Photography Shoot-off Comes to San Diego

Story Number: NNS150923-12Release Date: 9/23/2015 1:30:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Chelsea D. Daily

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The National Association of Naval Photography is hosting the 10th Annual Shoot-Off Visual Media Workshops, inviting Department of Defense (DOD) military and civilian employees within the San Diego area to participate.

The event, aimed at providing non-profit educational programs for military and civil service photographers, offers workshops, portfolio review, mentorship, and culminates in a shoot-off competition.

Mickey Strand, a 24 year retired Navy chief mass communication specialist who is now part of the administrative onsite staff for shoot off workshops, said the competition is a great resource for young photographers.

"Every participant is assigned a mentor, so this is an opportunity for young photographers to really master their craft with the help of a mentor," he said. "It's a great way to bring mentor-based training to young photographers in a competition style shoot off."

The San Diego Shoot off is part of a group of events that are hosted throughout the year across the country. The workshops bring in professional photographers, editors, judges and mentors to provide professional development for photographers of all skill levels.

For the Navy's enlisted mass communication specialists (MCs), the ability to hone their photography skills outside of the Navy's standard working environment presents a new type of learning opportunity.

"The great thing about events like this is the networking and experience," said Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Antonio Turretto Ramos. "You definitely get what you give, and I'm hoping to take my skillset to the next level."

Utilizing the teaching and mentorship given during the workshops, participants are then sent out to put their teachings to the test in a healthy and friendly competition.

The competition is split into two overall categories: the Hackman Challenge and the Egnor Cup. The Hackman Challenge is open those with no prior advanced photojournalism training while The Egnor Cup is those alumni of advanced photojournalism courses such as Rochester Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, or previous Hackman Challenge winners.

In addition to the two group categories, the 'Chip Shot' award will be given to the best overall single image from the entire event.

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