Allison Shelley is an independent documentary photographer and multimedia creator. She is co-director of the 250-member non-profit Women Photojournalists of Washington and adjunct faculty in the New Media and Photojournalism graduate program at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Previously, Allison worked as director of photography for Education Week newspaper and as a staff photographer for The Washington Times. Her current transmedia documentary project, in collaboration with writer Allyn Gaestel, focuses on maternal health issues affecting young women worldwide.
Based in Haiti from early 2010, her photography has been featured in publications such as Time magazine, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Der Speigel, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Paris Match, and The Guardian.
Her work has received awards from the National Press Photographers Association, the Society for News Design, and the White House News Photographers Association among others — including the WHNPA Project Grant to support her examination of young motherhood in eastern India, and two grants from Pulitzer Center to support similar projects in Nepal and Nigeria.