Sports Shooter Academy Lecture Series

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to postpone our in-person workshops. To continue our tradition of sharing and teaching the Sports Shooter Academy has gone virtual … temporarily.

The Sports Shooter Academy Lecture Series continues our goal to educate, inspire and enlighten. This series of virtual presentations brings together a diverse collection of photographers discussing their careers,  work and lives.

From sports to international news to projects to rock n roll, the Sports Shooter Academy Lecture Series presentations will appeal to both students and seasoned professionals. All sessions will have plenty of time for questions during and after the presentations making them truly interactive. Rather than cram all of the sessions into a single weekend, we are spreading them out throughout 2022.

Additionally registered participants will have access to the virtual judging of the Sports Shooter Academy Annual Contest. If you cannot make any session your registration fee gives you exclusive access to recordings of all presentations. 

– Robert Hanashiro, Sports Shooter Academy Director

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Covid Olympics

Tokyo Summer Olympics

June 24, 2022 | 10AM PDT

Multiple Covid tests, health apps and precise document requirements were required and that was before making the flight to Japan. Kohjiro Kinno discusses his unique brand of photography and perspective on covering his first Olympics Games. 


Kohjiro Kinno


Sports Illustrated

On The Sidelines

Covering Super Bowl LVI

June 26, 2022 | 11AM PDT     

Keith Birmingham takes us through his take and discusses what went through his mind as he captured the key plays and the subtle moments, separating himself from the dozens of other photographers also covering the Rams come from behind win over Cincinnati. 

Keith Birmingham

Staff Photographer, Los Angeles News Group


Through the Lens

July 2022

During the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine millions of people fled the country to escape the destruction and violence of war. Wally Skalij takes us through his journey to Poland and then Ekraine to document the people and their struggles to escape the war that would overtake their country.


Wally Skalij

Los Angeles Times

Sports Shooter Academy Annual Contest Judging

July 2022

A panel of photographers will discuss and rank the top entries in the Sports Shooter Academy Annual Contest. This interactive session will give participants the opportunity to not only listen to the comments of the judges but also ask questions. The Sports Shooter Annual Contest is sponsored by Nikon. Supporting companies include: Photo Mechanic, Photo Shelter and Pocket Wizard.

Covid Olympics

Beijing Olympics

July 2022

Bob Deutsch & Danielle Parhizkaran | USA Today

The Beijing Winter Olympics operated under a strict closed loop, unlike the Tokyo Summer Olympics. All participants were restricted in movement and contact outside of Olympics venues and housing. Bob Deutsch and Danielle Parhizkaran will discuss their work and the challenges in what was probably the most difficult Olympic Games ever.


I’m With the Band

On The Road with The Who

August 2022

William Snyder

William Snyder has been The Who’s official photographer for 20 years and is a four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and editor. Currently he who is professor and director of the photojournalism program at his alma mater the Rochester Institute of Technology.


She’s Got Game

August 2022


Candice Ward


A love of sports led Candice Ward to a career in sports photography. For the past six years she has served as the team photographer for the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League and Calgary Roughnecks National Lacrosse League and three seasons with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. In 2018 was the recipient of the Aboriginal Role Model Award for Arts/Media.

Boyd’s Station

September 2022

Kentucky Boyd’s Station takes the arts and journalism to its basics: Community. Jack Gruber has developed a program that integrates the arts and journalism into the Harrison County in rural Kentucky. There emerging artists and student journalists can create and pursue their craft while providing a safe, inclusive, supportive space with the community. 

Personal Projects

October 2022

Carey Wagner is a documentary photographer, filmmaker and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. Her recent storytelling has focused on the arts in public education, narrowing the gender gap in tech, microfinance in rural communities and connecting with a growing refugee population worldwide.

One Light Wonders

November 2020

Lighting can make or break a portrait shoot. Robert Hanashiro will demonstrate simple and creative methods to take a single light portrait up a notch or two. He will also give you a peek into his lighting kits showing inexpensive items he has collected over the years that help him create interesting lighting. Hanashiro is a USA Today senior staff photographer and found of the Sports Shooter Academy workshops.

Robert Hanashiro

USA Today

*All Sports Shooter Academy Annual Contest entrants are automatically registered into the 2022 Sports Shooter Academy Virtual Workshop.