Thursday, January 23, 2020

Award-Winning Photos

photos, soundstripe, video by Mark M. Hancock / ©
photos by Mark M. Hancock / ©, The Beaumont Enterprise and/or The Dallas Morning News

This video features International, national, state and regional award-winning photos I created during my 25-year career as a professional photojournalist.

Enough for now,

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Free SLR Photography Class in Frisco

Photos by Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise

MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2020
Starts at 7 p.m. (Q&A follows)
6255 Frisco Square, Ste. 100, Frisco (1st floor at the corner of Library by city hall)
Office: 469-621-0081 or 214-862-7212 (cell)

Take your photos to the next level. Get past capturing images inside a box. Tell stories with your images.

Mark M. Hancock is a former staff photojournalist at The Dallas Morning News and The Beaumont Enterprise as well as a book editor. He also freelanced for magazines and corporations. His images have won professional news and art competitions against the best shooters in the world.

He will show examples of his award-winning work for clarification and context. You’ll learn about composition, light, focus, skeletal structure, layers and more.

In his 25 years as a pro photojournalist, he’s witnessed life from the first breath to the last and all the drama and emotion in the middle. From state championship sports to hurricanes, he’s been there and shot that. Now, he’ll share how you can do some of the same.

After a short introduction, and quick lesson, ask your complex photo questions and get the answers you need.

Free, and please preregister at EventBrite or email If enough folks register, a vendor might provide refreshments. Otherwise, we'll have cookies and coffee.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Wheelchair Frustration

© Mark M. Hancock /

A basketball player expresses his frustration at missing a shot during a 3-on-3 tournament in Richardson in 1997.

1st Place, Feature / Single, NPPA Region 8 monthly clip contest

I've had this print hanging on my wall for years, but I never scanned it for some unknown reason. It was my first professional National Press Photographers Association monthly clip contest win. Unfortunately, I don't have the caption information anymore.

I scanned the image to include it in an upcoming "Award Winners" video slideshow of my work. I also plan to make various portfolio slideshows (PJ categories) since I pulled down my portfolio website when I became a Realtor.

My 2020 plan is to teach FREE photo classes to large groups of adults (I need a less-dangerous hobby). If you are in an organization in Collin County or southeast Denton County that would like to learn more about SLR photography or iPhonography, please call 214-862-7212, text or email. My information is also located on

Enough for now,