In 2010, Swain became the first woman to win Video Photographer of the Year by the White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA). Her shooting, editing and storytelling skills have been honored dozens of times, including by National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and Broadcast Education Association (BEA). In 2014, she was nominated for an Emmy®.


Bethany's students have won over 60 awards since she joined the journalism faculty of University of Maryland in 2012.  Most of the honors were awarded to my Advanced Video Storytelling class that creates the "ViewFinder" projects, including student Emmy's, national SPJ "Mark of Excellence" Awards, BEA and numerous honors in the WHNPA Eyes of History Student Video contest.