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|| News Item: Posted 2007-11-06

Awards handed out at Sports Shooter Academy Multimedia Boot Camp.
Delgado wins Best Multimedia Project; Lovejoy wins Best Single Image

By Sports Shooter Staff

Photo by Robert Hanashiro / Sports Shooter

Photo by Robert Hanashiro / Sports Shooter

Sports Shooter Academy Multimedia Boot Camp participant Carlos Delgado works on his multimedia project on a college football referee on an iMac in the workroom after the game.
Carlos Delgado's well planned and executed picture story on a referee working the Fullerton College homecoming football game against Palomar College was named the top work produced during the Sports Shooter Academy Multimedia Boot Camp.

"The reason this story was so successful is because Carlos thought about it well in advance and planned for it," said Scott Varley, staff photographer with the South Bay Daily Breeze and a member of the Boot Camp faculty. "He knew exactly what he wanted to do both with audio and his photos. When he put it all together in about four hours, it was brilliant. I think every student was inspired by Carlos' project and then finally understood the thought process that goes into working on a story instead of just covering a game."

Delgado did not have access to a wireless microphone, to improvise a way to capture audio he convinced the referee to wear a small digital recorder to record live audio during the game.

"Carlos had the foresight and initiative to put a microphone and recorder on the umpire to capture colorful and candid audio that really complemented his solid still pictures," said workshop faculty member Myung J. Chun, a staff photographer / videographer at the Los Angeles Times.

Delgado is a recent graduate of California State University, Long Beach and a member.

To see Delgado's winning multimedia project, please click on this link:

The Sports Shooter Academy Boot Camp was a two-day multimedia-based workshop held in Southern California Nov. 2 – 3, 2007. Participants had a full day of multimedia training plus classes on audio gathering, producing projects on deadline, visual storytelling and the transition to video. The second day participants covered a college football game and put to use the multimedia training and had a deadline to produce their piece.

Photo by Nick Lovejoy

Photo by Nick Lovejoy member and Hollister Free Lance staff photographer Nick Lovejoy's photo of Fullerton College wide receiver Marquis Avery was awarded the "Best Single Image" award at the Sports Shooter Academy Boot Camp.
"There was a lot of information packed into a short amount of time but it was great to see everyone take on the challenge," said Chun. "The students did a fantastic job on deadline using a program that some learned only the day before."

Nick Lovejoy's acrobatic photograph of two players in midair going for the ball was judged by the faculty as the best single photo produced during the workshop. Lovejoy, a member, is a staff photographer at the Hollister (CA) Freelance newspaper.

Both Chun and Varley agreed that the image was an example of being prepared. "I saw several plays near the sideline end zones that many photographers didn't get because they were fumbling to find their wide angle camera that was over their shoulder instead of around their neck. It's nice to see someone got a great action shot with their wide lens who was prepared for the shot. Great shot Nick," said Varley.

"What appears to be an around-the-neck, wide-angle grabshot can only happen if the photographer is ready with his gear," Chun added.

Susanica Tam, a freelance photojournalist, was awarded the Best Audio Clip for "Cheerleaders". Zach Ornitz of the Aspen Daily News won the Chris Detrick Hustle Award for "Waterboy". Tom Turner from the Tyler (TX) Morning Telegraph won Best Overall Use of Audio for "Ref". Jarod Opperman a student at Oregon State University won Best Use of The Medium for "Ref Ass".

"The soundbite of the giggly cheerleaders to open her piece was a fun (and funny) alternative to the on-mic interview," said Chun about Tam's audio clip.

"Jared's piece was absolutely hilarious. It's really a video that only photographers would understands - almost like an inside joke. He used every transition that I hope to never see again in a slide show, but his use of them added to the humor and pacing of the show. And then to top it all off, Jared created his own soundtrack. Imagine what Jared could do at an NBA game, which is the natural environment for 'ref ass'," said Varley.

Other members of the Sports Shooter Academy Boot Camp faculty were Orange County Register staff photographer Michael Goulding, southern California freelance photographers Matt Brown and Eugene Tanner, Eric Leonard from KFI News Radio, multimedia producer Jeffrey Morse and Sports Shooter founder Robert Hanashiro.

The Sports Shooter Multimedia Boot Camp was sponsored by Apple, Canon USA, Think Tank Photo and Samy's Camera.

Photo by Carlos Delgado

Photo by Carlos Delgado

This award-winning video about an umpire working a Fullerton College football game was produced by Carlos Delgado at the Sports Shooter Academy Multimedia Boot Camp. See the video here:
The next Sports Shooter educational event, Sports Shooter Academy V, is slated for March 5-9, 2008 in Irvine, California. Applications are currently being accepted.

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List of award winners
Best Multimedia Project - Carlos Delgado, Cal State Long Beach State
Best Use of Audio - Tom Turner, Tyler Morning Telegraph
Best Audio Clip - Susanica Tam, freelance
Best Single Image - Nick Lovejoy, Hollister Freelance
Hustle Award (Chris Detrick Award) - Zach Ornitz, Aspen Daily News
Best Use of Medium - Jarod Opperman, Oregon State University

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