From Ashley Landis: The 2010 Southwestern Photojournalism Conference began in Fort Worth on Friday, March 5 with speakers Esther Havens of Austin and Dave Black of Colorado Springs, Colo. The conference is from the perspective of photographers who believe photojournalism to be a calling and the act of bearing witness to be important.

NPPA President Bob Carey and Master of Ceremonies Jim Veneman draw names for door prizes at the Southwestern Photojournalism Conference in Fort Worth.

Freelance sports photographer David Black of Colorado Springs, CO tells a story about how he gained access to a platform at the Olympics by offering a television videographer chocolate chip cookies.

Freelance sports photographer Dave Black shows some of his work. With a background as an athlete and coach, Black made a transition to sports photography and has covered 12 Olympic games. The photo pictured in the background is one from a book he’s working on about horse racing.

Esther Havens of Austin presents works she’s done in Africa. She said when she started photographing, she was looking for images that would help her career – that “perfect shot.” Then she took a photo of a little boy with sad eyes who was clearly in need of help. When she saw it and realized she just took his photo and didn’t help him, she took a step back and said to herself, “I either need to put down my camera for good or I need to change.”

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