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|| News Item: Posted 2012-11-21

Laforet and Rich featured speakers in Atlanta members Vincent Laforet and Corey Rich will be speaking at the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar in 2012.

By Kevin Liles, Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar

Photo by Pouya Dianat / Atlanta Braves

Photo by Pouya Dianat / Atlanta Braves

Atlanta Braves players celebrate on the field after the game against the New York Mets at Turner Field on June 17, 2011. The Braves won 9-8 in 10 innings.
The Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar ( has a long history of educating visual journalists, beginning with our humble roots as the Atlanta Press Photographers’ Association meeting in 1973. Since then, the Seminar has grown into a nationally recognized conference and hosts a world-class photography contest, with more than $5,000 in prizes.

The Seminar, the nation's longest continuously held photojournalism conference, will be held Nov. 29 through Dec. 1 at the Westin Atlanta North. To celebrate our 40th year, we have added a third day of programming dedicated exclusively to video (V-Day), which will be held on Thursday, Nov. 29. members Vincent Laforet, whose work helped set the standard for DSLR HD video, and Corey Rich, one of the country's most recognized adventure and outdoor lifestyle visual storytellers, are two of the featured speakers for V-Day. member Rich Addicks, an Atlanta freelancer who did stellar work during his 27 years as a staff for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, will lead a workshop alongside Andew Kornylak of Fourmile Media. Other V-Day speakers are: Ben Knight of Felt Soul Media, Mike Kepka of the San Francisco Chronicle, and Michael Senzon and Nancy Donaldson of CNN.

On Friday, there will be workshops covering Sports (Pouya Dianat/Freelance), Multimedia Storytelling (Keith Jenkins/NPR), Photographers' Legal Rights (Mickey H. Osterreicher/NPPA), Business Practices (Judy Hermann/Hermann + Starke), and a special workshop (open to the public) by Vincent Laforet, presented by Canon Explorers of Light.

On Saturday, Pulitzer Prize-winners Michael Williamson of The Washington Post and April Saul of The Philadelphia Inquirer will talk about documentary work that helped change lives. And Stephen Crowley of The New York Times, David Gilkey of NPR, and Jim Lo Scalzo of European Pressfoto Agency round out the Seminar's speakers.

Many vendors will also be on hand, including Nikon, Canon, and Nikon and Canon will providing complimentary "clean and checks" for Seminar registrants, and KEH will be purchasing used gear from anyone willing to sell. Other vendors will be on hand, selling the latest gear.

One of the favorite perks of the Seminar, especially among students, is the portfolio reviews sessions, which are known to last well into the night. In these sessions, faculty members, as well as others in the industry, offer advice and critiques while looking through an attendee's portfolio.

Register early! Every Wednesday, the Seminar has a random drawing of those who have already registered. Prizes include: Portfolio review passes that allow a ticket holder priority selection of their top choice (one review per ticket); Dinner with the Seminar faculty and staff on Nov. 30; Free Seminar T-shirts. The winners will be randomly selected and announced via Facebook ( and Twitter (@atlantaseminar). You can register by visiting our Eventbrite page:

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