2018 Society of Environmental Journalists honorable mention Explanatory Journalism for Invisibles, the plastic within us

2018 Association of British Science Writers finalist for Invisibles, the plastic within us

2017 INN Photography of the year honorable mention

2015 Eddie Award Gold Medal from Folio Magazine for video, "Making Forever Love"

BFF Audience Award, Thao's Library (other numerous festival awards)

2013 Golden Eagle Cine award for “Gold Star Children” Audio engineering

Communication Arts 55th Photo Annual selection

National Telly, Bronze, award for short documentary, “Building Peace on Desktops.” 2011

2007 First Place National Press Photographer’s Association Newspaper Editing Special Section Multimedia “A Quiet War”

National Award Winner for the National Mental Health Association Media Awards for project on jailing of the mentally ill 2004

Best In Show for Photojournalism from the Virginia Press Assoc. 2004

First Place Sports Picture POYi 2004

Virginia News Photographer of the Year 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2007 with more than 40 single awards

2003 First Place Photo Story from NABJ

Second Place for NPPA’s Cliff Edom Award 2001

Third Place sports picture NPPA POY 2001

Award of Excellence for sports picture POYi 2001

Pew Fellowship finalist for project on AIDS orphans in Botswana

Slover Award winner 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007—Landmark Com. Award—judged by Mark Edelson, Palm Beach Post, Jamie Francis-The Oregonian, Bill Greene-Boston Globe, Carolyn Cole-The Los Angeles Times

Award of Excellence for Portrait/Personality, NPPA 58th Annual Pictures of the Year

Third Place for Spot News Photograph, NPPA’s 54th Annual POY

Third Place Sports picture Atlanta Photojournalism Competition

Five First Place Clemens Awards from the Associated Press for news, sports, and multiple picture story and feature photos, design

Several other general NPPA Clip Contest and Maryland, Delaware, D.C. and Virginia Press Association awards

Mentor to summer interns at The Virginian-Pilot

Numerous picture editing awards from internationally recognized media organizations



Speaking engagements/Workshops/Panels


Speaker, James Madison University “Behind the story, Microplastics” 2018

AMA Nonprofit Conference, DC, 2015; Hitting the bulls eye with video

Bloom Film Challenge Judge, sponsored by Pivot TV, Silk and Students of the World

Speaker, Virginia Association of Fundraising Professionals, The Power of the Narrative Story, 2012

Speaker, Photo Night, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2012.


Panel speaker, James Madison University, September 2011. Photojournalism in the world today.

Panel speaker, Students of the World Summit, Austin, 2011.


Storytelling and Visual Communication Workshop at the Academy for Nonprofit Excellence, Tidewater Community College, October, 2010.

Panel Judge, Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management, 2010.

Still photography and story instructor, Western Kentucky University’s 2010 Mountain Workshop.

The Cliff Edom Truth With A Camera Photojournalism Workshops National and International. 2002, 2003, 2008, 2011 to present.

Guest lecturer for journalism classes at Hampton University, Virginia Wesleyan, Ohio University, Tidewater Community College, Salem High School, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Guest speaker at the 2006 NPPA Flying Short Course-Philadelphia, PA.

Panel Judge, Academy of the Arts Photography Contest, Easton, Maryland, 1995.





Norfolk Collegiate School, 2012.

First Presbyterian Church, 2011, 2012.

Tidewater Community College Visual Arts Center, 2010.

Cross Roads Art Center, Physicians for Peace, Richmond, 2010.

Peninsula Fine Arts Museum, Newport News, Virginia, 2008.

The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia, 2006-2007.

The Courthouse Galleries, Portsmouth, Virginia 2006.

Exhibited in the Virginia Poverty Law Center exhibition 2005.

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, Clifton Forge, Virginia, 2003.

Pictures of the Year International, traveling exhibition, 1995.



Additional Training


Graduated from the nationally recognized multimedia workshop, Platypus, 2006.

Mentor program under Master Photographer, Ernesto Bazan. New York City 2004.

Adobe Flash immersion program, Landmark Media, 2003.



The Virginian-Pilot

USA Today Network 

The Guardian



National Geographic TV

Deutsche Welle


la Republica

The Irish Independent


Science Times


The Hindu

Nieman Reports

NEED Magazine

Mother Jones




The Los Angeles Times

The New York Times

The Washington Post


U.S. News and World Report


Orb Media

The University of Virginia Magazine

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Education Week




THAO'S LIBRARY, 2015 2nd camera

GLEN CAMPBELL, I'LL BE ME, 2012, 2nd Camera

POWERING ON: THE STORY OF BYTE BACK, 2013, Director, Producer, Writer, Editor, DP

FOSTER LOCAL, 2013, Director, Writer

USPS STAMPS.COM ICON SERIES: 2013-2015, Director, Producer, Writer, Editor, DP

ANY WAY YOU WANT IT: MUSIC VIDEO, 2013, CO-Director, Editor, DP

WOMEN HEART, 2012, Director, Producer, Writer, Editor, DP

GOLD STAR CHILDREN, 2012, Ast. DP Camera, Audio

BUILDING PEACE ON DESKTOPS, 2011, Director, Producer, Writer, DP

THE PURPOSE PROJECT, 2011, CO-Director, Writer, Editor, DP


Produced over 200 documentary shorts for clients like National Geographic, Physicians for Peace, Dental Trade Alliance,

The Virginian-Pilot, National Suicide Prevention Agency, Friends of Guest House, and many other nonprofit agencies and news outlets.




Dean Woo, cover photo

Earl Washington, cover photo

A Century of Great Photography, The Virginian-Pilot, 2006. Photographs featured throughout.

Life 2001 Album The Year in Pictures, ppg 90-91. Photo featured.

The Best of Photojournalism by the National Press Photographers Association. 1995, 2002. Photos featured.

Virginia 24/7, 2004. Several photos featured thoughout.

Virginia Poverty Law Center exhibition catalog, 2007.