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|| News Item: Posted 2007-04-25

Congrats! Winners of the Sports Shooter Newsletter Annual Contest Announced
By Sports Shooter Staff

Photo by Matt Goins / Lexington Herald-Leader

Photo by Matt Goins / Lexington Herald-Leader

PICTURE OF THE YEAR: Jockey Julien Leparoux tries to hold on to his reins as he is catapulted over the head of his mount, Sanibel Storm, after the filly hit the rail while leading the sixth race in her career debut at Keeneland Race Course.
Matt Goins' photograph of a jockey bring thrown over his mount was named the Sports Shooter Newsletter Annual Contest's Photo of the Year.

The winning photograph of jockey Julien Leparoux flying over the head of his mount "Sanibel Storm" during a race at Keeneland was called "unique" and "something never seen before" by the judging panel.

Chris Detrick of the Salt Tribune won two awards in the contest, a 1st place on the No College, No Pro category and a 3rd place in feature.

The contest judging was incorporated into the recent Sports Shooter Academy workshop. The panel of judges were faculty members: Matt Brown, freelance; Wally Skalij, Los Angeles Times; Sean Haffey, San Diego Union-Tribune; Myung J. Chun, Los Angeles Times and Jack Gruber, USA TODAY.

The Sports Shooter Newsletter Annual Contest is sponsored by Versa-Flex, Roberts Distributors and Samy's Camera.

The open judging was held before an audience of about 65 people during the Saturday evening program at the Sports Shooter Academy.

Over 3,800 images were entered into the contest. The winning photographs can be viewed at

Quotes from the contest winners:
Photo of the Year - Matt Goins, freelance for the Lexington Herald-Leader
Flying Jockey
"The image in question was captured with an EOS-1D, Canon 16-35mm at 16mm, 1/2000 at f8 using ISO 400 in manual mode. It was fired using a PocketWizard Plus system. The camera was mounted with a Bogen magic arm to a pole that was 1 foot behind the rail. I was interested in images that showed the dirt because it was the final afternoon of dirt racing at Keeneland before they installed a synthetic surface.

"I saw the shot and convinced the track's publicity director to let me set up a remote there. With few minutes before the race he was hanging out the press box window as he okayed my spot via cellular. The irony is this was days after my appendectomy. My abdomen was glued shut, and I wasn't allowed to carry anything so my assistant was toting all the gear. So on a day when I should have been home taking it easy, that crazy lust for photography resulted in a career shot."

First Place No College, No Pro - Chris Detrick, Salt Lake Tribune
Sled Dog Race
"This picture was made during the final stage of the week-long sled dog race and took place on a cross-country ski course in Park City, Utah. The racers had to go around the course four times, totaling 10 miles. I chose a location in the middle of the course (and three feet of snow) that allowed me to photograph the mushers the entire way around the track. I like this picture because of the graphic composition of the four mushers, who came together so perfectly in this frame. I used a 600mm lens with a 1.4x TC attached to a Canon Mark IIn. The exposure was ISO 800, 1/640 @ f/14. "

First Place Picture Story - John Galayda, Connecticut Post
A Cowboy from Connecticut
"I previously worked for a small paper in the Mojave Desert for two years before moving to the Connecticut Post in 2005. In the desert, I would cover rodeos often and missed shooting them after my move back East. I contacted the PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) and found that there were only three competitive bull riders in the state of Connecticut. The novelty and oddity of that finding was enough for my editors to allow me to follow these three guys around the northeast on weekends over a four-month time period. Franky eventually became the focus of the story because my initial subject broke his leg at a rodeo the day before I started the story. Also Franky's individual story was interesting enough. He is a third-generation cowboy born-and-raised in a state that doesn't exactly embrace rodeos. In addition, his family was very open in allowing me access into their lives even through the pregnancy and birth of their first child. The two biggest challenges during the story were the constant lack of light at most night rodeos and the exhausting travel of the rodeo trail. It wasn't uncommon to hit three rodeos in the three different states in three days. Lastly, I think it was a winner because of the intimate access Franky allowed. I am honestly surprised it won probably because I don't feel I'm done with it yet, - or it may never feel done as long as Franky invites me along"

First Place Best Student Photo - Dustin Snipes
Winning Smile
"The shot was taken with a Canon 1D MKII and a 70-200 2.8 in Louisville KY at the Churchill downs workshop. The Shutter was 500 and the aperture was 2.8.

"During the workshop all the participants had to work on a photo story/essay while at the track. This was an image taken as part of mine on the silks the jockeys and horses wear during their races.

"After the end of a race I noticed Mr. Graham was grinning from ear to ear, and I remember earlier in the Jockeys room that he had grimy teeth so I focused tight on his smile and bow tie to get a nice detail shot to go along with my Silks Story."

(Editor's note: Sports Shooter attempted to contact all of the first place winners via email. The four winners above were the only photographers that responded.)

Full list of winners

Photo of the Year
Matt Goins
Freelance for the Lexington Herald-Leader
"Flying Jockey"

Sports Action
1st Place
Ron Jenkins
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"Bat Hits Fan"

2nd Place
Brian Peterson
Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Beer Bottle"

3rd Place
Bryan Crowe
"Head Turner"

Bruce Ely
Portland Oregonian
"Home Plate Slide"

Sports Feature
1st Place
Sascha Fromm
Thueringer Allgemeine
"Finish Line"

2nd Place
Darryl Dyck
Edmonton Sun
"Fans Shadows"

3rd Place
Chris Detrick
Salt Lake Tribune
"Sled Dogs"

Scott Strazzante
Chicago Tribune
"Foggy Jump"

No College No Pro
1st Place
Chris Detrick
Salt Lake Tribune
"Sled Dog Race"

2nd Place
Terry Pierson
Riverside Press-Enterprise
"Leaping Tag"

3rd Place
Mark J. Rebilas

Eric Hylden
Grand Forks Herald

Picture Story
1st Place
John Galayda
Connecticut Post
"A Cowboy From Connecticut"

2nd Place
Kyle Green
Roanoke Times
"Mr. Goodnight"

3rd Place
Maisie Crow
Patuxent Publishing Company
A Hectic Pace

Student Photo
1st Place
Dustin Snipes
Eastern Washington University
"Winning Smile"

2nd Place
Sam Adams
Brooks Institute of Photography
"Water Polo Jube"

3rd Place
Marcus Yam
University of Buffalo
"Demolition Derby"

Josh Birnbaum
University of Illinois
"Kick In The Face"

The Sports Shooter Newsletter thanks Larry Nolan from Versa-Flex, Jody Grober from Robert Distributors and Louis Feldman from Samy's Camera. With these dedicated people and the companies they represent, the Sports Shooter Newsletter Annual Contest would not be possible.

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