USA Today Photographer to Receive NPPA Award

“This recognition by the NPPA is humbling and is also a tribute to my family, USA Today and all of the people that helped me over the years develop this idea of an online community of photojournalists,” Hanashiro told The Rafu Shimpo. “At the time, this was a new concept and it brought together photographers, editors and students from around the world.”

Cool Gear – SportsShooter

I’m a “gear head” and I admit it. So here is a list of some cool/fun/interesting/ and even necessary toys I’ve used in the past year. If there is a bit of a pattern here, it’s indicative of my move toward using speedlights more and more.

Sports Shooter Newsletter Decade Collection

As this decade ends, I wanted to commemorate its passing by collecting images from these special people that have helped me over the years. I asked them to select an image of theirs that is historic, unique, revealing or memorable. Most of all, I wanted the image to be something personal … an image special to them.

Sports Shooter Kahuna's Blog


Sports Shooter Kahuna’s Blog:

Robert Hanashiro is the founder of Sport Shooter, which started 12 years ago as a simple email newsletter sent to about a dozen of his friends and colleagues. It has now grown into a monthly circulation of over 7,500 and has spawned the popular website and several educational workshops including the Sports Shooter Academy.

Behind the Lens with Robert Hanashiro – – PopPhotoJune 2008


This month we focus on Robert “Bert” Hanashiro, 53, a staff photographer with USA Today since 1989. Known worldwide for his online sports photography community,, Hanashiro will join thousands of other journalists in Beijing this August for what will be his sixth Summer Olympics. In anticipation of the 2008 Olympic games, Hanashiro talked with American Photo about the Olympic experience, which can often include 15- to 18-hour workdays and covering four events in a day.

Check it out here.

Leading Off: The February Death March, The Dance and Teamwork

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Robert Hanashiro:

February 2008 began with the Super Bowl, then slide into the heart of Awards Season: The Grammys and the Academy Awards and then tossed on top of that, a trip to Louisiana for the annual NBA All Star Weekend.

Check it out here.

Leading Off: It was cold!

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How cold was it?

Cold enough to pop both of the lenses out of my glasses.

Cold enough to freeze my breath on the camera viewfinder.

Cold enough to wear not one, but two sets of long underwear. (Expedition weight no less!)

Cold enough for Peter Miller to go through a whole box of chemical hand warmers.

Cold enough to freeze your nose hairs.

Cold enough to REALLY believe those immortal words: “The frozen tundra that is Lambeau Field…”

Check it out here.

Nervous, sweating and dark. Backstage at the Oscars

USA Today photographer Robert Hanashiro, from

“Remember to stay out of the way of the crew and for GOD’S SAKE, stay out of sight! If the producer or director sees your ass on one of the monitors everyone’s outta here,” a voice from a show rep says into his ear. “But do your work and try not to worry too much about getting tossed … if it happens, it happens.”


The Web This Morning

Punk – Anti-Flag releases third song from their upcoming major label album, “For Blood and Empire” (I’ve heard the album, it ain’t bad. Listen to the song The Press Corpse to hear Anti-Flag at their best.)

Punk – FatWreckChords new podcast

Photography – Getty Images editorial photography grants to Andrew Testa and Kristen Ashburn (portfolios)
Gaming – Wired interview with David Jaffe

CBC – Pets dumped in Moscow’s “Forest of Death”

Wash Post video – AP video of Bush receiving warnings of Katrina

NYT – Taliban still menacing Afghan south, have closed down 200 schools, by Carlotta Gall

Photography – USA Today photographer Robert Hanashiro on Torino
Photography – Photographer Brad Mangin: Spring Training ‘Death March’

Photography – Darrell Miho on the LPGA credential controversy