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

Photojournalist Mary F. Calvert specializes in coverage of underreported issues about women and children in crisis in the United States and around the world. She 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.

A gifted storyteller, Calvert has been awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in International Photography twice and is a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography. Her photographs have been exhibited in the U.S. and internationally. She is currently working on healthcare projects about generic drugs and women with AIDS in the Nation's Capitol.


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 photographer at Smithsonian Enterprises, Air and Space / Smithsonian Magazine.


Parker Gyokeres is the owner, pilot and pointy-head-in-charge at Propellerheads, he is an was an award winning U.S. Air Force Photojournalist and Chief of Public Affairs who retired in 2014 after 22 years of distinguished service. He has dedicated his life to changing the way we see our world using creativity, enthusiasm and technology.

A former military media relations instructor, drone subject matter expert/speaker and professional photojournalist, Gyokeres also serves as a member of the board of directors for the Professional Society of Drone Journalists. He is the host of the PropHeadsPhoto channel on Youtube. He also advises national clients on the design, operation and deployment of advanced aerial systems for use by photographers, surveyors, cinematographers and military contractors.  

Gyokeres joined the U.S. Air Force in 1992 as a fighter weapons system technician before cross-training to become a public affairs photojournalist in 2006.  His 22 years of worldwide expeditionary experience includes three deployments to Afghanistan and one to Iraq, as well as Korea, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Spain, Alaska, Italy and Iceland.  

Recent work includes partnerships with clients such as the United Nations, The History Channel, Comedy Central, Cadillac, Ford, GM, ESPN, The New York Times, BMW Motorsports, the USDA, US Forestry Service, Department of Defense, Verizon, Tool North America, SunPower Solar, Monticello Motor Club, Speyside Holdings, EduNet (Educational Networks), Volley Studios, Harrington Talents, Nike/Air Jordan, Wu-Tang Clan, Copart Inc., Fake Love, TANGRAM 3DS, Vault Filmworks, Leftfield Entertainment, Carrot Creative, Pirate Shark Dinosaur, Oheka Castle, and The Battleship NJ Foundation.