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|| SportsShooter.com: News Item: Posted 2009-01-25

Sports Shooter Annual Contest Deadline 'Super Sunday'
By Sports Shooter Staff

What are the best sports images of 2008?

The Sports Shooter Newsletter is again holding its annual contest to determine exactly that --- the best sports photographs made last year.

This year's contest will feature five categories, plus the Photograph 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 Sports Shooter Newsletter Annual Contest is sponsored by Think Tank Photo.

"Thanks to Doug Murdoch, Brian Erwin and Think Tank Photo for their continued support of all of the things I do with Sports Shooter," said Robert Hanashiro, Sports Shooter founder and editor of the monthly newsletter.

"Think Tank has been with me from the start of the Sports Shooter Academy and now have stepped to the plate to help the newsletter recognize the best in sports photography," Hanashiro added, "The winners in each of the contest categories are going to be awarded some very cool Think Tank gear."

CATEGORY DETAILS
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 2008.

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.

ENTRY PREPARATION
SIZE:

We recommend all images be prepared in Adobe Photoshop. Images should be sized at a resolution of 72 PPI, with the largest dimension 16-19 inches. Files should be saved as JPEGs at a quality setting of 8 (or medium).

FILE NAMING
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" = Feature 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.

CAPTION EXAMPLE:
FRESNO, CA - 11/07/2008: University of Hawaii quarterback Inoke Funaki celebrates with teammates after throwing a 28-yard touchdown against Fresno State in the 3rd quarter at Bulldog Stadium. Hawaii went on to a 32-29 overtime win over the Bulldogs.
Photo by Jordan Murph, Sports Shooter

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 ENTRIES
Entries are to be submitted by e-mail and must be received by midnight (Pacific Time) on Feb. 1, 2009, Super Bowl Sunday. Entries are limited to 12 per photographer. A picture story counts as a single entry.

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.

Email entries to: contest2008@sportsshooter.com.

DOUBLE CHECK YOUR ENTRIES
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.

PRIZES
• Picture of the Year: Airport International V2 Roller
• Sports Action: Skin Set
• No College-No Pro: Urban Disguise 40
• Sports Feature: Digital Holster 40
• Student Photo: Change Up
• Sports Picture Story: Modular Set

The judging of the finals of this contest will be held in conjunction with the upcoming Sports Shooter Academy VI in Southern California. Check SportsShooter.com in the future for the details on observing the judging of the contest finals.

"Holding the Annual Contest judging in conjunction with the Sports Shooter Academy is a wonderful way to kick off this workshop," Hanashiro said, "This give participants not only a look at the best sports photography of the year but also the opportunity to hear the comments, criticism and insights of The Academy faculty, which serve as the judging panel for the contest. This makes this contest also a great learning experience."

You can see all of the winning entries in the previous contests on SportsShooter.com:
http://www.sportsshooter.com/2007_contest_winners/index.html

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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