About Mary

photo by Kristin Ann Donaldson

Photojournalist Mary F. Calvert is committed to using photography to affect meaningful social change and is known for producing work on under-reported and neglected human rights issues.

For the past seven years Mary has been focusing her journalistic attention on the continually under-reported relegation and sexual abuse of women and men in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Her project on male sexual assault survivors in the armed forces has been honored as a 2020 Pulitzer Prize finalist in the Feature Photography category.

This work was supported by the 2016 Getty Images Grant in Editorial Photography and the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Fellowship. In addition, Mary continued to work on the project as a 2017-2018 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow in Photography.

In 2013, Calvert was awarded the Canon Female Photojournalist Award to begin work on “The Battle Within: Sexual Assault in America’s Military.” In 2014 she was the recipient of the Alexia Foundation Women’s Initiative Grant for the next chapter in the project “Missing in Action: Homeless Women Veterans.” The resulting work was featured in a solo exhibition at the 2014 Visa Pour L’Image, International Festival of Photojournalism in Perpignan, France and in 2016, was presented in evening projections at the same festival. In 2018, the work was featured in a solo exhibition at the Festival della Fotografia Etica in Lodi, Italy.

This body of work has received numerous awards including 1stPrize, Long Term Projects in the 2016 World Press Photo Contest, 2ndplace, Contemporary Issues in the 2018 World Press Photo Contest and has been awarded the National Press Photographers Association’s Cliff Edom New America Award in 2018, 2015 and 2014.

Mary has won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award twice and is a three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist in Feature Photography.

In addition to being a guest faculty member of the Eddie Adams Workshop, the Western Kentucky University Mountain Workshops and Momenta Workshops, she has been a member of the faculty for the Department of Defense Worldwide Military Photographers Workshop in Ft. Meade for the last twenty-four years.

Mary’s work has appeared in publications worldwide including The New York Times, Yahoo News, Stern, The Washington Post, Paris Match, Esquire, Elle, Cosmopolitan, The Los Angeles Times, T. Rowe Price, AOL and Google.

Based in the MD/DC/VA area, she is available for assignments worldwide.