Sonya Singh is a freelance writer and photographer whose work has appeared in Los Angeles magazine, Rogue magazine, NME and Nylon, among others. She has photographed artists from dusky clubs to stadium stages, reported stories from inside maximum-security prison and interviewed hundreds of people from U.S. ambassadors to Slash. A graduate of Pepperdine University, Singh also advises student media in Southern California. She has traveled in more than 20 countries, previously working as an editorial assistant in London and in television production at BBC Worldwide in Los Angeles.
Photographer, Nikon Ambassador
As a freelance photographer for more than 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.
Photojournalist, The Daily News Journal
Helen Comer grew up in Murfreesboro, Tenn. From a young age she had a need to be an artist. It wasn’t until she attended MTSU that her love of art and storytelling came together in the form of photojournalism. She graduated from MTSU in Dec of 1991, after working as a photographer on the yearbook, a photographer and photo editor on the newspaper staff and helping others in the photo lab, as a lab assistant.
After graduating, Helen worked as an assistant photographer in a Nashville studio and started freelancing heavily for the Tennessean and other media outlets. Helen helped students learn the craft during the Summer Journalism Program during the summer of 1994.
From April, 1992 to April, 1996 Helen was a regularly assigned stringer before joining the staff of The Jackson Sun as a fulltime photographer in April, 1996. While in Jackson, Helen moved from a staff photographer, to the Photo Editor position in November, 2002 and was later named the Mulitmedia Editor. While working as the Photo Editor, Helen was sent to Hattiesburg Mississippi to work as the Interim Photo Editor while covering and editing photos of the Hurricane Katrina aftermath.
In June, 2011 Helen left Jackson and returned to Murfreesboro in July, 2012 as a photographer at The Daily News Journal. Helen currently works as the only photographer on staff and helps the Tennessean photo staff when needed. In the fall of 2018, Helen began teaching a photojournalism class for MTSU. Over the course of Helen’s photography career she has won countless photo awards and fostered and mentored young journalists.
Director of Communications, SWBTS
Adam Covington thinks he might have invented the precursor to the GoPro when he and friend strapped an over-the-shoulder VHS camcorder to a bicycle with a bungee cord in Far Eastern Russia to film their angsty teenage mountain-biking escapades. When an IMB film team came out to shoot a video about his family, serving as missionaries, Adam saw first-hand the power of storytelling and digital media. He was hooked.
In his 13 years at Southwestern Seminary, Adam has travelled to more than 30 countries to connect with alumni and friends of the school to tell stories of how God has uniquely called and prepared them to fulfill the Great Commission. Sometimes he travels with a still camera, sometimes with a video rig, and sometimes with a notepad and pen. His work has appeared in publications for the International Mission Board, Baptist Press, Christianity Today, World Magazine, and various Baptist state newspapers.
State Photographer II, Tennessee
Dawn M. Majors is an award winning photojournalist who worked with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for eight years. A native of Old Hickory, TN, she graduated from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green with majors in both photojournalism and anthropology.
When people ask why she chose to study both she says “I figured with both skills I could always take pictures of people, or their bones.” As a photojournalist she photographed everything from national politics to community events.
Currently, she serves as state photographer II for The State of Tennessee in this role she provides high quality photographic service for the offices of the governor and first lady, all state agencies and legislative bodies.
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Named the “Most Influential Photographer on the Internet” by Huffington Post, Forbes and Yahoo in 2014, Jeremy Cowart is an award-winning photographer, artist, and entrepreneur whose mission in life is to “explore the intersection of creativity and empathy.” Jeremy has published four books and is a sought-after speaker, having presented at TEDx, the United Nations and creative conferences across the country.
His latest endeavor is The Purpose Hotel, a planned global for-profit hotel chain designed to fuel the work of not-for-profit organizations. He’s the founder of a global photography movement, Help-Portrait, a mobile social networking app called OKDOTHIS, and an online teaching platform, See University. He lives in Nashville, TN, with his wife and four children, two of whom they recently adopted from Haiti.