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|| SportsShooter.com: News Item: Posted 2009-04-23

Lam Wins Top Prize in the Sports Shooter Newsletter Annual Contest
San Francisco State student Stephen Lam walks away with the Picture of the Year.

By Sports Shooter Staff

Photo by Stephen Lam

Photo by Stephen Lam

Team Spiderman's Nelson Li, right, closes in on Team Hollywood Alliance's Anton Quist during the sprint final at the U.S. Masters Track Cycling Championship at Hellyer Park Velodrome in San Jose, Calif.
Stephen Lam's photograph shot at the U.S. Masters Track cycling Championship Saturday evening Sept. 7, 2008 at Hellyer Park Velodrome in San Jose, Calif. was named the top photograph in the Sports Shooter Newsletter Annual Contest.

"It's the most creative of the group (in the category finals) and the photographer definitely put some thought into it," commented Wally Skalij, of the Los Angeles Times, one of the contest's judges.

Lam wins an Airport International V2 Roller from contest sponsor Think Tank Photo. Robert Distributors and Versa-Flex also donated prizes for the winners in the contest.

"I like that this is a sports action photo that takes the normal cliché -- panned cyclists -- and adds some depth with the racers nearer the camera and the mountains in the background." Rod Mar, one of the contest judges said about Lam's winning image, "The photographer saw the cliché photo, then found the riders warming up on the inside of the track to take the image to the next level."

Al Bello of Getty Images won the Best Action category with his photograph of a decathlete competing in the long jump sprawled in the sand.

Scott Bort of the Post-Tribune was a double winner in the No College, No Pro category with striking images shot at high school games.

Christ Faytok of the Newark Star Ledger won the feature category with his photograph of Jamaica's Usain Bolt being greeted by his mother after setting the World's Record in the men's 100 meters at the Summer Olympic Games.


The winning photographs can be viewed here:
http://www.sportsshooter.com/2008_contest_winners/index.html


Ronald W. Erdrich of the Abilene Reporter-News won the Picture Story category with "Texas Cowboy Reunion."

Diego James Robles of Ohio University won the Student category with his striking back and white image of a cowboy being treated by medical personnel after being stepped on by a bull during a rodeo competition.

The finals of the Sports Shooter Newsletter Annual Contest were conducted during the opening evening of the Sports Shooter Academy workshop in early April. The judging panel was made up of the workshop faculty.

2008 Sports Shooter Newsletter Annual Contest Winners List:

Picture of the Year
Stephen Lam, San Francisco State University
(Think Tank Photo Airport International V2 Roller from Think Tank Photo)

Action
1st - Al Bello, Getty Images
(Think Tank Photo Skin Set Change Up from Think Tank Photo)
2nd - Mike Zarrilli, freelance
(AquaTech Sports Shield 200 with eyepiece from Roberts Distributors)
3rd - Kyle Green, The Roanoke Times
(Versa-Flex SS1 Baseline Sport Seat)

No College, No Pro
1st - Scott M. Bort, Post-Tribune
(Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 40 from Think Tank Photo)
2nd - Scott M. Bort, Post-Tribune
(AquaTech Sports Shield 200 with eyepiece from Roberts Distributors)
3rd - Darryl Dyck, Canadian Press
(Versa-Flex SS1 Baseline Sport Seat)

Feature
1st - Christ Faytok, Newark Star Ledger
(Think Tank Photo Digital Holster 40 from Think Tank Photo)
2nd - Scott Strazzante, Chicago Tribune
(AquaTech Sports Shield 200 with eyepiece from Roberts Distributors)
3rd - Julia Robinson, Columbia Daily Tribune
(LensCoat neoprene cover)

Picture Story
1st - Ronald W. Erdrich, Abilene Reporter-News
(Think Tank Photo Modular Set from Think Tank Photo)
2nd - Jay Janner, Austin American-Statesman
(AquaTech Collapsible Hood from Robert Distributors)
3rd - Kevin German, freelance
(LensCoat neoprene cover)

Student
1st - Diego James Robles, Ohio University
(Think Tank Photo Shape Shifter from Roberts Distributors)
2nd - Mariah Tauger, Brooks Institute of Photography
(Think Tank Photo Change Up from Think Tank Photo)
3rd - Josh Birnbaum, Ohio University
(LowePro Classified 250 AW camera bag from Roberts Distributors)

Related Links:
See the 2008 winning images

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