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|| SportsShooter.com: News Item: Posted 2007-11-11

News & Notes: Sports Shooter Newsletter Annual Contest Details Announced
Deadline Super Bowl Sunday - February 3, 2008

By Sports Shooter Staff

Photo by Matt Goins / Lexington Herald-Leader

Photo by Matt Goins / Lexington Herald-Leader

Picture of the Year 2006 - 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.
So you think you made a great sports photograph this year?

The Sports Shooter Newsletter Annual Contest is again trying to find 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. 3, 2008.

The Sports Shooter Newsletter Annual Contest is sponsored by Lowepro and Adorama Camera.

"Thanks to John Riley from Lowepro and Jeff Snyder from Adorama for their support of this contest," said Sports Shooter founder Robert Hanashiro, "These companies share my dedication to sports photography and with their help we will be recognizing some of the best work made during the year."

The Best Action Photo is any image depicting peak 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. The spirit of this category is to recognize work produced from non-major sports, leagues or teams. This could be high school, junior college or even little league events.

"Sports Feature" entries can be any image that does not 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 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 2007.

You can see all of the winning entries in the previous contests on SportsShooter.com: http://www.sportsshooter.com/2006_contest_winners/index.html

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

If you receive the monthly e-mail version of the Sports Shooter Newsletter or you're a member of SportsShooter.com, you are eligible to enter the contest. If you've been reading Sports Shooter on the web only, you can subscribe via the website (http://www.sportsshooter.com/subscribe_newsletter.html) and request to be placed on the mailing list. SportsShooter.com members in good standing are also eligible to enter.

IMAGE PREPARATION

Size:
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.

Photo by Ron Jenkins / Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Photo by Ron Jenkins / Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Sports Action: First Place 2006 - A bat slips from the grasp of Indians player Kelly Shoppach (not pictured) and flies into the crowd, striking a fan during Sunday's Rangers game in Arlington.
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: 1 - Best Action Photo; 2 - No Pro, No College; 3 - 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.

EXAMPLE:
3rodmar01.jpg ("3" = Ball category; "rodmar" is the unique photographer code; "01" indicates it is your first entry in this category.)

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

Captions:
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.

EXAMPLE:
Honolulu, HI - 11/10/2007: University of Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennen celebrates with teammates after throwing a 73-yard touchdown against Fresno State in the 3rd quarter at Aloha Stadium. Hawaii went on to a 63-14 win over the Bulldogs. Brennen was 52 of 67 passing for 832 yards and 7 touchdowns, setting school records in each category. Hawaii moved to a perfect 9-0 on the season.
Photo by Jordan Murph

THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT: In the "File info" of your entry, make sure you type your full name in the "Author" field and your email address in the "Author Title" field. (If you have an older version of Photoshop or are using a different image editing software, make sure this info is listed somewhere in the "File Info".)

Submitting your entry:
Entries are to be submitted by e-mail and must be received by midnight (Pacific Time) on Feb. 3, 2008, Super Bowl Sunday. Entries are limited to 10 per photographer. A picture story counts as a single entry. Email entries to: contest2006@sportsshooter.com.

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 your cool prep football photograph in both the "Best Action" category and " Best No Pro, No College ".

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: contest2006@sportsshooter.com.

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.

The finals of the Sports Shooter Annual Newsletter Annual Contest judging will be held in conjunction with the Sports Shooter Academy in March 2008.

To view a video made during the 2006 contest judging, click on this link:
http://www.sportsshooter.com/special_feature/2005_contest_vid/index2.html

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