Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar Celebrating 40th Anniversary

By David Tulis

ATLANTA, GA – When the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar rolls into town in late November, it will continue a four-decade tradition of breaking new ground for visual specialists, showcasing some of the world's best photojournalists who are at the top of their game. and providing hands-on skills, business, and video workshops. Plus there’s a popular, world-class photojournalism contest.

This year’s 40th anniversary Atlanta PhotojournalismSeminar ( is set for November 29 through December 1, 2012, at the Westin Atlanta North.

Bringing the latest in technology and photography techniques has long been a hallmark of the Atlanta seminar, beginning with the very first Atlanta Press Photographers’ Association meeting back in 1972 when Vietnam and flower power were the buzz words.

This year’s Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar will be another standout, with special 40th Anniversary three-day event pricing packages starting from $269.00, including rewards for early registration.

Starting on October 31, the seminar will have a random weekly drawing of registrants for prizes that include: Ten portfolio review passes that allow the ticket holder priority selection of their top choice (one review per ticket); two chances to join the faculty and staff for dinner on Friday November 30; and four free seminar t-shirts. Two portfolio passes and one other prize will be randomly selected each Wednesday and announced on our Facebook page and on Twitter (@atlantaseminar).

To celebrate the 40th anniversary, Rich Addicks of Base Camp Media, and Oregon-based photojournalist Ken Hawkins, have organized an inaugural “V Day.” It will be a day of programming dedicated to video, to share insider knowledge from multimedia journalists who are making a successful jump to video from still photography.

Thursday presentations will be made by Pulitzer Prize-winning still photographer - turned DSLR guru - Vincent Laforet, outdoor adventure photography specialist Corey Rich, San Francisco Chronicle visual journalist Mike Kepka, and documentary videographer Ben Knight of Felt Soul Media. Hometown Atlanta favorites Mike Senzon and Nancy Donaldson of, allong with other multimedia specialists, will highlight the ever-changing media landscape facing photojournalists.

Atlanta seminar workshop chairman Ben Gray dug deep for Friday’s presentations, and reminds photojournalists to register early so they won’t miss a minute of their favorite workshops.

On Friday, workshops include sports specialist Pouya Dianat of the Atlanta Braves, showing how he gets amazing action photographs, and past ASMP president Judy Herrmann will bring her business acumen and know-how to offer a photojournalist’s guide to successful self-employment.

Also on Friday, NPR multimedia specialist Keith Jenkins will explain the challenges and rewards of marrying photographs to rich audio storytelling. NPR’s multimedia has come to be recognized as the industry’s standard. Meanwhile, NPPA legal counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher will brief attendees on photographers’ rights and challenges in the digital world.

Canon Explorer of Light presenter Laforet continues his two-day Atlanta seminar stand on Friday by showing how DSLR cameras are becoming cinematographer’s “go-to” choice for film work.

As in the past, Saturday speakers include a virtual Who’s Who of photojournalists whose images are splashed across the home pages of publications world-wide.

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 40 years of visual excellence.

The seminar’s international photography contest has long been a bell-weather gauge on how world events play out in other major news picture contests around the globe. Several APS contest first-place images have gone on to win the Pulitzer Prize. This year’s contest deadline is November 18, 2012, at midnight.

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