Michael Keating – Hoosier Hardwood Project
In 2013 photographers Chris Smith & Michael E. Keating began a journey to document Indiana's historic high school gyms. Although basketball was not born in Indiana, the state adopted the game as its own - nine of the top ten largest high school gyms in the United States are located in Indiana. In 1954, the year tiny Milan won the state championship, more than 700 schools participated in the tournament - a story that would later inspire the Hollywood film Hoosiers. As of 2019 Smith & Keating have traveled more than 50,000 miles, shot more than 400,000 digital frames and visited more than 300 gyms. One hundred photos from the project are currently on display at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and in 2016 the project was featured in the New York Times and was one of the Indiana Historical Society's Bicentennial Exhibits.
Gary Hershorn – Chasing the Moon over New York City
Gary Hershorn is a photographer in love with New York City. He specializes in capturing the city's beauty, in all types of weather, throughout the year.
Astrid Riecken – Reportage and Collage
Astrid Riecken is an award-winning photographer, based in Washington, D.C., and New York City. Since August 2016, Riecken additionally holds a position as adjunct professor at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design of the George Washington University where she teaches documentary photography.
Riecken has won numerous awards in Picture of the Year International (Poyi), National Press Photographers Association's Best of Photography (BOP) and the White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA) competition in which she was named "Photographer of the Year" in 2014. Riecken was also a participant in the Eddie Adams Workshop and was twice a finalist for the William Randolph Hearst National College Journalism Competition and the recipient of the NPPA Joseph Ehrenreich scholarship and the Greg Robinson Memorial scholarship. In 2016, Riecken was named Outstanding Journalism Alumna by SFSU.
Equally comfortable in English and German, Riecken frequently freelances for international publications including Getty Images, The European Press Photo Agency and The Washington Post. Her work has been published by The Washington Post, The New York Times, Newsweek, Time Magazine, The Guardian, and Die Zeit, among many others.
Jeff Swensen – American Reportage – Documenting Real America
Jeff Swensen is a sucker for busy photo editors with challenging assignments on tight deadlines who still require good light on rainy days and varieties of the human condition in difficult situations.
He has traveled throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern regions of the United States making photos that describe the realities of the culture, politics, and economics…while enjoying the challenge of balancing the often conflicting concerns of photojournalism and fine art; hoping people might ponder what they see.