Friday (July 31) donation deadline to help AAJA photographers attend the 2015 convention

Friday, July 31 is the last day to donate to help Asian American professional photographers attend the AAJA national convention.

We have already raised about $850.  We are still about $350 short.

If you (Asian American professional photographer/photo editor with more than 50 per cent of your income related to photography) are interested in coming to the convention and can’t afford and think you’d come with funding help, please let us know.

Many poorly paid Asian American photographers from around the country are interested in attending the AAJA National Convention in San Francisco, August 12-16, 2015 but can’t afford it. You can help donate to help defray cost of registration for the convention to attend the convention.

We have already secured funding for ten photography college students to pay for their convention registration.

If you are interesting in helping out, please donate to: www.aaja.org/donate-today/

When you go onto PayPal add notation of “Photo Convention Registration” in the “Add special instructions to the seller” on the final review page.

You can pay by PayPal or credit card. Or by check to address on website.

More information,
Stan Honda
AAJAphoto@gmail.com
www.AAJAphoto.org
Facebook: AAJA Photo
Instagram hastag: #AAJAphoto
Twitter 2015 convention hastag: #AAJA15
www.AAJA.org

Donation: www.aaja.org/donate-today/

AAJA is a non-profit 501(c)3 for any tax deduction purposes.

More information on the photography portion of the convention: www.aajaphoto.org

2015 AAJA San Francisco Convention Photographer’s Schedule

AAJA National Convention is in San Francisco from Wednesday, August 12 to Sunday, August 16. Here’s information of events catered to the Asian American photographer like yourself.

If you are a college photo student or a recent grad, AAJA professional photographers would like to pay your convention registration. Contact below for more information.

You can also donate to help other photographers attend the convention. Contact below for more information.

Jump to Dinning Registration

Photography schedule:

Tuesday, August 11:
Dith Pran PhotoShootOut Instagram competition begins – Start shooting! (www.aajaphoto.org/shootout15)

Wednesday, August 12:
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Opening reception

Thursday, August 13:
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Portrait booth – Pacific Concourse Foyer (www.aaja.org/2015-portrait-stu…)
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Photo Exhibit – Expo Hall
12-2 p.m. – Student Critiques, Kii Sato, Associated Press – Pacific M
2-3 p.m. – “Covering Protests: Finding Stories and Staying Safe” – Kii Sato, Associated Press – Pacific M
3-4 p.m. – “Preserving the Past Through Photojournalism” – Paul Kitagaki, Jr., Sacramento Bee, Stan Honda, New York freelance – Pacific M
4-5 p.m. – “Web Docs Deconstructed” – Dai Sugano, San Jose Mercury News – Pacific M
8-10 p.m. – AAJA Ramen Photo Dinner honoring San Jose Mercury News Dai Sugano – Kirimachi Ramen restaurant – Embarcadero #3 – $25 (kirimachi.com) (www.aajaphoto.org/dinner15)

Friday, August 14:
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Portrait booth – Pacific Concourse foyer – (www.aaja.org/2015-portrait-stu…)
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Photo Exhibit – Expo Hall
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – “Nick Ut: Revisiting the Vietnam. War, 40 Years Later”, Nick Ut, Associated Press – Pacific N (www.aajaphoto.org/nick15)
12-2 p.m. – Student Critiques, Kii Sato, Associated Press – Pacific M
2-3 p.m. – “Grounded for Good? The State of Drone Journalism” – Pacific M
3-4 p.m. – “A Photographer’s Journey Through a Changing Environment” – Michael Yamashita, National Geographic – Pacific M
4-5 p.m. – “Everything You Know About Multimedia Is Wrong”, Richard Koci Hernandez, U.C. Berkeley – Pacific M
5-6 p.m. – Dith Pran PhotoShootOut Live Judging – Pacific M       (www.aaja.org/dith-pran2015)
6-8 p.m. – Silent Auction (www.aaja.org/2015-silentauctio…)
8-10 p.m. – AAJA Photo dinner honoring Nick Ut  – Stone Korean Kitchen restaurant – Embarcadero #4 – $35 (www.stonekoreankitchen.com) (www.aajaphoto.org/dinner15)

Saturday, August 15:
9 a.m. – Ferry to Angel Island – $25 (www.aajaphoto.org/AngelIsland)
11 a.m. – Photo Tour of Immigration Station on Angel Island – Corky Lee, New York freelance (www.aajaphoto.org/AngelIsland)
3:15 p.m. – Return from Angel Island (www.aajaphoto.org/AngelIsland)
7-9 p.m. Gala – PhotoShootOut Awards Presentation (www.aajaphoto.org/shootout15)
9-11 p.m. – Karaoke

Sunday, August 16:
10 a.m. – 12 noon – AAJA Photo dim sum brunch – Yank Sing restaurant, 101 Spear Street and Mission street – $30 (www.yanksing.com) (www.aajaphoto.org/dinner15)

Dinning Registration

Restaurant information:

Photo meal invitations to the AAJA National Convention in San Francisco from Thursday, August 13 to Sunday, August 16. All restaurants are within one block of the Hyatt Hotel. Everyone is welcome. Please RSVP in advance.


sf-ramen

8 p.m., Thursday (Aug 13) Kirimachi Ramen Restaurant Reservations:
We will be honoring prize winning photojournalist Dai Sugano, from the San Jose Mercury News.
Address: Embarcadero #3
www.kirimachi.com


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8 p.m., Friday (Aug 14) AAJA Photo Korean Dinner Reservations:
We will be honoring Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer Nick Ut from Associated Press.                                                     Address: Embarcadero #4
www.stonekoreankitchen.com


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10 a.m., Sunday (Aug 16) AAJA Photo Dim Sum Brunch Reservations:                                                                    Address: 101 Spear Street (off Mission Street)
www.yanksing.com


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More information:
AAJAphoto@gmail.com
www.AAJAphoto.org
Facebook: AAJA Photo
Instagram hashtag: #AAJAphoto
www.AAJA.org

Pulitzer winning Nick Ut to speak at AAJA National Convention Friday, August 14, 2015

Nick Ut with his Pulitzer Prize winning photograph 'Napalm Girl' from the Vietnam War. Photo courtesy of Ringo Chiu
Nick Ut with his Pulitzer Prize winning photograph ‘Napalm Girl’ from the Vietnam War. Photo courtesy of Ringo Chiu

Pulitzer Prize winning Associated Press photographer Nick Ut will be speaking 11:30 a.m., Friday, August 14, 2015 in the Pacific N room at the AAJA National Convention in San Francisco. Ut’s talk is entitled: “Nick Ut, Revisiting The Vietnam War, 40 Years Later.”

Nick will be honored at a dinner party hosted by AAJA photographers on Thursday night (Aug 13).

Nick will also speak for a few minutes during the Silent Auction on Friday (Aug 14). He will help start off the auction for his ‘Napalm Girl’ photo.

A story about Nick on the AP website: bit.ly/1GHwjvC

More on Nick’s career:

April 30, 2015 was the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. Pulitzer Prize photographer Nick Ut was back in Vietnam to document the anniversary. Huỳnh Công Út, known professionally as Nick Ut, won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography for his photograph of a naked 9-year-old girl, Phan Thị Kim Phúc, running toward the camera from a South Vietnamese napalm attack on North Vietnamese invaders at the Trảng Bàng village during the Vietnam War in 1972.

Nick is currently a staff photographer for the AP in the Los Angeles bureau and will retire next year. He gives speeches around the world today talking about world peace. He feels his photograph helped stop the war in Vietnam. President Nixon said the photograph was not authentic. Nick will talk about the anniversary of the end of the war and how Vietnamese still view the war. Should be an interesting talk with photographs of Vietnam today and during the war.

2015 Dith Pran Instagram Photo Shootout Competition

Cambodian photojournalist Dith Pran talks to a reporter after a press conference at the Foreign Correspondent Club of Thailand in Bangkok, Aug. 25, 1989, after getting back from Cambodia. (AP Photo)
Cambodian photojournalist Dith Pran talks to a reporter after a press conference at the Foreign Correspondent Club of Thailand in Bangkok, Aug. 25, 1989, after getting back from Cambodia. (AP Photo)

By AAJA National April 23, 2015

AAJA is proud to announce the 2015 Dith Pran Instagram Photo Shootout Competition to take place at the AAJA National Convention in San Francisco August 12-15, 2015. The theme this year is “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”

Instagram PhotoShootOut Rules:

  • Submit photo entries using the Instagram hashtag #AAJAPhoto. Upload photo submission using any Instagram App.
  • Deadline: Photo submissions must be uploaded on Instagram by 5 p.m. PST on Friday, August 14.
  • Contestants can start shooting anytime beginning Tuesday, August 11.
  • A professional grade camera is not required. Images submitted from mobile devices (cellphone or tablet) are strongly encouraged.
  • Each entrant can submit up to three images. Judging will be based on a single image and not a series of images.
  • Entries should be based on the theme “I Left My Heart In San Francisco,” song by singer Tony Bennett. Photos will be judged on theme interpretation, artistic style, composition & technicality. This year’s theme is a suggestion and photographs unrelated to the theme are acceptable.
  • Entrants also need to email aajaphoto@gmail.com with their entrant’s name, Instagram account name, cell phone number, email address and caption information of 100 words or less. Failure to email this information may disqualify an entry.
  • You must be a current registered AAJA National Convention attendee.
  • Only minor burning, dodging and slight color adjustment, sharpening and cropping are acceptable. NO INSTAGRAM FILTERS ALLOWED! Any significantly digitally modified or altered photograph will be disqualified. No special artistic app filers allowed. Exception only is the black and white filter.
  • There is no cost to enter the competition.

All photographs entered will be considered for use during the AAJA Gala Banquet slide show. Winners will be posted on www.AAJAPhoto.org The First Place winner will have their name engraved on the Annual Dith Pran PhotoShootOut perpetual award. First, Second, and Third Place winners will be announced on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at the AAJA Gala Scholarship & Awards Banquet. There will be hundreds of dollars in prizes. First place prize includes the convention fee for next year’s convention, a $250 value.

For any questions, please contact AAJA photographers Susan Choi (917-334-4969) or James Yee (317-640-1873) or email questions to aajaphoto@gmail.com

History: The AAJA PhotoShootOut was started in 2000 during the annual AAJA National Convention. The competition was changed in 2008 to honor New York Times photographer Dith Pran, who risked his life in Cambodia during the genocide by the Khmer Rouge to help journalists tell the story of atrocities in his home country. His story inspired the film, “The Killing Fields.” Pran passed away in 2008.

Donate to help photographers attend the 2015 AAJA National Convention

You can help other Asian American photography colleagues make it to the convention.

Donate to AAJA Convention Registration Fund for Photography Attendees

Many poorly paid Asian American photographers from around the country are interested in attending the 2015 AAJA National Convention in San Francisco, August 12-16, but can’t afford it.

You can help donate to help defray cost of registration for the convention for these photographers/photo editors to attend the convention.

We have already secured funding for ten photography college students to pay for their convention registration.

If you are interesting in helping out, please donate to: www.aaja.org/donate-today/

When you go onto PayPal add notation of “Photo Convention Registration” in the “Add special instructions to the seller” on the final review page.

You can pay by PayPal or credit card. Or by check to address on website.

If you (Asian American professional photographer/photo editor with more than 50 per cent of your income related to photography) are interested in coming to the convention and can’t afford and think you’d come with funding help, please let us know.

More information,
Stan Honda
AAJAphoto@gmail.com
www.AAJAphoto.org
Facebook: AAJA Photo
Instagram hashtag: #AAJAphoto
www.AAJA.org

Donation: www.aaja.org/donate-today/

AAJA is a non-profit 501(3)c for any tax deduction purposes.

Angel Island Photo Tour, Saturday, August 15, 2015

Looking for something interesting to do on Saturday, August 15, before the Gala Banquet in the evening? Want to find out about our ancestors who traveled from Asia to America to the “Ellis Island of the West?”

Join freelance photographers Corky Lee and James Yee in a special AAJA tour of Angel Island Immigration Station. You don’t need to be a photographer. Everyone is welcome. Limited reservations required for guided and self-guided tours.

The State Park Service docent led tour is $7 and starts at 11 a.m. at the Immigration Station.

Self-guided tours of the immigration station is $5.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, August 12. After August 12, you will be on wait list.

RSVP sign up: Corky Lee

Fees will be collected by the State Park Service at the Immigration Station. Make check payable to: “California State Parks. If paying by cash, please bring exact change. No credit cards.

Take a 25 minute ferry ride from San Francisco to Angel Island past the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. The ferry will first make a brief stop at Fisherman’s Wharf.

The immigration station is about a 20 to 30 minute walk up and down a hill from the dock. Bring your walking shoes; a coat since it might be chilly on the ferry; camera to photograph the barracks as it was in the early 1900s.

There is a snack bar at the pier on Angel Island. There are no other food and drink services on the island. Also a snack bar on the ferry.

The ferry leaves at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, August 15 from the Ferry Terminal, across the street from the Hyatt Regency. About a five minute walk from the Hyatt to the Ferry Building (That’s the tower building across street from Hyatt with big clock tower). Purchase a round trip ticket on your own inside the main lobby of the Ferry Building. Cost is $18 round trip. Suggest purchasing ticket inside Ferry Building at least 15 minutes before ferry departs. Credit card/cash accepted.

The return ferry from Angel Island is at 3:15pm and arrives at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf Pier 41 at 3:40 p.m. The return ferry stops at Fisherman’s Wharf and does not stop back at the Ferry Terminal across Hyatt Hotel. Fisherman’s Wharf is 1.75 miles from the Hyatt. You will need to find transportation back to the hotel on your own. You can take the F trolley car back to the hotel. Also about a 30 minute walk. Or pedicab or taxi.

Angel Island history: From 1910 to 1940 the United States Immigration Station processed nearly a million immigrants. Most of immigrants were Chinese and Japanese who arrived at Angel Island and were detained for weeks. Some were detained up to 90 days and a very few for almost two years while their applications were considered. The immigration station is a now a National Historic Landmark. Many of the original barracks and other buildings are still standing. There is a wonderful museum with many artifacts.

More information:
James Yee
Corky Lee
AAJAphoto@gmail.com
Facebook: aajaphoto.org/fb

Journalist Jessica Lum dies after struggle with cancer

AAJA member An Rong Xu posts a rememberance on her blog. Click on the image to visit her site.
AAJA member An Rong Xu posts a rememberance on his blog. Click on the image above to visit his website.

Dear AAJAphoto,

Jessica Lum, a journalist who combined multimedia skills with enthusiasm for telling stories to report news and share her personal struggle with cancer on Facebook, died Sunday of cancer, her family said. She was 25. She was also an AAJA member.

You can read her obit story from the Sacramento Bee: www.sacbee.com/2013/01/17/5120…

Another obit from Mission Local: missionlocal.org/tag/jessica-l…

You can read a blog from AAJA member AnRong Xu: three-half.com/collective/anro…

Her UC Berkeley masters multimedia project, “Slab City Stories,” won the 2012 Online News Association award for best feature by a student: slabcitystories.com/

She came out to talk about her cancer in 2009: www.modbee.com/2009/05/18/7075…

Her web site: www.jessicalum.com/

Services:
February 2, 9:30 a.m.
Chinese Grace Bible Church
6656 Park Riviera
Sacramento, CA

You can send a condolence card to her parents:
Bob and Anna Lum
1609 34th Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95822-3019

Remembrances:
Donations in memory of Jessica may be made to find a cure for pheochromocytoma. Checks should be made payable to University of California Regents and indicate “malignant pheochromocytoma research” in the memo line.

Mail donations to:
Dr. Paul A. Fitzgerald
UC San Francisco
350 Parnassus Avenue, Suite 710
San Francisco, CA 94117

Paul Sakuma
psakuma@aol.com

Photographer Corky Lee’s photo gear stolen during scholarship auction

Unfortunately, Corky Lee had his camera and camera bag stolen during the Scholarship Auction in Las Vegas. Corky has been the man in charge of the Silent Auction for years. He has done more photography of Asian American issues than any other photographer. If anyone is interested in helping out Corky with about $4,300 with of gear stolen:

Corky Lee
92-31 57th Ave. #4M
Elmhurst, NY 11373
corkylee_photo@yahoo.com

Unity Convention a success, thousands of dollars raised for scholarships

Dear Unity/AAJA VTF,

Another successful Unity Convention. But not without a few hiccups.

Thank you to all of you who donated prints for the AAJA Silent Auction. The Auction went well. AAJA sold most of the framed autographed photos. The Auctions made thousands of dollars for future AAJA journalist.

We had some great speakers for three days. Thank you to speakers: Dai Sugano, Andrew DeVigal, Ben de la Cruz, Richad Koci Hernandez, Conner Jay, Abe Mendoza, Val Hoeppner, Kelvin Ma, Stan Honda, Thomas Cheng, Mark Damon, Kenny Irby, Michael Yamashita, Alex Wong, Greg Yamamoto, Darrell Miho, John deDioas, Nataline Guillen, and Nick Ut.

Several volunteers helped make it successful. Corky Lee, Susan Choi, James Yee, Carlos Gonzalez, Leila Navidi and Karen Zhou.

Special thanks to sponsors Nikon, Canon, ThinkTankPhoto.com and Sandisk.

We met a lot of student photojournalists who showed their work. Also had a few fun private photo parties at a Korean BBQ, Indian Buffet and pizzaria.

Unfortunately, Corky Lee had his camera and camera bag stolen during the Auction. Corky is the man in charge of the Silent Auction for years. He has done more photography of Asian American issues than any other photographer. If anyone is interested in helping out Corky with about $4,300 with of gear stolen:
Corky Lee
92-31 57th Ave. #4M
Elmhurst, NY 11373
corkylee_photo@yahoo.com

Next year’s convention is in New York City from on August 21-24. If you have any ideas for speakers, please let me know.

Paul Sakuma
AAJA Photo
www.aajaphoto.org
Facebook: AAJA Photo
psakuma@aol.com

Final VTF Photo Room Schedule, no really, this is it!

Monday, July 30 – Saturday, August 4:

STUDENT PROJECT

Newsroom: South Convention Center, Level 2, rooms Lagoon A & B

Photo and multimedia students publish daily newspaper and multimedia about the Unity Convention.

Professionals: please come by Student Project to help mentor students during week.

Staff: Carlos Gonzalez, San Francisco Chronicle photographer, (cgonzalez@sfchronicle.com)
Special thanks: Leila Navidi, Las Vegas Sun, NPPA Region 10 Director, leila@lasvegassun.com

Photo staff:
Josh Morgan, , AAJA, University of Arizona (jfpmorganj@gmail.com)
Keith Perfetti, NAHJ, University of Arizona, perfetti@email.arizona.edu
Santee Ross, NAJA,
Stacy Thacker, NAJA, University of Montana, stacyslacker@gmail.com
Kateri Town, NAJA, Seattle University, townk@seattleu.edu

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Thursday, August 2:

WORKING IN COLLABORATIVE ENVIRONMENT – PHOTOJOURNALISTS IN THE NEWSROOM

10:45am to 12pm – South Convention Center, Level 2, photo room Breakers J

TOPIC: Three award-winning multimedia journalists will talk about what photojournalists need to know about reporting visual stories from the perspective of shooting and editing. This session will help photographers learn about techniques and the collaborative process of engaging readers/viewers in our emerging journalism landscape.

SPEAKERS:
-Dai Sugano is senior multimedia editor at the San Jose Mercury News. He covers a wide range of assignments that have included: rising economic inequality in China, poverty in India, Hmong refugees’ immigration to the U.S., the California recall, and a documentary on a mixed immigration status family. “Uprooted,” which looks at displacement of a group of mobile home residents in Sunnyvale, Calif., received a national Emmy Award in New Approaches to News and Documentary Programming. He will be moderator. (daisugano@gmail.com)
-Andrew DeVigal is multimedia editor for the New York Times. He oversees a staff of multimedia producers and helps direct the presentation of multimedia. He is an innovative leader in visual journalism and interactive storytelling. (andrew.devigal@gmail.com)
-Ben de la Cruz is a multimedia editor for science, health, environment and food coverage for NPR. For 12 years he was documentary video producer, reporter and editor for the Washington Post. (bendelacruz@gmail.com)

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HANDS-ON SESSION FOR FINAL CUT, VIDEO FOR THE WEB & MULTIMEDIA/PHOTO CRITIQUE SESSION
12:15pm to 2pm – South Convention Center, Level 2, photo room Breakers J

TOPIC: This is a lunchtime workshop. No lecture. No lunch provided. Bring your laptop and get instructed one-on-one with a professional multimedia photographer/producer/editor. They will talk about Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express and Final Cut X and maybe Adobe Premier. Shooting video for the web. Have multimedia work or photo portfolio critiqued.

SPEAKERS:
-Dai Sugano is a senior multimedia editor at the San Jose Mercury News. He covers a wide range of assignments which have included: rising economic inequality in China, poverty in India, Hmong refugees’ immigration to the U.S., the California recall, and a documentary on a mixed immigration status family. “Uprooted,” which looks at displacement of a group of mobile home residents in Sunnyvale, Calif., received a national Emmy Award in New Approaches to News and Documentary Programming. He will be moderator. (daisugano@gmail.com)
-Ben de la Cruz is a multimedia editor for science, health, environment and food coverage for NPR. For 12 years he was documentary video producer, reporter and editor for the Washington Post. (bendelacruz@gmail.com)
-Richard Koci Hernandez joined the faculty at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism where he teaches various New Media courses, including Mobile Reporting. He is a national Emmy® award-winning video and multimedia producer. He worked as a photographer at the San Jose Mercury News for 15 years. (richardkocihernandez@gmail.com)
-Conner Jay is a staff photographer and multimedia journalist at the Daily Republic newspaper in Fairfield, California. He is a former photographer for the Salinas Californian newspaper. He was recently named the San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association’s Newspaper Photographer of the Year for his work in 2011. (jay@pathosphoto.com)
-Yvonne Leow is a freelance multimedia journalist in Phoenix. She was a multimedia producer/editor for the Association Press in Phoenix and at the Seattle Times. (yvonnetleow@gmail.com)
-Abe Mendoza is a cameraman for ABC7 KGO-TV in San Francisco. He specializes in sports. He is also contest director for the San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association. Mendoza has been mentoring NAHJ students for several years. (abecam@yahoo.com)

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INSTAGRAM: THE RISE OF SOCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY
2:15pm to 3:30pm – South Convention Center, Level 2, photo room Breakers J

TOPIC: How apps like Hipstamatic and Instagram fit into a photojournalist’s workflow. Richard Koci Hernandez will discuss how it applies to social media, branding and mobile journalism. He will also share his “secrets” on making images using mobile phones. Hernandez, is one of the most popular photojournalists on Instagram with more than 140,000 followers.

SPEAKER: Richard Koci Hernandez joined the faculty at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism where he teaches various New Media courses, including Mobile Reporting. He is a national Emmy award-winning video and multimedia producer. He worked as a photographer at the San Jose Mercury News for 15 years. (richardkocihernandez@gmail.com)

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LOOKING FOR THAT JOB AS A VISUAL MULTIMEDIA JOURNALIST/
RESOURCES YOU WILL NEED ONCE YOU GET THAT JOB
3:45pm to 5pm – South Convention Center, Level 2, photo room Breakers J

TOPIC: Finding a job/internship in multimedia. Skills you need to develop to market yourself as a multimedia journalist. Resources you will need to find that career. Once you get that job what kind of resources you will need to do the job. Workshop will also deal with freelance visual multimedia journalist. This session deals with exactly what gear is needed for photographers who are shooting for web. What multimedia equipment is needed on a limited budget. Better time management to work on your multimedia pieces. This is mostly for the smaller market photographer with a limited budget.

SPEAKERS:
-Conner Jay is a staff photographer and multimedia journalist at the Daily Republic newspaper in Fairfield, California. He is a former photographer for the Salinas Californian newspaper. He was recently named the San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association’s Newspaper Photographer of the Year for his work in 2011. He will be moderator. (jay@pathosphoto.com)
-Ben de la Cruz is a multimedia editor for science, health, environment and food coverage for NPR. For 12 years he was documentary video producer, reporter and editor for the Washington Post. (bendelacruz@gmail.com)
-Richard Koci Hernandez joined the faculty at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism where he teaches various New Media courses, including Mobile Reporting. He is a national Emmy® award-winning video and multimedia producer. He worked as a photographer at the San Jose Mercury News for 15 years. (richardkocihernandez@gmail.com)
-Dai Sugano is a senior multimedia editor at the San Jose Mercury News. His multimedia project “Uprooted,” which looks at displacement of a group of mobile home residents in Sunnyvale, Calif., received a national Emmy Award in New Approaches to News and Documentary Programming. (daisugano@gmail.com)

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VISUAL TASK FORCE PHOTO DINNER

7pm
Tamba Indian Cuisine buffet
3743 Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas 89109

When you arrive at restaurant, tell them you are with Unity VTF. Then you will be escorted to our private room.

Price: $25 (cash preferred) – includes tax and tip and soft drinks. Alcoholic drinks pay server directly.
Pay James Yee. Student photographers free.
No RSVP

Located in the Hawaiian Marketplace
second floor
back of Marketplace
About $8 cab ride
If you want to share cab, meet at taxi stand at 6:45pm.
1.5 mile walk in front of Polo Towers across from the Mandarin Oriental Hotel

restaurant: 702-798-7889
www.tambalounge.com/

RSVP info and more info,
James Yee
317-640-1873
fotoguyf16@mac.com

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Friday August 3:

LIVE STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHY/MULTIMEDIA PORTFOLIO CRITIQUE SESSION
10:45am to noon – South Convention Center, Level 2, photo room Breakers J

TOPIC: Photography and Multimedia students will have their portfolio critiqued live in an open environment by photographers, photo editors and photo educators. Students will show their work. The professionals will then help guide them in their future in photography and multimedia. Ideas for internships will be offered. The audience will also have an opportunity with ideas for students. If you are a student photographer and would like your work critiqued, please come to this meeting. At past conventions, students were offered internships after showing their work.

CRITIQUERS:
-Stan Honda is a staff photographer for Agence France Presse (AFP) in New York. He will be moderator. (stanhonda@gmail.com)
-Thomas Cheng is a photo editor for Agence France Presse (AFP) in Washington D.C. (tcbackup23@hotmail.com)
-Mark Damon is Director of Photography at the Las Vegas Review. (MDamon@reviewjournal.com)
-Kenny Irby is Senior Faculty, Director of Community Relations & Diversity Programs at the Poynter Institute. (irbyman@poynter.org)
-Conner Jay is a staff photographer and multimedia journalist at the Daily Republic newspaper in Fairfield, California. (jay@pathosphoto.com)

STUDENT PARTICIPANTS – more to come:
Fernanda Lopez, San Jose State (fer.lopez1990@gmail.com)
Melissa Rios, San Jose State (melissarios427@aol.com)
Jessica Savage, San Jose State (savage.jessica17@gmail.com)
James Tensuan, San Jose State (james.tensuan@gmail.com)

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PHOTO FOR NON-PHOTOGRAPHERS
10:45am to 12pm – South Convention Center, Level 2, room Breakers F (not in photo room)

Topic: Learn the basics of photography composition. This session will show you the difference between a photo and an image that tells a story. Learn how to become a visual storyteller whether you’re using a point-and-shoot or your mobile phone.

Speakers:
Natalie Guillen, Santa Fe New Mexican photographer (natalie.guillen@gmail.com)
Alex Wong, Getty Images photographer (alexwongcw@yahoo.com)
Greg Yamamoto, Honolulu Freelance photographer, (gyamamoto@gmail.com)

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FINDING UNTOLD VISUAL STORIES IN MULTIMEDIA/VIDEO: DEALING WITH THE DIFFERENCE
2:15pm to 3:30pm – South Convention Center, Level 2, photo room Breakers J

TOPIC: In this session, learn how to broaden your visual storytelling options and awareness. Come explore the key to achieving innovative ideas through an expanded understanding of diversity. Kenny Irby’s session promises to open doors to new story ideas, partnership, audiences and potential revenue streams for the visual journalist.

SPEAKER: Kenny Irby is Senior Faculty, Director of Community Relations & Diversity Programs For the Poynter Institute. (irbyman@poynter.org)

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JAPAN EARTHQUAKE RELIEF USING PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO
345pm to 5pm – South Convention Center, Level 2, photo room Breakers J

TOPIC: Freelance photographer Darrell Miho has been documenting the lives of survivors with photographs and video to help provide direct aid to the victims from the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis. He co-founded the benefit “Ai Love Japan” that documents the survival stories for relief aid for the victims. (www.ailovejapan.org)

SPEAKER: Darrell Miho is a freelance photographer and writer in Los Angeles. (miho@darrellmiho.com)

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AAJA PHOTO SILENT AUCTION
5:30pm to 6:50pm at the AAJA Gala Banquet – room Islander F & G

About 50 framed and autographed photographs by AAJA photographers will be auctioned off during the AAJA Silent Auction to benefit photo student scholarships.

Display: You can view a selection of photographs at Career Fair on Thursday only.

Organizer: Corky Lee is a freelance photographer in New York City. He specializes is Asian American events. He is also the curator for the AAJA Photo Auction at the National Convention. (corkylee_photo@yahoo.com)

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Saturday, Aug 4:

UNITY PHOTOSHOOTOUT DEADLINE AND LIVE JUDGING MEETING
9:15am to 10:30am – South Convention Center, Level 2, photo room Breakers J

TOPIC: The Unity PhotoShootOut is a Live photography competition held during the Unity convention. This year’s theme will be “HOT, HOT, HOT.” About $1,000 in photography prizes will be awarded.

DEADLINE: 9:15 am, Saturday, August 4 in South Convention Center, Level 2, photo room Breakers J

LIVE JUDGING: We will have a live judging Saturday, Aug. 4 starting at 9:15am to 10:30am in Photo Room. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at this meeting. Winners need not present to win.

AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT: The top 15 winners will receive a prize (minimum prize value $20). Winners will receive about $1,000 in photography prizes.

PHOTO RULES: Only those registered for the Unity Convention are eligible. Participants can start shooting as soon as they arrive in Las Vegas. Submit a maximum of five (5) photos any size. Place caption information in “File Info” in Photoshop. Your name/cell/email must be in the “File Info”. Save .jpg with entrant’s last name only. Be sure to include your name, email address and cell phone number/room number so we can contact you during the convention. Submit entries in Photo Room on media CD, CF, SD only. No email entries will be accepted. Instagr.am photos are eligible if they are turned in on media CD, CF or SD only. Volunteers will help anyone with their images before deadline in the Photo Room.

CASINO SHOOTING: You can NOT shoot inside casinos without written permission from the hotel manager. Written permission must accompany entry.

Organizers:
-Paul Sakuma is a staff photographer for the Associated Press in San Francisco. psakuma@aol.com)
-Susan S. Choi is a freelance fashion & lifestyle photographer based in Boston. (choi_susan@hotmail.com)
-Natalie Guillen is staff photographer for the Santa Fe New Mexican. (natalie.guillen@gmail.com)
-Corky Lee is a freelance photographer in New York City. (corkylee_photo@yahoo.com)
-James Yee is a freelance photographer in Indianapolis. (fotoguyf16@mac.com)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER NICK UT – 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF HISTORIC NAPALM GIRL PHOTO
10:45am to 12pm – South Convention Center, Level 2, photo room Breakers J

TOPIC: Nick Ut will talk about his historic photo of the Napalm Girl. Ut captured the image of nine-year-old Kim Phuc Phan Thi during the Vietnam War on June 8, 1972. He will talk about his association with Kim for 40 years. He has lectured around the world about his historic photo that he feels helped end the war in Vietnam.

SPEAKER: Nick Ut is a staff photographer in Los Angeles. He has had a long and excellent journalism career spanning forty years. The subjects he captures are from the historical to the Hollywood elite. His photojournalism career started when he was just sixteen years old, taking photos of the Vietnam War. He is best known for his 1973 historical, Pulitzer Prize winning photo of a naked nine-year-old girl running away from a napalm attack. Since 1977 he has continued to take photos for the AP in the Los Angeles bureau, specializing in Hollywood and celebrity mania. (nut@ap.org)

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VISUAL TASK FORCE PHOTO LUNCHEON WITH NICK UT:

12:30pm Saturday August 4
Slice Of Vegas Pizza restaurant
Located in “Shoppes At Mandalay Place” between Mandalay Bay and Luxor Hotels. Shopping area is located past House of Blues Restaurant in corridor to the Luxor Hotel. Last restaurant on your left before Luxor Hotel.

When you arrive at restaurant, tell them you are with Unity VTF. Then you will be escorted to the back room.

Price: $20 (cash preferred) – includes tax and tip and soft drinks. Alcoholic drinks pay server directly.
Pay James Yee. Student photographers free.
No RSVP

Restaurant: 702-632-6470
www.sliceofvegaspizza.com

RSVP info and more info,
James Yee
317-640-1873
fotoguyf16@mac.com

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SPORTS GALLERY – CANCELLED

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VISUAL TASK FORCE PHOTO DINNER

6:30pm – meet at Mandalay Bay taxi stand
7pm dinner
Sura Korean BBQ Buffet (all you can eat)
4480 Spring Mountain Road #400, Las Vegas, NV 89102
Restaurant phone: 702-365-9888
www.yelp.com/biz/sura-bbq-buff…
Cost – $22 per person. Photo Students free (must show photo student ID)
RSVP to: fotoguyf16@mac.com

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More detailed schedule: www.unityconvention.org/progra…

Paul Sakuma
psakuma@aol.com
www.aajaphoto.org
Facebook: AAJA Photo