ANDREA BRUCE www.andreabruce.com
Andrea Bruce is a documentary photographer who brings attention to people living in the aftermath of war. She concentrates on the social issues that are sometimes ignored and often ignited in war’s wake.
Today, her central clients are National Geographic and The New York Times.
Andrea started working in Iraq in 2003, following the intricacies and obstacles of the conflict experienced by Iraqis and the US military. For over ten years she has chronicled the world’s most troubled areas, focusing on Iraq and Afghanistan. Currently she is a member and owner of the photo agency NOOR.
For eight years she worked as a staff photographer for The Washington Post and later as part of the VII Network (2010-2011). At The Post, she originated and authored a weekly column called “Unseen Iraq.” She also worked at The Concord Monitor and The St. Petersburg Times and after graduating from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995.
Her awards include top honors from the White House News Photographers Association (where she has been named Photographer of the Year four times), several awards from the International Pictures of the Year contest, and the prestigious John Faber Award from the Overseas Press Club in New York. In 2010 she received the WHNPA grant for her work in Ingushetia and was a 2011 recipient of the Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship. In 2012 she was the recipient of the first Chris Hondros Fund Award for the “commitment, willingness and sacrifice shown in her work.” The World Press Photo awarded her 2nd prize Daily Life singles for the image ‘Soldier’s Funeral’ in 2014.
In 2016, she finished Harvard’s Nieman Fellowship for journalists at Harvard and is now based in Washington, DC.
MOLLY ROBERTS www.nationalgeographic.com
Molly Roberts is a photography editor, curator and photographer; she recently joined National Geographic Magazine as a Senior Photography Editor after 15 years as Chief Photography Editor at Smithsonian Magazine. Previously she led the Washington Post Magazine and USA Weekend photography team.
With over 25-years experience in the magazine publishing world, she is responsible for the content and appearance of many magazines, books, web sites and apps. Roberts is an advocate for powerful visual storytelling and human rights and recently created the non-profit HumanEyes USA to present documentary photography projects in public spaces and to use powerful imagery to help illuminate complex issues facing America. Also committed to developing diverse voices in the media, she is a director and board member of the DC based, Women Photojournalists of Washington.
CHIP LITHERLAND www.lock-land.com
Chip Litherland is a self-diagnosed color addict. He is on a 12-step-program to break the cycle of addiction to random gratuitousness, filling rectangles with extremely anal compositions, and sick perversion to oversaturated color. He is also an award-winning photographer based in Denver, CO, with over seventeen years of experience working in photojournalism and commercial photography. He is the creative director and photographer for LOCK + LAND, a new commercial, travel, and sports photography visuals company creating advertising and marketing imagery for clients such as LEGOLAND Florida, New College of Florida, Exclusive Resorts, Space Coast Tourism, Universal Orlando, The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and New College of Florida. He is a regular contributor to ESPN the Magazine, The Players’ Tribune, The New York Times, NPR, TIME, Entrepreneur Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Yorker. His work has been recognized by Pictures of the Year International, PDN, Best of Photojournalism, Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, Southern Short Course, and the National Press Photographer’s Association. Chip is a single dad with two beautiful daughters. They rock and keep him on his toes. All of this for them.
ERIKA SCHULTZ www.erikajschultz.com
Erika Schultz works as a staff photographer for The Seattle Times and as part-time faculty at The University of Washington.
In 2017, Pictures of the Year International awarded Schultz an award of excellence for Newspaper Photographer of the Year. Her video work with Corinne Chin won second place for Individual Multimedia Portfolio in NPPA’s 2017 Best of Photojournalism Awards, as well as an honorable mention for Cliff Edom’s “New America Award.”
Schultz’s work has been recognized by the Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism, National Edward R. Murrow Awards, The Alexia Foundation, Society of Professional Journalists, and was a finalist for the 2010 and 2013 ASNE Community Service Photojournalism award. She also was part of The Seattle Times’ 2010 Pulitzer Prize winning team for Breaking News Reporting.
She serves on the Western Washington Board of the Society of Professional Journalists and is the co-founder of NW Photojournalism.
LINDSAY PIERCE www.vimeo.com/lpierce
Lindsay Pierce is a video journalist at The Denver Post, where she has worked since 2011. She shoots, edits and produces videos on all subjects. Before diving into moving pictures, she worked as a still photographer for the Daily Times in Farmington, N.M., and for YourHub, the hyper-local section of The Denver Post.
Professional recognitions include national Edward R. Murrow awards, Heartland Emmy awards and being named a 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist.
Pierce was raised in Kansas City, Missouri and studied photojournalism at Boston University. She now lives in Arvada, Colo. with her husband Steve and their 2 daughters, Maevery and Mica. Outside of work, she tries to do more running, biking and hiking than housekeeping. The battle is real.
Nina Robinson www.ninarobinsonphotography.com
Nina Robinson is a freelance documentary photographer and educator based in Arkansas and New York. In 2017, she was one of Getty Images’ Instagram Grant Recipients. Robinson’s work is a mixture of all her past experiences, bridging documentary, personal, and fine art.
She began her photography career shooting for The Reporter in Vacaville, CA. Going freelance Robinson had the freedom to pursue her interest in visual storytelling and portraiture, often photographing musicians and music groups. Robinson’s current work has a strong focus on underrepresented communities, breaking the visual prejudices of race, class, age, and gender. Her work has been featured in New York Times, National Geographic, A+E Networks, Harper’s Magazine, The Atlantic, Manhattan Magazine, Backstage Magazine, American Photo, TIME Lightbox, Lens Culture, and Wall Street Journal. Robinson’s work has exhibited at the Bronx Documentary Center, the Bronx Museum, Getty Image Gallery in London and Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, a museum dedicated to telling the story of the African American experience in Arkansas. In 2015 She developed a Photo-Therapy program at the William Hodson Senior Center in the Bronx, where, through the use of photography, older residents are able to openly explore personal and social issues. She continues to teach visual/social workshops similar to this in the American South.
Rob Finch www.bluechalk.com
Rob Finch is the creative director of Blue Chalk Media. He was part of a team from The Oregonian, where he worked previously, recognized with the Pulitzer Prize in 2007. He has also won the Online Journalism Award for Best Video Presentation and has been a two-time Newspaper Photographer of the Year in the Pictures of the Year contest. 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.
He traveled around the world as a director of photography for the TV series Belief made for the Oprah Winfrey Network, and worked on the Emmy Award winning HBO documentary, One Last Hug. Finch has directed, shot and edited short films for editorial organizations such as National Geographic, BBC, Time and the New York Times. He’s also directed various branded and commercial projects for clients including Nike, Pearson Education, The Weather Channel and The Carnegie Corporation of New York.
PANELISTS (more coming soon)
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.