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Welcome to NABJ 2019 in Miami! The NABJ Visual Task Force Suite is Rm # 2916.

Wednesday, Aug. 7

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.     Embracing Technology: Cameras, Satellites and Drones

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.       VTF Welcome Reception – Come Say Hey!

7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.   NABJ Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception

Thursday, Aug. 8

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

12:00 p.m.       Moneta Sleet Jr. Photo Shoot Out Competition Begins (Win A SONY CAMERA)

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

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.        Ease On Down The Road: Life Lessons in Storytelling

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.        Multimedia Tools, Tips, and Techniques

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

10:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.     Presidents Reception

Friday, Aug. 9

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

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.     Drone Training 101 – Sponsored by The Atlanta Voice

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.       Storytelling Side Hustle

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 

9:00 p.m. – 2:30 a.m.    NABJ Sports Task Force Party

Saturday, Aug. 10

8:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.      The Editing Suite 101 (Washington, Walker, Joplin)

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

2:00 p.m        VTF Executive Meeting and Elections (Open to all VTF Members)

10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.  NABJ D.C. Kick Off Party

Sunday, Aug. 11

10:00 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!

VTF Photo Shootout Instructions

HBCU Student Reception

Ease on Down the Road: Life Lessons in Visual Storytelling

Drone Training 101 – Sponsored by The Atlanta Voice

VTF Portfolio Reviews

Storytelling Side Hustle