Pulitzer winning photojournalists highlight Southwestern Photojournalism Conference

Pulitzer prizewinning photojournalists David Leeson and John White and 2005 Picture of the Year winner Michael Macor will be among the teaching faculty at this year’s Southwestern Photojournalism Conference March 3-5.

The event is held annually on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

Leeson won the Pulitzer Prize along with Cheryl Diaz Meyer for breaking-news photography in 2004 for their coverage of the Iraq war with the Dallas Morning News.

White, a photographer for the Chicago-Sun Times, is among today’s “most celebrated news photographers,” Denise McGill wrote in Christianity Today. He received the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography in 1982 and has received more than 300 other awards throughout his celebrated photojournalism career.

Macor, a staff photographer with the San Francisco Chronicle, won first place in news photography during the 2005 Picture of the Year International Campaign. He also received an award of excellence in the feature photography category.

Other special guests at the conference will include Bob Black with the Chicago-Sun Times, Naomi Lasdon from Virginia Beach, Va., and Ken Irby, a lead fellow with the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Matthew Miller is Southwestern Seminary’s staff photographer and one of the co-organizers of the conference. He has helped with the conference for four years.

“What sets this conference apart from others is the contact and the interaction that attendees are able to have with the speakers and presenters,” Miller said. Attendees may learn from the speakers formally during sessions, he said. Even more, Miller said that speakers will sit down for meals informally with attendees during the conference.

According to the conference’s purpose statement posted on its Web site, www.swpjc.org, the conference is “for those who believe photojournalism to be a calling and the act of bearing witness to be important.”

This Christian emphasis is another aspect that sets this conference apart, Roger Campbell, event coordinator with the seminary’s Center for Leadership Development, said.

“Most all other photojournalism conferences … just talk about technique. We make a point of adding the Christian dimension by bringing in speakers who add that to their presentation,” Campbell said.

This year’s conference will give attendees an opportunity to present their own photojournalism work to the experts and audience members in always-popular two-minute presentations. However, only 45 spots are open for these two-minute presentations, so registrants are encouraged to sign-up early.

Online registration is available at www.swpjc.org. A printable registration form may be obtained by emailing Campbell at rcampbell@swbts.edu; there is a surcharge for manual registration. Full-time students from any school or seminary may register for $77 manually, or $75 online. Professionals may register for $169 manually, or $159 online. Groups and organizations will receive one free registration for every 10 individuals who are registered with their organization.

For more information, contact Roger Campbell at 817-923-1921, extension 2444, or toll free at 1-877-474-4769, extension 2444, or at www.swpjc.org.

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