Photojournalism Conference
25th Anniversary


The Southwestern Photojournalism Conference is the conference for those who believe photojournalism to be a calling and the act of bearing witness to be important.

The conference is coordinated by Southern Baptist Photojournalists and hosted by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

March 10-12 2017

Keynote Speakers

Brad Smith

Brad Smith is an award-winning photo editor with 35 years of experience in visual storytelling. He is the former director of photography at Time Inc., Sports Group, which includes Sports Illustrated and Golf Magazine. He was also at one time senior sports photo editor for The New York Times and assistant director of photography for the White House during the Clinton administration. He is currently the director of Brad Smith Creative, a visual consulting group.


Garrett Hubbard

Garrett Hubbard, owner of GH Studios, spent five years cultivating a documentary- and narrative-driven video style mixed with an artful photographic vision as the senior video journalist at USA TODAY. This work has taken him to the White House, the Olympics, The Royal Wedding, and many other places around the world. Prior to joining the USA TODAY staff, he had the opportunity to tell stories for The Washington Post and The New York Times.

Ron Londen

Ron Londen began his career in photojournalism as a staff photographer and then photo director at several newspapers on the west coast. In 10 years as a photo director, his newspapers were twice awarded Best Use of Photos by the NPPA, first at The Daily Breeze and then at The Orange County Register. Twenty years ago, Londen left daily journalism to join a communications firm, Journey Group, as a partner. Since then, he has served Journey clients as a photographer, writer and video producer, working on projects on five continents.

Akili Ramsess

Akili Ramsess has served as executive director of the NPPA since April 2016. Previously, among other positions, she worked as director of photography for the Valley Edition of The Los Angeles Times, which won the Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Ramsess also shares a 1993 Pulitzer in Feature Photography for their portfolio of the 1992 presidential campaign. She is on the advisory board of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Visual Task Force and served as photo team leader for the NABJ’s Multimedia Student Project for the last decade.


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Registration Rates
Regular/Professional: $195
Students: $90*

An additional Student Practicum will take place on Thursday-Friday, March 9-10, for those seeking further training in photojournalism. The practicum is an additional $45.

*enrolled full time in high school, vo-tech school, college or seminary

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Scholarship Opportunities

Thanks to the generosity of one of our sponsors, CIP (Christians in Photojournalism), scholarships are available for four students (including the Student Practicum) and one professional registration. To apply, write a 500-word essay answering the question, "Why do you wish to attend the Southwestern Photojournalism Conference?" and email it to by Feb. 1, 2017. Please be sure to include your contact information. Winners will be notified shortly after the Feb. 1 deadline.

Food Service

Registration fee includes light refreshments Friday evening; full-scale hot breakfast, buffet lunch, and buffet dinner on Saturday, as well as light refreshments that evening; and continental breakfast on Sunday.


A number of nice and reasonably priced guest rooms in our conference center have been reserved for this event. To book a room, contact our Guest Room Desk by email at or call them at 817-921-8800. Ask for an individual pay room booking or ask for our campus coordinator, Matt Bennett. For a list of area hotels, click here.


Directions to the Riley Center can be found here. Shuttle information from the DFW airport can be found here.

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2-Minute Shows

Everyone has something to say, but can you say it in two minutes? Here is your chance to take the stage and share your work in 120 seconds. Learn more by clicking the button below:

2-Minute Shows

Promotional Resources

The following promotional resources are freely available for you to download:

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Email Alyssa Martin at or call 817.923.1921 x4808

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