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Sports Shooter Academy VI Participants.
Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 11:22 AM on 12.05.08
->> I wanted to start a thread for those participating in Sports Shooter Academy VI.

The first batch of confirmations went out last night.

Congrats!

Mahalo!
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Patrick Fallon, Student/Intern, Photographer
Columbia | MO | USA | Posted: 3:02 PM on 12.05.08
->> WHOOO HOOOO!!

Got the confirmation today. Thanks Bert for putting this all together!

Thanks so much to Nikon's Bill Pekala and Ronal Taniwaki for getting Nikon's financial support - PAYING THE TUITION for all full time students. You have no idea how awesome that is and how much we really appreciate it!

So who else is coming? I know I'm not the only traveler from Missouri.
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Andrew Villa, Student/Intern, Assistant
San Jose | CA | United States | Posted: 5:22 PM on 12.05.08
->> Got my email last night! So excited double excited actually. I didn't know at first how i was gonna come up with the money, but now its just put me at ease. You guys rule to the max.

Can't wait to see you guys in April!
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Brian Schneider, Student/Intern, Photographer
Clemson | SC | | Posted: 7:16 PM on 12.05.08
->> Got mine today! I don't think I could make it there without Nikon paying for the tuition.

Great job Nikon, thanks very, very much from a Canon shooter! ;)
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Matthew Sauk, Photographer
Sandy | UT | United States | Posted: 11:46 PM on 12.05.08
->> Man that would be fun! For those of you going congrats on being accepted!
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Andrew Scott, Student/Intern
London | ON | Canada | Posted: 1:27 PM on 12.07.08
->> I just wanted to echo what was written above, I got my confirmation on Friday night and I am extremely excited!! A big thank-you goes out to Nikon for sponsoring the Sports Shooter Academy VI (specifically to Bill Pekala and Ronal Taniwaki).

Anyone who is/was a student knows that at this time of year money tends to run quite thin and it has made a huge difference in my budget for attending SSAVI!!
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Jared Wickerham, Student/Intern, Photographer
Pittsburgh | PA | U.S.A. | Posted: 7:58 PM on 12.07.08
->> I'm in!

Definitely a big shout out and thank you to Bill Pekala and Ronal Taniwaki at Nikon for paying the tuition for us full-time students. I think I can speak for all of us by saying it is appreciated and that we are very gracious!

I have been saving up for a while now, hoping for the best. So now, I'll have money to spend on all of the gear that looks cool at SSA :)
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Zach Honig, Photo Editor, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 10:42 PM on 12.07.08
->> Man... we're already up to SSA VI? I feel so old. SSA IV was the last time I shot for anything other than my own articles or projects, and the pictures are still up on my member page! I can't believe it's been that long since I've shot on a regular basis... but I feel like being able to go to SSA VI would be enough to get me back in the game, if only for a weekend... that's how awesome Bert's workshop is.

Long story short, you guys are incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to attend SSA VI, especially on Nikon's dime -- I'd jump on that in a heartbeat. Good luck everyone and keep shooting!
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 2:06 PM on 12.08.08
->> SSA VI is a FABULOUS opportunity for students...and Nikon has recognized this by helping me with support so we can make this as accessible as possible.

Also, because of Nikon's support, I was able to not increase the tuition for non-students participants. Because of the rising expenses, we were looking at a $150 - $200 increase in the tuition for the next workshop.

I have received numerous emails inquiring about VI and the deadline for applying. As in the past, there is no deadline per se. Once all of the available spots are filled, there will be a waiting list.

It goes without saying that the economy is not great, but with Nikon's help, I've been able to make the COOLEST sports photography event of the year as accessible as I possibly can.

Mahalo!
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Mark Malijan, Student/Intern, Photographer
Bellingham | WA | United States | Posted: 1:06 PM on 12.10.08
->> I'm stoked! This makes going to the event much easier (financially) for a college student. I got goosebumps. Thanks to everyone for all the help!
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Matthew Cavanah, Student/Intern, Photographer
Columbia | MO | US | Posted: 1:15 PM on 12.10.08
->> I got the acceptance at 1 in the morning and flipped. A few friends of mine that got accepted as well are considering road tripping from Missouri to save a little more money ($300 for round trip flight) So that week is just going to be amazing!
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 1:21 PM on 12.10.08
->> I believe there are four of you from Missouri ...so far ... that will be a heck of a road trip!

A few years ago a van-load of students drove to the Sports Shooter Workshop & Luau from a university in Canada!!!

Mahalo!
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Daniel Berman, Student/Intern, Photographer
Seattle | WA | US | Posted: 1:58 PM on 12.10.08
->> I also am super stoked for SSA VI. It will be great to see everyone again (congrats Mr. Malijan...) and to practice what I have been working on since last year. If any students are going back and forth on this one, just stop, and apply!

Daniel
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Rafael Agustin Delgado, Student/Intern, Photographer
Pasadena / Fullerton | Ca | USA | Posted: 2:31 PM on 12.10.08
->> Sweetness!

Is my only reaction to my confirmation email. SSA VI is five months away however I look forward to it much more than the holidays.

Many thanks to Nikon; SSA VI would have just been a wish, not a reality without the help.
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Robert Ashcraft, Photographer, Assistant
Matthews | NC | | Posted: 5:05 PM on 12.11.08
->> I just received my confirmation email today, now the wait begin. I can't stand it. This news has truly reduced my holiday stress.

Thanks to all involved in the selection process and event. I look forward to the training.
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Nathan Papes, Student/Intern
Springfield | MO | United States | Posted: 5:39 PM on 12.11.08
->> WOOT!!! I got my confirmation email today. I'm so excited .

Thanks to Bert and everyone who helped in putting this on.

And Thanks to Nikon for help make me able to afford this.
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Mike Boehmer, Student/Intern
Chicago | IL | USA | Posted: 8:56 PM on 12.13.08
->> Yeah! Got mine yesterday! Big thanks to Nikon on this one.

BTW- anyone interested in going in on a rental car, let me know~
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 12:21 AM on 12.17.08
->> I think we're up to SIX from Missouri?


Other schools better catch up .. before it's too late!
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Rod Leland, Photographer, Student/Intern
Lethbridge | AB | Canada | Posted: 6:26 PM on 12.18.08
->> I'm IN!

First one from Canada? Can't wait to see all the great friends I made last year once again.
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 7:00 PM on 12.18.08
->> Nope Rod ... You are the third from our neighbor to the north!

Space for students in VI is now going very fast...
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Andrew Villa, Student/Intern, Assistant
San Jose | CA | United States | Posted: 8:08 PM on 12.18.08
->> Rod! So stoked you are in man. See you in April!
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Jay Sinclair, Photographer
Vancouver | BC | Canada | Posted: 3:41 AM on 12.20.08
->> I assume that the first round of confirmations are all going to be Student/ Intern spots especially with the support from Nikon.

That being said, with the new support from Nikon will there still be Working/Pro spots available ?
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Jay Sinclair, Photographer
Vancouver | BC | Canada | Posted: 3:43 AM on 12.20.08
->> *OT* Hey Rod is that Steve T (Chump) as your first shot in your current Portfolio ?

LOL. Small world.
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Octavian Cantilli, Student/Intern
Kissimmee | FL | United States | Posted: 9:50 PM on 12.23.08
->> Bert invited me to his next workshop a few weeks ago, but I didn't know if I could attend until Mike Randolph from the Bay City Times gave me the time off. He said there shouldn't be any trouble with these days off. So on that note Andrew, Rod, Jared and Daniel, it'll be nice seeing you guys again, and I'm looking forward to meeting some more enthusiastic characters.

Merry Christmas everyone...
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Mike Anzaldi, Photographer
Oak Park | IL | USA | Posted: 12:04 AM on 12.24.08
->> i'm very much interested in attending. what could we expect a typical day to look like in terms of schedule? not specifics, but generally? does the learning start at 9a and go till 10 p, or more like 10 to 4? is there any opportunity for free time to meet with friends in the region? how does it all play out?
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Daniel Berman, Student/Intern, Photographer
Seattle | WA | US | Posted: 2:18 AM on 12.24.08
->> Mike,

They have changed up the schedule somewhat since last year, but generally, workshop participants are pretty busy from mid-morning until midnight. You get up early for gear checkout from canon (or nikon as it were), then attend a morning workshop, and then shot two or three events thereafter. And just when you were starting to get sleepy, you go in for critiques until close to midnight. I am sure you could find time to visit with friends, but why would you want to? There is a ton to learn and do just within the program, and it is over so quick anyway -- it would be a shame to miss out IMO.

Daniel
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 2:56 AM on 12.24.08
->> Free time?

Maybe after the workshop ends around 2pm Sunday...

SSA VI kicks off with a series of "Early Bird" classes beginning at 1pm on Wednesday.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday we will start the days at 8am and the editing/critique sessions will end by midnight. In between there will be various events to shoot and instructional sessions --- like remote camera classes, location lighting, etc.

We try to encourage participants to do as much of a "loose edit" during any downtime between workshop events they sign up for. But usually it's a scramble to get to and from events and get a few minutes for lunch and dinner along the way.

The final workshop schedule will not be available until a few weeks before.

Check the various videos on the website for an idea of what The Academy experience is like.

Believe me, there is no other sports photography workshop out there like this.

Mahalo!
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Bob Ford, Photographer
Lehighton | Pa | USA | Posted: 9:00 AM on 12.24.08
->> Mike, as Daniel and Robert pointed out you're busy just about all day.

Robert pointed out that the days start at 8am, but when I went to SSA IV some of the days started much earlier. When we shot crew my navigator and I left the hotel before 5am. I didn't shoot horse racing, but I think those guys left around 5am too.

If you want to hook up with friends while you're in Cali, schedule an extra day or two after the workshop.
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 4:47 PM on 12.24.08
->> We will not be scheduling anything before 8am.
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 5:24 PM on 12.24.08
->> Make that EIGHT now from Missouri!

Wow.
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Andrew Villa, Student/Intern, Assistant
San Jose | CA | United States | Posted: 5:57 PM on 12.24.08
->> Nothing before 8am? Shucks... from what I remember, Crew wasn't really scheduled, you just told us where and when it was, and we went. Haha. The days are long, but well worth it. I always leave a few days before to Southern California to make sure I can see a few friends I have down there first. Then it's off to hang out with the friends I get to see usually once a year at SSA. One year I had time to have dinner with a friend that goes to UC Irvine, but that was only for about an hour, and she happens to live right there.

As far as I'm concerned, I can't wait to hit up "The Mexican Affair," in Long Beach, which has become a longtime tradition for me to hit up, as well as In & Out in Irvine. Yum!

Can't wait to see everyone in a few months,

-Andrew
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Patrick Fallon, Student/Intern, Photographer
Columbia | MO | USA | Posted: 7:15 PM on 12.24.08
->> Eight from Missouri? Oh dear. I only know of 5!
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Mike Anzaldi, Photographer
Oak Park | IL | USA | Posted: 12:25 AM on 12.25.08
->> thanks for the preview. that clears things up. friends some other time.
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 7:35 PM on 12.25.08
->> Eight total from the great state of Missouri --- so far. Seven from the University of Missouri and 1 from Missouri State University.
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Ronal Taniwaki, Photographer
Denver | CO | | Posted: 2:36 AM on 12.27.08
->> WHAT? nobody from Brooks?

What about CAL STATE FULLERTON?
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Rafael Agustin Delgado, Student/Intern, Photographer
Pasadena / Fullerton | Ca | USA | Posted: 2:29 PM on 12.27.08
->> Ron,

I am a Cal State Fullerton student. Not sure if there are any other Titans in the mix. As for Brooks, I know of at least one attending, Jeff Ball.

At SSA IV, we had several with Pasadena City College Courier affiliation attend: Jim Comeau, William Hallstrom, Daniel Belis, and me in attendance.
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Jared Wickerham, Student/Intern, Photographer
Pittsburgh | PA | U.S.A. | Posted: 4:24 PM on 12.27.08
->> Any other Art Institute students? There was only one last year from Seattle I believe.
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Matthew Cavanah, Student/Intern, Photographer
Columbia | MO | US | Posted: 8:52 PM on 12.27.08
->> 8?! I'm tempted to just start nagging all my photog friends at MU to apply just to see how many we can get to attend.
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Mike Vander Veer, Student/Intern, Photographer
Cheney | WA | USA | Posted: 1:36 AM on 12.28.08
->> Any word on how many spots are left, if any?

I know, I'm a late applicant. But I finally got it in!
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Andrew Villa, Student/Intern, Assistant
San Jose | CA | United States | Posted: 2:02 AM on 12.28.08
->> yeah mike! heck yeah who's down for a hotel bar session and orderin food there like last year?

so stoked!
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Mike Vander Veer, Student/Intern, Photographer
Cheney | WA | USA | Posted: 2:04 AM on 12.28.08
->> Not on my budget! That Corona I ordered was $8!!! Still tasted like heaven after shooting track in the sun for 8 hours.

First things first, there has to be room and I have to be accepted first. :)
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Octavian Cantilli, Student/Intern
Kissimmee | FL | United States | Posted: 8:41 PM on 12.28.08
->> I was too wore out to chill with you guys in the hotel room after shooting all day, but I'm definitely down for The Mexican Affair again...
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Jared Wickerham, Student/Intern, Photographer
Pittsburgh | PA | U.S.A. | Posted: 7:48 PM on 12.30.08
->> Mexican Affair again for sure! Like last year, I still don't drink, but catching up at the bar sounds good! Can't wait guys!
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Mike Vander Veer, Student/Intern, Photographer
Cheney | WA | USA | Posted: 4:56 PM on 01.02.09
->> It's official. Vander Veer will be back in socal for SSAVI!!!

A HUGE shout out to Bill Pekala and Ronal Taniwaki from Nikon! Thank you!
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William Guerro, Photographer
Galloway | NJ | USA | Posted: 5:14 PM on 01.02.09
->> I just received my email that I am in for SSA VI. My first One. I am really looking forward to it.
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Jay Sinclair, Photographer
Vancouver | BC | Canada | Posted: 9:25 PM on 01.04.09
->> Congrats William. I still have my fingers crossed I get an Invite...
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Timothy Martin, Student/Intern
Flagstaff | AZ | USA | Posted: 3:17 AM on 01.06.09
->> I just got my acceptance email tonight and am really looking forward to my first Sports Shooter Academy! Thanks so much to Nikon's Bill Pekala and Ronal Taniwaki and to Sports Shooter's Robert Hanashiro!!!!
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 12:24 AM on 01.07.09
->> Rod Mar!

Mike Goulding!

And David Honl!

Wow ...
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Andrew Villa, Student/Intern, Assistant
San Jose | CA | United States | Posted: 12:52 AM on 01.07.09
->> Oh man Bert, I get more and more excited when I open this thread each time. I can't wait to see what else you have in store for us! Oh yeah, and I'm super excited for Horse Racing again!!! Are we heading to Santa Anita?
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Patrick Fallon, Student/Intern, Photographer
Columbia | MO | USA | Posted: 2:47 AM on 01.07.09
->> This will be a great event. Thanks again Bert and everyone who is helping to make this all possible.

Continue the thread here:
http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=31820
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