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Join us in Suite # 6421 in the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

Wednesday, Aug. 1

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.        Visual Journalism 101: Back to Basics ( Room: Brule A )

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.       Social Media In The Newsroom (Room: Nicolet B )

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.       VTF Welcome Reception – Come Say Hey!

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.   NABJ Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception

Thursday, Aug. 2

10:00 a.m.       VTF Suite Open For Sony Camera Checkout

12:00 p.m.       Moneta Sleet Jr. Photo Shoot Out Competition Begins

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.      Photo Shootout Rules and Instructions 

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.        Branding Bites: Social Media Workshop 

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.        Documenting Detroit 

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.   Media Receptions

Friday, Aug. 3

10:00 a.m. VTF Suite Open For Sony Camera Checkout

12:00 p.m.       Moneta Sleet Jr. Photo Shoot Out Ends/Sony Loaner Cameras Due

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.     The Pivot – Lunch Sponsored by The Atlanta Voice 

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.       Multimedia Photojournalism Tools (Room: Brule A )

4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.       VTF Portfolio Reviews (Sign Up Here:

7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m       Shoot Out Competition Judging

Saturday, Aug. 4

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Visual Task Force Photo Auction & Reception – Mackinac Ballroom

2:00 p.m        VTF Executive Meeting (Open to all NABJ and VTF Members) – Mackinac Ballroom

10:30 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.  NABJ Miami Kick Off Party

Sunday, Aug. 5

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   NABJ Board of Directors Meeting


Designed to elevate the awareness and impact of visual journalism, this year’s contest has been retooled with a new emphasis on harnessing the intersections of visual reporting with social media and technology. This year, the Moneta Sleet, Jr. Photo Competition will be powered by Google, a simple form upload system using this link:
Anyone with an iPhone/camera can join the competition by simply uploading the their images to Google and submit their caption information following a simple set of rules which are detailed below. No iPhone? No problem, you can enter the competition by uploading your image and caption to Dropbox:


In 1992, during the Annual convention in Detroit, the NABJ Visual Task Force (VTF) held its first photo competition. Milbert O. Brown took first place honors with a report entitled Red Jazz parlor. This competition formerly known as the “Shoot Out” was renamed in 2001 to The Moneta J. Sleet Jr. Photo Competition to reflect the entrepreneurial spirit and advances to the field of photojournalism sojourned by Moneta J. Sleet Jr, the first African-American photographer to win the Pulitzer prize for photography.

This year, amateurs and professionals alike will compete during a 24-hour, shoot-out competition at the annual NABJ Convention in Detroit! Even if you don’t have a professional camera, we encourage you to shoot out with us!

Moneta Sleet Jr. Photo Shoot Out

Branding Bites

Documenting Detroit

The Professional Pivot: New Life in Visual Journalism

VTF Portfolio Reviews