Photo Advisory Board


Our new Photo Advisory Board is made up of photographers, photojournalists and videojournalists who have gone above and beyond in their support of Critical Exposure. Their role is to strengthen our visual storytelling through mentorships with students, expanding our multimedia curriculum, finding new ways to distribute students' photos, and much more. 

Allison Shelley

Allison Shelley is an independent documentary photographer and multimedia creator.  She is co-director of the 250-member non-profit Women Photojournalists of Washington and adjunct faculty in the New Media and Photojournalism graduate program at the Corcoran College of Art and Design.  Previously, Allison worked as director of photography for Education Week newspaper and as a staff photographer for the Washington Times.  Her current transmedia documentary project focuses on maternal health issues affecting young women worldwide.

Based in Haiti from early 2010, her photography has been featured in publications such as Time magazine, The New York TimesThe Atlantic, the Washington PostDer SpeigelThe Wall Street JournalLos Angeles TimesParis Match, and the Guardian.

Her work has received awards from the National Press Photographers Association, the Society for News Design, and the White House News Photographers Association among others-- including the WHNPA Project Grant to support her examination of young motherhood in eastern India, and two grants from Pulitzer Center to support similar projects in Nepal and Nigeria.

Amanda Lucidon

Amanda Lucidon is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker based in Washington, D.C. Lucidon’s work has been recognized by White House News Photographers Association, National Press Photographers Association Best of Photojournalism and Pictures of the Year International, among others. 

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Andrew Harnik

Andrew Harnik is a staff photographer with the Washington Times Newspaper. Born and raised in the Washington, DC area, Andrew has worked as a newspaper and magazine photojournalist since 2003. He has been recognized with awards from the Photos of the Year International competition, and the White House News Photographers Association for the past seven years in a row including the Political Photograph of the Year in 2012, a top honor.

His work has taken him from speeches at the White House and Capitol Hill, from the human tragedy at the Virginia Tech campus to the Hurricane Katrina disaster in the Gulf Coast. He has covered the momentous celebrations of Barack Obama's rise to the presidency and visits to the U.S. by the Queen of England and Pope Benedict XVI. Much of Andrew's work has also been focused off Capitol Hill, telling stories of the nation's capital that are often overlooked. He believes that the stories of everyday people are as rewarding and important as covering high profile events and public figures.

Bethany Swain

From the campaign trail to Afghanistan, Bethany Swain covered a wide variety of stories during her decade as a photojournalist for CNN - as a versatile member of the Washington bureau, and one of the women who made up only 5% of CNN’s domestic photojournalists team.  In 2010, Swain became the first woman to win Video Photographer of the Year by the White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA). 

Before leaving CNN to teach at University of Maryland and enter the freelance world, Swain launched the award-winning "In Focus" series, which is a multimedia collection of natural sound packages crafted by fellow CNN photojournalists. She also created #FamilySolutions, an award winning series with CNN Correspondent Lisa Sylvester that focuses on issues affecting parents and families. 

Swain holds leadership positions with Women Photojournalist of Washington (WPOW), American Journalism Review (AJR), NPPA and WHNPA.

Prior to CNN, she worked at WPTZ in Vermont, WJAR in Rhode Island, and NewsChannel 8 in Washington. Her first job was delivering the Burlington Free Press every morning, starting at age 10 until she graduated from high school in Vermont. Sometimes you could catch her at 5 am reading the paper before she delivered it to her customers.

Jahi Chikwendiu

Jahi Chikwendiu wanted to be practical, but in the end his passion for photojournalism won out. After earning his undergraduate degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in math education from the University of Kentucky, Jahi was set to start a career as a high school math instructor. In fact, he taught for a year, enjoying the everyday challenges of being an educator. But when the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, the local newspaper where he freelanced during that first teacher’s summer off, called to offer him a full-time staff position, he couldn't say no. Three months later, Jahi was named 1998 Photographer of the Year by the Kentucky News Photographer's Association (KNPA). In another two years, he would join the staff of The Washington Post, where he’s been a staff photographer since January of 2001.

Since joining the Washington Post, Chikwendiu has worked on a variety of stories that include the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq and Sudanese refugees in Egypt, AIDS and poverty in Kenya and genocide in Darfur, cluster bomb victims in South Lebanon and DC Public Schools’ broken system.  Chikwendiu spent the first three months of 2009 in Africa covering the Barack Obama inauguration from the Kenyan home village of the US president’s father and other stories in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Kenya, and South Sudan.  After starting the year of 2011 covering South Sudan's referendum (vote) to secede from the north of Sudan, Jahi covered stories such as the suspicion of Muslims since 9/11/2001, a small town in NJ welcoming home the body of a young soldier killed in Afghanistan, and a DC transitional safe-house for young people who are LGBT (lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender) along with other local DC and national stories.  Jahi spent 2012 covering a variety of stories that include an autistic boy’s need for extra educational assistance, a father with a shady past stepping up to care for his five children, the new face of Iraq after the withdrawal of the U.S. military after a decade of invasion and occupation, and the aftermath of the massacre in Newtown, CT. 

Chikwendiu's work has been recognized by such organizations as White House News Photographers Association, National Press Photographers Association, Pictures of the Year international, World Press Photo, National Association of Black Journalists, Overseas Press Club, Harry Chapman Media Awards, Days Japan International Photojournalism Awards, Kentucky News Photographers Association, Atlanta Photojournalism Seminars, Northern- and Southern-Short Courses, among others.  But his heart always comes back to the question of how to best raise the next generation, how to best pass forward, as promised, all and beyond what was passed forward to him.

Lori Waselchuk

Lori Waselchuk is a documentary photographer whose photographs have appeared in magazines and newspapers worldwide, including Newsweek, LIFE, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times. She has produced photographs for several international aid organizations including CARE, the UN World Food Program, Médecins Sans Frontières, and the Vaccine Fund. Her work is exhibited internationally and is part of collections including the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Portland Museum of Art and the South African National Gallery. 

Waselchuk is a recipient of the 2012 Pew Fellowship for the Arts, the Aaron Siskind Foundation’s 2009 Individual Photographer Fellowship, a 2008 Distribution Grant from the Documentary Photography Project of the Open Society Institute, the 2007 PhotoNOLA Review Prize, and the 2004 Southern African Gender and Media Award for Photojournalism.  Waselchuk was also a nominee for the 2009 Santa Fe Prize for Photography, a finalist in the 2008 Aperture West Book Prize, and a finalist in the 2006 and 2008 Critical Mass Review.