Michael Maher is currently a freelance photographer and former newspaper photojournalist with the Lowell (Ma.) Sun, where he was twice named New England Newspaper Photographer of the Year.  He has won numerous photojournalism awards from the National Press Photographers’ Association, Associated Press, Boston Press Photographers’ Association, and New England Press Association.  His photographs have been published by major news wire services, newspapers, and photography books.  His photographs also appeared in an HBO special, “Curse of the Bambino”, a history of the Boston Red Sox.

Michael began his news photography career at Boston University (BU), where he graduated with a B. S. in Journalism.  He subsequently worked as a full-time newspaper photojournalist for the Lowell (Ma) Sun, until leaving to become a freelance photographer. 

While freelancing, he received an advanced degree from Columbia University -- a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and concentration in Journalism Management (newspaper, magazine and television).  Michael also pursued a career in advertising while continuing to work as a freelance photographer, and currently serves as Senior Vice President of Marketing at Digitas Health, the industry's top healthcare digital marketing and advertising agency.

Michael has photographed the full range of news events from professional sports to local little league, U. S. presidential candidates to local school board races, international celebrities to local garden clubs, major news events to minor car accidents.  Below is a listing of the major photojournalism contest awards he has won:

New England Press Association

1978: 2nd Place Feature and Honorable Mention Feature

1979: New England Newspaper Photographer of the Year, 1st Place Feature, 1st Place Personality, 3rd Place Personality

1980: New England Newspaper Photographer of the Year, 1st Place Personality, 2nd Place Spot News, 3rd Place Spot News, Honorable Mention General News, 3rd Place Sports

1981: Spot News Honorable Mention, General News Honorable Mention, Sports Honorable Mention

Associated Press

1979: 3rd Place

1980: 1st Place, Best of Show, 3rd Place

Boston Press Photographers Association

1980: 1st Place, 3rd Place

National Press Photographers Association (NPPA)

1979: National Monthly Newsclip Contest: April 1st Place Sports; November 3rd Place Sports; Photograph Selected for Pictures of Year Annual Publication

1980: National Monthly Newsclip Contest: July 1st Place Sports and 3rd Place Sports; October 2nd Place Sports

1981: National Monthly Newsclip Contest: September 3rd Place Feature; October 3rd Place Sports


Michael has also been featured in many leading digital marketing publications and conferences, including:

Authored Articles

1)      Direct Marketing News – Digital CRM http://www.dmnews.com/move-to-the-next-generation-of-crm/article/167567/?DCMP=EMC-DMN_DBMktingWkly

2)      Adotas – Digital Measurement http://www.adotas.com/2010/04/too-much-data-too-little-insight/

3)      Adotas - CRM http://www.adotas.com/2009/04/time-to-protect-your-best-customers/

4)      Adotas - Pharmaceutical Social Media Marketing  http://www.adotas.com/2009/01/pharma-companies-and-social-media-marketing/

5)      Pharmaceutical Executive Magazine - Pharmaceutical Social Media Marketing http://license.icopyright.net/user/viewFreeUse.act?fuid=NDAzNTk3NA%3D%3D



1)      Mediapost - ROI: http://www.mediapost.com/publications/index.cfm?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=97449

2)      ClickZ – Physicians & Social Media: http://www.clickz.com/3632527

3)      Direct Marketing News – OTC Drugs Online: http://www.dmnews.com/OTC-drugs-head-online/article/128317/

4)      Marketing News – Radio Free Internet (Podcasting): July 30, 2009


Speaking Engagements

1)      Internet Week NY June 3, 2009 - Social Media: http://www.nyiw.org/events/178 or http://www.greaterthanone.com/internet-week-new-york