight years in the US Navy as a shipboard as well as a Combat Camera Photographer. In 1983, I was top selectee named to attend the prestigious Military Photojournalism Program at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.


My civilian experience has been as a Contract Photographer for the Los Angeles Times San Fernando Bureau and freelance photographer for the Virginian Pilot and Ledger Star in Norfolk, Virginia.


JOAN ZOPF-FARAM

Mickey Strand, Navy Chief Petty Officer PHC(ret) lives in San Diego.  He is currently a freelance photographer, instructor and Project manager for ACME Educational in Los Angeles Ca. teaching for the Pixel Boot Camp classes, as well as Calumet Photo, and at Maine Media Workshops.

He started his Photography career 30 years ago in a basement dark room. This lead to high school photo classes, newspaper and yearbook staffs.  Mickey enlisted in the Navy in 1985 with his first assignment to the USS Ranger (CV 61) serving as a ships photographer.  He worked his way up the ranks at shore and sea stations around the pacific, until being selected to create and teach the Digital Multimedia Course at the Defense Information School at Fort Meade, MD.

In 2001 he reported to Fleet Imaging Command Pacific as the Training Department Chief where he continued to educate sailors throughout the Pacific Fleet Mickey concluded his Navy career as the Leading Chief, Combat Camera Group Pacific in 2009.  



MICKEY STRAND

RICHARD JONES

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.

ANNIE B. ELIS

Larry Levin worked as a photo agent, photo 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 was the executive director for the White House News Photographers' Association.  He is a member of the National Press Photographers Association, a Life member and past national president of the American Society of Picture Professionals.

Currently he teaches at Northern Virginia Community College and freelances as a photographer.  Additionally, he is an American Red Cross volunteer at Walter Reed National Medical Center teaching photography to Wounded Warriors.


LARRY LEVIN

PABLO PIEDRA

Pablo Piedra enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1999, and has been documenting the history of our military for over 10 years as a Combat Photographer. His work has been featured on numerous international news outlets highlighting missions in over 43 countries around the world. In May 2017, he graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications' Military Photojournalism Program.

He currently serves at the 55th Signal Company (Combat Camera) where he works as a Visual Information Subject Matter Expert as well as a Visual Information Training and Development Manager. Staff Sergeant Piedra has served in most leadership roles as a Visual Information Soldier, from Platoon Sergeant to Team Leader, training, producing and creating content to document and support the Department of Defense's historical and strategic Mission.

Staff Sergeant Piedra is a first-generation immigrant from Costa Rica. He is preparing for retirement from Active Federal Service, which after he plans to continue traveling the world and freezing moments in life one snapshot at a time.

“Photography is a powerful tool, it's the way in which I can show the world to people from my perspective, capturing single moments that otherwise would be lost to time.”


Vanessa is known for her intimate and compelling portraits. She is based in Washington D.C. but has worked around the world. She has worked extensively in Africa, where she has become known for her portraits of life on the continent in stories ranging from brutal rebel insurgencies to public health campaigns.


Vanessa began her career studying commercial photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York and soon after began shooting feature photos and environmental portraits. She worked for several years as a photo editor at the legendary photo agency Sygma and later at U.S. News & World Report in New York City.


After receiving a master's degree in photojournalism from Ohio University in 2001, Vanessa moved to Uganda on a Fulbright scholarship to document how AIDS had ravaged the lives of individual Africans. A regular contributor to The New York Times, Vanessa has worked on such stories as the disintegration of the Zimbabwean economy, the inner workings of the Ogaden rebel group in Ethiopia and immunization campaigns in Nigeria. She has also worked for such major news outlets as Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report and The Boston Globe as well as Essence, The Guardian and The Discovery Channel. She also shoots regularly for humanitarian organizations including the World Food Program, The United Nations, Doctors Without Borders and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative.



VANESSA VICK

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.


JIM PRESTON

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.


KURT LENGFIELD

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.


LANCE CHEUNG

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

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.


SHANE MCCOY

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.


SEAN HURT

Staff Sergeant Richard Jones grew up in Dover, New Hampshire. His passion has always been in inspiring others through photography and videography. After high school, he spent time in performing arts in front of the camera traveling to all locations throughout North America until joining the U.S. Army in 2008.


Staff Sergeant Jones has been recognized with multiple photography awards throughout the U.S. Army and industry. Throughout his career, he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom twice with Special Operations Command and Joint Special Operations Task Force as well as more than 10 other countries. His imagery has been featured throughout various international news outlets and documentaries. In May 2011, he graduated from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications' Military Motion Media Program.  


Staff Sergeant Jones currently serves a Lead Instructor for the Basic Still Photography Course at the Defense Information School on Fort Meade, Maryland.