Gregory A. Shemitz is an award-winning independent photojournalist based in Stony Brook, N.Y. A versatile photographer who enjoys covering news and sports, Greg specializes in documenting events associated with the Roman Catholic Church. He is a regular contributor to The Long Island Catholic magazine (Roosevelt, N.Y.) and Catholic News Service (Washington, D.C.).
In 2009 Greg earned four first-place awards in the Catholic Press Association's annual journalism competition. His pictures, which were published by the Catholic News Service, took top honors in the freelance category for Best Feature Photo, Best General News Photo, Best Portrait and Best Scenic, Still Life or Weather Photo. In 2008 Greg was cited for his work with The Long Island Catholic as he received first-place, third-place and honorable mention recognition in the CPA's awards contest.
Greg was a member of CNS's team of photographers that covered Pope Benedict XVI's historic visit to the United States in April 2008. According to Nancy Wiechec, former visual media manager at CNS, Greg "has a knack for photos that really show the emotion at the scene."
Not limited to church photography, Greg has covered a wide range of freelance assignments and has had his images published by a variety of media outlets, including The Associated Press, Newsday and Lacrosse Magazine. He is a member of the National Press Photographers Association.
Greg's media skills aren't limited to photography. Prior to launching his photojournalism career in 2000, Greg published BIG EAST BRIEFS, a highly-acclaimed newsletter that covered Big East men's college basketball and recruiting. In 1996, Greg earned a third-place award for investigative reporting from the United States Basketball Writers Association.
A graduate of St. John's University in Jamaica, N.Y., Greg has also worked for CBS Sports, 1010 WINS radio and ProfNet, PR Newswire's journalist resource service.