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  
Tomas Alvarez: As a technologist and professional photographer, I've embarked on a transformative journey, evolving from a photography enthusiast after college to being wholeheartedly captivated by the art form a decade ago. Photography has seamlessly woven itself into the fabric of my life, leaving an indelible mark in countless ways. Delve into my portfolio of landscape images, and you'll discover a distinctive style that seamlessly merges artistic vision with a profound reverence for the natural world. Each photograph tells a story, encapsulating the breathtaking beauty that surrounds us. Through the years, my dedication and passion have been recognized through solo and group exhibitions, accolades in publications, and even gracing the covers of a few notable works.​​​​​​​
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.
Mackenzie Scheff is a born and raised Minnesota farm girl who fell in love with western South Dakota. She lives on an acreage outside of New Underwood, SD with her fiancé and all their animals. In 2019 Mackenzie started Open Spaces Photography as primarily capturing the western lifestyle. Now she photographs seniors, portraits, weddings, equine, and more. Last year was her first year participating in Black Hills Shoot out and she enjoyed learning from everyone and  meeting new friends. Facebook : Open Spaces Photography Instagram : @themnfarmgirl 
Jay Grammond is a Minnesota based Photographer/Creative with roots in North & South Dakota. He has coordinated the shootout since 2019. Jay is also behind the Adventure Workshops in Minnesota/North Dakota/South Dakota/ Wyoming.  He has a love for history which is reflected in his rural landscapes and Americana type subjects. "Old West" themed shoots have a special place in his heart.  You can see some of his work on Instagram as well as other Social media platforms including Facebook | X | LinkedIn | TikTok. 
Photo by Craig at VPD Studio.
George Wilson. George’s professional career spans over four decades with a primary focus on news and editorial photography. He currently works with three news wire services: NurPhoto Agency (Italy), dpa (Deutsche Presse Agentur - Germany) and DeFodi Images (Germany) as a U.S. based photojournalist covering breaking news, documentary and social issues, the Kennedy Space Center, professional and collegiate sports as well as feature work. In 2017, he was sponsored into the Pulitzer Award Competition for his coverage of the tragic PULSE Nightclub tragedy in his hometown of Orlando, Florida, USA.

When not behind the lens, George is a National Geographic Certified Educator and can be found conducting field photography workshops as well as teaching photography at various locations including the Walt Disney World Resort. Additionally, George is a frequent lecturer on various cruise ships from Florida ports.
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