Our award-winning faculty consists of speakers, portfolio reviewers and participants in breakout sessions.
LISA KRANTZ www.lisakrantz.com
Lisa Krantz is a staff photographer at the San Antonio Express-News in Texas. Her awards have included the Pictures of the Year International (POYi) Community Awareness Award, POYi Third Place Newspaper Photographer of the Year (2010 & 2015), World Press Photo portrait, Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Feature Photography (team entry), ASNE Community Service Photojournalism Award and the Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award for Photojournalism (2010 & 2012). NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism, PDN Photo Annual, SPJ’s Sigma Delta Chi, National Headliner Awards and Editor & Publisher’s EPPY Awards have also recognized her work.
Krantz is a three-time NPPA Region 8 Photographer of the Year. “A Life Apart: The Toll of Obesity,” the story of Hector Garcia Jr.’s struggle with obesity in the last four years of his life, was screened at Visa pour l’Image in Perpignan, France, and exhibited at the Festival della Fotografia Etica in Lodi, Italy. Krantz has a psychology degree from Florida State University and a MA in photography from Syracuse University. Previously she worked at the Naples (FL) Daily News.
WHITNEY SHEFTE www.vimeo.com/channels/whitney
Whitney Shefte is a Peabody, Emmy, Murrow and Pictures of the Year International (POYi) Award-winning video journalist at The Washington Post, where she has worked since 2006. She has documented everything from AIDS in D.C., to press issues in Pakistan, to the forgotten conflict in Western Sahara. Whitney also teaches video journalism at Georgetown University, and she formerly taught at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. Whitney is president of the White House News Photographers Association, a 95-year-old professional organization for visual journalists in D.C. A three-time regional Emmy Award winner and two-time national News & Documentary Emmy Award nominee, Whitney received a Peabody Award and a Pictures of the Year International Documentary Project of the Year Award in 2011 for her project “Coming home a different person” on traumatic brain injury. She and a team of other Post journalists were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting for a military medicine package that included the same project in 2011. She has also received various other awards from NPPA, WHNPA, ONA and the Webby Awards, and she was a finalist for the Livingston Award in 2015. Whitney is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication where she concentrated in photojournalism. She grew up in the Charlotte, NC area, and she remains a devoted Tarheels fan. Whitney lives in northwest Washington, D.C., but escapes to wide, open spaces as much as possible for rock climbing, kayaking and cycling. Follow her on twitter @whitneyshefte and see her work at: vimeo.com/channels/whitney
JAKE MAY www.jakemay.samexhibit.com
Jake May is the chief photojournalist at The Flint Journal and serves as the president of the Michigan Press Photographers Association as well as the Midwest regional chair for the National Press Photographers Association.
NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism awarded him an honorable mention for his 2015 smaller markets portfolio, as well as the Region 4 photographer of the year twice. He has received more than 150 awards on the statewide, regional and national level since 2010.
Since 2014, May was and is currently living through the Flint water crisis as a resident while intimately telling the now international story on how an entire city faces an overhaul on its infrastructure because of lead-tainted drinking water through mismanaged political oversight, leading to a spike in elevated blood lead levels in thousands of children.
You can follow his work at mlive.com/flint, as well as on Twitter and Instagram: @jakemayphoto. As he has recently lost 100 pounds, you can also follow along through his weight loss and health journey on Instagram: @50weightsofmay. You can see more of his work on his website: jakemay.samexhibit.com.
NICK OZA www.nickoza.com
Nick Oza joined the Arizona Republic as a staff photographer in 2006. He specializes in covering social issues, among them immigration, child welfare, gangs and mental health. Oza was part of the Knight-Ridder team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2006 for their coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In 2003 and 2005, he was embedded with the U.S. military to photograph the Iraq war for Knight-Ridder. He has received more than 120 awards for his work, including a 2012 Rocky Mountain Emmy for his video documenting problems in Arizona’s Child Protective Services. He has been named photographer of the year 4 times by the Arizona Press Club and also won third place in the National Press Photographers Association & Cliff Edom New America Award for an immigration documentary he produced. I was part of the team won Hillman Award. His photographs have also been showcased on the websites of The New York Time’s Lens Blog and Time magazine. Oza has photographed extensively along the U.S.-Mexico border, and has also worked along the India-Bangladesh border. He previously worked at The Telegraph (Macon, Ga) for 9 years and won Photographer of the Year and Ga. Associated Press Photographer of Year 4 years consecutive years. His recent work from Ferguson was featured in American Photo, ViewFind. He was a Finalist for Picture of the Year(poyi) for book project and CPS work.
AAron Ontiveroz www.aaronontiveroz.com
AAron has been a staff visual journalist at the Denver Post since 2010. Before joining the Post, he worked at the Wyoming Tribune Eagle in Cheyenne, Wyoming for two years.
Since starting his career, AAron has photographed a lot of general assignments and sports events. In 2014, he covered the Super Bowl and Winter Olympics. In 2016, he covered his second Super Bowl and first Summer Olympics. He loves community journalism and enjoys working most stories big or small.
His work has been recognized by the Best of Photojournalism, the Emmy Awards, NPPA (Region Photographer of the Year) and the Colorado Press Association (Colorado
Photographer of the Year). AAron was a staffer on the Denver Post photo team that finished as the runner up for the 2013 breaking news photography Pulitzer Prize; he was also a contributing member of the Denver Post staff that was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage of the Aurora theater shooting.
He loves his daughter Noa, cheese, general activities and some card games, but not all. AAron hopes to one day retire and live in a small town in his home state Wyoming.
Sophia Allison www.sophianahliallison.com
Allison is a Cinematographer and Editor at Fusion in LA where she works on a variety of documentary series. She was a participant of the Eddie Adams Workshop XXVIII, the New York Times Student Journalism Institute and the 2014 New York Times Lens Blog Portfolio Review. She’s interned at The Seattle Times, The Tampa Bay Times and The Chicago Reporter.
She describes herself as a video storyteller at the community level and a media arts educator. A native of South Central Los Angeles, she’s passionate about stories that examine culture and humanize the voices of youth, women of color, and the LGBTQ community. She desires to examine and challenge how media transforms the narrative of everyday life.
She’s also taught photo and video to youth in Chicago and Los Angeles, and Allison is a grateful recipient of the Chicago 3Arts Award for my work as a teaching artist.
Matt Slaby www.luceoimages.com
Matt Slaby is a co-founder of Luceo, a creative agency specializing in photography, cinema, and production for clients ranging in scope from NYC Health to National Geographic. He believes that the best advocacy for positive social change is rooted in real, honest stories. Slaby began his visual career working as an editorial photographer for the nation’s leading magazines. Slaby worked in emergency services as a Hotshot firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service and as an EMT with a metropolitan ambulance service. Slaby is also an attorney with a J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Mitch Utterback is a journalism master’s candidate at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is a retired U.S. Army Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel taking advantage of the GI Bill to transition to a new career reporting on war, conflict and disaster.
Mitch recently returned from a trip researching his graduate thesis — in Mosul, Iraq — where he was embedded with elite Iraqi forces clearing the city from Islamic State occupation. Mitch traveled alone to Iraq and joined the same Iraqi officers he advised while in uniform during the military surge of 2007 and 2008.
He has deployed three times to Afghanistan and once to Iraq, and has also served behind the Berlin Wall and along the U.S. border with Mexico. Mitch holds a M.S. in homeland security from San Diego State, and is a national security analyst for local and cable television news networks.
PANEL DISCUSSION LEADER
Martin Smith-Rodden www.martinsmithrodden.com
Dr. Martin Smith-Rodden was named Photo Editor of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association’s Best of Photojournalism competition. He was also Region 3 (mid-Atlantic) Photographer of the Year. He now teaches in the Journalism Department at Ball State University (Indiana). In 2013, he earned a doctorate in applied experimental psychology, and currently researches topics relating to media psychology and cognition. For more than 3 decades previous, he’s been a photojournalist, photo editor and team leader. He’s worked in the Baltimore/Washington, San Antonio (Texas) and Norfolk (Virginia) metro areas. He will be available for portfolio reviews and will lead a discussion panel entitled “Photojournalism & The New Normal • How are we still effective? And how can we make a difference?”
Ken Lyons is Senior Editor for Photography and Multimedia at The Denver Post. Before moving to Colorado, he was Director of Photography for The Orlando Sentinel. In Virginia, Ken was a photojournalist and editor for The Daily Press.
The Denver Post was recognized with the Angus McDougall Overall Excellence in Editing Award and other honors for his picture editing work include first and second place picture editing portfolio in the POYi editing competition. The Denver Post was also awarded first place Best Use of Photography in the Best of Photojournalism competition. The Denver Post has received two Pulitzer Prizes for Feature Photography and a staff Pulitzer Prize last year for coverage of the Aurora Theater Shooting.
As a photojournalist Ken was named third place Photographer of the Year in the POYi competition. He received the Virginia News Photographer of the Year award twice.
Ken is known throughout the journalism community as a coach and mentor. He has served as faculty member for the Kalish Picture Editing Workshop and team leader for the Truth with a Camera workshop. Ken lives in Parker, Colorado with his wife Cathy and two daughters Hannah and Hayley.