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|| News Item: Posted 2009-12-18

Sports Shooter News & Notes
Thank Tank Photo To Sponsor Annual Contest Prizes

By Sports Shooter Staff

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Think Tank Airport International roller
Thank Tank Photo To Sponsor Annual Contest Prizes

The top winners of the Sports Shooter Annual Contest will win a cool prize from Think Tank Photo.

Contest chairman and Sports Shooter founder Robert Hanashiro said that the winners of the contest's Photo of the Year and Best Student photo win a Think Tank Airport International roller plus a set of Low Dividers.

"Think Tank Photo has been a great supporter of many of the things I do with Sports Shooter," Hanashiro said. "They were with me when I started the Sports Shooter Academy and they really stepped to the plate and hit a home run with their support of this year's Annual Newsletter Contest. This is just awesome!"

For details on the Airport International roller and the Low Divider kit, check these links:

"The Newsletter Annual Contest has always been a lot of fun to hold," Hanashiro said, "I love looking at all of the wonderful images made by Sports Shooter members and the judging is always lively and educational."

This year's Sports Shooter Newsletter Annual 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 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 were 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 2009.

The deadline for submitting entries for the Sports Shooter Newsletter Annual Contest is midnight pacific time, Super Bowl Sunday February 7, 2010.

The Sports Shooter Contest is open to Sports Shooter Newsletter subscribers, members of and alums of the Sports Shooter Academy workshops.

If you receive the monthly e-mail version of the Sports Shooter Newsletter or you're a member of, you are eligible to enter the contest. If you've been reading Sports Shooter on the web only, you can subscribe via the website ( and request to be placed on the mailing list. members in good standing are also eligible to enter as well as participants in any of the Sports Shooter Academy Workshops.

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).

Picture of the Year 2007: Pepperdine's Jason Walberg, #12, gouges the eyes of Brigham Young University's Jonathan Tavernari, #45, during the first half of the game. No foul was called on the play.

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.

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

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

Entries that do not follow the naming convention will be rejected.

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.

FRESNO, CA - 11/07/2009: 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

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".)

Entries are to be submitted by e-mail and must be received by midnight (Pacific Time) on Feb. 7, 2010, 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.

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.

Email entries to:

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.

You can see all of the winning entries in the previous contests on

To view a video made during the 2006 contest judging, click on this link:

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Photo by Robert Hanashiro / USA TODAY

Photo by Robert Hanashiro / USA TODAY

Rod Mar
Rod Mar Added To Sports Shooter Academy Line Up
By Sports Shooter staff

Seattle based sports photographer Rod Mar has been added to the faculty Sports Shooter Academy VII to be held April 7 - 10, 2010 in Southern California.

"I'm psyched!" Mar said in an email to Sports Shooter founder Robert Hanashiro informing him that he had accepted a spot on the workshop faculty.

"Rod is not only one of the best sports photographers working today, he is always a great teacher," Hanashiro said. "We were hoping that Rod would be able to have the time in his busy schedule to come to So Cal to help us with The Academy. The participants in the workshop are in for a treat…I cannot wait for April to come around."

Sports Shooter Academy VII is a hand-on, shooting workshop that gives attendees a chance to experience and cover real sports events under the guidance of an award-winning faculty of photojournalists.

The workshop will be four full days in Orange County, CA beginning at 9 am Wednesday April 7 and running through midnight Saturday April 10.

In addition to college baseball, softball, track & field, men's indoor volleyball and tennis, the SSA VI schedule includes sessions at the La Habra Boxing Club, Santa Anita Race Track and with professional beach volleyball players. Class topics include shooting portraits on location, getting the most out of speedlights and remotes.

One-on-one editing and critique sessions with the faculty will follow each of the three shooting days.

The mantra of the Sports Shooter Academy is See Better, Shoot Better and the goal of this educational program is to help participants work on developing a strategy to cover sports, improve their vision in what makes a great photograph versus a standard one and develop new techniques. The workshop faculty will be out in the field at events with the participants, offering advice, giving spot critiques and providing inspiration.

Mar, a long-time staff photographer with the Seattle Times, is freelancing and the NFL Seahawks are one of his primary clients. Besides documenting the team, he also writes a popular on-line column, Eye on the Hawks:

Also on the SSA VII faculty are: Hanashiro (Sports Shooter founder and a staff photographer with USA TODAY), Wally Skalij (Los Angeles Times staff photographer), Michael Goulding (Orange County Register staff photographer), Sean Haffey (San Diego Union staff photographer) and Myung Chun (Los Angeles Times staff videographer). The workshop staff includes Jordan Murph, Crystal Chatham and Shawn Cullen.

Sports Shooter Academy VII is sponsored by Nikon. Through special funding through Nikon, students accepted into this workshop will be able to attend TUITION - FREE!

Working photographers can also attend by filling out the application form linked above. The tuition for non-students is: $600 for members; $650 for members.

Think Tank Photo and Samy's Camera are also supporting Sports Shooter Academy VII.
For details on the application process and a cool documentary made during the last Sports Shooter Academy, go to these links at the new SSA website:

The direct link to the application form is here:

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