John Stanmeyer, a co-founding member of VII, works regularly on assignment with National Geographic magazine and is a contract photographer with TIME magazine since 1998. Stanmeyer recently returned to the United States after living for 12 years in Asia. He has spent his career working globally on social issues and conflict resolution. In recent years Stanmeyer has produced in-depth reportage on global malaria, the world food crisis and mental health in Asia. He has been the recipient of numerous honors, awards and recognitions, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, Magazine Photographer of the Year from the University of Missouri School of Journalism along with numerous World Press and Picture of the Year awards.