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Telling the story of Kentucky for the past 41 years. This year the participants set their sights on the river community of Paducah and McCracken County.

October 18—22, 2016

Without the city of Morehead this workshop would have no home this year. So give it up for them as Summit Sponsors! 👏🙌💯 #mtnworkshops (at The Mountain Workshops)

Ryan Graham consoles his wife, Ashley, in the dining room after their childrenwent to bed. Photo: Haiyun Jiang #mtnworkshops (at The Mountain Workshops)

#MTNWORKSHOPS team member Jonathan Woods, with Time discusses an edit with #WKUPJ professor Jeanie Adams-Smith. Photo: Nina Greipel (at The Mountain Workshops)

Lily Lui balances her work as an artist with full-time motherhood. Photo: Morgan Hornsby #mtnworkshops (at The Mountain Workshops)

It would not be a #mtnworkshops without @MediaCafeOnline Summit Sponsor y'all! We love Brian! 😍😍😍 (at The Mountain Workshops)

UNC grad student Anna Clare Spelman photographs at Creatures of Habit on Broadway in Paducah. Photo: Nina Greipel #mtnworkshops (at The Mountain Workshops)

It’s not a #mtnworkshops without the amazing support of @wku our home to the workshops and the award-winning photojournalism program. Without them, the workshops would not exist. Thanks WKU! (at The Mountain Workshops)

#WKUPJ professor Tim Broekema behind the scenes at #mtnworkshops Photo: Nina Greipel (at The Mountain Workshops)

In case you didn’t know how awesome @canonusa is-you do now! They’re a Pinnacle Sponsor will be on sight with camera equipment to try out as well as cleaning. They’ll also have a camera door prize. (at The Mountain Workshops)

Lucy Bonifas became a nun as a teenager now volunteers at nursing homes and hospitals. Photo: Skyler Ballard #mtnworkshops (at The Mountain Workshops)

Charlie Nichols runs a diner in Paducah. His daughter recently returned from Ireland to help him. Photo: Amy Nelson #mtnworkshops (at The Mountain Workshops)

Behind the scenes at #mtnworkshops Photo: Nina Greipel (at The Mountain Workshops)

Nikon rocks! Pinnacle Sponsor for the #mtnworkshops y'all. They will be on sight in Morehead with all kinds of camera equipment to try out as well as cleaning equipment. They’ll also have a camera door prize. Stop by and see them! @nikonusa (at The Mountain Workshops)

Aileen Wissinger, 4, plays inside Pipers Tea and Coffee in Paducah. Photo: Mary Mathis #mtnworkshops (at The Mountain Workshops)

Let’s give a big 👏👏👏 to @sony , who is a new Pinnacle Sponsor for the #mtnworkshops this year. They will be in Morehead with all kinds of camera bodies, lenses and other goodies for you to look at and try out. They are also providing a camera as a door prize! (at The Mountain Workshops)

The excitement grows as the participants dash to the traditional hat draw to pull out their story for the #mtnworkshops Photo: Nina Greipel (at The Mountain Workshops)

Yohannes, Shannon, Griffin, and Evelyn Wilson share a bedtime story. Photo: Emmet Kowler #mtnworkshops (at The Mountain Workshops)

Kenzley Martin plays in a toy kitchen at the Lily Pad at Easter Seals West Kentucky. Photo: Taylor Irby #mtnworkshops (at The Mountain Workshops)


Jake May, 31, is an editorial photojournalist who lives in Flint, Mich. His work on the city’s ongoing water crisis was honored as a 2017 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Feature Photography, as well as a 2016 SPJ Sigma Delta Chi Award in Feature Photography. His portfolio was also recognized twice by the National Press Photographers Association’s Best of Photojournalism: Third place (2017) and Honorable Mention (2015) in Photojournalist of the Year, smaller markets. The NPPA also awarded him a Special Citation for his work on the Flint water crisis. May was named the Michigan Photographer of the Year by the Michigan Press Photographers Association for 2016 and has claimed the 2015 and 2016 Barry Edmonds Michigan Understanding Award.

He pursues access to real lives and moments, striving to always dive deeper into stories to make emotionally potent images that stay with readers and expose issues happening right in their backyard compassionately.

May, who attended Central Michigan University, is currently the chief photojournalist at The Flint Journal, proudly working alongside the #Flinterns: some of the brightest, young photojournalistic minds and eyes nationwide.

He currently serves as the Michigan Press Photographers Association president (since Feb. 2013), and the Midwest Regional Chair (since Sept. 2014). He attended The Eddie Adams Workshop XXVII, and coached at The Mountain Workshops in Oct. 2016. May has also judged statewide photojournalism competitions in Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky.

When May is not capturing life through his lens, this beard enthusiast enjoys fitness, karaoke and cooking. He is a dance fanatic and champion pig wrestler, who also happens to love everything zombie and time travel.

You can connect with May and follow his work on Instagram and Twitter through his accounts, @jakemayphoto


Rick Loomis is a freelance visual journalist based in the New York area.  Prior to that he was a photojournalist for the Los Angeles Times for more than 20 years. 

Loomis is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and has been coming to the Mountain Workshop for as long as he can remember.  He firmly believes the workshop has the power and energy to be a transformative experience for everyone that attends.  

Rick is very much looking forward to helping you improve your storytelling by sharpening your shooting skills, developing your communication skills and finding your voice.

Rick has a wife, a kid and dog that he loves very much.