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 …
Continue Reading

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 …
Continue Reading

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 …
Continue Reading

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 …
Continue Reading

Another day in picture paradise

Whoever said that being a photojournalist is glamorous and exciting? Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love what I do and I wouldn’t trade it for anything because it’s not just a job but also a calling. It’s just that following that calling as an independent photojournalist requires an additional skill set that has little to do …
Continue Reading

An Afternoon With Lauren

It was pouring rain the day I went to photograph novelist Lauren Francis-Sharma at her home in Kensington, Md. I was blessed with yet another great assignment from The Washington Post A gracious, attractive woman, Francis-Sharma was knee deep in an interview with Washington Post writer Krissah Thompson when I arrived. Cups of tea and …
Continue Reading

Writer Iris Krasnow turns her pen on Mary

The amazing writer Iris Krasnow, recently a subject of mine for The Washington Post, AND my blog, turned her pen on me for The Capital, a newspaper in Annapolis, Md.        

Finally, some outrage…

Earlier this month I asked my social media friends, “where is the outrage?” Several weeks ago, the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, under cover of darkness, abducted more than 200 teenage schoolgirls from their beds at the Government Girls’ Secondary School in northeastern Nigeria. They have made many chilling threats, including selling the girls, taking …
Continue Reading

Voice of America interview

Mary is proud to have been interviewed and photographed by Julia Taboh and Adam Greenbaum from VOA, “Photographer Aims Lens at Women in Crisis”.

A Whirlwind Named Iris

I just love a thunderstorm. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean the scary kind that fells giant trees, knocks out power lines and hurts people. I’m talking about something a bit more gentle but alluring, a little wind whipping through the newly sprouted leaves, that fresh scent of rain, the sky a deep …
Continue Reading

WPOW and POYi panel

Please join Mary on Saturday, April 26 at 11:30 a.m. at the Newseum in Washington, DC for a panel discussion: “Covering Under-reported Issues.” WPOW: Women Photojournalists of Washington partner with POYi and panelists Mary F. Calvert, Annie Griffiths and Ami Vitale, with MaryAnne Golon moderating.  See you Saturday!  

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.