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Join us for a day of celebration and inspiration on the power of visual storytelling

Sept. 12Rejuvenate your visual soul

Three SessionsJoin in one or all three opportunities

FreeAccelerate your career at no cost but your time

Mountain Sessions

Saturday, September 12, nine amazing visual journalists, free and open to the public - and a chance to win camera gear. What more could you ask for?

For 44 years, the Mountain Workshops have educated hundreds of participants to become better storytellers by working in small groups with some of the best visual journalists in the country. The rich tradition of the Mountain has produced photographers and videographers that have gone on to win Pulitzer Prizes, publish books and land jobs as visual storytellers nation wide.

This year has given the Workshops a chance to offer a different program for a wider audience, no experience necessary. On September 12, the Mountain Workshops are proud to present Mountain Sessions, a one-day line up of speakers that will inform, inspire and ignite passions for visual storytelling during these challenging times.

Photojournalism and video will be represented in three different forums moderated by leaders in their industries. Learn how some of the top professionals in photojournalism and documentary film are covering the significant stories of this year. Hear from experts and the masters on how to continue to hone your craft during this intensive one-day educational webinar. You can RSVP for just one or all three of these sessions.

Since its beginnings, the Mountain Workshops has been at the heart of the WKU Photojournalism program’s educational mission. It remains the program’s best example of what can be achieved in journalism education outside of the classroom with the support of journalism professionals donating thousands of hours of their time and expertise, generous sponsors, and a dedicated staff of WKU Photojournalism teachers and students. This experience will be no exception to our educational standard.

Hope you can join us on the virtual Mountain.


Session One  •  Celebrating the Still Image

Come on in to our webinar and sit a spell as you listen to our host, Rosem Morton, guide her distinguished panel of photographers as they discuss and show the power of the still image. Now is the time for our industry to pull together, embrace our strengths, understand our weaknesses and celebrate that special time when light, composition and moment all come together. There will be time for participants to ask questions and engage with our guests.


Saturday, September 12

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Central

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Mountain

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific


From the comfort of your own home.


Your Host

Rosem Morton

Rosem Morton is a Filipina documentary photographer, nurse and educator based in Baltimore, Maryland. Rosem utilizes lens-based storytelling and community engagement to examine intimacy and resilience amidst the prevalence of gender violence, health disparities and cultural displacement. Rosem is a National Geographic Explorer, who has spoken at numerous institutions and whose work has been published in National Geographic, New York Times, Washington Post, Propublica, Reuters, NPR and CNN.

Rosem is a member of Authority CollectiveWomen Photograph and Women Photojournalists of Washington.

Rosem is often found in the company of her husband, Ian, also a photographer and nurse, and their Shibas.

Our Guests

Ed Kashi

Ed Kashi is a renowned photojournalist, filmmaker, speaker and educator who has been making images and telling stories for 40 years. His restless creativity has continually placed him at the forefront of new approaches to visual storytelling. Dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times, a sensitive eye and an intimate and compassionate relationship to his subjects are signatures of his intense and unsparing work. As a member of VII Photo Agency, Kashi has been recognized for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition.

Kashi’s innovative approach to photography and filmmaking has produced a number of influential short films and earned recognition by the POYi Awards as 2015’s Multimedia Photographer of the Year. Kashi’s embrace of technology has led to creative social media projects for clients including National Geographic, The New Yorker, and MSNBC. From implementing a unique approach to photography and filmmaking in his 2006 Iraqi Kurdistan Flipbook, to paradigm shifting coverage of Hurricane Sandy for TIME in 2012, Kashi continues to create compelling imagery and engage with the world in new ways.

Along with numerous awards from World Press Photo, POYi, CommArts and American Photography, Kashi’s images have been published and exhibited worldwide. His editorial assignments and personal projects have generated nine books.

In 2002, Kashi in partnership with his wife, writer + filmmaker Julie Winokur, founded Talking Eyes Media. The non-profit company has produced numerous award-winning short films, exhibits, books, and multimedia pieces that explore significant social issues.

Image of Ed Kashi © Christopher P. Michel


Jabin Botsford

Jabin Botsford is a staff photographer at The Washington Post. He studied photojournalism and sociology at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky. Previously he was interning with The New York Times in the Washington DC bureau after completing a summer internship at The Los Angeles Times in Los Angeles California. He interned in the summer of 2012 at The Washington Post through a stipend from the Scripps Howard Foundation, and in the summer of 2013 he interned for The New York Times in New York City. Jabin was a still photography participant at the 2012 and 2013 Mountain Workshops. In October of 2013 he was a student at The Eddie Adams Workshop XXVI. He has been recognized by Pictures of the Year International, College Photographer of the Year, The William Randolph Hearst Photojournalism Award program, the Associated Collegiate Press, the National Press Photographers Association, the Kentucky News Photographers Association, The Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, and many others. His images and multimedia have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, AARP, and numerous other publications throughout the country.

Most recently Jabin was named 2017 White House News Photographers Association Photographer of the Year. As a student he placed first in the 2014 Hearst National Journalism Awards Championship photojournalism shootout as well as receiving awards for best photo and best portfolio. He has been named Student Photographer of the year two years in a row by the Kentucky News Photographer’s Association, and named Sports Photographer of the Year two years in a row by College Photographer of the Year. Jabin has also been named Student Photographer of the year by the Ohio News Photographers Association, the White House News Photographers Association and The NPPA Southern Short Corse.

Jabin is currently based in Washington, DC.


Session Two  •  The Visual Narrative

Do you need some inspiration and motivation to get up and get moving after months of wondering if it was safe to go outside? During this time of a worldwide pandemic, there is still amazing work being done in the short documentary genre. Join us for a lively conversation between three accomplished filmmakers who will share with you their secrets to their success. There will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions and engage with our guests during the webinar session. 



Saturday, September 12

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Eastern

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Central

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Mountain

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific


From the comfort of your own home.


Your Host

Sky Dylan-Robbins

Sky Dylan-Robbins is an award-winning producer and the Founder and Executive Director of the Video Consortium, a global creative network that unites thousands of today's leading documentary filmmakers and video journalists. Previously, she was a staff journalist at NBC News, where she produced shorts for digital, streaming, and broadcast. Before that, she was the Senior Producer of Video at The New Yorker, where she created the magazine’s first documentary series and video supplements for print features. Sky was chosen by Forbes Magazine as a "30 under 30" in the media and graduated cum laude from Northwestern University.

Our Guests

Quincy Ledbetter

Quincy G. Ledbetter is an award winning filmmaker, photographer, and musician who focuses primarily in narrative, documentary, and experimental film.  As a jack of all trades he writes, directs, DPs, edits, and composes music.

He took the leap into digital media as a Video Producer at Mashable.  From there he did a stint at NPR developing new shows and then moved on to work as a Video Director & Editor at  After that, he landed at HuffPost as a Video Director and Senior Video Editor.

Since leaving digital media Quincy won the Project CRE8 initiative by BET and Paramount Players to direct his first feature film.


Ed Ou

Ed Ou is a staff visual journalist and documentary filmmaker with NBC News.

He started his career early as a teenager, covering the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, and the fall of the Islamic Courts in Mogadishu, Somalia while he was studying in the Middle East. He first worked for Reuters and the Associated Press, covering a wide range of news stories in the region. He then worked for the New York Times covering East Africa and the Middle East during the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings. Since then, the lasting trauma of colonialism in indigenous communities in Canada, the drug war in the Philippines, and the rise of extremism in the United States for NBC News.

He just completed a feature documentary looking at the intersection of American policing and those living with mental illness.

Ed has been the recipient of multiple World Press Photo Awards, a Global Vision Award, World Understanding Award, Documentary Journalism Awards, and Photographer of the Year Award from POYi. He has also received a Peabody Award, International Reporting Award from the Overseas Press Club, and other recognitions from the Ian Parry Scholarship, Best of Photojournalism, PDN Photo Annual, UNICEF, among others.

He has been selected for a Getty Images Editorial Grant, PDN 30 Under 30, and took part in the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. He was also awarded the City of Perpignan Young Reporter Award at Visa Pour L'Image and the Young Reporter Prize from the Prix Bayeux-Calvados Award for War Correspondents.

He is a TED Senior Fellow.

He is represented by Reportage by Getty Images.


Session Three  •  Living the Visual Life

We will conclude our evening by turning our attention to those photographers who have been sharing powerful stories throughout their remarkable careers. Their work and their words will provide inspiration while guiding you through the mental, physical and emotional challenges associated with covering current issues and events.


Saturday, September 12

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Eastern

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Central

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Mountain

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Pacific


From the comfort of your own home.

Your Host

Sue Morrow

Sue Morrow has been an advocate for visual journalists as a picture editor, designer, art director and newsroom manager. She believes everyone has a story to tell, and that multimedia is the powerful medium to report those stories.

She has worked as a photo editor and manager at some of the best newspapers in the country: San Jose Mercury News, Tampa Bay Times, The Sacramento Bee, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Boston Globe. During her tenure at Assistant Managing Editor for photography at the Times, the photo staff was recognized with numerous awards for photography and editing in Pictures of the Year International, Best of Photojournalism, and Society of News Design, winning Picture Editing Team Portfolio in POYi.

During her years at The Sacramento Bee, she edited for multiple platforms, produced video, managed photo assignments and project management. She edited and designed The Bee's 2007 Pulitzer Prize feature photography winning entry “A Mother’s Journey” and the 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist in feature photography “A Grandfather’s Sorrow and Love.” Sue designed and edited The Bee’s special project “No Safe Place” in 2016 about Afghan’s living in shoddy conditions in Sacramento. The video for the project, in which she was an executive producer, was been nominated for an Emmy in the Northern California Area Awards. The project also won a 2016 EPPY from Editor & Publisher for the best photojournalism of a website.

Sue earned an MA from the School of Visual Communication in Athens as the Knight Fellow at Ohio University 2010-11. During that time she produced the short documentary “Born to Die” about horse rescue at Last Chance Corral, which made its debut at the Athens International Film & Video Festival in April 2013 and at Equus Film Festival NYC, Nov. 2014 and 2015. Expansion on the film continues.

In 2019, Sue and her husband, Michael, and two cats relocated to Athens, Ohio to live in the country where she produces the bimonthly magazine News Photographer for the NPPA while also teaching in the School of Journalism at Ohio University.


Our Guests

Peter Turnley

Peter Turnley is renowned for his photography of the realities of the human condition. His photographs have been featured on the cover of Newsweek forty-three times and are published frequently in many of the world’s most prestigious publications. He has worked in over ninety countries and has witnessed most major stories of international geopolitical and historic significance in the last forty years. He has both American and French nationality, and splits time between Paris and New York, when he is not traveling the globe.

Turnley has photographed most of the world’s conflicts, including the Gulf War of 1991, the Balkans (Bosnia), Somalia, Rwanda, South Africa, Chechnya, Haiti, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Kosovo, the 2003 war in Iraq. He has produced portraits and covered many of the modern world’s most influential people: Obama, Castro, Gorbachev, Yeltsin, Putin, Mandela, Arafat, Schroeder, Ceausescu, Gaddafi, Chirac, Clinton, Reagan, Bush Sr., Lady Diana, and Pope Jean Paul II among others.

Since 1975 Turnley has also continually photographed the life of Paris, his adopted home. He was born in the U.S. but has lived more than half his life in Paris, where he worked as the assistant to the photographer Robert Doisneau in his early days in Paris in 1981. Peter Turnley worked on contract for Newsweek Magazine from 1986 to 2001 and for Harper’s Magazine for three years. His worked was also represented previously by Rapho, and Blackstar photo agencies and distributed worldwide. He now continues to work as an independent photographer.

Peter Turnley leads photographic workshops on street photography worldwide in venues like Paris, New York, Cuba, Venice, Istanbul, Rio, Calcutta, Sevilla, and Sicily.

Turnley has photographed extensively the life of Cuba since 1989 and has published a book Cuba: A Grace of Spirit.

His photographs have been exhibited worldwide, including a recent major retrospective: “Moments of the Human Condition” at Cuba’s most important museum, “Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes”.

A graduate of the University of Michigan, the Sorbonne of Paris, and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris, Turnley has received honorary doctorate degrees from the New School of Social Research in New York, Ohio Wesleyan University and St. Francis College of Indiana. He received a Nieman Fellowship from Harvard for the academic year 2000–2001.

Among the many international awards Turnley has won are the Overseas Press Club Award for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad, numerous awards and citations from World Press Photo, and the University of Missouri’s Pictures of the Year competition. He is a nominee this year for the Visa D’Or Award for News from the prestigious international photojournalism festival, “Visa Pour L’Image” in France.

Turnley lives in both New York and Paris and has published seven books: Beijing Spring, Moments of Revolution, In Times of War and Peace, Parisians, McClellan Street, French Kiss: A Love Letter to Paris, and Cuba: A Grace of Spirit . His new book, A New York-Paris Visual Diary: The Human Face of Covid-19, will be out in December of this year.

You can follow Turnley on Facebook and Instagram.

Image of Peter Turnley © Michelle Zaffino


Maggie Steber

Photographer Maggie Steber has worked in 64 countries focusing on humanitarian, cultural, and social stories. Her honors include the Leica Medal of Excellence, World Press Photo Foundation, the Overseas Press Club, Pictures of the Year, the Medal of Honor for Distinguished Service to Journalism from the University of Missouri, the Alicia Patterson and Ernst Haas Grants, and a Knight Foundation grant for the New American Newspaper project.

For over three decades, Steber has worked in Haiti. Aperture published her monograph, DANCING ON FIRE. In 2013 Steber was named as one of eleven Women of Vision by National Geographic Magazine, publishing a book and touring an exhibition in five American cities. Steber has served as a Newsweek Magazine contract photographer and as the Asst. Managing Editor of Photography and Features at The Miami Herald, overseeing staff projects that won the paper a Pulitzer and two finalist recognition. Her work is included in the Library of Congress, The Richter Library and in private collections. She has exhibited internationally. Clients include National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, AARP, The Guardian, and Geo Magazine among others. Steber teaches workshops internationally including at the World Press Joop Swart Master Classes, the International Center for Photography, Foundry Workshops and and the Obscura Photo Festival.

Door Prize information

We cannot thank Canon, Nikon, Sony and Tamron enough for their support of continuing education. Without their assistance, we would not have nearly as cool door prizes to give away! Stay tuned to your registration email at the conclusion of our Mountain Remote 2020 webinar. We will notify winners by September 15, 2020. 


Canon EOS Rebel T6 with EF-S 18-55 and swag bag


Nikon Z5 body and NIKKOR 24-50mm f/4-5.6


Sony Alpha 7 Mark III kit with a 28-70 mm lens plus a 10% rebate just for RSVP'ing our webinar. You can get the rebate code from the registration confirmation email.


Tamron A043 AF 35-150 mm f/2.8-4



  • To be eligible for the camera equipment drawing, you must RSVP for any one of the three webinar sessions AND enter any one of the three zoom session on Saturday, September 12.
  • Each session you RSVP for and attend, your chances increase. Your name will be entered once for the drawing for each of the sessions you attend, for a maximum of three entries.
  • The drawing will take place upon completion of the webinar and we will notify the winners via their registration email by September 15, 2020.
  • Once notified by email, you will have 48 hours to accept the prize and deliver a US mailing address. If you do not respond within 48 hours of the drawing or cannot provide a U.S. mailing address we will assume you forfeit your prize and we will draw another name until a winner claims their prize.
  • All door prizes can only be shipped to the 50 U.S. States.
  • We will announce the door prize winners on our social media outlets.