March 16-19, 2017   Navy League Building   Arlington, VA

Ken Hackman is called “The Godfather” of Visual Information.  Part of that title comes from his founding of the Air Force photojournalism program in 1971 and shaping it into what it is today and from his own extensive portfolio of excellence to include covering the Vietnam War, summer Olympics games at Montreal, Los Angeles, Seoul, Barcelona and Atlanta, portraits of Chuck Yeager, official photographs of presidential aircraft and most Air Force inventory aircraft from the past 30 years.  But, most of this enduring title comes from his ability to mentor and shape young photographers, and give them the training and expertise they need to be successful.  His love of photography since age 11 eventually propelled the Lancaster, Pa., native into an Air Force photography career at age 17.  He still mentors, coaches, judges, teaches, critiques and advises.  “Those creative people must know how to market their photos as well.  Society has an insatiable appetite for imagery, so it's not only taking good photos, but also getting those photos to the right people that will make a difference for the future of VI.”  And after all, 'father' knows best.


Gina Danals has been the Shoot Off Visual Media Workshops graphic designer since 2011.

She enlisted in the U.S. Navy in September 2003 and has photographed in more than 20 countries and has documented the Global War on Terror, Operations Enduring & Iraqi Freedom and humanitarian disaster relief efforts throughout the Caribbean.

In 2013 Danals received the honor of being named the DOD Military Graphic Artist of the Year by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Douglas B Wilson and George Little. Only one military member a year is honored with this title in recognition of outstanding Visual Information contributions in support of Defense Department operations, exercises, programs and contingencies.

Danals has also been recognized multiple times for her skill in photojournalism, receiving various awards and honorable mentions in the Military Photographer of the Year competition and the DOD Worldwide Military Workshop. Additionally, her imagery has been published with international and local newspapers, magazines and television stations.

In 2014 and after 11 years of active duty service she was honorably discharged but continues her service to country as a Naval Reservist. She now works as a freelance graphic designer and photographer in Charlotte, NC.


Mickey Strand, Navy Chief Petty Officer PHC(ret) lives in San Diego.  He is currently a freelance photographer, instructor and Project manager for ACME Educational in Los Angeles Ca. teaching for the Pixel Boot Camp classes, as well as Calumet Photo, and at Maine Media Workshops.

He started his Photography career 30 years ago in a basement dark room. This lead to high school photo classes, newspaper and yearbook staffs.  Mickey enlisted in the Navy in 1985 with his first assignment to the USS Ranger (CV 61) serving as a ships photographer.  He worked his way up the ranks at shore and sea stations around the pacific, until being selected to create and teach the Digital Multimedia Course at the Defense Information School at Fort Meade, MD.

In 2001 he reported to Fleet Imaging Command Pacific as the Training Department Chief where he continued to educate sailors throughout the Pacific Fleet Mickey concluded his Navy career as the Leading Chief, Combat Camera Group Pacific in 2009.  


William 'Bill' Auth is a long time photojournalist based in Washington, DC. His career highlights include numerous Olympic assignments, refugee coverage in Asia, every US Presidential Inauguration since Nixon and assignments from the Associated Press, REUTERS, McClatchy, EPA, POLARIS and PRENSA INTERNACIONAL.

After a 21-year career with US News & World Report, Auth works for editorial, commercial and private clients, solving every problem on the fly and with a smile.

Auth is also well known for his volunteer efforts with the National Press Photographers Association and the White House News Photographers Association. He is on the board of the Northern Short Course in Photojournalism, handles event logistics for the White House News Photographers and is working on a long-term project about the effects of Hurricane Katrina on East Biloxi, Mississippi.

Bill was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1982 for his AP coverage of the return of Iranian hostages to the US and works extensively with the Grammy-nominated kid's rock and roll band, MILKSHAKE.  He is represented by PRENSA-INTERNACIONAL and POLARIS.


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