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|| News Item: Posted 2006-12-19

Sports Shooter News & Notes: Annual Contest & Academy
By Sports Shooter Staff

The Sports Shooter Newsletter Annual Contest Deadline Feb. 4, 2007

Do you think you made a great sports photograph this year? There is one way to find out. The Sports Shooter Newsletter is again trying to find out what were the best sports photographs of the year and you can help by entering.

This year's contest will feature five categories, plus the Photo of the Year:
1) Best Action Photo
2) Best No Pro, No College
3) Best Sports feature
4) Best Sports Picture Story
5) Best Student Sports Photo
6) Photograph of the Year

The deadline for the Sports Shooter Annual Contest is midnight (Pacific Time) Super Bowl Sunday Feb. 4, 2007. The contest is being sponsored by Roberts Distributors and Samy's Camera.

The Best Action Photo is any image depicting game action on the field of play or within the arena or stadium holding the event.

Best No Pro, No College entries should be images from a sports event that does not involve a professional or major college team. This could be high school, junior college or even little league events.

"Sports Feature" entries can be any image that does center on game action. This category should include photographs of jubilation and dejection as well as portraits.

The Best Student Sports Photo category is open to FULL-TIME students or students working in an internship and have NOT GRADUATED at the time the entry was made. Entries for this category can be any sports - related images, action or feature.

Best Sports Picture Story entries should contain no more than 10 photographs and should have a defined story related to sports or athletes. Photographs should be ordered (labeled) in the way the photographer wants the entry to be viewed. Complete captions are important. "Photo essays" are also eligible to be entered in this category.

The Photo of the Year entries will be gathered from the winners of the other categories and will receive the top prize from Sports Shooter. YOU DO NOT SEND ENTRIES IN FOR THIS CATEGORY.

All entries must have been taken during calendar year 2006.

Who Can Enter:
The Sports Shooter Contest is open to newsletter subscribers and members of only.

If you receive the monthly e-mail version of the Sports Shooter Newsletter, you are eligible to enter the contest. If you've been reading Sports Shooter on the web only, you can subscribe via and request to be placed on the mailing list. members in good standing are also eligible to enter.

I recommend that you look at previous winners of this contest before entering. To see last year's winners go here:

We recommend all images be prepared in Adobe Photoshop. Images should be sized at 72 DPI with the largest dimension NO LARGER than 15 inches. Files should be saved as JPEGs at a quality setting of 8 (or medium). Check baseline optimized when saving if available.

File Name:
Decide on a unique photographer's code of 4 to 6 letters to be used to label each of your entries. Your entries should be first labeled with the number of the category it's to be entered in: 1 - Best Action Photo; 2 - No Pro, No College; 3 - Best No Ball; 4 - Sports Picture Story; 5 - Student Sports Photo --- followed by your unique code; followed by sequential two-digit numbers corresponding to the number of photos you are entering in that category.

3rodmar01.jpg ("3" = Best No Ball category; "rodmar" is the unique photographer code; "01" indicates it is your first entry in this category.)

4bradm07.jpg ("4" = Sports Picture Story category; "bradm" is the unique photographer code; "07" is the number of the photograph in the picture story.)

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 your byline. This information should be written in the "File Info" portion of the image in Photoshop.

Los Angeles, CA - 3/9/2006: Seattle forward Rashard Lewis throws down a slam dunk over Kobe Bryant during the first half of the Supersonic's 142 - 138 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. Photo by Rod Mar, The Seattle Times.

Also in the "Caption Writer" field in File Info, type in your e-mail address. This is very important ... your email address must be included within the File Info of your entry!

Submitting your entry:
Entries are to be submitted by e-mail and must be received by midnight (Pacific Time) on Feb. 4, 2007. Entries are limited to 10 per photographer. A picture story counts as a single entry. Email entries to:

In the "Subject" field of the email header, type in "Contest Entry" followed by the number of entries attached to the email. For instance if you have 3 entries attached out of 6 total, type in the Subject field: "Contest Entry 3 of 6".

You can enter an image in just one category. For instance, you cannot enter a killer prep football photograph in the "Best Action" category and also enter it in "Best No Ball".

Failure to follow the rules for labeling, captioning and preparing entries will result in disqualification. Files that are sized too large will not be accepted. Send entries to:

Double-Check Your Entry
Before e-mailing your entries, please take a few minutes to double check that you've sized your images correctly, have a complete caption in the file info and the entry is labeled correctly. ALSO: Please virus scan your entry.

Failure to follow any of the entry rules will result in the disqualification of your entry. Also if you submit an entry into the wrong category, it is up to the judges' discretion to move it to the appropriate category.

Judging for the contest will be announced after the deadline passes.


Spots Still Available For The Spring Sports Shooter Academy

Photo by Jordan Murph

Photo by Jordan Murph

Partcipants in Sports Shooter Academy III shoot beach volleyball at Cal State Long Beach.
There are still room in the Spring Sports Shooter Academy, to be held April 4 - 8, 2007 in Southern California.

The Sports Shooter Academy is a hands-on workshop that gives participants an opportunity to gain experience, improve their photography, learn new techniques and spark their creativity by covering NCAA Division I sports events through an arrangement with the Big West Conference.

To apply for Sports Shooter Academy IV, download an application form: Participants must also submit a 20-image portfolio as part of the application process.

"This educational program is a great opportunity for college students and working pros to make photographs in an environment where learning and growing as a shooter are emphasized," said Robert Hanashiro, Sports Shooter founder, "This is by far the best workshop I have ever been involved in as a participant, faculty member or organizer. The growth we see in all of The Academy participants during this workshop is simply phenomenal."

Faculty members accompany participants to events, offering advice and information on lens selection, lighting, positions and how to creatively cover the sport. Participants edit their work under the guidance of the faculty and critiques are held at the end of each day of shooting.

The Sports Shooter Academy IV schedule at this writing will include college baseball, softball, men's volleyball, tennis, crew and water polo. Additional sports include: professional beach volleyball, boxing, rugby, and horse racing.

Photo by Jordan Murph

Photo by Jordan Murph

Sports Shooter Academy faculty members Robert Hanashiro (left) and Matt Brown (center) help workshop students get ready to cover the Big West Soccer Tournament at Cal State Long Beach.
The Sports Shooter Academy IV faculty includes Brown, a Southern California freelance photographer, Seattle Times staff photographer Rod Mar, Los Angeles Times staff photographers Wally Skalij and Myung J. Chun and Hanashiro, USA TODAY staff photographer and Sports Shooter founder.

"I think the theme of this workshop really sums up what we want to accomplish ... 'See Better. Shooter Better," said Hanashiro.

Classroom sessions at previous workshops have included: using remotes, digital workflow, lighting basics, arena lighting and sports picture stories. Additionally location portrait lighting sessions will be on the workshop schedule where participants will help set up and photograph an athlete.

Sports Shooter Academy IV is reasonably priced at $450 for full-time college and university students and $550 for working professionals. After Feb. 14, 2007 the registration fee goes up to $ 500 for full-time college students and $600 for working professionals. Payment deadlines and other details will be emailed to applicants once they submit their application forms and are accepted into the workshop.

More details on previous Sports Shooter Academy workshops are available at these links:

"Sports Shooter Academy is more about seeing the picture as much as it is about shooting it," said Michael Goulding, a staff photographer at the Orange County Register and an instructor at SSA II and III. "The process you go through as a participant in The Academy is great. You're on site with good photographers ... and you talk about the picture you want to shoot there and how to see them. Then you go into the editing room and then into the critiques with them and follow that evolution all the way through."

"I think it really grounds you in the idea you have to see the picture before you really make the picture. When you see better, you shoot better," Goulding added.

Companies supporting Sports Shooter Academy IV are Canon USA, Think Tank Photo, Apple Computer and Samy's Camera.

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