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|| News Item: Posted 2007-01-30

Sports Shooter News & Notes: Annual Contest Update and More
By Sports Shooter Staff

Sports Shooter Contest Adds Versa-Flex As Sponsor, Deadline Feb. 4, 2007

Versa-Flex has joined Robert Distributors and Samy's Cameras in sponsoring the Sports Shooter Newsletter Annual Contest.

Larry Nolan has generously contributed several Versa-Flex products to the cache of prizes, including two Multi-Format Cases, a Lightstand/Tripod Case and their very popular Basketball Chair.

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, Samy's Camera and Versa-Flex.

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.

Thanks also to Jody Grober from Robert Distributors and Louis Feldman from Samy's Camera. The details on the judging of the contest will be announced shortly.

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Wisconsin News Photographers Association annual convention member Donald Miralle will be one of the speakers at the upcoming Wisconsin News Photographers Association annual convention March 31, at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Also scheduled to make presentations are: Jim Brandenburg of National Geographic,
Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist David Leeson of The Dallas Morning News and documentary photographer Brenda Ann Kenneally, winner of two NPPA-Nikon Documentary Sabbatical Grants.

For registration information contact Hoffman at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel at or see their Web site at

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Canon Announces Super Bowl Plans

Canon Professional Services will host a luncheon for Super Bowl accredited still photographers from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M., Saturday February 3, at The Rusty Pelican at 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, FL 33149, (305) 361-3818. Photographers may register and pick up an invitation at the Canon trailer, located in the photo media trailer compound outside Dolphin Stadium, beginning Thursday, February 1 through Friday, February 2. An invitation and photographers credential required for the luncheon.

Canon will have service technicians and equipment support available during Super Bowl week beginning Thursday, February 1 through game day at Dolphin Stadium. Hours of service will be posted at the Canon trailer. Contact: Joe Delora (516-328-4833).

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David Burnett to Have First Ever US Sports Gallery Show member David Burnett will have his first-ever gallery show exclusively featuring his sports photography in the Kimball ART Center in Park City, UT.

The show, entitled "Managing Gravity'" will run through March 11 at the center, located at 638 Park Ave. A reception will be held Feb. 3 from 6 - 9PM. "I'd love to see any and all Sports Shooter folks who might happen to be in the area," Burnett writes, "My first all sports show in the States, and I'm really pleased about it. Please come by and say hello!"

For more information, check the gallery's website:

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