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.

February 26-28 2016

Keynote Speakers

Brad Smith

Brad Smith is an award-winning photo editor with more than 30 years of experience. He was the photo editor and assistant director of photography for the White House during the Clinton administration. He later spent 12 years at The New York Times as the sports photo editor. Currently, Smith formerly served as director of photography for Time Inc., Sports Group, overseeing all photographic content for Sports Illustrated, Golf Magazine and Sports Illustrated for Kids, including print, tablet, online and Instagram.


Stacy Pearsall

Stacy L. Pearsall got her start as an Air Force photographer at the age of 17. During her time in the service, she traveled to more than 41 countries and attended S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Now combat disabled and retired from military service, Pearsall continues to work worldwide as a freelance photographer and is an author, educator, military consultant, public speaker and founder of the Veterans Portrait Project.


Dave Black

As a freelance photographer for 35 years, Black's work has primarily centered on the sports industry for such publications as Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek and the award-winning TV show "Sports Century" on ESPN. Known for his creative use of Speedlights and, in particular, the artistic technique of Lightpainting, Black's portfolio continues to broaden into the commercial and advertising industry with specialized lighting projects.


Patrick Murphy-Racey

Sony Artisan Associate Patrick Murphy-Racey has been looking ahead and adapting to the "next thing" for his entire career. While he started in newspapers, he quickly moved into magazine editorial work, then into corporate and advertising and high-end wedding photojournalism. Now, half of his assignments are video. He will share why Christ must be the center of transcending, reinventing, updating, adapting and making forward momentum as we shoot our way through life.


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Early Registration (ends midnight on Sunday, February 7, 2016)
Regular/Professional admission: $160
Students: $65*

Regular Admission (after February 8, 2016)
Regular/Professional: $195
Students: $95*

An additional Student Practicum will take place on Thursday-Friday, February 25-26, 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

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 guests@swbts.edu 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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Email communications@swbts.edu or call 817.923.1921 x4808

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