We’re Back!

A pandemic, a shutdown, the cancelation of sports and now a slow return to normalcy could not stop the Sports Shooter Academy. I am very happy to announce the Sports Shooter Academy 2021 Virtual Workshop!

And I am very proud to announce that this virtual event has two Sports Shooter Academy alums as our featured speakers: Kyle Zedaker, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Team Photographer and Washington Post Staff Photographer Jabin Botsford.

The Sports Shooter Academy 2021 Virtual Workshop is three days of learning, enlightening conversation, inspiring presentations and —as always— a lot of fun April 16-18, 2021.

This program is sponsored by Nikon Professional Services which is also providing us with two guest speakers: Deanne Fitzmaurice, Pulitzer-winning photojournalist and Andrew Hancock, Sports Illustrated magazine contributing photographer.

The Sports Shooter Academy will be back when it is safe with our unique program of hands-on education, covering real sports events under the guidance of some of THE best photographers working today. In the interim, the SSA 2021 Virtual Workshop will fill the void.

This workshop is also supported by PhotoShelter and ThinkTankPhoto.

The Sports Shooter Academy will be back in-person … when it is safe!

– Robert Hanashiro, Sports Shooter Academy Director

Sponsored by:


From Pandemic to  The Super Bowl

Kyle Zedaker

Team Photographer, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Telling The Story:

Photography and Politics

Jabin Botsford

White House Photographer, Washington Post

Guest Speaker

Deanne Fitzmaurice

Nikon Ambassador

Guest Speaker

Andrew Hancock

Nikon Ambassador

In A League of their Own:

Women In Sports Photography

Karen Warren

Staff Photographer, The Houston Chronicle

Shanna Lockwood

Auburn University Athletic Dept.

Ashley Landis

Staff Photographer, The Associated Press

Hannah Foslien

Getty Sports, Contributing Photographer

Don’t Be Blinded By The Light:

Location Lighting Tips, Tricks and Insights

Robert Deutsch

Senior Staff Photographer, USA TODAY

Robert Deutsch has photographed presidents, rock stars, Oscar winners, elite athletes and the everyday workin’ stiffs. He will share his insights into location portraits by showing his work and breaking down what worked … and what didn’t. Along the way he will no-doubt share behind-the-scenes stories on the subjects in front of his lens.

Personal Projects Matter

Wally Skalij

Staff Photographer, Los Angeles Times

Two-time World Press award-winning photojournalist Wally Skalij will share his love and insights of personal picture projects. From documenting Kobe Bryant’s final month as a Los Angeles Laker to the struggles of a community rebuilding after a devastating wildfire through the high school football team, his stories are intimate looks into people’s lives.


Working During the Pandemic

The past 12 months have been challenging and life changing, How we do our job as storytellers and how we live our lives has been changed by the Corona-19 pandemic … probably forever. Join award-winning photojournalists Keith Birmingham and Jose Carlos Fajardo as they chronicle the past year working and living in their respective communities.


Jose Carlos Fajardo

Staff Photographer, Bay Area News Group

Keith Birmingham

Staff Photographer, Los Angeles News Group

Out Standing in the Field:

Editing on the Run and On-Location

Photo editor and photographer Josh Barber will discuss the different strategies and tools he uses to move his and others’ images on the tight deadlines of social media and wire services while photo editing for the Los Angeles Dodgers, NHL Images and others. From there we’ll talk different methods of getting images from your camera to your phone and then to where it needs to be as well as the considerations that need to be kept in mind while working as team with another photographer… or four.

Josh Barber

Freelance photographer/picture editor


Get A Job!

Insights into the Job and Freelance World

What are editors looking for when hiring photographers to fill staff positions as well as for freelance assignments? How much has the job market changed in the past 5 years? What skill sets … technically, personally and journalistically — are necessary to set you apart? How has the Covid-19 pandemic affected the job market? This will be an open discussion with opportunities to ask questions.

Andrew Scott

Director, Photo & Video News Gathering, USA TODAY


Jerry Lai

Director of Editorial Content, Imagn Content Services

Demystifying SEO:

Best Practices for Photographers

SEO for photographers is more important than ever. Not sure where to begin? The team at PhotoShelter can help. In this presentation Senior Technical Support Specialist Jelan Coley and PhotoShelter co-founder and General Manager Grover Sanschagrin will discuss SEO best practices for photographers and how to boost your SEO with PhotoShelter. From five things you can do to start improving your SEO today, to how to use Google’s new licensable images features, you’ll walk away ready to up your SEO game. Bonus: Senior Marketing Manager Rachel Reiss will also give a quick intro on the PhotoShelter platform and how PhotoShelter can help you run and grow a professional photo business. 

Grover Sanschagrin

Co-founder and General Manager, PhotoShelter

Jelan Coley

Senior Technical Support Specialist, PhotoShelter

Rachel Reis

Senior Marketing Manager , Photoshelter

*All Sports Shooter Academy Annual Contest entrants are automatically registered to the 2021 Sports Shooter Academy Virtual Workshop. Enrollment deadline 4/11/2021.