Welcome to our 2022 Picture Kentucky Workshop in Frankfort, Ky.

The Picture Kentucky Photojournalism Workshop was held at the Benson Research Farm in Frankfort, Ky., on Oct. 5-8.

We assembled another world-class team for our students this year. Meet our five coaches at Picture Kentucky 2022.


Cara Owsley

Director of Photography and Photojournalist, Cincinnati Enquirer

Cara Owsley, Photojournalism Coach

Cara Owsley, a Louisville native and graduate of Western Kentucky University, has been the Director of Photography and Photojournalist at the Cincinnati Enquirer since 2005.

“I unintentionally became a journalist – it started with a fascination of cameras. I still have my first camera, a Polaroid One-Step. My high school photography teacher recommended that I should attend Western Kentucky University for photography. I knew nothing about photojournalism when I enrolled in the program, but the journalism classes and my internships made me fall in love with journalism.

I believe I have one of the best jobs in world. Photojournalists get to encounter people from all walks of life, and I love telling their stories visually. I also enjoy working with our talented staff of photographers and helping make their visuals come to life for our website and our print edition.”


Gary Cosby Jr.

Director of Photography and Photojournalist, Tuscaloosa News

Gary Cosby Jr., Photojournalism coach

Gary Cosby Jr. is a photojournalist in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and has the overblown title of director of photography, overblown since he comprises a staff of one (there used to be three, but staff cuts …). That aside, Gary is a veteran of 32 years, having worked previously at the Decatur Daily in Decatur, Alabama and at The Daily Advance in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Gary is a graduate of the University of North Alabama. He is married and the father of eight children. His hobbies include woodworking, home renovation (mostly involuntary!) and novel writing. While working for newspapers in Tuscaloosa and Decatur, he has shot nine football national championship games and has a great deal of experience covering tornadoes and breaking news. Gary also writes for the Tuscaloosa News and does a weekly opinion column as well as news stories, news features and people profiles.

derek poore

Derek Poore

Producer at Autodemo

Derek Poore, Multimedia Coach

Derek Poore is a video producer & photographer with 15 years in media. He is currently a producer at Autodemo, a leading explainer and demo video company. Previously, he was a video producer at ViacomCBS, producing content for its TechRepublic, ZDNet & CNET brands.

His work has been featured by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, National Science Foundation, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, TechRepublic, ZDNet, CNET, CBS News and Yahoo! Sports.

He holds a Master’s Degree from the Missouri School of Journalism (2014-16). Before that, he was a Knight Foundation visiting professional-in-residence at Mizzou (2013-14).

From 2006-11, he was a reporter at The Courier-Journal in Louisville. Later, he joined Yahoo! Sports’​ Rivals.com platform, covering college sports as a photojournalist & video producer (2011-13).

Matt Detrich

Matt Detrich

Senior Visual Media Consultant for Indiana University Health, Indianapolis

Matt Detrich, Photojournalism Coach

Matt Detrich’s career started with a Nikon FG in hand and a darkroom (with fixer!) in the basement of his childhood home. From age 12, he began his journey in photojournalism, while honing his craft and his passion for telling stories. 

Matt earned his BFA in Visual Communication from Ohio University. After completing six internships, Matt secured a position at The Medina County Gazette. Next stop, Akron Beacon Journal for 4-1/2 years, and then on to Indianapolis Star for nearly 2 decades. 
Detrich covered local community news stories, spot news, and about every major sporting championship including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NCAA (Final 4), and NASCAR/IndyCar to name a few. His work took him abroad to the Summer Olympics in Beijing, Pan Am Games in Toronto, and to Afghanistan for almost 2 months, where he documented the return of a 6-month old refugee who successfully received a heart transplant and the Indiana National Guard forces serving there. 
A four-time winner in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Annual Contest and NPPA Region 4 Clip Photographer of the Year, Matt was also named Indiana News Photographers Association POY, as well as INPA Clip Contest POY, multiple times during his tenure.
Currently, Detrich is Senior Visual Media Consultant for Indiana University Health (Indiana’s largest hospital network) located in Indianapolis. Part of a growing team, he produces a variety of video and still assignments ranging from doctor/patient education, to storytelling of patient’s paths toward healing, including interviews with doctors and nurses who made it possible. 
In his spare time, Matt enjoys Fantasy Football, fishing, golfing, and spending time with his wife, two adult daughters and their dogs.

Danese Kenon

Director of Photography and Video, Philadelphia Inquirer

Danese Kenon, Photojournalism and Multimedia Coach

A visual leader, cutting-edge coach and dynamic educator with nearly two decades of photojournalism experience. Danese Kenon is the Director of Photography and Video for the Philadelphia Inquirer. She teaches leadership and multimedia journalism to organizations such as The Kalish and Multimedia Immersion and to the students of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Alyssa Pointer

Alyssa Pointer

Staff Newspaper Photojournalist, Chicago Tribune and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Alyssa Pointer, Photojournalism coach

Alyssa Pointer (b. 1993) is a Black Southern woman that resides and works in Atlanta, Georgia. She studied photojournalism and African American studies at Western Kentucky University. She is a skilled documentarian with 5 years of experience working as a staff newspaper photojournalist at the Chicago Tribune and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Alyssa’s work has been featured in Time Magazine’s Top 100 Photos. She’s received recognition from the The Atlanta Press Club, The National Press Photographers Best of Photojournalism Awards, The Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar and The Hearst Journalism Awards Program.

Since transitioning into working as a freelance visual storyteller, Alyssa is focused on using her skills to collaborate, uplift and amplify the voices of her Southern companions. She specializes in documentary photography and video. She creates visuals that force her audience to expand their attention span and possibly give-a-damn about their neighbors.