emily mcmanamy photographer

Awards & honors

  • 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award
  • NPPA Best of Photojournalism
  • SPJ Sigma Delta Chi Award
  • APME Digital Storytelling and Reporting
  • NEAPNEA Best Photo and Video
  • Gannett Awards of Excellence
  • Vermont Press Association Best in Photography


Photographer bios seem to start with a profound relationship to a camera. Let’s go! My first camera was a pink Minnie Mouse 110-film camera with an 8-pack flash bulb. I once took a blurry photo of a waterfall at one of the Disney theme parks in Orlando. I framed it and gave it to my dad for Christmas.

I didn’t find my love for photography until I started photographing people. When friends ask me for a pretty scenic or sunset photo, there is always and always will be a person in them. While everyone else waits for the crowd to clear, I wait for someone to step in front of the lens.

Storytelling is at the heart of what I do. My life wouldn’t feel complete or fulfilled if I wasn’t a witness to other people’s lives. I am humbled by the situations I photograph, the people I encounter and the stories they share. By carrying my camera I am invited to a more intimate view of the world we live in.

My first job: newspaper delivery kid. Once I hung up my newspaper bundle bag I started learning how to write. My next stop: journalism school. I studied photojournalism at Boston University’s College of Communication where I was honored as an emerging photographer in Nikon’s Best of College Photography contest in 2005. Upon returning to Burlington I worked at Vermont’s largest daily newspaper, the Burlington Free Press, earning several accolades including the Edward R. Murrow award for my video storytelling.

Now focused on commercial, editorial and nonprofit digital storytelling, I shoot and produce photo and video campaigns for a number of Vermont’s non-profits, social service agencies and local brands. Get in touch!