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* Some of our award-winning photojournalists

George Steinmetz

Best known for his exploration and science photography, George Steinmetz sets out to reveal the few remaining secrets in our world today: remote deserts, obscure cultures, new developments in science and technology. A regular contributor to National Geographic Magazine, he has examined subjects ranging from global oil exploration and the latest advances in robotics to the inner-most stretches of the Sahara Desert and the little-known tree-house people of Irian Jaya. For the German and French editions of GEO Magazines he has documented the Salt Deserts of Iran, and crossed the Empty Quarter of Saudi Arabia. He recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation to photograph the Polar Desert of Antarctica. Since his first assignment for National Geographic Magazine in 1987, George has completed over 20 major essays for the magazine, including three covers.

In addition to National Geographic and GEO, his work also regularly appears in Time, Architectural Digest, Condé Nast Traveler, Fortune, and Stern. His expeditions to the Sahara and Gobi deserts have been featured in separate National Geographic Explorer TV programs in 1998 and 2002. In addition to editorial work, George also does corporate and advertising photography. His commercial clients include Toshiba, Union Bank of Switzerland, General Motors, and Sigma Camera, among others. George has won numerous awards for photography during his 25-year career, including two first prizes in science and technology in 1995 and 1998 from World Press Photo. He has also won awards and citations from Pictures of the Year, Overseas Press Club and Life Magazine's Alfred Eisenstaedt Awards.

Born in Beverly Hills in 1957, George graduated from Stanford University with a degree in geophysics. He began his career in photography by hitchhiking through Africa for 18 months. His latest passion is photographing the world's deserts while piloting a motorized paraglider. This experimental aircraft provides him with a unique physical perspective over remote places that are inaccessible by conventional aircraft. George lives in Glen Ridge, New Jersey with his wife, Wall Street Journal editor Lisa Bannon, and their children Nell, John, and Nicholas.

David Peterson

David Peterson has been a photojournalist for over 32 years, beginning his career at the Topeka Capital-Journal. The last 30 years he’s been a staff photographer for the Des Moines Register and recently left the newspaper business to freelance. While at the Register, Peterson won two Pulitzer Prizes, the first in 1987 for Feature Photography for a photo essay on Iowa's Farm Crisis. The work was done with the help of a Nikon/NPPA sabbatical. He shared in another Pulitzer in 1991 for Community Service for a story on a local woman who came forward after a brutal rape. Seven of his photographs were included in the entry. Other accolades while at the Register include two stints as judge for Pictures of the Year, White House News Photographers contest judge, three times Region 5 Photographer of the Year, and numerous other local, regional and national awards.

Peterson worked on several book projects, including Baseball in America, A Day in the Life of Ireland, 24 Hours in Cyberspace, The Power to Heal, One Digital Day and America 24/7. I have also had a book published highlighting Drake University. He is currently working on a book about the Drake Relays, to coincide with that event's 100 year anniversary. He lives in Pleasant Hill, Iowa, a suburb of Des Moines with his wife Julie and two cats and has three children and two grandchildren who all live nearby.

Kim Komenich

Kim Komenich is currently a staff photographer at the San Francisco Chronicle where he has worked since 1982. He is also a co-founder of the San Francisco Exposure Gallery, a non-profit venue for issue-based documentary photography that opened in March 2003. This year, he worked as a shooter and editor for the America 24/7 project. Other book projects include A Day in the Life of California, 24 hours in Cyberspace, and Power to Heal. He has taught at the journalism program at the University of California, Berkeley, the U.C. Extension in San Francisco, and Stanford University and been a visiting instructor at the Missouri School of Journalism.

His work has been featured in Life, Time, People, Fortune and Newsweek. He received the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Philippine revolution, the World Press Photo award for news picture stories and the SPJ distinguished service award. For the past two years he has attended Platypus Workshops for documentary videography, and is pursuing work in the video documentary field. He is currently devoting his energies to an upcoming San Francisco Exposure Gallery show of Pulitzer finalist Matt Black's work on California's Central Valley.

Doug Menuez

Doug Menuez began his career shooting for newspapers in 1978, and shortly thereafter won an internship at The Washington Post. In 1982 he began working for Time, Life, Newsweek, US News, Fortune, People, USA Today and other national and international publications, accepting assignments to cover news, feature stories and sports in the US and abroad.

Menuez has covered many of the major news stories of the day, including the famine in Ethiopia, presidential campaigns and party conventions, and the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984. He has documented the homeless in America, the destruction of the Amazon rain forest and the AIDS story. His work has appeared in six Day in the Life books, The Power to Heal, and the Circle of Life. In 1987, Menuez began specializing in black-and-white photojournalism of business and technology. He has completed special assignments, annual reports, books, videos and long-term documentary projects worldwide for such companies as Apple Computer, Adobe Systems, Beckman Instruments, Eastman Kodak Company, J.P. Morgan, and Sun Microsystems.

Maggie Hallahan

Award-winning Maggie Hallahan is an accomplished photographer with over twenty years of experience shooting advertising and editorial assignments. She has been represented by agencies in New York, Paris, and Tokyo, and is currently with Corbis Photo Agency. Maggie's photographs have been published in hundreds of newspapers and magazines throughout the world, including Time, Newsweek, L'Expansión, Paris Match, Stern, German Focus Magazine, Wired, the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times.

She has been pioneering digital photography for over a decade for clients such as Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, UN, OES, MSNBC and Expedia. Her exhibition "State of Emergency," featuring 45 dramatic and colorful images, is currently touring through California. During the summer of 2006 Maggie was invited to travel to Iceland on the Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop Adventure 2006. In Iceland she photographed and then processed the digital images files in Adobe's New Application Lightroom for the book Photoshop Lightroom Adventure: Mastering Adobe's Next Generation Tool for Digital Photographers by author and photographer Mikkel Aaland, published by O'Reilly. Maggie is currently photographing a malaria prevention advertising campaign for Sumitomo Chemical in Africa. She is also working for her regular clients, including Disney International, The San Francisco Wharf and AMO USA, Inc.