Helpers in the War on AIDS

In November, I was gratified to learn that I was named one of the winners in the first ever National Press Photographers Association Short Grants Competition. NPPA president Sean D. Elliot informed me that my story proposal on women with AIDS in Washington, D.C. was one of five projects awarded grants. Sharing the honor with …
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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.

Fast and Furious

U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, (D-Vt), in the Senate Dirksen Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Holder was called to answer questions about a controversial undercover investigation led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and …
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

A couple of days ago, I visited the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C., situated in a beautiful spot next to the Tidal Basin across from the Jefferson Memorial and within sight of the Lincoln Memorial. I stood there in front of the 28-foot, 6-inch tall granite “Stone of Hope” from which the sculpture of Dr. King emerges and the single word came to mind: magnificent. While Washington is a city of monuments, I think this is the most impressive memorial since the Viet Nam Veterans Memorial Wall was dedicated in 1982.

Sacred Sanctuary: The Sakya Nunnery

This week I am showcasing a project I shot while in Deradun, India teaching a Momenta Workshop with Jamie Rose entitled “Project India: Photography as a Force of Change”. After we sent our students out to photograph their assignments with a variety of Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) working with Indians in a variety of areas, from …
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Barnstorm XXIV!

The leaves were changing color, the grass verdant from a boatload of recent rain and temperatures were warm up in lovely Jeffersonville, NY. I just spent a glorious fall weekend in the Catskills leading Team Turquoise at the Eddie Adams Workshop, (EAW). For the last 24 years, EAW has brought together leading photography professionals and …
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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.

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.