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|| News Item: Posted 2006-01-25

Sports Shooter News & Notes
By Sports Shooter staff

Annual Contest Deadline February 5, 2006

Better hurry! The deadline for the Sports Shooter Annual Contest is midnight (Pacific Time) Super Bowl Sunday Feb. 5, 2006.

The Sports Shooter Annual Contest is sponsored by Nikon and Samy's Camera.

This year's contest will feature five categories, plus the Photo of the Year:
1) Best Action Photo
2) No Pro, No College
3) Best No Ball ("sports features")
4) Sports Picture Story
5) Student Sports Photo
6) Photograph of the Year

The "Best Action Photo" is any image depicting game action on the field of play or within the arena or stadium holding the event.

"No Pro, No College" entries should be images from a sports event that does not involve a professional or major college team. This could be high school, junior college or even little league events.

"Best No Ball" is a feature category and can be any image that does center on a ball (or puck). The spirit of the category is "sports features" and includes photographs like jubilation and dejection as well as portraits.

Our "Student Sports Photo" category is open to FULL-TIME students or students working in an internship and have NOT GRADUATED at the time the entry was made. Entries for this category can be any sports - related images, action or feature.

A new category this year is "Sports Picture Story". Entries in this category 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 2005.

Who Can Enter:
The Sports Shooter Contest is open to newsletter subscribers and members of only.

If you receive the monthly e-mail version of the Sports Shooter Newsletter, you are eligible to enter the contest. If you've been reading Sports Shooter on the web only, you can subscribe via and request to be placed on the mailing list. members in good standing are also eligible to enter.

I recommend that you look at previous winners of this contest before entering. To see last year's winners go here:

2003 Picture of the Year: Everyone is a winner at the Little League World Series, as East Boynton Beach catcher Andrew Weaver (18) is thrown up in the air by the team Asia to celebrate a well-played Little League World Series.
We recommend all images be prepared in Adobe Photoshop. Images should be sized at 72 DPI with the largest dimension NO LARGER than 15 inches. Files should be saved as JPEGs at a quality setting of 8 (or medium). Check baseline optimized when saving if available.

File Name:
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 it's to be entered in: 1 - Best Action Photo; 2 - No Pro, No College; 3 - Best 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" = Best No Ball 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.)

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.

Los Angeles, CA - 3/9/2005: Seattle forward Rashard Lewis throws down a slam dunk over Kobe Bryant during the first half of the Supersonic's 142 - 138 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. Photo by Rod Mar, The Seattle Times.

Also in the "Caption Writer" field in File Info, type in your e-mail address. This is very important ... your email address must be included within the File Info of your entry!

Submitting your entry:
Entries are to be submitted by e-mail and must be received by midnight (Pacific Time) on Feb. 5, 2006. Entries are limited to 10 per photographer. A picture story counts as a single entry. Email entries to:

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 a killer prep football photograph in the "Best Action" category and also enter it in "Best No Ball". Entries in the sports picture story category can be entered in a single photo category.

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. Send entries to:

Double-Check Your Entry
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.

Failure to follow the entry rules could result in the disqualification of your entry.

Judging of the contest will be announced in February, with the finals open to the public to observe.

Check out videos from previous Annual Contest judging sessions in the Special Features area:

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Canon Shooters Going to Torino

Canon will be providing camera repair service, sensor cleaning, and emergency loan equipment services to accredited photographers covering the Torino Olympics. Canon will be operating along with Kodak as they have done at past Olympic games.

USA based photographers are urged to arrange for any last minute service check ups or loan equipment with Canon Professional Services here in the USA before they leave for Italy. Canon pro services can best be reached by email at

Photographers should plan on taking everything they need for shooting with them to the games, as the supply of Canon loan equipment will be very limited, and will be intended for use as service back up equipment. Canon USA Pro Market Reps David Carlson and Erik Allin will be working at the Canon facility throughout the games and will be available for photographers for any questions regarding problems, operational details, software, etc.

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Sports Shooter Academy Filled; Applications for Waiting List Available

Applications are still being accepted for the upcoming Sports Shooter Academy, April 5 - 9, 2006, but all of the available spaces have been filled and all new applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

Those applicants that are accepted onto the waiting list will be given priority notification of the next Sports Shooter Academy.

This hands-on shooting workshop will give participants real-world experience covering NCAA Division I events. At the end of each day, participants will edit their work under the guidance of the Academy faculty and receive detailed critiques.

In addition to Big West Conference events like baseball, track & field, tennis, softball and volleyball, participants will have the opportunity to cover Los Angeles Kings hockey, Los Angeles Clippers basketball and pro beach volleyball.

For more information and a link to download the application form:

The Sports Shooter Academy is sponsored by Nikon.

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