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|| News Item: Posted 2008-06-16

Adorama Camera sponsors SportsShooter Student Portfolio Contest
"The Essentials" list to be awarded as Grand Prize, with monthly prizes awarded to members who review student "Week's Work" entries.

By Grover Sanschagrin,

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Some of the items listed in "The Essentials" list include: A MacBook Pro 15" computer (top); Aperture 2.0 (middle, right); a Nikon D-300 digital SLR camera (bottom); and a Nikon SB800 Speedlight. The 2008 Student Photographer of the Year
I don't know about you, but I've never seen or heard of a student photo contest that has a prize list like this.

Thanks to our newest sponsor, Adorama Camera, the Student Portfolio of the Year contest has a suite of impressive prizes. We are calling this list "The Essentials," and it contains all the tools to have when you're starting to get serious about photography.

As the Grand Prize awarded to the 2008 Student Photographer of the Year, one talented student member of will win the whole list.

The list, which contains only the highest rated gear that is also perfectly suited for a student or emerging professional, currently includes: a Nikon D-300 digital SLR camera; a Nikon 18-200mm lens; a Nikon SB-800 Speedlight; an Apple MacBook Pro 15" computer; Aperture 2.0; a Think Tank Airport Security roller case; a Pocket Wizard Plus set w/ a Nikon cable; four SanDisk 4GB Extreme III Compact Flash Cards; an X-Rite Color Munki color calibration unit; an Induro Carbon Fiber monopod; and a Cradlepoint PHS-300 Personal Hotspot.

But that's not the only list of prizes. There's a whole other list of items that will be given to randomly selected members who take the time to review student work each month. The "Week's Work" section can be reviewed by any active member of, and in doing so, effective today, any member who does so is eligible for some amazing prizes.

Nikon, through an arrangement with Adorama, has donated 12 CoolPix 5100 cameras. SanDisk has donated 12 4GB compact flash cards. Think Tank Photo has donated 12 Modular Sets, and 12 Pro Speed Belts. X-Rite has donated 2 X-Rite EyeOne calibrators. Apple has thrown in a few copies of Aperture 2.0. All of these items will be given to randomly selected members who take the time to review student work, share their knowledge, experience, and opinions.

One really rewarding thing for me, personally, is that I get to participate in efforts like this. The Student Portfolio of the Year Contest and Section is a really rich educational section. When experienced members help students, it really helps everyone.

I'm thrilled that Jeff Snyder and Adorama Camera have become such enthusiastic supporters of the community, and their sponsorship efforts are really going to help teach many people a lot of valuable lessons.

The Student Photographer of the Year contest is open to any student member, and is designed to evaluate a student's everyday skill in addition to their ability to assemble a successful portfolio.

Twelve students (one for each month of the calendar year) will be eligible to submit their portfolios to the 2008 Student Portfolio Contest, each of them finishing first in the contest's 'Week's Work' contest. Each month, the student who wins the monthly 'Week's Work' award is invited into the annual end-of-year portfolio competition, and has their portfolio personally reviewed by some of the most respected photographers and educators in the industry.

All of these reviews are made publicly available.

I'd like to thank Jeff Snyder and the rest of the crew at Adorama for coming to the table with such incredible support, and I'd like to welcome them to the family as the newest official sponsor.

I hope you'll do the same!

Now let's all win some cool prizes.

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