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Workshop Faculty Biographies

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Below is a list of our regular faculty for the Summit Series of Workshops, individual workshop pages will link to the the bios here for the collection of faculty for each workshop. Be aware, however, that even when posted, most of our faculty are working professionals and last minute cancellations/substitutions may occur. Click faculty names for their website.

William Albert Allard

One of the National Geographic's most prolific and talented photographers, Allard's artistry has resulted in some of the Geographic's most memorable stories and individual pictures. Full of vigor, Allard's critiques are classics and his no-mince-words approach embraces insightful and useful advice. He is always one of the Summit's most popular faculty members. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Bill Allen

Bill Allen retired at the start of 2005 after ten years as editor-in-chief of the National Geographic magazine, responsible for many of the changes that have marked the evolution of the magazine into an important contemporary journal, dealing with important issues of the environment, world politics and the tenuous issues of the day. Bringing the now-editor of the Geographic, Chris Johns, to his deputy's position, Allen paved the path for today's National Geographic magazine. Allen will be in his third time on the Summit faculty and brings a special expertise to looking at and talking about pictures, for before he became the magazine's editor, he was a longtime and respected picture editor at the Geographic. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Jose Azel

After completing his Masters in Journalism at the University of Missouri, Azel joined the staff of the Miami Herald. Since 1981, Azel has been a freelance photojournalist for international magazines. As a consultant on photojournalism and multimedia, Azel has worked for Apple Computer, Inc., Scholastic, Inc. and Time, Inc. As a founder of Aurora Photos and Novus Select, Azel has overseen the start-up and operations of both ventures. Novus Select does visual commissioned work in the form of photography and multimedia for corporate clients as well as editorial publications. Aurora Photos has grown from a staff of one to its present staff of 10, and from three core photographic contributors to today’s 300 plus photographers whose work spans the range of imagery from photo-documentary to high-end commercial stock photos.. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Charles Arbogast

A staff photographer with The Associated Press for over 20 years covering a wide range of assignments from championship fights and the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, several NCAA Basketball tournaments, Major League Baseball spring training, the war in Afghanistan, and a wide variety of political campaigns and assignments in and out of Washington, D.C., including the presidential campaign of President Barack Obama. He has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Click bold name for a link to their website.

James Balog

James Balog's work is sometimes journalistic, sometimes documentary, often original and highly creative and regularly displayed and respected in the museums and galleries of the art world. His most recent of four books is an amazing retrospective, "Anima," which elegantly shows his career progression . Best known for his very stylized and unique portraits of the world's endangered species of animals, he is now working on a similar but very different project -- portraits of the nation's greatest trees. In addition to books and galleries, his work has been seen overseas and in the country in such publications as the National Geographic and Vanity Fair. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Porter Binks

Porter Binks is Sports Illustrated's associate picture editor, has become a workshop regular where he reviews portfolios and explains how the magazine selects photographers and photographs. This inside SI look has become invaluable to many freelance photographers who know how, when and to whom to submit their best pictures. But Porter also looks for new talent for prospective assignments from the magazine. Prior to joining Sports Illustrated, he was the sports section picture editor at USA TODAY for many years. Coming from his home state of Tennessee, Porter bleeds orange when his beloved Vols stumble. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Dave Black

One of the pioneers in the conversion to all-digital photography, Black is best known for his sports photography including covering Olympic games for more than 20 years for Newsweek. Constantly reinventing himself, he's currently pushing new frontiers in combining lightpainting and western imagery, photography well suited for a gallery wall. A wide-ranging photographer who uses light creatively, he is an outstanding teacher. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Chris Burkard

A young talent quickly on the rise in the profession, Chris Burkard freelances for numerous publications and brands, including staff photographer for, Water Magazine and Surfer Magazine. The overall winner of the 2010 Red Bull Illume image quest as well as an invitee to the 2010 Look Between Festival, Burkard's career continues to quickly blossom. Burkard recently published The California Surf Project and works often for Patagonia as one of their primary surf and lifestyle photographers. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Jodi Cobb

Some of the National Geographic's most unusual stories have been done by this staff photographer who brings a unique and artistic approach to her work over many years on the magazine staff. Her book, "Geisha," written and photographed in Japan was widely acclaimed for its beauty and insight. Most recently, she photographed a very different and tough story about human bondage in its many forms from slavery to trade in children. She is a a veteran of many Photography at the Summits. Click bold name for a link to their website.

James Colton

Jimmy Colton is Photography Editor of Sports Illustrated, coming to the magazine from Newsweek where he had been director of photography. Among his many other duties, he has presided over the Leading Off section of SI since its inception. Coming from a family of noted picture editors, he was named by American Photo magazine as one of the 100 most important individuals in photography. Not only an articulate and enthusiastic purveyor of the photojournalistic scene, he is an effective mentor including for the J Camp national program that recruits talented high school students of color as sponsored by the Asian American Journalists Association. He was jury chairman for the 2005 World Press Photo, received a "Lucie" as picture editor of the year in 2007 and was named picture editor of the year in 2008 in the NPPA Pictures of the Year competition. Click bold name for a link to their website.

FR. Don Doll

Although Fr. Don Doll S.J. will be making his first appearance as a faculty member at the Summit, he is no stranger to either photography or teaching. A Jesuit priest, he has been a professor of journalism holding the prestigious Heider endowed chair at Creighton University where he once directed the fine and performing arts department before spending a year traveling the world to 40 countries documenting the work of Jesuits for the Jesuit Refugee Service. He has photographed major stories for the National Geographic magazine. He has authored/produced two books and many exhibitions on Native Americans, the first from his first priestly assignment at the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. There, he produces each year a beautiful fund-raising calendar for the Red Cloud Indian School. Among his awards have been the Kodak Crystal Eagle award and was named Nebraska's "Artist of the Year" in 2006 at the Governor's Arts Awards ceremonies in Lincoln. His a 50-year career is best summarized by his business card which reads: "Don Doll S.J., Priest, Professor, Photographer." Click bold name for a link to their website.

Bob Dotson

Correspondent Bob Dotson has a unique approach to the news, working primarily as a producer for NBC News and the Today Show. He works the neglected corners of our cities, from the small towns to the dirt roads, seeking the extraordinary in ordinary lives. Dotson is also an internationally acclaimed documentary producer. His film, El Capitan's Courageous Climbers (NBC Productions,) was the winner of seven International Film and Video Festivals and was awarded documentary's highest honor, the CINE Grand Prize in 1991. As a result of his documentary work, he was invited to join the Explorers Club by world renowned mountain climber, Sir Edmund Hillary. Dotson is only the third working journalist so honored.. Click bold name for a link to their website.

David Doubilet

David Doubilet is considered by many to be the premier underwater photographer of our time and with books, exhibitions and many magazine stories to his credit, his principal place of publication has been in the pages of the National Geographic magazine. Born in 1946 in New York City, he was snorkeling at age eight and taking black and white underwater photographs at age 13. Majoring in film and journalism at Boston University, he was first published in the National Geographic in 1972. His warm water work has taken him to the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific where he once took a sidetrip from the life of the ocean floor to photograph death -- in the form of the World War II Japanese fleet resting at the bottom of the oceans off New Guinea. His cold water photographs have taken him to the North Pacific, Japan, the Galapagos and Scotland's Loch Ness. And while his work includes many fine photographs above the water line, his work is primarily the spectacular beauties of life in many forms at the bottom of the worlds' oceans. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Jack Dykinga

Jack Dykinga went from a street newspaper photographer in Chicago (where he won a Pulitzer Prize) to the canyons and deserts of the southwest where his second career shows the beauty of the world. This spring marks the introduction of his newest book highlighting all the vistas around and across the Grand Canyon of his now-native Arizona. He is motivated by environmental and conservation issues as well as his love for photography where much of his work has been done in large format. He presently has two major stories for the National Geographic magazine underway. A founding member of the International League of Conservation Photographers, he will be showing work from this new book at the workshop. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Bill Eppridge

Bill Eppridge is one of the premier photojournalists of our times, a veteran of the great days of Life magazine and later a feature photographer for Sports Illustrated. His epic photo stories are climaxed with his coverage of the presidential campaign of Robert Kennedy including the pictures of his death in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. His health now regained, Bill returns to the Summit where for many years, he was among the most popular instructors and one of the most effective critique providers. His evening lectures have been a famed and most-anticipated element of the Summits -- and always result in a standing ovation. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Rob Finch

Finch is a two time Newspaper Photographer of the Year in the Pictures of the Year contest – first in 2000 and again in 2003. He was runner-up in 2001. He was selected to exhibit his work in Perpignan, France at the Visa Pour L’Image festival and was a member of the World Press Masterclass in 2002. Photo District News named him one of 30 emerging photographers to watch. In 2007, Finch was part of a team of journalists at The Oregonian awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News for his role as a multimedia producer. In 2008, Finch won the 2008 Online Journalism Award for Best Video presentation. In 2009, Finch left daily photography to become the Visuals Editor at The Oregonian. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Deanne Fitzmaurice

Deanne is a photojournalist and multimedia storyteller with a passion for humanitarian documentary photography, for which she won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005. Formerly, a staff photographer at the San Francisco Chronicle, she has experience photographing a wide range of subjects including news, politics, sports, and entertainment. Her work has been published in Time, Newsweek, the NY Times Magazine, Sports Illustrated and ESPN Magazine. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Michael Forsberg

Michael Forsberg is a conservation photographer who has focused much of his work in North America’s Great Plains, once one of the greatest grassland ecosystems on Earth. Forsberg’s work has appeared in publications including Audubon, National Geographic, National Wildlife, and Natural History, and has been recognized in the Pictures of the Year and Wildlife Photographer of the Year competitions. In 2001, his image of a Nebraska tallgrass prairie was selected for an International Postage Stamp. In 2009 Mike was the recipient of the North American Nature Photographer’s Association's Mission Award, and is a senior fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers. Mike is the author of two award-winning books, “On Ancient Wings – The Sandhill Cranes of North America” and “Great Plains – America’s Lingering Wild”, which explores the wildlife, habitats and conservation challenges in the heart of the continent. Mike was featured in the 2007 PBS documentary "Crane Song" and in September 2013 the PBS documentary "Great Plains - America's Lingering Wild" based on his book, was released to a national audience. Currently, Mike serves as faculty at the University of Nebraska's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources where is he co-founder and co-director of the Platte Basin Time Lapse Project. The project is a multi-year, community-building effort that uses time-lapse photography to set a watershed in motion from the Platte River's headwaters in the Colorado Rockies to its confluence with the Missouri River along Nebraska’s eastern border. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Bill Frakes

Bill Frakes is the ultimate remote artist -- his use of multiple remote cameras at Kentucky Derbies, track meets and basketball arenas has made him the authority of innovation. But as one of Sports Illustrated's premier photographers for more than 20 years, his many talents go from innovative portraits to solid coverage of Super Bowls and Olympics. A Nebraska native who attended schools in Arizona and Kansas, he was named NPPA Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 1983 while on the staff of The Miami Herald. At the workshop, he will talk of the wide range of his experiences while sharing his expertise in remote camera installation.

Ken Geiger

Ken Geiger is deputy director of photography at National Geographic magazine. He joined the staff of National Geographic in 2004 after 24 years of newspaper journalism, most recently as the director of photography for the Dallas Morning News. Geiger now serves as one of the many photo editors for the magazine, helping to shape its editorial content and is also in charge of the magazine's conversion to digital photography. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Lucas Gilman

After early years in newspaper journalism his love of the outdoors transitioned his work to build a career in adventure photography. Traveling the world in search of untouched places and wild experiences, Lucas captures images ranging from kayaking in India, Brazil, Uganda and Costa Rica to backcountry skiing in Colorado, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Alaska, and South America. A winner of numerous awards, Lucas regularly works with editorial clients that span the globe including: National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, ESPN Magazine, Men’s Journal, Outside Magazine, USA TODAY and the New York Times. His commercial clients include Nikon, Patagonia, Gore-Tex, and many others. Lucas recently won the 2008 American Photo Emerging Photographer Award -sponsored by Apple. Click bold name for a link to their website.

MaryAnne Golon

Director of photography for the Washington Post, where she leads visuals for one of the nation's most celebrated newspapers, Golon was formerly the director of photography at Time magazine, where in recent years, great photojournalism is a prized part of the editorial content of a magazine that began as a text-driven journal. Golon is an enthusiastic and discriminating lover of great photographs and as a Summit Workshop veteran, is one of the most popular faculty members. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Nate Gordon

Nate Gordon has been a picture editor at SI for more than 13 yrs. A graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut, Gordon has managed SI's baseball coverage for more than a decade, overseeing SI's photography at 12 World Series. Nate has also led the SI photography team at the Olympics in Beijing, Turin, and most recently in London where where he worked to produce the award-winning Live From London App. Gordon photo edited SI's Baseball Book, led the initiative to launch SI on Instagram, and has produced numerous videos for SI's iPad tablet and for Gordon has won awards for photo editing from POYI, the NPPA, and others. Click bold name for a link to their website.

David Alan Harvey

A longtime staff and contributing photographer with the National Geographic magazine, his often poetic and beautiful essays, full of wonderful moments are coupled with exquisite colors. His work stands out among photographers working anywhere in the world today. Full of enthusiasm and good humor, Harvey brings a great sense of purpose to his work -- and the workshop. Now a member of Magnum, he is working largely in the book format, in recent years completing two more stunning projects. His most recent book, "Divided Soul" was published by Phaidon in recent yearsand contains work from Cuba, Spain, Brazil, Chile and Mexico. His latest effort, Burn magazine, features work by up and coming photographers and supports the Emerging Photographer Grant. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Jeff Jacobsen

Jeff Jacobsen leads the photography projects of the University of Kansas athletic department as one of the most-visual sports programs in the nation. The venerable Allen Fieldhouse at Lawrence is almost a gallery of Jacobsen's pictures and few universities in the nation use photography as well in their publications, website and displays. Jeff, assisted by his wife, Laura, has created one of the most effective sports photography programs in the country. Previously, he was director of photography of the Topeka Capital-Journal and was once the sports photographer of The Arizona Republic. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Chris Johns

Chris Johns was named executive vice president in charge of all publishing at the National Geographic Society earlier this year, this in addition to his responsibilities as editor-in-chief of the National Geographic magazine. He joined the staff initially as a staff photographer. A native Oregonian who won "Newspaper Photographer of the Year" while on the staff of the Topeka Capital-Journal, he also worked at the Seattle Times before joining the Geographic. In recent years, he specialized in coverage from Africa and in 2002, his book "Wild at Heart" was named among the best photographic books of the year by American Photo magazine. An enthusiastic creator of and, more recently, user of great photographs, he has been a Summit faculty member many times previously. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Tim Kemple

Bio coming soon! Click bold name for a link to their website.

Heinz Kluetmeier

A lifetime at Sports Illustrated produced the ultimate portfolio for Heinz Kluetmeier who has been photographer, senior staff photographer today and for several years, director of photography. His pictures have become icons such as the American hockey team celebrating their victory over the Russians at Lake Success. But once again at the Beijing Olympics, Heinz made THE picture of the games -- the .01 second victory of Michael Phelps in the men's 100-meter butterfly, from a remote cameras looking up from the bottom of the pool. For an entire career, Kluetmeier has brought talent, intensity and innovation to the pages of Sports Illustrated. From the previous times he has joined the Sports Workshop faculty, he is a popular speaker and tireless reviewer of portfolios. And he never loses his enthusiasm for his amazing craft. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Keith Ladzinski

An attendee of the pilot Adventure Photography Workshop that pushed his career to new heights these past few years. With a range of work that spans from mountain bike expeditions for Men’s Journal, fashion shoots for Frontier Airlines, traveling with a Shao Lin Grandmaster through China, big wall first ascents, great white shark breaching in South Africa, to ice climbing on the front page of the New York Times, Keith Ladzinski’s work is both eclectic and global. Internationally published, Keith’s photography is used commercially and editorially around the world. Having completed countless assignments in his short professional career, Keith has photographed some of the most remote locations on the earth and knows what it takes to break in to the market in today's competitive field. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Frans Lanting

Frans Lanting has been hailed as one of the great photographers of our time. His influential work appears in books, magazines, and exhibitions around the world. The recipient of many honors, Lanting has been commissioned frequently by National Geographic, where he served as a Photographer-in-Residence. His mission is to create leverage for conservation efforts and to promote understanding about the Earth through images that convey a passion for nature and a sense of wonder about our living planet. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Richard Mackson

Richard Mackson was a contract photographer for Sports Illustrated for 20 years. In 1996, he joined Eastman Kodak as an “agent of change” and retired in 2009 as Director of External Relations and Vice President of the Office of the CTO. But that only begins to touch a career which borders on genius. In 1976 he founded and ran Westside Processing, Inc., a highly-regarded commercial photo lab in Los Angeles for 23 years -- where he invented a series of computer-automated processing machines. Westside processed over ten thousand rolls of color film for Sports Illustrated during the Los Angeles Olympics, all flawlessly. Additionally he was Director of Photographic Operations for the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, helping establish rules that are still in effect today. Before joining Kodak, he conceived and helped engineer the K-LAB Kodachrome Processing System, enabling broader availability of Kodachrome processing equipment to independent labs for a fraction of the cost and size of “traditional” systems. An ultimate technician and practical inventor, he has numerous patents in his name. Today he still does an occasional assignment for Sports Illustrated, is the photography consultant for the BCS Championship Bowl Games, and is Senior Contributing Photographer and Technology Consultant for US Presswire. He is also the President of the real estate concern JLR Ventures, Inc. and President of the consulting company RGM Synovations LLC. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Jay Maisel

One of the nation's most prolific illustrative photographers, Maisel's stunning color photographs have graced major magazines, annual reports, museum walls and a series of highly-acclaimed books. A personable and gregarious teacher, he is one of the nation's most sought-after lecturers. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Tom Mangelsen

Recently named as one of the 100 most important people in photography by American Photo (along with Chris Johns ), Tom Mangelsen is known for his stunning wildlife photography. He is the founder of a worldwide group of galleries as well as author of several books, all featuring his stunning wildlife photographs. A leading voice for animal rights, he co-founded the Cougar Fund dedicated to saving the wild cats. In recent years he received the gold medal of the Royal Photographic Society, its highest award. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Rod Mar

Rod Mar has worked as a photographer for 25 years, specializing in sports photography. After stint at the short-lived “Inside the Seahawks,” a fan-zine where his first boss was NFL great Kenny Easley, Mar received an internship at the Seattle Times and joined the staff permanently two years later. He worked as a staffer there for nearly two decades. Now he has returned to his Seahawks roots as a team photographer. He has covered major sporting events such as the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals, the NCAA Final Four, numerous bowl games and golf’s major championships. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Joe McNally

An internationally acclaimed photographer whose career has spanned 30 years and included assignments in over 50 countries, including working on the staff of Life Magazine, a contract photographer for Sports Illustrated, and an ongoing 23 year contributing role to National Geographic, including their first ever all digital story in 2004. Joe was listed by American Photo as one of the 100 most important people in photography by American Photo and described by the magazine as "perhaps the most versatile photojournalist working today". Click bold name for a link to their website.

JohN McDonough

John W. McDonough is a staff photographer for Sports Illustrated based in southern California. 
Before working at Sports Illustrated, John freelanced for SPORT Magazine and worked at the Los Angeles Times and Arizona Republic as a staff photographer. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Allen Murabayashi

Allen Murabayashi is the Chairman and Co-founder of PhotoShelter, the worldwide leader in photography portfolio websites, photo sales, marketing and archiving tools for photographers. Allen previously served as a founding employee and Senior Vice President of Engineering at, where he assisted in the company's massive growth from a 4-person start-up to a publicly-held company with over 675 employees. He also serves on the board of the Eddie Adams Workshop. Allen is a graduate of Yale University, and flosses daily. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Vincent J. Musi

Vincent J Musi has been a regular contributor to National Geographic since 1993 covering subjects from the Texas Hill Country to hurricanes, volcanoes and mummies. A specialist in animal portraits, his work has also taken him from historic Route 66 to the oldest temple on Earth in Turkey. A popular teacher and speaker, he mixes his love for the history of photography with reverence and wit. He is the host of LOOK3/Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, VA and has been the emcee of the annual National Geographic Photographic Seminar nine times. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Kurt Mutchler

Executive editor, Photography, National Geographic magazine, Mutchler joined National Geographic magazine in 1994 as an illustrations editor and has held various positions within the magazine. Prior to joining National Geographic, Mutchler worked at the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, first as a photographer and then as photo and graphics editor managing both the photography and art departments. He has taught photojournalism at Washington, D.C.'s Corcoran College of Art + Design and regularly lectures on photojournalism to students around the country. Mutchler has photo edited more than 125 stories for National Geographic magazine.  Click bold name for a link to their website.

John Moore

2008's first place winner in both spot news and spot news picture story from World Press Photo. His pictures, which also won him the title, "Photojournalist of the Year" in this country by the National Press Photographers Association, were of the assassination of Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto. Stationed in Pakistan for several years before returning to the United States, he covered not only the turbulent politics of that part of the world, but the war in Afganistan and Iraq. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Kathy Moran

Illustrations editor for National Geographic magazine, Moran specializes in articles on wildlife and underwater ecosystems, coordinating photographers in the field and editing their work as it arrives at the magazine. Recent highlights include a special edition of National Geographic's "100 Best Wildlife Photographs" and the Africa "Megatransect" project. She has edited books for the Society, including "Women Photographers at the National Geographic," "The Africa Diaries--An Illustrated Memoir of Life in the Bush," and "Cat Shots." Click bold name for a link to their website.

George Olson

George Olson began his career as College Photographer of the Year while attending a school with no photo courses -- Washburn University of Topeka, Ks. He was a staff photographer at the Topeka Capital-Journal and the Kansas City Star before beginning a rewarding freelance career in California. His freelance works even included editing picture books while doing assignments for such magazines as Sports Illustrated and Time. But he is well known for several years spent as the director of photography of Sunset magazine where their photography was saluted many times in magazine competitions. Today, he lives in Portland, Or. and has the luxury of being a freelance photographer, editor and teacher. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Sadie Quarrier

Sadie Quarrier is a Sr. Photo Editor at National Geographic Magazine where she is in charge of adventure stories in addition to editing a diverse range of other genres. She is also a voting member on the National Geographic Society's Expeditions Council and Young Explorer's Grant Committee, both of which fund a variety of media-driven projects. An energetic and dedicated editor, Sadie started working at the Geographic in 1992, left to work as a Photo Editor and Designer at Smithsonian Magazine in 1998, and returned a few years later as a Photo Editor for NG Books where she helped produce over a dozen books, two of which received national awards. Two years later she returned to NGM as a Sr. Photo Editor and has won several awards for her editing.. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Mark Reis

The deputy director of photography of the Colorado Springs Gazette -- and certainly one of the finest newspaper photographers working in the nation. While the Gazette resides among many fine medium-sized dailies in the nation, their use of pictures is particularly effective. And since Colorado Springs is the home of the United States Olympic Committee headquarters, the newspaper and Reis cover the Olympics regularly. His pictures combined with his daily work at the Gazette makes him one of the most versatile photojournalists working today -- in addition to being a fine teacher. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Corey Rich

corey rich bio

Corey Rich is one of the world's most recognized adventure and outdoor lifestyle visual storytellers. He has captured stunning still photos and video on a wide array of assignments, including rock climbing in India, ultra-marathon racing in the Sahara Desert of Morocco, freight train hopping in the American West, and snowboarding in Papua New Guinea. His editorial work includes assignments for National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Sports Illustrated and The New York Times Magazine. Commercial clients include Anheuser-Busch, Apple, Nike and The North Face. Today, much of his time goes into capturing both still images and video for the creation of multimedia projects for commercial and editorial clients.

As Vice President and co-owner of Aurora Photos, Rich was the driving force behind founding Aurora’s Outdoor Collection, which is the world’s leading brand of outdoor adventure and outdoor lifestyle photography. He is focused on overseeing Aurora’s continued growth in sales and business development. Most recently, Rich played a major roll in the creation of two new divisions: New York City based Aurora Select, focused on photo and video assignments and Portland, Maine based Aurora Novus, an innovative multimedia production company.

Additionally, Rich is a Nikon evangelist and a member of the SanDisk Extreme Team. He is also on the Board of Directors for The Access Fund, member of the Visual Journalism Advisory Board at Brooks Institute, co-founder and lead instructor of the National Geographic Adventure Photography Workshop. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Jim Richardson

Has work appearing regularly in National Geographic magazine and National Geographic Traveler in addition to Geographic books. Though not a staff photographer, he is on assignement for NGS projects almost full time and for good reason. Richardson, a onetime newspaper photographer in Kansas and Colorado, brings amazing story-telling techniques along with detailed research to his pictures. Thirty years ago, he began photographing the area around his hometown in north central Kansas. The result was a series of picture stories that combined, among other things, an award-winning audio-visual presentation about Cuba, Kansas. In 2004, the Geographic sent him back to those same places, resulting in a sensitive look -- now and then -- at small town America. The resulting story ran 52 pages in the Geographic's March 2005 issue -- the most pages for a Geographic story that year. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Bob Rosato

Bob Rosato is a professional sports photojournalist and has been a staff photographer at Sports Illustrated magazine for the past 11 years. nPrior to joining the SI staff, he was a major contributor to NFL Creative Services and NFL Properties, MLB Photo Services, and numerous editorial and media clients as well as a highly successful freelance career for nearly 16 years. For over 27 years, he has photographed virtually every major sporting event in the US and in other countries. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Amy Sancetta

Staff photographer for the Associated Press for over 25 years. She has covered most major sporting events many times, including the Super Bowl, the World Series, the Masters, the Kentucky Derby, World Cup Soccer, Final Fours, and ten Olympic Games. Early in her career, Sancetta won the Pulitzer Prize in feature photography has since been recognized as the AP’s Sports Photographer of the year. In addition to her still work, she is now delving into the world of photographer-driven video for the web. (full bio coming soon) Click bold name for a link to their website.

Jamie Schwaberow

Jamie has been Director of NCAA Photos and Director of Photography at Clarkson Creative for 15 years. His role with NCAA Photos has brought him all over the country to cover NCAA's 89 championships and coordinate with freelancers on proper coverage. His work has been published in ESPN Magazine, The New York Times, Colorado Avid Golfer, NCAA Champion Magazine, and numerous others. His background started in photojournalism with the 1996 Olympics and the Republican National Convention.Click bold name for a link to their website.

Robert Seale

Robert Seale is a Houston photographer specializing in editorial, corporate, and advertising portraiture. He began his career as a photojournalist, working as a staff photographer at several major newspapers. He eventually landed at the Sporting News, a storied national sports magazine, where he spent 11 years shooting Super Bowls and World Series games as well as cover portraits as one of only three staffers at the magazine. His love of portrait work eventually led him to a Houston-based freelance career specializing in shooting people for magazines, prestigious design firms, corporations, and advertising agencies. He has won awards from The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, was a finalist for Life Magazine’s Eissie Award, and has been featured in the Best of ASMP. His editorial credits include Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Businessweek, Forbes, Barron’s, Smithsonian, Air & Space, The New York Times Magazine, and over 200 covers of The Sporting News. As an annual report and advertising photographer, Robert has worked on projects for ExxonMobil, Tellabs, BP, Reebok, and Under Armour. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Jim Sheeler

Jim Sheeler is a “scholar in residence” at theUniversity of Colorado and freelance reporter. He won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing while reporting for the Rocky Mountain News. Sheeler is the author of “Final Salute”(The Penguin Press), which was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award, and “Obit” (Penguin Group). He previously contributed to“Best Newspaper Writing 2006-2007” (CQ Press), and “Life on the Death Beat,” (Marion Press). Sheeler has won numerous national writing awards and served as a featured guest speaker for military and journalism organizations. He has a B.A. in journalism fromColorado State Universityand an M.A. in journalism from the University of Colorado. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Callie Shell

Shell is currently a contract photographer for Time magazine. Previously she spent eight years at the White House as the official photographer for Vice President Al Gore. Shell has covered five presidential campaigns to date. Her work has been published in books, newspapers and in major news magazines around the world. Her White House work was exhibited in 2001 at Visa pour L'Image in Perpignan, France. She was also part of the book project and photographic exhibit, THE WAY HOME: Ending Homelessness in America. The work was exhibited in many prestigious venues around the country, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Bob Smith

C. Robert (Bob) Smith creates fine wildlife portraits, environmental, and landscape images. He travels extensively throughout the year, conducting both wildlife field photo workshops and classroom sessions on digital workflow. His work covers locations in Antarctica, Africa, Alaska, Canada and the western United States. His images have appeared in publications including those from National Geographic, Nikon, Nature Photographer and Conservation Society. Smith was formerly the Director of Mangelsen Stock Images and has published two books, “Alaska to the Arctic” and “Antarctica - Land of Ice”. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Brad Smith

Brad Smith became the director of photography at Sports Illustrated March 14 -- which amounted to a full circle for he began his career in picture editing/administration as one of the crew of picture editors at the magazine more than 20 years ago. Over the years and in between, he was picture editor in the photo department of the White House (the Bill Clinton presidency) and for the past seven years, was sports picture editor of The New York Times. He has been a regular instructor at the Sports Photography Workshop for ten years where he has been one of the most effective faculty members. At the workshop, he is not only a careful portfolio reviewer/career counselor but also an effective recruiter of new talent for his magazine/newspaper. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Brian Storm

Brian Storm was a pioneer in new delivery methods of photographs when a master's degree candidate at the University of Missouri where on the way to that degree, he ran the School of Journalism's New Media Lab, taught electronic journaslism and produced early day CD-ROMs for the Pictures of the Year competition. From 1995 until 2002, he was director of multimedia at MSNBC, a joint venture of Microsoft and NBC News where he was responsible for the audio, photography and video elements of the site. He served two years as vice-president of news, multimedia and assignment services for Corbis where he developed a strategy for production, packaging and distribution of in-depth media reporting. He left to form his own company, MediaStorm, who today is the acknowledged leader in the new form of multimedia storytelling on the internet and multiple media incorporating photojournalism and audio reporting. He is considered the leader in this new field. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Damian Strohmeyer

One of Sports Illustrated's top staff photographers, he began as a contract photographer to the magazine. Versatile in covering a broad range of sports, he is one of the magazine's best action photographers. Prior to moving to his current base in Boston, he worked for newspapers in Denver and Topeka, KS, after graduating with a business degree from Washburn University. His broad base of experience and interests have made him a particularly effective photojournalist. One of his most acclaimed pictures came with the cover from this year's SuperBowl of David Tyree's catch to set up the winning Giants touchdown. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Jim Sugar

Jim Sugar has been a working photographer since three days after graduating from Wesleyan University. National Geographic hired Jim as a summer intern following graduation. Since then, he completed 35 published articles in National Geographic Magazine, 3 books for the National Geographic book division, 9 cover stories for Popular Mechanics, and six cover stories for Boy's Life. His commercial clients include DuPont, AT&T, IBM, SAP, and VISA. Jim has won the NPPA Magazine Photographer of the Year contest and finished as runner-up in the White House News Photographer Contest. He has mastered nearly all aspects of photographic lighting, including Nikon's digital wireless strobe system. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Joey Terrill

A Los Angeles-based corporate and editorial photographer with a long and varied career in photography, in recent years migrating towards his passions for environmental portraits and studio/location lighting. A prior attendee of the workshops in the mid 1990s, he's now a regular faculty member, with a talent for effectively communicating the principles of controlled lighting in terms anyone can understand. His portrait talents are regularly tapped by commercial clients as well as Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, People and other leading publications. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Mark Terrill

One of the Associated Press' top sports photographers, he covers sports assignments from the Los Angeles bureau. In addition to his skills as a photographer, he's known for his technical prowess and has been innovative in his use of remote cameras and remote image transmission. His pictures are widely played around the world and a few years ago, he scored big with two Time magazine sports covers in the same year. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Beth Wald

In her photography, Beth Wald combines a lifelong love of the natural environment and a fascination with the world’s diverse cultures. These two passions have led her from the Arctic to Argentina, from Cuba to Afghanistan in a wide-ranging visual exploration of how we as humans interact with the land and environment that surrounds us. Wald's wide body of work includes assignments for many editorial clients, including National Geographic, Smithsonian, The New York Times, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Men’s Journal,and many others, and commercial clients such as Nikon, Patagonia and The North Face, as well as pursuing personal projects. Wald received the 2006 Rowell Award in recognition of her photography and commitment to the people and places that inspire her, and has received awards and recognition from POY, American Photography, Outdoor Photographer, and others. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Marv Watson

Marv Watson is a senior photo editor for Red Bull Content Pool, where he works with a variety of disciplines, from freestyle skiing to freestyle motocross, as well as overseeing athlete shoots from professional gamers to MLB stars. After getting his Masters in Sport Science from the University of Teesside in his native England, he travelled the world and finally settled down in Los Angeles, joining the ranks of Red Bull in 2008. He's also an active photographer, covering events for Red Bull. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Hans Weise

Hans Weise has worked for nearly 20 years in film, television and new media as a writer, producer and cinematographer. Currently he’s the Video Director at National Geographic magazine focusing on short-form video for the iPad edition of the magazine. Previously, he was the creator and series producer of the on-assignment photography TV series, “Nat Geo’s Most Amazing Photos” as well as for “Nat Geo’s Top 10 Photos of the Year” for PBS. He supervises video production for the magazine and works closely with its photographers to expand their storytelling skills into digital extensions of the print magazine. Prior to National Geographic, Weise supervised a production team at the Discovery Channel and. as an independent producer, he’s made films for the Jane Goodall Institute, among others.Weise originally studied feature film at New York University, and has created a video production course for the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Melissa Wiley

Melissa Wiley is Director of Photography and Video for National Geographic Digital Media, headquartered in Washington, D.C. She is responsible for the overall editorial direction of the Photography and Video sections of National Geographic online, as well as overseeing photography and video assets across the National Geographic web sites. Melissa works closely with all areas of the National Geographic Society to best highlight National Geographic cohesively as a leader in the industries of photography and video. Before taking on the role of Director of Photography and Video, Melissa was a Senior Producer for the National Geographic magazine web site. Before coming to National Geographic, Melissa worked as an online Interactive Producer for Discovery Communications, where she focused on creating cross-platform video for web, mobile, VOD, and television. Before joining Discovery, Melissa worked for U.S. News & World Report on digital imaging and photo editing for both the print and online versions of the magazine. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Scott Willson

Scott Willson brings a narrative eye to his photography —a perspective that looks far beyond the first impression of an image. He obtained a B.A. in English Lit and threatened law school on two separate occasions, before returning to writing. Originally intending to be a travel writer, Willson finally decided to study photography at Brooks Institute of Photography, and his journey subsequently led to an eight-year sojourn with the Patagonia Photo Department, before he moved on to The North Face, where he has been Photo Editor since 2004. Willson lives in San Francisco and frequently lectures and participates in panel discussions focused on adventure sports and travel photography. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Donald R. Winslow

Winslow is the editor of News Photographer magazine for the National Press Photographers Association as well as NPPA's Web site and their annual print edition of the Best Of Photojournalism award-winning photographs. Winslow has a 35 year career in photojournalism as a photographer, picture and graphics editor, director of photography, writer, and new media producer. He has worked for Reuters as a photojournalist and editor based in Washington, D.C. and for Reuters NewMedia, in Reston, VA, and New York City. His newspaper career includes The Palm Beach Post, The Pittsburgh Press, The Milwaukee Journal Co., The Republic in Columbus, IN, and The Wabash Plain Dealer in Wabash, IN. While at REUTERS he worked on developing early applications for digital technology and remote transmitting for traditional news assignments, such as the White House, inaugurations, and sporting events. At CNET Networks in San Francisco he was the Director of Photography for CNET Online. Winslow has been the editor of NPPA's News Photographer magazine since 2003. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Rhona Wise

As a freelance photographer for Reuters, Agence France Presse, Bloomberg News and the European Pressphoto Agency, Rhona Wise has witnessed some of most memorable moments of the past two decades and brings vast experience working with agency work and a diverse portfolio of the world's largest sporting events. She has covered over a dozen Super Bowls, the Olympics, World Series, the US Tennis Open, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Playoffs, Cricket World Cup and countless collegiate and amateur sporting events. Wise graduated with a double major degree in Photo-communication and Psychology from the University of Miami, where she also spent several years immediately following graduation as the official photographer for the University of Miami's athletic programs. Click bold name for a link to their website.

Rich Clarkson

The organizer of Photography at the Summit. His Denver-based company packages books, uses new technology to manage photographic and publishing ventures for such diverse groups as the Denver Broncos football team and Colorado Rockies baseball team, and serves as consultant to a variety of companies, publishers and foundations. The former director of photography and senior assistant editor of the National Geographic magazine, he photographed for many years for Sports Illustrated ,Time and LIFE magazines. Working earlier for newspapers in Topeka, Ks. and Denver, he was named as one of the 100 most influential persons in photography by American Photo magazine. Click bold name for a link to their website.


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