While not on Reserve duty, Hibben owns and operates a broadcast television company, Snap 180 media, in which he produces live television events for companies such as ESPN, Fox and The Weather Channel, all of which expect high-quality products, Hibben said.
As the nation and the world grapple with COVID-19, Hibben hasn’t shied from the camera, often taking his place on the front lines with other photojournalists while still trying to be as safe as possible to tell the many complex and historic stories surrounding an epidemic like nobody has seen in modern history.
“It’s an interesting time to be able to go out and actually document what’s going on,” said Hibben. “You've got hospital staff, government employees and other critical people at the forefront of this, but what about the people behind the scenes? You know, the carryout delivery guy delivering food to doors, restaurants that are now doing curbside pickup — there’s a lot of stories out there that should be told.”
As Hibben relishes his 2019 MVAPOY victory, he’s already back in the thick of it capturing images and telling stories that just might land in his 2020 portfolio.
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Look for MVA 2020 contest entry information updates to be posted on the MVA website no later than Oct. 31, 2020.
BIO CHRIS HIBBEN
In 1991, Hibben joined the Navy, where he was a yellow shirt on the USS John F. Kennedy CV-67. After his active duty time, Hibben became a journalist in the Navy Reserve assigned to the Naval Reserve Center, Milwaukee. He has been a photographer since a child, and being a journalist was his passion. After a deployment to Special Operations Command South in Puerto Rico, Hibben decided to change services and join the Air Force. He was assigned to Visual Information at the 440th Airlift Wing in Milwaukee. After two years he joined the 4th Combat Camera Squadron in Riverside, California. He is still assigned to the 4th, now stationed at Joint Base Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina. In his civilian life, Hibben owns a broadcast television company, Snap 180 Media, producing live television events for ESPN, Fox News, The Weather Channel and other national networks. Hibben just returned from a deployment to the Horn of Africa, where for eight months he documented operations in East Africa.