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|| Contest Winners: 2004

Sports Shooter 2004 Contest Winners
The 7th Annual Sports Shooter Contest was judged on April 8, 2005.

The judging panel of Peter Read Miller (Sports Illustrated), Wally Skalij (Los Angeles Times), Matt A. Brown (Los Angeles freelance photographer), Ronal Taniwaki (Nikon Professional Services branch manager) and Robert Hanashiro (USA TODAY), spent the day together working to decide the winners in five categories and select a "Picture of the Year" (best entry).

The final round of judging was open to spectators at Nikon's Torrance (California) office.

The contest was made possible by donations from the following companies: Samy's Camera, Think Tank Photo, LowePro, AquaTech, Lightware and Nikon.

Special thanks to Nikon for hosting the judging!

Picture of the Year 2004
Stan Liu, Freelance
San Diego State Aztec Devin Pitts is shoved out of bounds by Colorado State Ram Jahmal Hall during the Aztecs 21-17 loss to the Rams. Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA.
Awarded: Nikon Digital Camera

Sports Action: First Place
Doug Murray, Reuters
Pit crew worker Patrick Shafer, for Johnny Sauter, goes flying as the car makes a pit stop during running of the Hershey's Kisses 300 at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida February 14, 2004. Shafer suffered minor injuries and returned to the pit after receiving first aid.
Awarded: Think Tank Photo/Pro Modulus Set

Sports Action: Second Place
Tamika Moore, The Birmingham News
Michael Sanchez flies through the air as he wipes out on a turn during the Pro Honda Oils Supersport Championship race at Barber Motorsports Park.
Awarded: Lightware Travel Belt & A compact flash card from Samy's Camera

Sports Action: Third Place
Sascha Fromm / Thueringer Allgemeine
Crash during the men's points race at the Country Championship of Thuringia on July 10, 2004 in Erfurt, Germany.
Awarded: Think Tank Photo/Modulus component & Pixel Pocket Rocket

Sports Action: Award of Excellence
Darryl Dyck/Edmonton Sun
Montreal Alouettes' Davis Sanchez (back) breaks up a pass intended for Edmonton Eskimos' Ed Hervey during second half CFL action at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alta., on Monday October 11, 2004. Sanchez was penalized for pass interference on the play.

No College - No Pro: First Place
Adrian Kraus, Messenger Post Newspapers
Rochester, NY - 6/3/04 - IHS senior Carrie Kane outruns the defensive pressure during the Class A final at Nazareth College.
Awarded: AquaTech Sports Shield & eye piece

No College - No Pro: Second Place
Bruce Ely, Portland Oregonian
The grandstand at the home opener for 8-man football in Jewell, Oregon was not quite full Friday night. Not because of the rain. Not due to a lack of support. "There just aren't enough people that live in the area," explains Jewell football coach Peter Popoff. Only 65 high school level students attend the school in the costal-range logging community, only 15 were in uniform for the football game.
Awarded: Lightware Travel Belt & A compact flash card from Samy's Camera

No College - No Pro: Third Place
Kevin Kreck, The Colorado Springs Gazette
Jack Gottlob runs into trouble during the mutton busting competition as he gets sandwiched between his ride and a spare on the first day of the Ute Trail Stampede Rodeo in Woodland Park Saturday, July 10, 2004. The rodeo closes 55 years of history for the event at the downtown location, moving to a new facility to be built south of downtown.
Awarded: Think Tank Photo/Modulus component & Pixel Pocket Rocket

No College - No Pro: Award of Excellence
Steve Warmowski, Jacksonville (IL) Journal-Courier
A-C Central High School's Clint Cave holds on as Griggsville's Perry Bonds sits on his head and tries to wrestle away the ball after a half-court scramble during the Country Companies Prep Showcase at the Illinois College Bruner Fitness Center in Jacksonville.

No Ball: First Place
Jay Janner, Austin American-Statesman
Cal State Fullerton players dogpile on top of each other, celebrating the school's fourth national championship at the College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska, on Sunday June 27, 2004. The Titans swept the title series 2-0.
Awarded: Lowepro Pro Roller I

No Ball: Second Place
Scott Barbour, Getty Images
A horse sprints to the finish line during a race of the final day of Royal Ascot at the Ascot Racecourse on June 19, 2004 in Berkshire, England.
Awarded: Lightware Travel Belt & A compact flash card from Samy's Camera

No Ball: Third Place
Matt A. Brown, Freelance
Fullerton College All-American line men (left) Johnny O'Quinn and teammate Gabe Long are really men on the field.
Awarded: Think Tank Photo/Modulus component & Pixel Pocket Rocket

No Ball: Award of Excellence
Daren Fentiman, ZUMA Press
Mavericks Men Who Ride Mountains champion DARYL 'FLEA' VIROTSKO (Santa Cruz, CA, USA) takes one of the most frightening wipeouts of the century, dropping down the face of a 40 foot wave at the Quiksilver Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational contest. Virotsko was transported back to shore by a jet-ski with a knee injury, forcing him to withdraw from the event.

No Ball: Award of Excellence
Rod Mar, The Seattle Times
"Blitz", the Seattle Seahawks mascot, checks out the action as an NFL official stretches before a game at Qwest Field.

Summer Olympics: First Place
Jack Gruber, USA Today
USA Holly McPeak of Manhattan Beach, CA and Elaine Youngs El Toro, CA wrap themselves in the American flag after winning the bronze medal game between the USA and Australia.
Awarded: Lowepro Pro Roller II

Summer Olympics: Second Place
Al Bello, Getty Images
Jennifer Bradford starts the 50 meter heats during The US Olympic Swimming Team Trials on July 13, 2004 Charter All Digital Aquatics Centre in Long Beach, California.
Awarded: Lightware Travel Belt & A compact flash card from Samy's Camera

Summer Olympics: Third Place
Scott Barbour, Getty Images
France competes in the men's track cycling team sprint qualifying round on August 21, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Olympic Velodrome within the Olympic Sports Complex in Athens, Greece.
Awarded: Think Tank Photo/Modulus component & Pixel Pocket Rocket

Summer Olympics: Award of Excellence
Lars Moeller, B.T.
Elisabeth Paisieva from Bulgaria is performing in rythmic sports gymnastics during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

Best Student Sports Photograph: First Place
Max Morse, Brooks Institute of Photography
Aaron Montgomerie jumps into the air after a missed putt at the Gilroy Golf Course during a Buick Scramble play-in event on July 9, 2004.
Awarded: Nikon Digital Camera

Best Student Sports Photograph: Second Place
Lucas Jackson, Brooks Institute of Photography
Santa Barbara City College quarterback, Preston Maloney, squeezes a pass through the outstretched arms of Ventura College lineman Rafael Horton in a late afternoon game at Larrabee Stadium in Ventura, CA.
Awarded: Lightware/ Travel Belt & A compact flash card from Samy's Camera

Best Student Sports Photograph: Third Place
Mike Burley, Brooks Institute of Photography
Jason Repko, outfielder for the Las Vegas 51's, Los Angeles Dodgers AAA team, warms up before a game against the St. Louis Red Birds, the Cardinal's AAA affiliate, during a home game at Cashman Stadium in Downtown Las Vegas.
Awarded: Think Tank Photo/Modulus component & Pixel Pocket Rocket

Best Student Sports Photograph: Award of Excellence
Max Morse, Brooks Institute of Photography
Morgan Hill Mustangs shortstop David Barret dives past a grounder during a game on July 6, 2004 in Gilroy, Calif.

Best Student Sports Photograph: Award of Excellence
Sean Gallagher, University of Missouri
Scott Fredrickson of the Proctor Cycling Team leads the pack Sunday afternoon during the category four criterium of the Proctor Cycling Classic in downtown Peoria. Fredrickson finished the race in 21st place.

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