2016 World Press Photo Award Days

During 2016 World Press Photo Award Days in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Mary presents her work The Battle Within: Sexual Assault in America’s Military at the Compagnietheater.  The work that was awarded First Prize, Long Term Projects is also featured in the 2016 World Press Photo exhibition at De Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam from 16 April to …
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2016 DC Shoot Off

The annual DC Shoot Off Photography Workshop, March 18-20, 2016 takes place at the Navy League Building in Arlington, Va. and will feature Mary as the keynote speaker. The workshop provides professional development in photography for our military and civil service photographers. With over a hundred volunteers and participants, the workshop networks and creates an …
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2016 WPOW Seminar

Join the Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW) for their Fourth Annual Photo Seminar and Portfolio Review at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University in Washington DC on March 5, 2016 from 9 am-3 pm.  Featured speakers are Nina Berman and Mary F. Calvert who will discuss her work on sexual assault in the military, for which she won …
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2016 World Press Photo

Three years ago, my husband, photojournalist Joseph M. Eddins Jr. alerted me to the ongoing crisis of sexual assault in America’s military. Since then, I have produced a body of work dedicated to showing the human toll behind the shocking statistic of an estimated 21,000 sexual assaults committed each year in the US Armed Forces. …
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2016 World Press Photo Contest

Mary’s project on Military Sexual Trauma is awarded 1st Prize, Long Term Project in the 2016 World Press Photo contest. Congratulations to all the winners of this prestigious competition.  


Mary is honored to judge the News Division of the 73rd annual Pictures of the Year International competition along with Muhammed Muheisen of the Associated Press, Marvin Joseph of The Washington Post and Michael Hamtil of the Dallas Morning News.

New York Times Lens Blog

The New York Times Lens Blog features Mary’s latest project: Missing in Action: Homeless Women Veterans.

Momenta Workshops: The Business of Nonprofit Photography

Mary is on the faculty of Momenta Workshops: The Business of Nonprofit Photography in Washington DC. Join Mary,  Jamie Rose, Jim Stipe and John Harrington for a panel discussion at the Leica Store, November 9, 2015 at 1 pm.

W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography

Congratulations to my friend Matt Black who has won the 2015 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography for his project, “The Geography of Poverty.” I am honored to share the 2015 W. Eugene Smith Fund Fellowship award with Marcus Bleasdale.

2015 Theo Westenberger Art and Activism Award

Mary is the winner of the 2015 Theo Westenberger Art and Activism Photography competition for her work “The Battle Within: Sexual Violence in America’s Military.” Theo Westenberger was an amazing artist and photographer who lived to support women artists, the health of our planet and the animals on it.

Eddie Adams Workshop XXVIII

I am pleased to announce that I will be a Team Leader at the 28th Eddie Adams Workshop in October 2015! Joining the Lavender team as editor is Kurt Mutchler, Senior Photo Editor at National Geographic Magazine, our producer is Tanner Curtis, Photo Editor at The New York Times and our IT genius is Scott Ash.

Cliff Edom’s New America Award

Mary is honored and humbled to be the 2015 recipient of Cliff Edom’s New America Award for her project: “The Battle Within: Sexual Violence in America’s Military.”

NPPA Northern Short Course

Come one, come all to the 34th Annual Northern Short Course held March 12-14 in Fairfax, Virginia! Mary will lead a workshop, “Developing and Funding Your Longterm Project” on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 1:30. Hope to see you there!    


Mary is honored to be speaking at Norrlandsdagarna, an annual photography seminar sponsored by the Swedish Professional Photographers Association, February 13-15, 2015, in the lovely northern Swedish town of Skelleftea.

Fotofusion 2015

Join Mary at Fotofusion 2015, the 20th Annual International Festival of Photography and Digital imaging at the Palm Beach Photographic Center, January 20-24, 2015 in West Palm Beach, Fl.

Happy Holidays from Hampden hon!

I love the holidays, the lights, the magic and the wonder. A few days before Christmas however, it gets a little crazy out there. I think Charles Durning said it best in his prayer from the movie “Home for the Holidays.” (Just change out Thanksgiving for Christmas or Hanukkah or Festivus.) “Dear lord, we realize …
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Keep Cool and Carry a Trumpet

Every so often I like to re-visit my subjects from completed projects. Several years ago I did a story I called “Birth of the Cool” (sort of an ode to Miles Davis) about a young trumpet prodigy named Geoffrey Gallante. At the age of six, Geoff had perfect pitch and could read music. I found …
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Savoring the moments…

In September, I traveled to Perpignan, France where my project “The Battle Within: Sexual Violence in America’s Military” was going to be exhibited at the Visa Pour L’Image photojournalism festival. On the way to the airport, I received a phone call from Whitney Johnson, Director of Photography at New Yorker magazine who asked me if …
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2014 Alexia Foundation Women’s Initiative Grant

Mary is the 2014 recipient of the Alexia Foundation Women’s Initiative Grant for her  proposal: “Missing in Action: Homeless Female Veterans.”

My exhibition in Perpignan

Last summer I was awarded The Canon Female Photojournalist Award 2013 by the Association of Female Journalists (AFJ) for my project, “The Battle Within: Sexual Violence in America’s Military.” Next month the project will be exhibited at Visa Pour L’Image, International Festival of Photojournalism in Perpignan, France, from August 30 to September 14 in the …
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Washington, DC Photojournalist

Secret Weapon

Mary F. Calvert is an award-winning photographer who travels the globe documenting a wide range of issues. A natural storyteller; she remains a true believer that the light cast by photojournalism is capable of affecting meaningful social change. It is that belief and commitment to her craft that has taken her from the glaciers of Greenland to the depths of war-torn Africa and Afghanistan, always looking to shine that light.