Canon Female Photojournalist Award 2013

One afternoon in late June, I was out shopping at Nordstrom Rack with my Mom when I noticed a voice mail from an “unknown” phone number. Imagine my surprise when the message was from the one and only Jean-Francois Leroy, Director of Visa Pour L’Image in Perpignan, France. He called to tell me “some very …
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Les Rencontres d’Arles Photographie

Mary’s work from Nigeria is part of the Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation exhibition at Galerie Huit during Les Rencontres d’Arles Photographie 2013, a photography festival in the lovely town of Arles, France.  

SFSU Alumna of the Year

The San Francisco State University,  School of Journalism will honor Mary as their Alumna of the Year,  May 24-26, 2013 during commencement festivities in San Francisco.


I just published a new gallery on, of a project I recently completed about Florida’s Space Coast and the effects of the Space Shuttle’s retirement on the local communities. During its heyday, Titusville, Florida enjoyed the distinction of being the capital of Florida’s Space Coast. Scores of support staff launched astronauts into space from …
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DC Shoot Off Photography Workshop 2013

The annual DC Shoot Off Photography Workshop 2013 takes place March 14-17, 2013,at the Navy League Building in Arlington, Va. and features Mary as a speaker at 7pm on Saturday night.  The workshop provides professional development in photography for our military and civil service photographers. With over a hundred volunteers and participants, the workshop networks …
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“The Impact of Good Intentions: Telling the Story of Foreign Aid in the 21st Century”

Join Mary, journalist Sam Loewenberg and Taryn Vian of the Center for Global Health & Development, for a panel discussion on the “good, bad and everything in between of foreign aid,” on March 1, 2013 9am-noon, at the Crosstown Building, 801 Massachusetts Ave. Room 460/460A, BU Medical Campus, Boston, Massachusetts. The event  is sponsored by the  Boston …
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In Memoriam

Last week I received devastating news that a lovely young woman, whose life I had been documenting, had suddenly died in her sleep. Camille “Cami” Baruch was only 19 years old, but she had already endured nine surgeries in an attempt to repair gastro-intestinal damage caused by a generic version of the acne drug, Acutane. …
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Welcome to 2013

Between Capitol Hill and President Obama’s second Inauguration, Washington D.C. has been jam packed with news this month. Inauguration Day has always been an exciting occasion in the Nation’s Capitol and I wanted to share some pictures that I made of the festivities. I spent most of the day on the National Mall braving the …
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Executive Functioning: Through the Eyes of History

Mary is proud to have work in the photography show, “Executive Functioning: Through the Eyes of History” running  January 8-February 1, at the Edison Place Gallery in Washington D.C.  According to the gallery website: “To commemorate the 2013 presidential inauguration, the White House News Photographers Association presents iconic images from its archives, from Warren G. …
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“The Human Face of BIG DATA”

Photojournalist and author Rick Smolan’s new book and iPad App, “The Human Face of BIG DATA”, features Mary’s work from the polio epidemic in Nigeria.


Mary’s work from Congo is featured in the PhotoPhilanthropy exhibit,  “Hope Reimagined: Photography Driven by Social Change,” during the 5th Annual FotoWeekDC Festival, November 9 – 18 at The Warner Building, 1299 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC.

Photokina: World of Imaging

“Children – The Presence of the Future” Exhibit: Mary’s photographs depicting the polio epidemic in Nigeria are on display as part of the UNICEF Photo of the Year exhibit at the “Photokina, World of Imaging” photography fair held in Cologne, Germany; September 18-23, 2012. This exhibition 2012 features 88 photographs by 23 photographers from 12 different countries. …
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Right Before Your Eyes

The “Right Before Your Eyes: Photography Driven by Social Change” exhibition opens at The United Nations in New York City on August 16, 2012 and runs through September 10, 2012. The exhibition, presented by PhotoPhilanthropy, includes some of Mary’s photographs from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Together for Girls

Mary’s photographs from Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are featured in a show sponsored by BD and the NGO, “Together For Girls”; during a panel discussion entitled, “Together: Taking Action to End Violence Against Girls”, that will be held at The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. on July 25, 2012.


“Polio’s Line in the Sand” was a finalist for the World Understanding Award in the Pictures of the Year International competition sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism. Congrats to winner, Tomas Van Houtryve of VII.

UNICEF Photo of the Year 2011

” Each year, UNICEF Germany grants the “UNICEF Photo of the Year Award” to photos and photo series that best depict the personality and living conditions of children all around the world. Third prize has been awarded to American photographer Mary F. Calvert for her work in Nigeria.  

2011 Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar

The 2011 Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar will be held December 2-3 in…wait for it!…Atlanta, Georgia!! Mary is pleased and honored to be joining an impressive list of speakers. Hope to see you there.

Yonhap International Press Photo awards

The Yonhap international Press Photo Awards 2011, in support of the UN Millennium Development Goals, has presented Mary F. Calvert, the Merit Prize in the category entitled “Common Prosperity of Human Beings” for her photograph of a child crippled by Polio in Nigeria.

The Road to Bhutan

Mary’s story about her experience teaching photojournalism in Bhutan is published in News Photographer Magazine.

LOOK3 Festival, BD Hope for a Healthy World Exhibit: “Polio’s line in the Sand”

Hope for a Healthy World gallery exhibit opens at the LOOK3: Charlottesville Festival of the Photograph, at 105 S. First Street in Charlottesville, Virginia and runs June 3-12, 2011. The opening breakfast reception and panel discussion on Global Health begins June 11, 2011 from 9-10am.

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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.