Steven G. Smith is a Pulitzer Prize-winning hybrid photojournalist and professor of visual journalism at the University of Connecticut. His work is built around an aesthetic drawn from his appreciation for people, culture, and art. His passion is the pursuit of the intersection between the visual arts and photojournalism.
For more than 25 years, Steven G. Smith’s images have graced the pages and the airwaves of the most prominent media organizations, including The New York Times, Time, USA Today, ABC News, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic Channel, ESPN The Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, CNN, Public Broadcasting Service, Time.com, Smithsonian Magazine, the Associated Press, MSNBC.com, Life and Corbis Images photo agency.
Smith has enjoyed a wonderful career, both as a freelancer for top media outlets as well as holding staff positions at distinguished institutions, including the E.W. Scripps Company The Commercial Appeal, The Albuquerque Tribune and The Rocky Mountain News.
During more than 12 years as a staff photojournalist, Smith has won dozens of awards for his images from notable organizations, including the Pulitzer Prize, National Press Photographers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of News Design, SSF World Sports Photography Contest and the Associated Press.
Smith has also won 10 POYi awards over the years from Pictures of the Year International (POYi), including five individual awards such as 1st Place Feature Photography, 1st Place Magazine Pictorial, as well as prestigious team honors like the Angus McDougal Award for Overall Excellence.
Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize four times, Smith won the award in 2002 as part of a group of photographers who contributed to a large photo essay on the Colorado Wildfires for The Rocky Mountain News. Smith received a second nomination that year as well — for his visual reportage of the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics.
Embracing the convergence brought about by the digital revolution, Smith mentors students in the incorporation of cinematic principles into multimedia visual journalism, and his work recently won Best in Show in the S.T.E.A.M. category of the New Media Film Festival in Los Angeles.
Smith’s images have been exhibited at some of the most prominent institutions in the field, including The Smithsonian, the National Press Club, The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, The International Professional Photography Hall of Fame and the Science Museum. He also has a photograph on permanent exhibit at The Newseum, showcasing his Pulitzer Prize-winning image.
Smith is currently a regular contributor to The Boston Globe, and he continues to work on a variety of freelance projects.
Steven has been blessed with an enjoyable career he loves, which has enabled him to work with amazing people. Happily married to his wife Gwyn, together they raised two sons, Luke and Cole. Gwyn and Steven enjoy hiking in the woods with their dog, Red. Steven also values the time he spends volunteering with organizations such as Help Portraits, a group that creates holiday portraits for families in need.
Areas of interest: Photography, Filmmaking, Cinematography, and Photojournalism
- Artistic expression and its intersection with storytelling
- Visual Storytelling
- Documentary Photo Essay
- Video, Cinematic Journalism
- Documentary Films
- Time-lapse Cinematography
- Digital Media Production
- Aerial Cinematography, FAA Certified
- Design Thinking, Editorial Design
- Editorial Portrait Photography
Website at www.stevengsmith.com,
Sample Visual Journalism
Student Work, Motion Projects