Chris Ashby Launches!

My new friend and client Chris Ashby recently launched his law practice and I made the pictures that are featured on his fabulous new website. Chris specializes in political activity law and his new firm is a “full-service political activity law firm that provides legal advice and representation on federal, state and local regulation of …
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Down the Rabbit Hole

When I was a little kid, my dad shared his love of photography with me, telling stories about photographing children while stationed in Korea where he met my mom, an Army nurse. He was the guy who gave kids empty film canisters to play with. It was something I continued to do on my first …
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When I was a little kid, my dad shared his love of photography with me, telling stories about photographing children while stationed in Korea where he met my mom, an Army nurse. He was the guy who gave kids empty film canisters to play with. It was something I continued to do on my first …
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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.

Re-visiting Afghanistan

Last week, The Washington Post ran a story entitled “Glimpses of War” written by Greg Jaffe. The piece examined how disconnected Americans are from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. I sat in bed with my husband and opened the paper to see pictures I shot almost two years ago for The Washington Times. I …
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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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Teaching in Bhutan

“Greetings from the Kingdom of Bhutan,” the email read. It came from out of the blue and continued, “I’m very much impressed with your work and congratulations for all the awards you have won so far. I was wondering if you would be kind enough to design and teach photojournalism for a period of week …
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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.


In Washington, DC, Capitol Hill witnessed a flurry of activity in the last few weeks with Democrats and Republicans slugging it out over the budget and threatening to shut down the government. I photographed House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Cal, April 14, 2011, while both House Republicans and Democrats faced …
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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.

Hope For A Healthy World Competition

I was sitting in my office last week working on a few things when I received a phone call from Ken Greenberg, a Campaign Manager at BD, a company that makes medical devices.  I don’t know Ken but he was very friendly on the phone and asked how my day was going. I said it …
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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.

New York Times Amazon/Kindle Ad

Welcome to the launch of my blog and website! features a mix of corporate, editorial, and humanitarian photography and I hope you enjoy looking through my galleries and reading my blogs. All of this would not have been possible without the brilliance of Jessica D’Amico of JustJess: Websites that Work. Thank you Jess for your …
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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.


Sixty-six years ago, Sgt. John R. Simonetti, a 26 year old Army Ranger with the Second Infantry Division, landed on Omaha Beach the day after D-Day. Nine days later he was shot by a German sniper and died in a French cow pasture on June 16, 1944. In the chaos of battle, his body was …
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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.

Federal Reserve Chief Ben S. Bernanke

Recently, I  was assigned by the New York Times to photograph Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Ben S. Bernanke. I went through the hefty security at the Federal Reserve building in Washington, D.C. and walked through the gorgeous halls of the building heading to the Chairman’s office, passing marble …
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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.