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|| News Item: Posted 2003-08-30

Sports Shooter News & Notes

By Robert Hanashiro, Sports Shooter

Workshop & Luau 2003 Update
Here is some updated news and information about THE coolest photography event of the year ... the Sports Shooter Workshop & Luau.


For those of you that recently received your confirmation ... or you veg'd and procrastinated ... the Manhattan Beach Marriott has informed us they are sold out of the special Sports Shooter room rate. If you call the hotel directly or Marriott's central reservation number, you will be able to book a room for the weekend of Nov. 7 - 8, but only at the "best available room rate" ... currently $129 a night.

(Because the hotel is close to being sold out completely for the weekend, the Marriott cannot let us add to our room block.)

Now the GOOD NEWS: the Marriott has worked out a deal with a nearby sister hotel for the same $84 a night rate!

The SPRINGHILL SUITES MANHATTAN BEACH is an all-suites hotel (meaning you can cram a whole lot of students into a room!) and is just 6 blocks from the Marriott Hotel. The room rate includes breakfast and the Marriott has indicated they will provide transport to and from the Springhill.

This is an outstanding value: a large two-room suite, breakfast and transportation to and from the Marriott ... all for the same price.

To make a reservation, call the Springhill Suites directly: 310-727-9595.

For more information on the Springhill Suites, check out their web site at:



There have been many questions about the Workshop & Luau Sports Portfolio Contest I recently announced. So here are the details:

The contest is sponsored by Nikon.

This contest is open to registered (and attending) participants only. In other words: you must be present at the Workshop & Luau Nov. 7 - 8 to win.

The contest "year" will be Oct. 1, 2002 to Sept. 30, 2003. All images submitted in your portfolio entry must have been taken during those dates.

Judging criteria will be based on diversity; impact of individual photos; overall appeal of the images collectively; and technical stills.

How to submit your entry:

All entries will be submitted on CD.

There are two categories: student and non-student.

A student portfolio must have a minimum of 8 photographs and no more than 12.

A pro (non-student) portfolio must have a minimum of 15 photographs and no more than 20.

Sports action, sports features and sports-related portraits all qualify for inclusion in a sports portfolio. A picture story can also be included, but be mindful of the limit of photos in a portfolio.

Image Preparation.
We recommend all images be prepared in Adobe Photoshop. Images should be sized at 72 DPI with the largest dimension no larger than 12 inches. Files should be saved as JPEGs at a quality setting of 7 (or medium). Check baseline optimized when saving if available.

Naming Your Files:
The first letter of your file name should either be "P" (for pros or non-students) or "S" (for students). Next decide on a unique photographer's code of 4 or 5 letters to be used to label each of your entries. Follow that with the number of your entry and the total number of photos in your portfolio ...1of15; 2of15; 3of15 and so forth. And last, the file extension: .jpg.


A complete caption is required for each entry. Your caption should include the location the photo was taken, the date it was shot, ID's and a brief description. This information should be written in the caption field of the "File Info" area of the image in Photoshop.

Los Angeles, CA - 6/9/03 - Los Angeles Lakers' center Shaquille O'Neal throws down a slam dunk over Washington's Michael Jordan in the first half at Staples Center.

Also in the "Caption Writer" field in Photoshop's File Info, type in your name and e-mail address. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.

On the CD itself, write your first and last name, who you work for or your school (if you are a freelance photographer, just write in "freelance") and whether you are a student or non-student and

Rod Mar
Seattle Times

PLEASE CHECK YOUR ENTRIES before burning them onto a CD. Make sure you've followed the instructions on labeling your photographs. Once you've burned the CD, put it back into your computer and see if it shows up on your desktop. Failure to follow the rules and instructions will result in your entry being disqualified.

Mail your CD to:
Sports Shooter
Workshop & Luau Contest
P.O. Box 801282
Santa Clarita, CA

The deadline for entries is OCTOBER 27, 2003. (No, we cannot accept your entries at The Luau!)

The judging of the Workshop & Luau Sports Portfolio Contest will be Friday evening, Nov. 7 from 9 - 11pm. This will be an open session for Luau participants to observe.

The contest coordinator is Barry Wong from the Seattle Times and the judging panel will be chaired by Robert Deutsch from USA TODAY.

Prizes will be awarded to the winning portfolios in each category and will be provided by Nikon.



For those of you that signed up for the "Photoshop Tips & Tricks" breakout session, I recently announced on that class is now being led by the fabulous Reed Hoffmann.

Reed is a former newspaper photographer and is now freelancing in the Kansas City area and doing consulting work on digital photography and digital conversions.

I have seen Reed in action teaching at the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar ... and anyone that has signed up for his two sessions is in for a treat!

For more information about Reed, check out these links:



I would like to welcome Lightware as the latest company to commit to participating in the Workshop & Luau Trade Show.

Paul Peregrine will be displaying a wide array of his Lightware products, including the Sports Shooter favorite: the digital backpack.

Lightware joins previously announced participants: Nikon, Samy's Camera, Epson, Hoodman, Hasselblad, Brooks Institute of Photography and Mamiya.

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Photography at the Summit

Special note to all members: Rich Clarkson and Associates is graciously offering all PAID and active members of a 10% discount ($120 value) on tuition for the Photography at the Summit workshop in October, when you mention your Sports Shooter membership at the time of registration.

The world's top photographers and editors have met in one of America's most beautiful and inspirational valleys for 20 years now to talk about creativity, careers and personal aspirations in one of the most unique workshops and conferences. With a large presence from staff members of the National Geographic, this workshop also brings Nikon cameras, Apple computers, Photoshop software, Epson printers, Energizer batteries, Lexar cards and Lowepro bags; everything needed in either film or digital for a unique week. It combines artistry, photojournalism, changing technologies and career counseling. It has been called the Cadillac of all workshops.

Photography at the Summit takes place October 5-10 in Jackson, Wyoming with both digital and film materials used, with the emphasis on creativity and high quality imaging. Taking place at the National Museum of Wildlife. Art, materials and equipment will be supplied by the above manufacturers for use by the participants.

Faculty for this week will include William Albert Allard, National Geographic staff photographer; John Rasmus, editor-in-chief of National Geographic Adventure magazine; Bill Curtsinger, National Geographic contributing photographer; Mike Smith, senior editor, The New York Times; Dave Black, Newsweek contributing photographer and member; Jodi Cobb, National Geographic staff photographer; Carolyn Cole, Los Angeles Times staff photographer; Tom Mangelsen, internationally acclaimed nature and wildlife photographer; and Bill Eppridge, former Life and now Sports Illustrated staff photographer.

The workshop is organized and managed by Rich Clarkson and Associates LLC of Denver, a photography and publishing company widely respected in American photography. The commitment to ongoing education by Clarkson and his staff goes back to the days he was a photographer under contract to Sports Illustrated and Time magazines, director of photography of the National Geographic Society and education chairman and eventually president of the National Press Photographers Association.

Information on the workshops can be obtained from the organizers, Rich Clarkson and Associates LLC, 1-800-745-3211 or at:

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Anne Ryan at Chicago Arts Festival

Associated Press staff photographer and Sports Shooter contributor Anne Ryan will be one of the participants in the Around The Coyote 2003 Fall Arts Festival being held in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago.

The festival will be Sept. 5 - 7 and the times are: Friday from 6 - 10 pm, Saturday from 11am - 10pm and Sunday from 11am - 6pm. Anne's booth will be at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse, located at 1419 Blackhawk St.

For more information about the Around The Coyote organization and the fall arts festival, check out their web site at:

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