March 29 - 31, 2018 Defense Media Activity, Ft Meade & Element Hotel, Arundel Mills, MD

Photojournalist Mary F. Calvert is committed to using photography to affect meaningful social change and is known for producing work on gender based, human rights issues. Calvert 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.

For her work on sexual assault in the US Military, she is the recipient of numerous honors including First Prize, Long-Term Projects in the 2016 World Press Photo Contest, the 2016 Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography, the 2015 and 2016 National Press Photographers Association Cliff Edom New America Award, the 2015 W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Fellowship and the 2014 Alexia Foundation Women's Initiative Grant. In 2013 Calvert was awarded the Canon Female Photojournalist Award at Visa Pour L'Image in Perpignan, France for her project “The Battle Within: Sexual Assault in America's Military.”  The resulting work was featured in a solo exhibition at the 2014 Visa Pour L'Image, International Festival of Photojournalism in Perpignan, France.

She has won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award twice and is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist in Feature Photography.

In addition to being a guest faculty member of the Eddie Adams Workshop, the Western Kentucky University Mountain Workshops and Momenta Workshops, she has been a member of the faculty for the Department of Defense Worldwide Military Photographers Workshop in Ft. Meade for the last nineteen years.

A select list of Mary's clients include Stern, Paris Match, Internazionale, Esquire, Elle, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, T. Rowe Price, AOL, Google, Inside Counsel Magazine, Fed-Tech Magazine, Ashby Law and BU Today for Boston University.  She has been published all over the globe including Le Monde, De Groene Amsterdammer, The International Herald Tribune, iDNES, inmediaONE, Mother Jones, and The Christian Science Monitor.


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.


In 2007, while hiking in the George Washington National Forest, Frank Lee Ruggles' cell phone unexpectedly rang. It was the National Park Service calling to tell him he had been accepted to the position as an official photographer for the National Park Service, a position once held by his photographic hero, Ansel Adams. It seemed fitting to him that he would be awarded his "dream job" while hiking on public lands. In the years follwing, Frank has visited and hiked over 150 National Parks and Forests across the Nation, on a 1000 day, 25000 mile journey that took him to the most beautiful and wondrous places in the country.

A Professional Photographer since 1992, he's done just about every type of photography a commercial shooter can do; Architecture, Portraiture, Product Photography, Photo Journalism, Scientific Photography and even Weddings. He was a photo services provider for several Federal Agencies in Washington DC, including the State Department, where he was the exclusive photographic printer for Secretary of State Colin Powell.He worked for the Treasury, FBI, Commerce and Energy Departments, and did the custom hand printing for the Smithsonian. Through the years however, his passion has always been photographing nature while hiking and camping.  His position with the Park Service would afford him endless possibilities to explore and photograph the country.  He recently finished his tour with the National Park Service and is showing his private works in Gallery exhibitions across the country, and his latest civilian excursion led him on a 79 mile solo hike through Death Valley National Park. In his spare time, he teaches the Hike and Shoot photography workshops.

Frank lives in Virginia with his Wife Lisa Crow Ruggles and his Great Dane Wilson."



Caroline has been the Photography/Art editor for AIR&SPACE/Smithsonian magazine since its inception over three decades ago.  In that role, she contributes to the look and feel of the publication, known among aviation journals for its visual taste and impact. While the subject of A&S/Smithsonian is limited to aerospace, her background and experience as an editor in the magazine publishing business is not.

Prior to A&S magazine, she was a Photo Editor for the National Geographic Book Division and Traveler magazine. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design and is an alum of the Missouri Photo Workshop. She began her career as a shooter for a small town newspaper in Vermont, later moving to NYC as freelance photographer. To this day she keeps her hand in the craft, having recently toured with the Collings Foundation's Wings of Freedom barnstorming tour of restored WW II bombers and fighters to produce the images used in that story.

A founding member of the International Society of Aviation Photographers, she served on its Board of Directors for 12 years, still active with the organization. She has judged numerous photo contests over the years, and been involved with various photo workshops including the Maine Photo Workshop. (now Maine Media Workshops and College)

A student of the photographic arts, she maintains an extensive collection of photography books and has a deep appreciation for the greats and early masters of the form to share with the current generation of working photographers. Ever the adventurous photographer/editor, she has flown with the Patriots formation jet demonstration team, in a T-6 pace plane at the Reno Air Races, and hopped rides in a wide variety of vintage, and classic airplanes in search of images.  Her love of both flight and photography are infectious.

She lives outside Washington, D.C in a house full of evocative images taken by many of her favorite photographers.


Eric Long is a senior staff photographer for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.  He has served the Smithsonian as photographer since 1983, beginning his career at the Office of Printing and Photographic Services based at the Museum of American History, transferring to the Air and Space Museum in 1996.  His expertise is in lighting. During his years with Photographic Services, Eric worked on many documentary projects:  Reflections on the Wall, The Vietnam Memorial; presidential inaugurations; An Oral History of Southern Agriculture; The Marine Corps Officers Candidate School; Festival of American Folklife; and various marches, celebrations and protests surrounding Washington D.C.  Eric has contributed photography to more than 20 books including: Star Wars, The Magic of Myth; At The Controls; In the Cockpit volumes 1 and 2; On Miniature Wings and other publications, and is a contributing editor and photographer for Smithsonian Air and Space Magazine.  Eric is a graduate of Southern Illinois University, and lives in Montgomery Village, Maryland.


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.


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.