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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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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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!  

Strangers on a Train

As an independent photographer, I never know when or where I will meet my next client. He or she could be standing behind me at the dry cleaner, in the waiting room at the car mechanic or be the friend of a friend. Last fall a current editor of mine, Jose Lopez, Picture Editor Business/Financial …
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Prince Harry’s South Pole Heroes

News update: Retired Army 1st Lt. Mark Wise, who I featured in my 2011 blog: “Re-visiting Afghanistan,” appears in a new documentary called “Prince Harry’s South Pole Heroes,” produced and directed by Alexis Girardet. While Prince Harry and actors Alex Skarsgard and Dominic West led three teams of wounded veterans on an expedition to the South …
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International Humanitarian Law, American Red Cross

Triage photojournalist Mary F. Calvert presents her work on women in crisis around the world at a reception for the International Humanitarian Law programs of the American Red Cross at the historic Board of Governors Hall in Washington, DC, March 13, 2014.

2014 Eyes of History

In Washington D.C., our local news photographers’ organization is the White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA). It is an outstanding organization made up of still and video photographers and editors who live and work in the D.C. metropolitan area covering the White House, Capitol Hill and the endless assortment of scandals, feats and news that …
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Greetings from Tromsø

Last week the sun came back to the city of Tromsø. Well, just five hours a day, but it means the polar winter is waning. At just over 69° N latitude, this Norwegian city boasts the northernmost of many things: the world’s northernmost brewery, Mack’s Brewery; the northernmost university, University of Tromsø; the northernmost Protestant …
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Hera’s Happy Ending

My year ended with a compelling assignment from The Washington Post, the subject, a young woman named Hera McLeod. Hera was about eight and a half months pregnant when I met her. The story was about the resilience of this young woman, who just one year before had suffered the most devastating tragedy a mother …
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DOKFOTO Photofestival

Join Mary in Oslo, Norway for the DOKFOTO Photofestival at Litteraturhuset, January 23-25, 2014. Three evenings of lectures by Norwegian and international photographers.

WPOW Quarterly Meeting

Join the Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW) for a special quarterly meeting for members, featuring Mary Calvert as she presents her work on sexual assault in the military, for which she won the 2013 Canon Female Photojournalist Award. Washington DC, December 5, 2013 from 630-9 pm.

Imam Arafat, interfaith Activist

One of the things I love most about my job is that I get to meet incredible people from all strata of society. While I have been fortunate to photograph kings, queens, and world leaders over the course of my career, I am most grateful for being able to document the lives of those working …
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New Portraits of Janet Yellen

In early October, The New York Times assigned me to photograph Janet Yellen, Vice-Chairwoman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve at the Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building in Washington, DC.   I looked forward to meeting Ms. Yellen, who was nominated by President Obama to be the first woman to …
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The 2013 Eddie Adams Workshop will be held from October 11-14 in Jeffersonville, New York. Mary is proud to be a Team Leader at the workshop this year and looks forward to working on the Brown Team with Team Editor Randy Greenwell, Team Producer Ryan Brooks and our amazing technical genius Mike Heiman.

Nelson Mandela Unveiled

On a lovely day in September, a celebratory atmosphere surrounded at the South African Embassy in Washington DC, where the new Nelson Mandela statue was to be unveiled. It was a windy day and partway through the speeches, a strong breeze blew back the drape covering the statue, exposing the clenched fist of Nelson Mandela’s likeness. …
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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.