Mary Virginia Swanson © Jamie Williams; Judging photobook competition with coauthor Darius Himes © Rebecca Senf; Santa Fe Workshops © Steven St. John; Annenberg Space for Photography © John Lewis;  PhotoNOLA © Samuel Portera.

© Jeanine Michna-Bales

I met with Mary at my first review in December of 2013. Serendipitously, she was the first review I had on the first day. She quickly got me better organized and helped me figure out what I needed to focus on for the rest of the weekend. Since then, her advice and insight have been extremely helpful. I have a newly designed website, received a Scholarship to Review Santa Fe and have been chosen as a CENTER 2014 Choice Awards Winner. I look forward to many more tangible benefits from my working relationship with Mary and truly appreciate all of her help.


—Jeanine Michna-Bales (website)

From the MVS Marketing Blog

Deadline February 20th: LensCulture 2019 Portrait Awards

Call for Entries: 2019 Portrait Awards
Deadline: Wednesday, February 20, 2019
“For the sixth year, the LensCulture Portrait Awards 2019 are searching the globe for photographers making the most captivating portraits.
We’re eager to see innovative new approaches as well as stunning traditional work — from quirky self-portraits to creative portrayals of family, friends, groups and ordinary people […]

February 24th, Las Vegas: MVS Presenting at NANPA Nature Photography Summit

NANPA | Nature Photography Summit
February 21–23, 2019 in Las, Vegas, Nevada

“NANPA’s 21st Nature Photography Summit and Trade Show provides a wide variety of opportunities for nature photographers at all levels of experience to meet, share their work, learn more about both the art and business of nature photography, get hands-on practice, discover new tools and […]

Deadline February 15th: Penumbra Workspace Program

Penumbra Foundation
Call for Submissions: Penumbra Workspace Program
Deadline EXTENDED to: Friday, 15 February 2019 at 11:59 PM EDT
Application: FREE
“As a non-for-profit organization whose mission is to embrace the photographic community through its educational and public events Penumbra Foundation is proud to announce the development of a new program dedicated to facilitate emerging artist with time, workspace, […]

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