Kansas Athletics Photographer to Participate in Prestigious Sports Photography Workshop

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June 23, 2006


Kansas Athletics staff photographer Jeff Jacobsen will be a faculty member at the Sports Photography Workshop, June 25-30, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Jacobsen is the first full-time university photographer to participate in the event, which is now in its 21st year and is jointly hosted by the Wyndham Colorado Springs Hotel and the United States Olympic Committee Training Center. In addition to working hands-on with the participants, Jacobsen will also deliver a one-hour presentation on Thursday, June 29, on the nuances of photographing sporting events for an athletic department.

“I am very honored,” Jacobsen said. “All the major publications will be there, but this year the organizers recognize that there are tremendous opportunities working for an athletic department that provide the opportunity to do some great work.”

Jacobsen joins a who’s who of noted faculty at the workshop. Among the various outlets being represented are Sports Illustrated, Associated Press, Newsweek, Golf Digest and The Sporting News.

Jacobsen has been on the Kansas Athletics staff since 1999. Prior to that he was director of photography of the Topeka Capital-Journal. He also served as a sports photographer for the Arizona Republic.

“Jeff does outstanding work for Kansas Athletics,” said KU Associate Athletics Director Jim Marchiony. “We’re proud that Jeff will represent KU at this prestigious workshop. This shows that others recognize Jeff’s work as well.”

The workshop will include an abundance of sporting events, ranging from rodeos to minor league baseball games, for attendees to shoot, edit and review with members of the faculty. Through his involvement in the workshop, Jacobsen will serve as a mentor to aspiring young sports photographers, offering them the opportunity to meet and interact with people who have had success in the field and give them advice in finding employment.