Chad Coppess is the Photo Editor at South Dakota Magazine. Previous to this, chad provided the visual identity of the South Dakota Department of Tourism for 28 years. He traveled the state shooting fairs, festivals, nature, tourism attractions, state and national parks, etc. Chad retired from this position and now works at South Dakota Magazine. Road trips throughout the Western United States are a passion; where he has photographed wildlife, landscapes and many movie filming locations. Chad is one of the co-founders of this event; and is also an Instructor for both the Wyoming Adventure; and one of the Dakota Adventure Workshops.  Check out Chad's facebook page: Dakotagraph; where he provides tips and ideas for photographing South Dakota.  Website:

Mike Wolforth grew up on farms in Eastern South Dakota, where he learned to respect and study wildlife and their habits. Mike has Photographed the Badlands and both Pine Ridge & Rosebud Indian Reservations, DevilsTower, and all of the Black Hills. He has had the opportunity to spend 16 days in Ecuador photographing both the hardship of poverty and the beauty of the mountains and the many cultures of the different tribes. Mike’s photography also took him on an adventure to Scotland photographing Castles & Gardens for the Scottish Tourism Department. Mike was the Rapid City Rush Hockey team’s official photographer for 11 years. Mike is devoted in teaching both photography and photoshop to as many people that are willing to learn. In sharing his images with others he hopes to teach them to respect both our Natural resources and the importance of wildlife to our wellbeing. Facebook: Photography by Mike Wolforth

Jim Caldwell. Jim has been capturing images with a camera for over 5 decades and has been teaching and leading photo workshops around the world for 2 decades. His images have appeared on Nat Geo, National Audubon and hundreds of other magazines, newspapers and textbooks. Jim is also a Certified Florida Master Naturalist. He is co-host of 'The Fotobug Podcast' 

Kendra Perry Koski had been coming to the Black Hills Shootout as a participant every year until 2019, when she became an Instructor. Kendra is the owner of Dakota Winds Photography and spends her time exploring the backroads of South Dakota, capturing breathtaking sunsets and photographing the abandoned buildings and vehicles she finds along the way. Check out Kendra's work on her facebook page: Dakota Winds Photography. Website:  Instagram: @dakotawindsphoto  Facebook: Dakota Winds Photography  

Chris Yushta is a professional photographer in the Northern Hills area who lives in Sturgis with his wife and two boys. While he loves to photograph almost everything, he particularly enjoys automotive, and night photography. Chris is also an alumni of the BHSU photo program! While at BHSU, Chris ran the BHSU Photography Club during the first couple of years of the Shootout - and - served as a Student Ambassador for several Sessions of the Shootout during that time! Check out some of Chris' work:

Tomas Alvarez: I split my time between being a software engineer and professional photographer.  While I dabbled in photography right after college, it wasn't until ten years ago that it hooked me for good.  Since then, photography has transformed my life in many ways, and allowed me to spend more quality time with my wife and four children.  I've exhibited in solo and group exhibitions, featured in publications, and have a few cover shots.  I've created and hosted digital exhibitions in art galleries, and eventually hope to build a photography based content delivery system.  Website:  Instagram: @tom.alvarez  Facebook:  

Jodie Baxendale is a nationally published photographer established professionally in 2010; based in the Black Hills of western South Dakota. Her inspiration comes from a western upbringing and deep roots in Wyoming.  Vintage and romantic concepts are revealed throughout her unique style.  Jodie is a premier trailblazer in Western Lifestyle/Fashion Portraiture, skilled in studio lighting, and Commercial Photography.  Jodie is well known for her Portraiture, Western Fine Art, Rodeo Action, Rustic Fine Art, and the ability to express emotion in each of her images. With a fervent love of art, history, ranch life, rodeo, and western style, Jodie creatively captures traditional and timeless images that will be treasured for the generations to come.

Andy is an IT Manager; and photographer. He has been the President of the Central South Dakota Photography Club for several years. Andy has attended the Shootout as a participant. Andy enjoys Landscape; Family, and Kids Photography. He also shoots Corporate Events, and High School Sports. Check out his work at:

Craig Weinberg is a photographer, graphic designer, podcast producer/host and entrepreneur. He has been the owner of VPD Studio since 2004. The business started in Roseburg, OR and then moved to Milbank, SD in 2008. Craig specializes in senior portraits, strobe and composite photography. He has experience in: family and senior portrait photography; commercial Photography; and graphic design, including video projects. Craig is passionate about striving for excellence in everything he does, and is always excited to meet and share with the photographers around him.

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