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|| News Item: Posted 2004-03-30

Sports Shooter Contest winners announced
Melissa Lyttle Wins a Nikon D2H

By Robert Hanshiro, Sports Shooter

Photo by Max Morse

Photo by Max Morse

The judges for the 2003 Sports Shooter Annual Contest: Robert Hanashiro, Robert Beck, Wally Skalij, Peter Read Miller, Brad Mangin and Ronal Taniwaki.
A little leaguer being tossed in the air by members of both teams at the conclusion of the Little League World Series captured by Melissa Lyttle of the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel won "Best Sports Photograph" at the Annual Sports Shooter Contest.

Lyttle won a D2H professional digital camera donated by Nikon.

Over 2,800 photographs were entered into this year's contest, which was judged March 26 at Nikon's Torrance, CA offices.

The judging panel was made up of: Peter Read Miller and Robert Beck from Sports Illustrated; Brad Mangin, Bay Area sports photographer; Wally Skalij, Los Angeles Times staff photographer and Ronal Taniwaki, Nikon Professional Service. USA TODAY staff photographer and Sports Shooter founder Robert Hanashiro was the contest coordinator and moderator.

"I fell in love with Melissa's picture the moment I first saw it in USA Today after AP picked it up in Williamsport," Mangin said, "This photo exemplifies all that we love about sports and competition. A wonderful real moment that tells such a wonderful story- the losing team being celebrated in a joyous atmosphere that surrounds a major sporting event involving 11 and 12 year old children."

The judging session was divided into a closed preliminary round in the afternoon and the finals in the evening was open for observers. There were four categories: Best Sports Action, No Ball, No College No Pro and Student Photograph. The Sports Photograph of the Year was selected from among the winners of the other four categories.

"The thing that struck me most was this was the best field of entries of any of the (Sports Shooter) contests I've judge," said Miller, "You would think that it would be more difficult to judge a contest when you have so many great photos. But that wasn't the case. We were choosing among many good pictures and it actually made our jobs as judges a lot easier. It's always fun, it was the most fun because we had good pictures."

Mangin agreed with Miller on the overall quality of this year's entries. "I would say that the quality was generally very good, with many great moments that were captured by the photographers who entered that was beyond the ordinary, and these photographers were rewarded when we announced the winners."

The contest prizes were sponsored by: Nikon, Lowepro, Mamiya, Roberts Distributors, Lightware, Penn Camera, SanDisk, AquaTech, Lexar and Samy's Camera.

The judging was sponsored by Lightware, Penn Camera, SanDisk and Lowepro.

The winning images can be seen at

Photo by Brad Mangin

Photo by Brad Mangin

Robert Hanashiro gets excited during the judging.
Picture of the Year 2003
Melissa Lyttle, Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
Sponsored by Nikon: D2H digital camera

Sports Action: First Place
John F. Grieshop, for Schwartzman Sports
Sponsored by Mamiya.

Sports Action: Second Place
Al Bello, Getty Images
Sponsored by Roberts Distributors.

Sports Action: Third Place
Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News
Sponsored by Lowepro.

Sports Action: Award of Excellence
Cor Vas, for ActionPress/ZUMA Press

Sports Action: Award of Excellence
James E. Mahan


No College - No Pro: First Place
Brian Peterson, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Sponsored by Lightware.

No College - No Pro: Second Place
Francis Gardler, Patuxent Publishing Company
Sponsored by Roberts Distributors.

No College - No Pro: Third Place
Scott MacDonald, The Salinas Californian
Sponsored by Versa-Flex.

No College - No Pro: Award of Excellence
Scott R. Galvin, The Vindicator


Photo by

Melissa Lyttle wins a Nikon D2H courtesy of Nikon.
No Ball: First Place
Sascha Fromm, Thueringer Allgemeine
Sponsored by Lowepro

No Ball: Second Place
Alex Dorgan-Ross, The Des Moines Register
Sponsored by Roberts Distributors

No Ball: Third Place
Ryan Gardner, Corvallis Gazette-Times
Sponsored by Samy's Camera

No Ball: Award of Excellence
Shaun Best, REUTERS


Best Student Sports Photograph: First Place
Max Morse, Brooks Institute of Photography
Sponsored by Rich Clarkson & Associates

Best Student Sports Photograph: Second Place
Jordin Thomas Althaus, San Francisco State University
Sponsored by Roberts Distributors

Best Student Sports Photograph: Third Place
Steve Boyle, University of Missouri
Sponsored by Lowepro

Best Student Sports Photograph: Award of Excellence
Jason Chan, University of Southern California

Best Student Sports Photograph: Award of Excellence
Justin Kase Conder, California State University, Fresno

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2003 Contest Winners

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