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|| Contest Winners: 2007

Sports Shooter 2007 Contest Winners
The 10th Annual Sports Shooter Contest was judged on March 5, 2008

The judging panel of Wally Skalij (Los Angeles Times), Myung Chun (Los Angeles Times), Matt A. Brown (Los Angeles freelance photographer), Sean Haffey (San Diego Union-Tribune), Michael Goulding (Orange County Register), and Donald Miralle (Southern California freelance photographer) spent an evening at Sports Shooter Academy V working to decide the winners in the contest. The open judging session was moderated by Sports Shooter founder and USA TODAY staff photographer Robert Hanashiro.

The entire judging was open to spectators at Sports Shooter Academy V in Southern California.

The contest was made possible by donations from Lowe Pro and Adorama.

Picture of the Year 2007
Chris Detrick
Provo, UT -- 12/15/07 -- 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. Although Tavernari missed the basket immediately following the eye gouge, he was not injured. Later in the game, he scored back-to-back three-pointers, helping BYU win the game 86-67. Tavernari finished the game with 10 points.

Sports Action: First Place
Jamie Rhodes
Monmouth Park, NJ - 10/27/07: Michael Kinane dismounts from George Washington as the horse breaks down in the Breeders Cup Classic. George Washington was later euthanized due to the broken front leg.

Sports Action: Second Place
Stephen Brashear
Seattle, WA - 9/15/2007: University of Washington Huskies wide receiver Corey Williams (18) is loses his helmet as he is tackled by Ohio State University Buckeyes cornerback Malcolm Jenkins (2) after a reception during the second half of play at Husky Stadium.

Sports Action: Third Place
Rod Mar, Seattle Times
DePaul catcher Jackie Tarulli-Fisher goes horizontal in an effort to catch a bunt by Washington's Alicia Matthews during an opening round game of the NCAA Women's Softball World Series at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA on May 31, 2007.

No College - No Pro: First Place
Scott Strazzante, Chicago Tribune
Chicago, IL- 12/12/2007: The Fenger Academy basketball team readies for practice as the late afternoon sun slices through their high school gymnasium in Chicago.

No College - No Pro: Second Place
Amy Wallot
Montgomery, AL - 5/17/2007: Hokes Bluff's Kody Ledbetter celebrates sliding home to put the Eagles on the scoreboard during the 2007 3A baseball state finals at Paterson Field. Hokes Bluff went on to win the state title.

No College - No Pro: Third Place
Gregg Newton
Hungarian pilot Peter Besenyei of Team Red Bull pulls into a reverse Cuban eight maneuver during the 2007 Air Race World Series in Rio de Janeiro on April 19, 2007. In the background atop Corcovado mountain is the statue of 'Christ the Redeemer'. More than a million spectators watched the race from the area around Botafogo beach in Rio. The statue of Christ was named one of the 'New Seven Wonders of the World' during a phone and internet poll in 2007.

No College - No Pro: Award of Excellence
Trent Nelson
Heber City, UT - 11/02/2007 - Wasatch High School's Forrest Hill, wrapped in the cheerleaders' banner, runs onto the field to start the second half of a playoff game vs. Emery high school football.

Sports Feature: First Place
Albert Dickson/Sporting News
"Better bring your popcorn" Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens celebrates a touchdown against he Green Bay Packers at Texas Stadium in Irving, TX, on Nov. 29, 2007. The Cowboys won 37 - 27 to go 11 - 1.

Sports Feature: Second Place
Sol Neelman
PORTLAND, OR - 6/29/07: College basketball phenom Greg Oden receives a rock star welcome to Portland after being chosen by the Blazers No. 1 overall in the 2007 NBA draft.

Sports Feature: Third Place
Darryl Dyck/Edmonton Sun
Chase Holthe, of Taber, Alta., (left) celebrates his win over Phil Wark, of Edmonton, Alta., during The Fight Club's First Blood mixed martial arts event at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday December 28, 2007.

Sports Feature: Award of Excellence
K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune
June 9, 2007, San Diego, California, USA _ As hundreds of surfers surround her, Cynthia Kauanui spreads the ashes of her son Emery, during a memorial paddle out at WindanSea Beach in La Jolla, California. The 24 year-old professional surfer died as a result of a head injury from a fist fight.

Best Student Sports Photograph: First Place
Ashley Wilkerson, Indiana University
Bloomington, IN - 04/21/07: Indiana University senior Matt Beaulieu of Phi Sigma Kappa (from left) loses control on turn one, as other competitors attempt to avoid the crash including Phi Kappa Sigma's Eric Gibson, Lambda Chi Alpha's Phil Hanneman and Sigma Phi Epsilon's Nic Keneipp, during the 2007 Men's Little 500 Bike Race at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., on April 21, 2007.

Best Student Sports Photograph: Second Place
Ryan Gladstone
Columbia, Mo. - 1/27/2007: After a close loss in his first ultimate fight, William Thorpe rests on a couch under The Blue Note's stage. Other fighters prepare for their own bouts.

Best Student Sports Photograph: Third Place
Sam Adams
Espanola Valley Fan Don Medina holds up his hands in support of his team during a free throw shot with the rest of the crowd during their game against St. Pius High School at the Pit in Albuquerque, N.M., on Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2007. Espanola Valley lost 48-60 in the end.

Best Sports Picture Story: First Place
Steven Achiam
"Sumo Boys"

Best Sports Picture Story: Second Place
Chip Litherland, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"Redneck Games"

Best Sports Picture Story: Third Place
Tim Clayton
"The Extraordinary Land Divers of Pentecost"

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