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August 26, 1927 Born in Casper, Wyoming Attended Casper school system. Graduated Natrona County High School in 1945
U.S. Army Photographer at The Casper Tribune-Herald Graduated from Casper Junior College College Photographer of the Year, Kappa Alpha Mu, University of Missouri BS from University of Wyoming Staff photographer for The Denver Post Newspaper Photographer of the Year, University of Missouri Pictures of the Year competition Newspaper Photographer of the Year, University of Missouri Pictures of the Year competition Newspaper Photographer of the Year, University of Missouri- National Press Photographers Association, Pictures of the Year competition. (The NPPA and University of Missouri combined their competitions beginning in 1959). Joined National Geographic Magazine as a staff photographer Magazine Photographer of the Year, University of Missouri- National Press Photographers Association, Pictures of the Year competition Conger’s photo “Astronaut Alan Shepard Picked Up at Sea runs as Life Magazine’s cover image Conger’s photo “John Glenn Returns from Space” runs as Life Magazine’s cover image Negotiated with the Soviet Union to gain permission to travel widely in that country and to produce magazine articles and a book about the Soviet Union. Certificate of Merit from the Overseas Press Club for photographs in the National Geographic Book: Journey Across Russia – The Soviet Union Today World Understanding Award from University of Missouri, National Press Photographers Association and the Nikon Company. For photography in National Geographic book, Journey Across Russia – The Soviet Union Today. The award is “In recognition of the application of photography toward a deeper unity and understanding among the people of the world.” Distinguished Alumni Award from University of Wyoming Distinguished Alumni Award from Casper College Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award. The highest honor in the field of photojournalism given by the National Press Photographers Association to a working photojournalist who advanced, elevates or attains unusual recognition for the profession of1967-1987 1985-1989 1959-1989 1987-1989 1989 1998
photojournalism by conduct, initiative, leadership, skill and devotion to duty. Assistant Director of Photography, National Geographic Magazine Director of Multi-Image, NGS Audio Visual Services, and producer of shows
Numerous articles published in National Geographic Magazine. Including Project Mercury, Loire River, Chartres Cathedral, Moscow, Siberia, Transportation, X-15, Java, Philippine tribes, biblical patriarch Abraham, Idaho, Ob River, Singapore, Borobudur, People of the Long Spring (Soviet Arctic), and others. Photography for the Beijing chapter, Journey Into China (1982). Most recent magazine article Time Catches Up with Mongolia (1985). Most recent book project – China chapter in Builders of the Ancient World (1986).
Numerous Multi-Image shows produced by Conger were awarded gold, silver and bronze recognition by the Association for Multi- Image. These shows were primarily about photographers and their photography done for the National Geographic Magazine.
Retired from national Geographic to Durango, Colorado. Major multi-image show on Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Seven projectors synched live with the Music in the Mountains Orchestra on a 10’ x 30’ screen. Photographs from 25 years of travel in Russia, edited to fit the themes of Mussorgsky’s music.