Aaron Maybin’s Magnum Opus

A few months ago, I had the extreme pleasure of photographing Aaron Maybin for ESPN, The Magazine’s Heroes Issue. You may remember Aaron from his other life as an All-America linebacker at Penn State University before he began his NFL career with the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets. Aaron grew up with anger …
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WHNPA Project Grant Lecture Night

Join Mary who will share the stage with great friends and colleagues Jonathan Ernst and Chris Usher as we discuss the grant process and work we produced after being awarded a White House News Photographers Association Photography Grant. Tickets are required for this free event that happens on March 20, 2019 from 5:30-8pm at Georgetown …
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In Appreciation

This week the World Press Photo competition nominees were announced. I was very honored that one of my photographs was nominated in the Contemporary Issues category. These are the times that I cannot help but look back and remember the generous photographers and editors who influenced and supported me when I was just starting out. …
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Getting His Due: A Veteran Gets his Discharge Upgraded

Five years ago, I began researching the issue of sexual assault, and the resulting Military Sexual Trauma (MST), in the U.S. military. My research revealed shocking statistics; an estimated 26,000 sexual assaults in 2012. The vast majority of those victims did not report the crimes to their command. Many that did report the crime were …
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Alexia Foundation at Newseum

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland which took the life of Alexia Tsairis and 269 others, the Alexia Foundation will host the conversation: “Act of Terror Spawns 30 Years of Stories That Drive Change” at the Newseum in Washington DC.  Join me and Aphrodite Tsairis on December 22, 2018 from 2:30-3:30.

Festival della Fotografia Etica

The Festival della Fotografia Etica will exhibit Mary’s work: “The Battle Within: Sexual Assault in America’s Military,” in the In Depth-Analysis Area of the festival October 6-28 in Lodi, Italy.

Syracuse University Fall Workshop

Mary gives the keynote talk “Surviving Long-Term Projects” at Syracuse University’s Fall Workshop 2018.
My talk is being sponsored by Nikon.

Fortellingens Kraft 2018

The Fortellinggens Kraft journalism conference welcomes Mary to Bergen, Norway to show her work, “The Battle Within: Sexual Assault in America’s Military” and discuss the importance of personal projects and telling the stories of the most forgotten people in our communities. Join Mary at Litteraturhuset i Bergen on June 7, 2018 at 3 p.m.


2018 DC Shoot Off

The annual DC Shoot Off Photography Workshop, March 30-April 1, 2018 takes place at Defense Media Activity at Ft. Meade, MD. and will feature Mary as the keynote speaker, sponsored by Nikon.  The workshop provides professional development in photography for our military and civil service photographers. With over a hundred volunteers and participants, the workshop …
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Boston Press Photographers Association Contest Judge

Mary is honored to be a judge of the 2017 Boston Press Photographers Association competition. She joins Cathaleen Curtis, Director of Photography at the Buffalo News and John McDonnell of The Washington Post at the judging table in beautiful Boston.

2017 Happy Holidays

As we close a year of loud voices preaching division, greed and hatefulness, I leave you with a quiet image of wisdom, peace and compassion. I would like to wish everyone a peaceful, healthy, and joyous holiday and hope for wisdom and compassion in the coming year!

San Francisco State University

It is our pleasure to share that Mary has been inducted into the San Francisco State University Alumni Hall of Fame in a ceremony and dinner hosted by university President Leslie E. Wong at the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco. Congratulations to fellow inductees Mourad Lahlou, (B.A., 93) and Norman Schwartz, (B.A., 74).  Also honored were Jim Wunderman (B.A., ’84), Alumnus of the Year,  Kim Mazzuca (B.A., ’85 and M.S., ’90), Distinguished Alumna Service Award and Colonel John H. Kern, President’s Distinguished Medal.

Eddie Adams Workshop XXX

We are  pleased to announce that Mary will be a Team Leader at the Eddie Adams Workshop XXX in October 2017! In honor of this 30th year anniversary, just about every team leader is former student of EAW. Mary was part of the 1990 class.

Joining the Red team as editor is the awesome Jim Collins, Director of Photography, NBC News Digital, our producer is the incredible photographer Josh Ritchie and our IT genius is filmmaker and story-teller Mike Kepka.



Guggenheim Fellows and the Lady with the Fur Coat

During the first week of April 2017, I received some very good news in the form of correspondence from Edward Hirsch, President of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. The letter informed me that I had been named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in photography. Each year since 1925, the foundation …
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2017 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship

I am absolutely thrilled and honored to announce that I have been awarded a 2017 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography. Congratulations to my fellow, fellows!!!

2017 World Press Photo Jury

I would like to thank Lars Boering, and the entire World Press Photo family for providing me with the honor of being on the General Jury of the 2017 World Press Photo Contest. Many thanks to the rest of the jury that included Stuart Franklin/ Magnum Photos, Kelli Grant/ Yahoo News, Wim van Sinderen/ The Hague Museum of Photography, Joāo Silva/The New York Times, Goran Tomasevic/ Reuters, Aïda Muluneh/ Addis Foto Fest, Christian Ziegler/ Photographer and Tanya Habjouqu/ Noor Images and of course our wrangler David Griffin. Because of you, my week in Amsterdam was inspiring, humorous, tough and enlightening.

Huck Magazine article

Thank you Olivier Laurent, for the lovely article in Huck Magazine. I am honored to share the page with Nancy Borowick, Stephanie Sinclair, Ruddy Roye and Darcy Padilla.

Hamlin Fistula USA

In May, I was commissioned by Hamlin Fistula USA to visit their patients at the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to document the reintegration program they have implemented. This wonderful organization treats Ethiopian women suffering from a devastating childbirth injury known as Obstetric Fistula. Obstetric fistula is a debilitating condition in which pregnant …
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2017 World Press Photo Jury

The World Press Photo Foundation is pleased to announce the members of the 2017 Digital Storytelling Contest juries and the 2017 Photo Contest juries. Mary is honored to be a member of the General Jury that will meet January- February in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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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. For her work on sexual assault in the US Military, she is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2016 Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography and 1st Prize, Long Term Projects in the 2016 World Press Photo Contest, as well as the 2014 Alexia Foundation Women’s Initiative Grant, and the 2013 Canon Female Photojournalist Award. She has won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award twice and is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist in Feature Photography.