Randy Hanna a passion for photography that has taken him to the four corners of the globe. He has traveled extensively to photograph wildlife, culture, and landscapes in remote locations such as the South Pacific, Middle East, and Africa. Following in his father’s footsteps, he grew up with a camera in hand. As a military officer assigned to Fort Lewis, WA, Randy fell in love with the underwater world of the Pacific Northwest and began teaching underwater photography. After writing the instruction manual for the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, and course syllabus for underwater photography instructors—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 in Tanzania and was immediately drawn to the sights and sounds of Africa. He says that Africa “stirs his soul and warms heart,” and compels him to share with others the beauty and adventure of Africa. Randy now leads photography safaris and workshops to Africa and other destinations around the world..
An accomplished and published photographer, Randy readily shares his craft with those who are interested in learning. He has a knack for translating the most complex technical aspects of photography into simple concepts that are easy to understand. Randy uses his engineering background, coupled with an artistic eye and years of teaching, to help both experienced and novice photographers improve their skills. He tries to draw the viewer into the image to share with them the excitement of being on location and taking the photograph.
Randy uses Nikon and Hasselblad equipment to capture his images, and is skilled in processing techniques such as Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.
In 2009, Randy was a semi-finalist for the British Broadcasting Corporation’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year. His photographs have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Africa Geographic, and Northwest Magazine. His images have graced two catalogue covers for Thomson Safaris, as well as numerous full spreads within various yearly catalogues. He was selected as Editor’s Choice for Outdoor Photography – Colors of the World in 2008.