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|| News Item: Posted 2009-03-10

Sports Shooter News & Notes
By Sports Shooter Staff

Photo by Dave Black

Photo by Dave Black

Dave Black
Dave Black, Lucas Gilman Added To Sports Shooter Academy Faculty

Nikon has announced that it will be bringing in two veteran photographers and instructors to the Sports Shooter Academy to be held April 8 - 12 in Southern California.

Dave Black and Lucas Gilman have previously been on the faculty of Sports Shooter educational events and have taught at numerous other workshops and seminars across the country.

"I love to make pictures," says Dave Black whose education in commercial graphics design and studio drawing lend well to his vision of photography. "I love to make pictures that draw the audience in for a closer look at a moment in time."

Gilman, who specializes in outdoor sports and adventure photography, recently covered the Tour Of California cycling race and also covered last year's Tour de France.

"I'm excited about working with the students at the Academy," Black said in an email confirming his participation in the workshop.

Black and Gilman join several other award-winning photographers on the Sports Shooter Academy faculty: Matt Brown, Southern California freelance photographer, Wally Skalij and Myung J. Chin of the Los Angeles Times, Rod Mar formerly staff photographer of the Seattle Times and now freelancing, Michael Goulding staff photographer at the Orange County Register and freelance photographer Dave Honl. The workshop co-director and founder with Brown is Robert Hanashiro, staff photographer with USA TODAY.

"Having Dave and Lucas on the workshop faculty not only adds two great photographers but two great instructors, "said Hanashiro, "These guys really put in the time to help, advise and inspire photographers wherever they are. Thanks to Nikon for bringing them aboard the workshop faculty."

The Sports Shooter Academy is a hands-on, shooting workshops where participants have the opportunity to shoot NCAA Division I sports through an agreement with local schools in the Big West Conference. Other sports on the workshop schedule include professional beach volleyball, horse racing at Santa Anita Park and boxing at a local gym.

Photo by Dave Black

Photo by Dave Black

Turn Burners ... #937 Donnie Burns and #933 John Murray at Wild Rat 2008.
The Sports Shooter Academy is sponsored by Nikon, which provided funding for 36 college and university students to attend tuition-free. Think Tank Photo and Samy's Camera are also supporting the workshop.

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Sports Shooter Annual Contest Judging April 8

The judging finals of the Sports Shooter Newsletter Annual Contest will be held in an open session April 8 in Southern California.

The judging will be held in conjunction with the Sports Shooter Academy. The open judging will start approximately 9pm at the Crowne Plaza Irvine Hotel.

The workshop faculty will serve as the judges in the contest and the interplay and comments are often controversial but always interesting and educational.

The contest is broken down into six categories: Best Action, Best Feature, Best No College, No Pro, Best Picture Story, Best Student Photo and Student Photo of the year.

Prize will be awarded to the top winners in each category and are sponsored by: Think Tank Photo, Robert Distributors and Versa-Flex.

"It is always an interesting, educational and fun time at the open judging sessions," said Sports Shooter founder Robert Hanashiro, "With 6 or 7 photographers in one room looking at the same photographs, you never know what might happen or what might be said.

"This is also a great way for us to expose the Sports Shooter Academy participants to some of the best photography from the previous year and give them some inspiration."

Those wishing to attend the Sports Shooter Newsletter Annual Contest judging, there is limited seating available and you must RSVP by emailing Hanashiro at: In the subject line write "Contest Judging RSVP".

Annual Contest sponsor links:
Think Tank Photo

Roberts Distributors


You can see all of the winning entries in the previous contests on

To view a video made during the 2006 contest judging, click on this link:

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