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|| SportsShooter.com: News Item: Posted 2006-03-01

Detrick is 2005 SportsShooter.com Student Photographer of the Year
Panel of judges select his portfolio as best, awarding him the Nikon D2x grand prize.

By Grover Sanschagrin, SportsShooter.com

Photo by Salt Lake Tribune photo / Scott Sommerdorf

Photo by Salt Lake Tribune photo / Scott Sommerdorf

Salt Lake Tribune photographer Chris Detrick leans back in his chair Tuesday, 2/28/06 as he is about to go over an edit of his morning shoot at the Utah legislature with Director of Photography Scott Sommerdorf.
The 2005 SportsShooter.com Student Photographer of the Year award goes to Chris Detrick. He wins the grand prize - a brand new Nikon D2x, supplied by Nikon, the exclusive sponsors of this student-only contest.

Detrick, a recent graduate of the University of Missouri's photojournalism sequence with minors in both violin performance and psychology, is currently a staff photographer at The Salt Lake Tribune, having been hired there immediately following a very successful internship at the same paper.
Twelve students were eligible to submit their portfolios to the SportsShooter.com Student Portfolio Contest, each of them finishing first in the contest's 'Week's Work' category. Each month, the student who wins the monthly 'Week's Work' award is invited into the annual end-of-year portfolio competition.

A panel of 6 judges gathered together at the San Francisco Chronicle to debate the merits of each portfolio, and choose a winner. The judges (Deanne Fitzmaurice, Kim Komenich, John Lee, Michael Macor, Jim Merithew, Russell Yip) were a blend of both photographers and picture editors.

The panel of judges singled out Detrick's greyhound racing picture story as some of the best work within the submitted portfolios.

"[Detrick] has a real style that comes through in all these pictures," said Deanne Fitzmaurice, a staff photographer for the San Francisco Chronicle. "I think that the greyhound picture story was really powerful. This photographer sees light really well and shoots real cleanly."

"What it came down to, in the end," said Jim Merithew, the magazine photo editor for the San Francisco Chronicle, "was that there were two or three really strong portfolios and we were just trying to decide what was in and what was out."

"The portfolios that had the fewest weak pictures ended up standing out above the others. We got a sense that [Detrick] had his own way of seeing the world," Merithew said.

In addition to Detrick, students who had portfolios entered in the contest were: Omar Vega, Dustin Snipes, Max Bittle, Robert Caplin, Alyssa Schukar, Nick Adams, Mario Ruiz, Eric Thayer, Justin Runquist, Ramsay de Give, and Michael Rubenstein.

The images, and the audio comments of the judges for all 12 portfolios can be seen and heard in a series of Quicktime movie presentations available here:

http://www.sportsshooter.com/special_feature/student_contest_05/index.html

This award marks the successful completion of the first year of the Nikon-sponsored SportsShooter.com Student Portfolio Contest. Without Nikon's generous support, this contest, the monthly prizes, and the D2x grand prize would not have been possible.

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Judges Bios:

Deanne Fitzmaurice
Deanne Fitzmaurice is an award-winning photographer who has worked at the San Francisco Chronicle for 16 years. She won the Pulitzer Prize in feature photography in 2005 for her photo essay portraying the efforts by doctors to mend the wounds of a 9-year-old Iraqi boy who was nearly killed by an explosion, and the boy's courageous struggle to rise above his injuries.

She has been published in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine and People. She also has participated in Day in the Life book projects.

Her numerous awards include honors from the Society of Professional Journalists, National Press Photographers Association and the California Press Photographers Association. The Bay Area Press Photographers Association named her Photographer of the Year in 2002.

Fitzmaurice is a graduate of the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, where she earned a B.F.A. in photography.

Kim Komenich
Kim Komenich has worked as a staff photographer for the San Francisco Examiner from 1982-1998. From September 1998 to June 2000 Komenich served as a visiting instructor in the photojournalism department of the Missouri School of Journalism while working on his graduate degree. He returned to the Hearst-owned San Francisco Chronicle in the June 2000 after the merger with the Examiner. He was a teaching fellow at the U.C. Berkeley graduate School of journalism in fall, 2001. He is currently a staff photographer at the Chronicle.

Komenich received the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in spot news photography for his coverage of the Philippine revolution. He has also received the World Press Photo award for picture stories and the Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.

His photography has appeared in LIFE, Time, People, Fortune, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report and news magazines around the world. He was among photographers invited to photograph the "A Day in the Life of California", "Christmas in America", "Power to Heal", "One Earth", and "The Mission" books. His work is included in "15 Seconds: The 1989 San Francisco Earthquake". He has covered stories in Vietnam, the former Soviet Union, El Salvador, and Guyana. He has worked extensively in the Philippines.

John Lee
John Lee is a photographer based in San Francisco. His experience includes a nine-year stint as a staff photographer for the Chicago Tribune. He traveled extensively for the Tribune, covering stories in Pakistan, Indonesia, China, Korea, Japan, and the Middle East. Lee reported from the front lines during the beginning of the recent war in Iraq and documented the presidential coup in Haiti. Within the United States he has worked on countless feature, portraiture, documentary, personality profiles and sporting assignments.

Lee has received many awards and recognitions over the years, including twice winning the photographer of the year award from the Illinois Press Photographers Association and numerous other accolades from the Pictures of the Year International (POYi) awards. He has served as a faculty member for the prestigious University of Missouri Photojournalism Workshop and is currently an instructor of photojournalism at San Francisco State University. Lee was also on the team that won a group Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for the Tribune's coverage of the air traffic system.

Michael Macor
Currently a staff photographer with the San Francisco Chronicle, Macor is one of the Oakland Tribune photographers who won the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Macor recently won 3rd place Photographer of the Year in the Pictures of the Year International (POYi) competition for 2005 and claimed top honors last year when he won first place and was named Newspaper Photographer of the Year by the Missouri School of Journalism in the school's 62nd annual Pictures of the Year International photojournalism contest. Macor won in 2004 for photographs depicting such wide-ranging subjects as a victory celebration after a Cal football game and the work of Northern California cattle ranchers.

Jim Merithew
Jim Merithew is currently the magazine photo editor at the San Francisco Chronicle and his been a picture editor at the Chronicle since 1999. Merithew is a member of an award-winning picture editing staff that has won numerous awards in Pictures of the Year International and Best of Photojournalism. He was also a part of the editing team that won the Pulitzer Prize in feature photography in 2005 (Deanne Fitzmaurice).

Back in the day Merithew won the Indiana Clip Photographer of the Year title while he was working as a staff photographer at the Evansville Courier & Press. Merithew's obsession for photographs of the little moments in life drive his fellow photo editors crazy.

Russell Yip
Russell Yip is currently the photo assignment editor at the San Francisco Chronicle and has been at the Chronicle since 1993. Yip has been in the business for working at various newspapers as a staff photographer since 1984.

Yip is a member of an award-winning picture editing staff that has won numerous awards in Pictures of the Year International and Best of Photojournalism. He was also a part of the editing team that won the Pulitzer Prize in feature photography in 2005 (Deanne Fitzmaurice).

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