About Renée C. Byer
Renée C. Byer is a catalyst for change. She is an award-winning documentary photojournalist and Emmy nominated multimedia field producer best known for her in-depth work focusing on the disadvantaged and those who otherwise would not be heard. Her ability to produce photographs with profound emotional resonance and sensitivity earned her the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography in 2007 and dozens of national and international honors, including the World Understanding Award from Pictures of the Year International, and Pulitzer Finalist in 2013. Known for her ability to translate stark statistics into images that connect us to our humanity, she has traveled throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, covering some of the most important issues of our time. Byer’s stories have deepened our understanding of the environment, climate change, extreme poverty, genetically modified food, healthcare, women at war, domestic violence, and the drought and economic crisis in California. In 2016 the Sacramento Bee published a 20-page special section, "No Safe Place," featuring her images chronicling the plight of Afghan SIV's as they struggle in the U.S., facing poverty and violence. Renée's images from that project will be exhibited at Visa Pour L'Image the premiere photojournalism festival in Perpignan, France in 2017. A powerful image from the deadliest wildfire in California history of an abandoned walker in front of a smoke filled sky in Paradise, CA was selected as TIME magazines top 100 photographs in 2018.
Byer’s internationally acclaimed book, Living on a Dollar a Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor, illuminates the stories of people living on the brink of survival, and invites you to put an end to extreme poverty. The book won First Place Documentary Book from the International Photography Awards in 2014. Byer narrates a documentary about the project that was released in 2016.
An interactive traveling exhibition by Byer, drawn from Living on a Dollar, inspires viewers through compassion, education and social action. In April and May 2016, it was designated as an official exhibition of the Month of Photography, Los Angeles, and later shown at two venues in Sofia, Bulgaria: at the Global Women Leaders’ Forum, sponsored by the UNESCO Division of Gender Equality and the Council of Women in Business in Bulgaria, and at UniCredit Bulbank. In February 2017 it debuted with the Youbridge.it mobile web application at MMTH Gallery and Atrium at Western Kentucky University and in April on CBS Sunday Morning.
A charismatic teacher and speaker, Byer stirs audiences to see how unbiased photojournalism can raise awareness and affect change. Her compelling TEDx Tokyo talk, “The Storytelling Power of Photography,” received a standing ovation and can be viewed online. Valued for her critical insight, she has served for nine years as a judge for the prestigious Days Japan International Photojournalism Awards. In 2016 Byer was invited to join a UNESCO Who’s Who of Women Speakers. Byer is one of a core group of 70 women chosen to mark the 70th anniversary of UNESCO.
Byer’s photographs have appeared in publications and exhibitions throughout the world, including Paris Match, National Geographic PROOF, Time, and Newsweek, and notably at Visa Pour L‘Image Festival of the Photograph 2014, in Perpignan, France. Photographs from Byer’s book were selected for a stunning display at The 2014 Tech Awards gala in San Jose, CA. An interactive video interview with Byer that shows her Pulitzer Prize-winning images is on permanent exhibit in the Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Byer’s work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows, including at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, LOOK3 the Festival of the Photograph, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, Palm Beach Photographic Center, Annenberg Space for Photography, Hartmann Center Gallery, Exposure Gallery, Chiang Mai Festival of Photography, Photokina, Days Japan International Exhibit and Angkor Wat Photography Festival.
As a Senior Photojournalist for the storied Sacramento Bee, Byer’s images are syndicated worldwide through Tribune News Service, AP, Getty and ZUMA Press. Her career has led her to multimedia projects, personal book projects and photography exhibitions.
Renée C. Byer graduated cum laude from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.
2018-2019 Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Achievement Documentary-Topical as Videographer, “When Paradise Became Hell: The story of the Camp Fire,” from the The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences San Francisco Northern California Chapter.
2016-2017 Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Achievement as Field Producer/Photojournalist, “No Safe Place” in the Public/Current/Community Affairs-Program/Special from The National Academy of Television and Arts&Sciences San Francisco Northern California Chapter
2017 White House News Photographers Association, mulitmedia team award (Renée C. Byer Photographer and Field Producer), Afghans risked their lives for U.S.and struggle in Sacramento, Documentary category, First Place
2016 EPPY for Best Photojournalism, E&P named “No Safe Place” its 2016 EPPY Award winner for best photojournalism of a website with at least 1 million unique monthly visitors. The special report is infused with poignant photography by Bee photojournalist Renée C. Byer that captures the refugees’ struggles in Sacramento. This year’s EPPY Awards recognized the best digital media websites across 31 categories. Winners were selected from an international pool of entries.
2016 SPJ NORCAL, COMMUNITY JOURNALISM (print/online): Stephen Magagnini, Renée C. Byer and Jessica Koscielniak, of the Sacramento Bee, for “No Safe Place,” which examines the harsh welcome received in Sacramento by Afghan refugees who were admitted with Special Immigrant Visas because they risked their lives helping U.S. troops.
2016 SPJ NORCAL, PHOTOJOURNALISM (photo essay): Renée C. Byer, of the Sacramento Bee, for the beautiful composition and cohesive narrative of her photo essay for “No Safe Place,” a moving story about Afghans who were granted citizenship and the promise of a better life in the Sacramento area in return for helping U.S. troops.
2016 Inland Press Association, “No Safe Place,” Creative Use of Multimedia, First Place
2016 Inland Press Associations, “No Safe Place,”News Picture Photography Picture Story, First Place
2015 NPPA Best of Photojournalism, Nature and Environmental Picture Story on, "Electronic Waste," First Place
2015 LensCulture Earth Awards, Documentary Series on electronic waste, Second Place
2015 Inland Press Association, Picture Story, “Marshall Hotel,” Second Place
2015 Pictures of the Year International, World Understanding Award, “Living on a Dollar a Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor,” Finalist
2015 Scripps Howard Photojournalism Award, for a portfolio of work that included photographs of “The Last Days of the Hotel Marshall” and a photo essay “Living on a Dollar a Day,” which appeared in California Forum and documented extreme poverty on four continents, Finalist
2014 IPA Documentary Book Award, “Living on a Dollar a Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor,” First Place
2014 Moscow International Foto Awards, Picture Story, Honorable Mention
2013 Pulitzer Prize, Feature Photography,“Picking up the Pieces–A Grandfather’s Sorrow and Love,” Finalist
2013 Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism, “Picking up the Pieces–A Grandfather’s Sorrow and Love,” Finalist
2011 NPPA Best of Photojournalism, Contemporary Issues, “Facing Twin Tragedies: Terminal Illness and Foreclosure,” First Place
2010 Pictures of the Year International, U.S. Economy and the Human Toll Picture Story, “California Economy Crisis,” Award of Excellence
2010 San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association, Photographer of the Year, Second Place
2010 San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association, General News, “Child Rape,“ First Place
2010 San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association, Feature Photography, “Exceeds Standards,” First Place
2010 San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association, News Picture Story, “Toxic Haze of E-Waste,” First Place
2010 San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association, Feature Picture Story, “Hope for Charan Slum,” Second Place
2009 San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association, News Picture Story, “California Economy Crisis,” First Place
2007 Pulitzer Prize, Feature Photography, “A Mother’s Journey”
2007 Pictures of the Year International, World Understanding Award, “A Mother’s Journey”
2007 Pictures of the Year International, Multimedia Feature Picture Story, “A Mother’s Journey,” Second Place
2007 Days Japan International Photojournalism Award, Second Place
2007 Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism
2007 Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi Award, Feature Photography, “A Mother’s Journey”
2007 Pictures of the Year International, Feature Picture, “Waiting at Full Speed,” Award of Excellence
2007 UNICEF Photo of the Year Award, Honorable Mention
2007 American Society of Newspaper Editors, Feature Photo Story, Finalist
2007 National Headliner Awards, Third Place
2007 NPPA Best of Photojournalism, Picture Editing, Second Place
2007 Pictures of the Year International, Newspaper Series, Third Place
2007 Best of the West Contest, Feature Photography, Second Place
2007 San Francisco Bay Area Photographers Association, Feature Picture Story, “A Mother’s Journey,” First Place
2007 Society of News Design, Photography, Multiple Photos, Award of Excellence
2005 Harry Chapin Media Award for World Hunger in Photojournalism, “Seeds of Doubt”
2005 NPPA Best of Photojournalism, Nature and Environmental Picture Story, “Seeds of Doubt,” First Place
2005 McClatchy President’s Award, “Woman at War,” series
2004 Mark Twain Award for Excellence, Associated Press, News Photography
2004 Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, “The Ones She Left Behind,” Finalist
2004 California Press Photographers Association, Photographer of the Year, Third Place
Solo Exhibitions and Presentations
"Living on a Dollar a Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor," World Affairs, San Francisco, California. An interactive photographic exhibition that inspires people to change with compassion, education and action.
"Living on a Dollar a Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor," Consumes River College Art Gallery, Sacramento, California. An interactive photographic exhibition that inspires people to change with compassion, education and action.
“Living on a Dollar a Day,” lecture at the Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, California.
"Living on a Dollar a Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor," MMTH Gallery and Atrium, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky. An interactive photographic exhibit that inspires people to change with compassion, education and action.
“No Safe Place,” Exhibition at the premiere photojournalism festival Visa Pour L’Image, Perpignan, France.
"Living on a Dollar a Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor," UniCredit Bulbank, Sofia, Bulgaria
"Living on a Dollar a Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor," Global Women Leader’s Forum: Inspiring the Next Generation of Leaders, Sofia, Bulgaria, organized by UNESCO and the Council of Women in Business in Bulgaria
"Living on a Dollar a Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor," Photographs by Renée C. Byer, an official exhibition of the Month of Photography, Los Angeles, sponsored by The Lucie Foundation, Wiznu Studios
"Living on a Dollar a Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor," Photographs by Renée C. Byer, Viewpoint Photographic Art Center in Sacramento, CA
Video Presentation, Visa Pour L‘Image Festival of the Photograph, Perpignan, France
The Hartmann Center Art Gallery, Bradley University, Peoria, IL
The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY, New Paltz, NY
Sage Moon Gallery, LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, VA
The Hartmann Center Art Gallery, Bradley University, Peoria, IL
The Muroff-Kotler Visual Arts Gallery, SUNY, Stone Ridge, NY
The Photographic Center in Palm Beach, FL
The Exposure Gallery in San Francisco, CA
Selected Group Exhibitions and Presentations
Contributer to the outdoor photo festival for Eyes on Main Street, Wilson, North Carolina
Women in the Field: Female Photojournalists, Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, California.
UNESCO World Headquarters, Paris, The Fence, "What does peace look like?" from the 2015 International Contest Alfred Fried Prize which annually recognizes the best photography on the theme of peace. Extended through August, then travels to Rome
The Pulitzer Prizes at 100, Video presentation by Newseum and Pulitzer Prize Centennial Celebration Futures of Waste: Photographic Perspectives that exhibited at the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery in the Hawke Centre from Sept.-Oct. and the Adelaide Convention Centre in Australia from Oct. –Nov., in conjunction to an Unmaking Waste conference coordinated by Dr. Robert Crocker the Deputy Director, China Australia Centre for Sustainable Urban Develoment, School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia, Selection of Electronic Waste images.
ARTTN Gallery, Inaugural exhibition, gallery for social impact artists and organizations, "Free to Be: Photographs to Liberate the Human Spirit"
The 2014 Tech Awards Gala, San Jose, CA, Video presentation from "Living on a Dollar a Day"
Splashlight Studios, New York, NY, IPA Best of Show/Lucie Awards Exhibition
Espace Beaurepaire Gallery, Paris, France, IPA Best of Show/Lucie Awards Exhibition
Beijing Academy of Art, China, IPA Best of Show/Lucie Awards Exhibition
Chiang Mai Festival Of Photography, Thailand, IPA Best of Show/Lucie Awards Exhibition
Rooftop Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand, IPA Best of Show/Lucie Awards Exhibition
Pictures of the Year International, 2009, The Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, CA
Photokina, Cologne, Germany
Days Japan International photojournalism exhibit, Yokohama, Japan
FotoWeek, Washington, D.C.
Angkor Wat photography festival in Siem Reap, Cambodia
International Children’s Cancer Day, Madrid, Spain
Permanent exhibit since 2007:
The Pulitzer Photographs Gallery, Newseum, Washington, D.C. An interactive interview with Byer and her Pulitzer Prize-winning images is displayed in a kiosk exhibit.
Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs, photographs from every Pulitzer Prize photographer, from the year of the first prize in 1942, to the present. Traveling throughout the U.S. and worldwide, with over two million visitors.
In South Korea, Renée C. Byer’s feature Pulitzer image was selected as the iconic image representing the show, displayed on a large banner hanging high on the building façade, and at the entrance to the exhibition inside the Daegu Culture and Arts Center in South Korea. The image was used in all the PR images for venues in South Korea.
Venues include: the Newseum, Washington D.C.; National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA; The Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL; multiple city tours in South Korea, Japan and Taiwan.
The American Soldier, A Photographic Tribute: The Civil War to the War in Iraq, traveling throughout the U.S. to museums and historical societies.
Renée C. Byer Books
Living on a Dollar a Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor, The Quantuck Press, 2014, Ranked #1 Best Seller on Amazon.com for photojournalism in 2014
A Mother’s Journey and Selected Photographs, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY, New Paltz, 2010
Renée C. Byer Books, Contributor
We the Children, Edition Lammerhuber, 2015, in collaboration with UNICEF Germany and GEO, on the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
Moments: The Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographs, Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc., 2015
The Pulitzer Prize Photographs: Capture the Moment, Newseum, 2010 and 2014 editions
The First Ten Years, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY, New Paltz, 2011
The Mercy Project, Mado-sha Publishing Co., 2010
The American Soldier From the Civil War to the War in Iraq: A Photographic Tribute, Business of Entertainment Inc., 2008
America at Home, Running Press, 2008
Photojournalism: The Professionals‘ Approach, Focal Press; 6th edition, 2008
Book of Days, Dorsoduro Press, 1990
Best of Photojournalism 8, National Press Photographers Association, 1983
21st Century Reading Student Book 1: Creative Reading and Thinking with TED Talks, Cengage, 15th edition, 2015, in partnership between TED and National Geographic Learning
Best of Photojournalism 11, National Press Photographers Association, 1987
TV, Film And Radio (Selected)
NPR Phoenix , "What goes through a photojournalist’s head when shooting tragic events?”,"interview with Mark Brodie of KJZZ
CBS Sunday Morning, "Living on One Dollar a Day,"interview with Correspondent Tony Dokoupil
Insight with Beth Ruyak for Capitol Public Radio, Sacramento, “Living on a Dollar a day,” interview
KCRA 3 News TV, Sacramento, with Mike Rienhart, “Award-winning Sac photographer shares compelling photos in new book,” interview
Von Documentary Photography Workshop, Busan, South Korea, interview
NBC's Depth of Field with Ann Curry, “Living on a Dollar a Day: Reality of Extreme Poverty Revealed, interview
ABC's Real Biz with Bob Woodruff and Rebecca Jarvis, “'Living on a Dollar a Day' - Shocking Photos from Around the World,” interview
The Kathleen Dunn Show on Wisconsin Public Radio, “Living on a Dollar a Day,” interview
Truthdig with KPFK, Los Angeles, interview
NBC's Depth of Field with Ann Curry, “Love and Loss - A Family's Struggle with Childhood Cancer,” interview
The Photography Channel, Renée C. Byer - A Mother's Journey, interview
Articles authored by Renée C. Byer
Photo District News "Can Photography Effect Lasting Change? These Photo Projects Prove it Can"
"One Frame," blog with Mark Carruthers
The Sacramento Bee, “Why must this misery continue?”
Life Force, “Living on a Dollar a Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor”
Select Publications and Interviews with Byer
(Print And Web)
World Press Photo Witness: How do you turn a viewer’s empathy into action? by Alison Stieven Taylor.
Monterey County Weekly IN FOCUS cover story by Dave Faries, “Photojournalist Renée Byer talks about documenting poverty.”
Proust Nature Questionnaire, Q and A with Daniel Fox who inspires the public to reconnect with the wilderness.
Lens Culture, "The Art of Photojournalism," video interview
Medium, "Walking in their shoes," Women photojournalists break new ground by Ruth Landy
Wysokie Obcasy, Warsaw, Poland, "How Can We be Tired of the Suffering of Others?" nine pages including the cover profiling Renée C. Byer and her “Living on a Dollar a Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor,” images.
Photo District News, "Telling Complex Immigration Story in Video and Stills"
News Photographer magazine, “The Best of Photojournalism 2015,” eight pages of images from First Place Environment Picture Story Award, National Press Photographer Association
The Sacramento Bee, “Sacramento Gallery puts World Poverty on View,” exhibition preview
Flipboard, “The Shot: The Faces of the World’s Poor - An Interview with Renée C. Byer”
Fast Co.EXIST, “These Photos Show How Hard It Is To Live On Less Than $1 A Day” Lenscratch, “Living on a Dollar A Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor”
Truthdig, book review
Feature Shoot, “Living on a Dollar a Day Captures the Silenced Minority on Poverty’s Edge”
Fast Co.EXIST, “Meet The Children Who Live In Ghana's Hellish Digital Dump”
Feature Shoot, “Photographer Renée C. Byer On The Most Defining Work Of Her Career”
El Tiempo, "La difícil tarea de fotografiar los rostros de la pobreza en el mundo”
BBC Brazil, “Fotógrafa captura a pobreza dos que vivem com US$ 1 por dia”
BBC Mundo, “Estos son los rostros de quienes viven con un dólar al día”
My Modern Met, “Living on a Dollar a Day: The Grief-Stricken Faces of the World’s Poor”
Peace Corps Worldwide, “Heads Up about Living on a Dollar a Day”
Feature Shoot, “16 Photographers From Diverse Backgrounds Reveal Why They Take Pictures”
The Needs via Feature Shoot, “16 Photographers From Diverse Backgrounds Reveal Why They Take Pictures”
Feature Shoot, “We Asked 19 Photographers: Would You Ever Work for Free?”
Feature Shoot: “We Asked 19 Photographers: Would You Ever Pay Someone In Order To Take Their Portrait?”
L‘Oeil de la Photographie, “Living on a Dollar a Day at the Viewpoint Center for Photographic Art exhibition”
Time, “These Photographs Show What Life is Like on $1 a Day”
National Geographic: PROOF,“Q & A: Renée C. Byer’s Living on a Dollar A Day”, blog post received an outpouring of 4,139 shares and 14,492 likes on Facebook with an additional 94 concerned responses
Newsweek, “Living on a Dollar a Day Features Stark Portraits of Humanity”
Slate.com BEHOLD blog, “The 1 in 6 People Around the World Who Continue to Survive on $1 or Less a Day– Interview with Renée C. Byer”
The Huffington Post, “ Striking Photos Show What It’s Like to Actually Live on $1 A Day Around the World “
The Guardian, “Portraits of People Living on a Dollar a Day– in Pictures”
Yahoo News, “Living On A Dollar A Day wins IPA's best documentary book for 2014”
zPhotoJournal, “Renée C. Byer: Living on a Dollar a Day– Interview,” Legendary photo editor
Jim Colton interview with Byer to inaugurate zPhotoJournal
News Photographer magazine, National Press Photographers Association, NPPA, publishes an unprecedented sixteen pages of Byer’s images plus the cover from Living on a Dollar a Day, in April 2014 issue
Mail Online, “Living on a Dollar a Day: New book puts a face to the 1.6 billion people on earth who live in extreme poverty” – Interview with Renée C. Byer
Mother Jones, “Portraits of People Living on a Dollar a Day”
L‘Oeil de la Photographie, “Renée C. Byer: Living On a Dollar a Day”
Aparte 20 Minutos, “Retratos de quienes tienen que vivir con un dólar al día,” print and online
VON magazine, “An Interview with Renée C. Byer”
News.com.au, “Heartbreaking photos show what it’s like to live on less than a dollar a day”
Thinking in Practice, “Living on a Dollar” – Interview with Renée C. Byer
The Oloo Blog, “Q & A: Renée C. Byer”
Daily Review Atlas, “Living on a dollar a day: Change and hope are possible”
Design Taxi, “Poignant & Heart-Breaking Portraits Of People Who Live On A Dollar A Day”
Oracle Talk, “These Powerful Photos Capture What Life is Like for the Billion People Living on a Dollar a Day”
Journal Star, “Pulitzer Prize-winning Bradley grad Renée Byer Returns to Her Alma Mater for 2014 Robinson Lecture”
Fast Co.EXIST, “These Powerful Photos Take You Inside The Lives Of People Living On A Dollar A Day”
Boreddaddy.com, “Striking Photos Show What It’s Like To Actually Live On $1 A Day Around The World”
Dazed Digital, “Meet the families who live on a dollar a day”
Days Japan, book preview
Annenberg Space for Photography, Renée C. Byer, Biography and gallery of photographs from the Living on a Dollar a Day project and the Sacramento Bee.
Byer’s Sacramento Bee photographs are represented by ZUMA Press, and have been published in worldwide outlets:
Present zReportage displays ten of Renée C. Byer’s most notable projects
KFBK Radio, “Picking up the Pieces: A Grandfather’s Sorrow and Love,” interview
MSNBC photoblog, “Facing twin tragedies: terminal illness and foreclosure”
New York Times LENS blog, Russian born photographer Diana Markosian states in Turning Point that she was inspired by a photograph by Renée C. Byer
New York Times LENS blog, “Must See Websites Worth Visiting, â€˜Marlon and Pearlie Barton”
Paris Match featured Byer’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalism, “A Mother’s Journey,” in an unprecedented eleven pages
Bradley Hilltopics, “Pulitzer Prize-winner Pulitzer winner focuses lens on “A Mother’s Journey”
Other publications include: Newsweek Asia; Days Japan; El Mundo and El Pais, Spain; View magazine, Germany; BHMAGAZINO, Greece; Marie Claire; Business Week; People; Rangefinder; Photo District News; AARP
1980 Graduated cum laude from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois
2008 Inducted into the Bradley University Centurion Society, established to recognize Bradley University alumni who have brought national and international credit to the University
Photo Coach at Western Kentucky University's Mountain Workshop. The Mountain Workshops are an intense week learning visual storytelling from professionals while documenting Kentucky Communities.
Asociación de Fotoperiodestas 25th Aniversario, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Von Documentary Photo Workshop, Busan, South Korea
Foto Fusion, Palm Beach, FL
James H. Ottaway Sr. Endowed Professor, SUNY, New Paltz, NY
Hearst Visiting Professional, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, ASU, Tempe, AZ
Visiting lecturer on ethics and photojournalism at the Poynter Institute of Media Studies, St. Petersburg, FL
Foundry Photojournalism Workshop, Mexico City
Photography Workshop, Angkor Photography Festival in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Photojournalism Mountain Workshops, Western Kentucky University, KY
Chinatown in Tokyo, Japan
FotoFusion, Palm Beach, FL
Byer has critiqued portfolios at the renowned Eddie Adams Workshop
Talks and Guest Lectures (selected locations)
TEDxSonomaCounty, Jackson Theater at Sonoma Country Day School, Santa Rosa, CA
Keynote Speaker, Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse School’s annual Fall Workshop, Syracuse, NY
Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, Hilton Atlanta Northeast, GA
Iris Night Lecture Series, Living on a Dollar a Day: The Lives and Faces of the World's Poor," Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, CA
Newseum Photo Day and poster signing, Knight Studio, Washington, DC
Global Women Leader’s Forum: Inspiring the Next Generation of Leaders, organized by UNESCO and the Council of Women in Business, Sofia, Bulgaria
Member, UNESCO Who’s Who of Women Speakers. Part of core group of 70 women marking the 70th anniversary of UNESCO
Keynote Speaker, Asociación de Fotoperiodestas 25th Aniversario, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Robison Endowed Lecture in Journalism, Bradley University, Peoria, IL
Open Show #69: Bay Area Photojournalist Rockstars!, San Francisco, CA
Los Angeles Center of Photography, CA
Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno
Barnes and Noble, Sacramento, CA
The California Museum, talk with Sacramento Bee publisher, Cheryl Dell, Book Signing, Sacramento, CA
Iris Nights Lecture, Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, CA
TEDx Tokyo conference, Japan
TEDx Tokyo youth conference, Japan
Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno
Distinguished Bunn Lecture in Photography, Bradley University, Peoria, IL
The Foundry Photojournalism Workshop, Mexico City
Keynote Speaker, Adidas‘ Collaboration Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Keynote Speaker, Bellingham Visual Journalism Conference, Bellingham, WA
Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, GA
Previous Selected Talks and Guest Lectures:
The Brooks Institute Photography and Film school, Santa Barbara, CA
Northern Short Course in Photojournalism, Cherry Hill, NJ
Pictures of the Year International, Berkeley, CA
National Press Photographers Association Flying Short Course - Chicago, IL, San Jose, CA and Washington, D.C.
National Press Photographers Association Multimedia Immersion conference, Portland, Oregon
Inspirational Speaker, National Press Photographers Association Women in Photojournalism Conference, Chicago, IL, where Byer served as co-chair for several years
Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, GA
College of Physicians of Philadelphia, PA
Byer has judged numerous photo contests including Days Japan International Photojournalism Awards ten times, the WPJA many times, Pictures of the Year International, Alexia Foundation for World Peace, and the National Press Photographer Association’s Pictures of the Year competition and College Photographer of the Year.
Having served as a consultant on ethics in photojournalism at the Mainichi newspapers in Tokyo, Japan, Byer was also a member of an ethical panel that included a Supreme Court Justice and several editors from leading publications in Madrid, Spain.
Permanent Public Collections
Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery, Newseum, Washington, DC: The gallery features photographs from every Pulitzer Prize-winning entry dating back to 1942. Interactive touch screens feature more than 1,000 images and 15 hours of video and audio compiled from interviews with the prize-winning photographers. An interactive interview with Byer showing her Pulitzer Prize-winning images is part of this exhibit.
Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, Calif., selected images published in the Sacramento Bee.
DID You Know?
Renée C. Byer is a proud board member of her brother Tom Byer's T3 company since 2008. T3 Academy is based in Tokyo, Japan. Tom is a former professional soccer player and one of the most decorated and admired grassroots soccer coaches and consultants in the world. She is also a cousin to Dr. Virginia Apgar who developed the renowned Apgar Score for newborns.