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 chronicling events associated with the Catholic Church. He is a frequent contributor to Catholic News Service (CNS) in Washington D.C. and has covered stories for The Long Island Catholic magazine and website.
In 2009, Greg earned four first-place awards in the Catholic Press Association's annual journalism competition. His images earned top honors in the freelance category for Best Feature Photo, Best General News Photo, Best Portrait and Best Scenic/Still Life/Weather Photo.
Greg was a member of CNS's team of photographers that documented the historic visits to the United States by Pope Francis in 2015 and Pope Benedict XVI in 2008.
Not limited to church photography, Greg has had images published by a variety of media outlets, including the Associated Press, Reuters, New York Times, Newsday and US Lacrosse Magazine.
In 2018, Greg photographed the NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse championship for US Lacrosse Magazine.
He is a member of the National Press Photographers Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Prior to launching his photojournalism career in 2000, Greg published BIG EAST BRIEFS, a highly acclaimed newsletter that focused on Big East conference 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 in New York and ProfNet, PR Newswire's journalist resource service.