“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.

DOD Worldwide Military Photography Workshop

The 19th annual Department of Defense Worldwide Military Photography Workshop will be held at the Defense Information School at Fort Meade in Maryland. Mary is part of an esteemed faculty that includes: Eli Reed, Chip Maury, Earnie Grafton, Mannie Garcia all lead by the amazing Godfather of Air Force photography, Ken Hackman. Thanks to my …
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Nieman Foundation and International Reporting Project

Mary is shortlisted for the Nieman Foundation, Global Health Fellowship at Harvard and the International Reporting Project, Genocide Prevention Fellowship at John’s Hopkins University. Congratulations to this years fellows.

The Eyes of History 2011, White House News Photographers Association

Congratulations to Photographer of the Year, David Gilkey, NPR and the rest of the winners in The Eyes of History 2011 competition, sponsored by the White House Photographers Association. Mary is proud to have won, First Place: Political Portfolio, Second Place: Portfolio, Third Place: Political Picture Story and Award of Excellence: Feature Picture Story.

The Northern Short Course in Photojournalism

Mary F. Calvert/ ZUMA Press was named runner up 2011 Northern Short Course, Photographer of the Year, last weekend. Congratulations to Michel Williamson of The Washington Post for winning NSC Photographer of the Year and David Goldman of the Associated Press for placing 3rd Place NSC, POY.

FOTOfusion 2011

FOTOfusion 2011, runs January 11-15, 2011. The 16th Annual International Festival of Photography and Digital Imaging, “Where Creativity and Technology Fuse,” is produced by the Palm Beach Photographic Centre and held in West Palm Beach, Florida. Mary will be speaking “The Photojournalist’s Heart and how it Ticks with Mary F. Calvert”, and be on a panel, “Documentary Photography in the 21st Century” with Carlo Allegri, Michael Sharkey and Louie Palu with moderator Wes Carson.


One of Mary’s photographs has been selected for WPOW’s Women by Women exhibit! Gallery opening Tues Nov. 9th 7-9pm, at Ayn Studio 923 F Street NW #201 “In association with FotoWeekDC, WPOW: Women Photojournalists of Washington is pleased to announce the opening reception on November 9, 2010 for our annual juried photo exhibition, “Women by Women.” Images were selected by renowned jurors: New York Times photographer Ruth Fremson, Reuters photographer Larry Downing, and Aperture Books editor Denise Wolff.

Eddie Adams Workshop

The 2010 Eddie Adams Workshop will be held from October 8-12 in Jeffersonville, New York. Mary is proud to be a Team Leader at the workshop this year and looks forward to working on the Purple Team with Team Editor Bob Houlihan and Team Producer Matt Mallams.

DOD Annual Worldwide Military Photography Workshop

The Department of Defense 18th Annual Worldwide Military Photography Workshop took place at Ft. George G. Meade in Ft. Meade, Maryland from June 6-June 12, 2010 and Mary celebrated her fourteenth year as a faculty member. The workshop brings together faculty and students from around the world and provides advanced instruction on how to communicate more effectively using the visual media of photojournalism. Thanks to Shane McCoy, Group 4 and the entire workshop family for a great week!

NPPA Best of Photojournalism 2010 Contest

First Place Enterprise Picture Story (Small Markets) awarded for Mary’s story, “Congo’s War on Women, and Third Place Photojournalist of the Year, Smaller Markets in the National Press Photographers Association, Best of Photojournalism 2010 contest.

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.