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|| News Item: Posted 2011-07-01

Think Tank Photo To Sponsor Prizes For Sports Shooter Academy VIII
Workshop to be held from September 21-25, 2011 in Orange County, Calif.

By Sports Shooter Staff

Cool news for THE coolest sports photography event the year: Think Tank Photo has announced they will be sponsoring the prizes for the top photographs made during the upcoming Sports Shooter Academy VIII.

Winners of the best photos will be awarded Think Tank Photo gear worth over $250. The company will also be providing prizes for the winners of the daily best photo.

"Think Tank Photo has been a part of the Sports Shooter Academy from the beginning," said Robert Hanashiro, Sports Shooter founder and the workshop's co-director, "Recognizing the wonderful work that will be produced at this workshop is a tribute to their commitment to education and to this profession."

Sports Shooter Academy VIII will be held Sept. 21-25, 2011 in Orange County, Calif. This hands-on workshop features an award-winning faculty of photographers and gives participants the opportunity to shoot real sports events and receive one-on-one critiques nightly.

"It’s real world experience here folks," said Matt Brown, a Southern California- based freelance photographer and Academy co-founder.

Sports events on the workshop shooting schedule include: College football, volleyball, water polo, cross country and soccer plus surfing, beach volleyball and boxing. Lecture topics include: Using remote cameras, gym lighting, business practices for photographers and getting the most out of your speedlights.

The Sports Shooter Academy is sponsored by Nikon, which will have their latest professional cameras, lenses, speedlights and accessories available for workshop participants to check out to use during their shoots.

Funding provided by Nikon will allow full-time college and university students to attend the Sports Shooter Academy tuition-free.

There are still some openings in SSA VIII, but they are filling up quickly. "If you want to attend four days of education, inspiration and fun, you better apply sooner rather than later," Hanashiro said.

"Sports Shooter Academy is more about seeing the picture as much as it is about shooting it," said Michael Goulding from the Orange County Register and a workshop faculty member.

"The process you go through as a participant in The Academy is great. You’re on site with good photographers … and you talk about the picture you want to shoot there and how to see them. Then you go into the editing room and then into the critiques with them and follow that evolution all the way through."

For more details about the workshop and to apply to participate in SSA VIII, go to this page on the workshop website:

For those not familiar with The Academy can get a look at the workshop through the eyes of a students that participated in a previous workshop:

Faculty confirmed include: Matt Brown, Southern California freelance photographer (and SSA co-founder) John McDonough, Sports Illustrated staff photographer, Rod Mar, Seattle freelance photographer, Myung J. Chun, of the Los Angeles Times, Michael Goulding of the Orange County Register and Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY staff photographer (and SSA co-founder).

For details on the upcoming Sports Shooter Academy, plus videos and galleries from previous workshops, go to:

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