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Randy Hanna

Randy Hanna, a former Artillery Officer and an Army Aviator, is an enthusiastic outdoor photographer whose passion for nature and its beauty has taken him to the four corners of the globe. He has traveled extensively to photograph wildlife and culture in remote locations, including the South Pacific, Middle East, and Africa. Following in his father’s footsteps, he grew up with a camera in hand. After being assigned to Fort Lewis, WA, Randy soon fell in love with underwater photography and began teaching. After writing the PADI instruction manual and course syllabus, which are still in use today, he began leading underwater photography trips around the world. Returning from deployment to Iraq in 2005, Randy treated himself to a photo safari with Andy Biggs. Randy was immediately drawn to the many sights, sounds and aromas of Africa, a place that he says “stirs his soul and warms his heart,” and compels him to share the beauty and adventure of Africa with anyone who will listen. Currently, Randy leads numerous photography safaris to Africa and other locations around the globe. For a listing of his current safaris, be sure to check out his web site www.randyhannaphotography.com.

An accomplished and published photographer, Randy readily shares his craft with others who are interested in learning. He has a knack for translating the most complex technical aspects of photography into simple language and concepts that are easy to understand. Randy uses his engineering background and skills, coupled with an artistic eye and years of teaching and lecturing, to help both experienced and novice photographers improve their skills. In his photography, Randy tries to draw the viewer into the image in an attempt to share with them the excitement of being on location and taking the photograph.

Randy has mentored students from the Seattle Art Institute, frequently hosts studio and outdoor lighting classes in the greater Seattle area, and has lectured at a variety of photography workshops. He is very knowledgeable in wildlife behavior and is an expert in staging panorama scenes using multiple images to complete a single photograph. He also is very adept and a skilled artist in Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop and is an expert in Nikon camera systems.

In 2009 Randy was a semi-finalist for the British Broadcasting Corporation’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year. His photographs have appeared in Northwest Magazine and other northwest area publications. He was selected as Editor’s Choice for Outdoor Photography – Colors of the World in 2008, and his photographs can be found gracing the walls of corporate boardrooms.

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Website and Workshop Information


Camera Gear

  • Nikon D3x and D4
  • Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED and my 70-200 f/2.8G ED VR II are my go to lenses. You will always find me with these two lenses.
  • For those longer reaches, I will use my trusty Nikon 200-400 f/4G ED VR II and my Nikon 600 f/4G VR for the really long requirements.
  • Really Right Stuff for all of my tripods, monopods, L Brackets, and pano gear paired with the Mongoose 4.2 for quick action shots with long glass.
  • For my backups while on safari, I trust my Colorspace UDMA2.

Take a look at some of Randy's work

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