2008 Better Newspaper Contest — Sports Photo


Division 2 Dailies 7,001 to 99,999
Division 3 Dailies 7,000 or Less
Division 4 Semiweeklies 4,001 or More
Division 5 Semiweeklies 4,000 or Less
Division 6 Large Weeklies
Division 7 Medium Large Weeklies
Division 8 Medium Weeklies
Division 9 Small Medium Weeklies
Division 10 Small Weeklies

Sports Photo

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Division 2 Large Dailies

1. The Galveston County Daily News — “Biggio” by Kevin M. Cox. Great composition. Tremendous emotion. You captured the moment with taste and bravado! “Four!” by Jennifer Reynolds. Applaud your efforts to find emotion in sports. Good job leaving others in the photo. Huggers drew me to the photo. Teammates helped complete the shot. Nice job.

2. Victoria Advocate — by T.C. Baker. “Turkey gobbler” A good moment but photo quality or reproduction wasn’t strong enough. Nice job on composition. “Heat warning” I love this photo. It’s so well done it takes me right to the moment. Top notch.

3. Odessa American — by Kevin Buehler. “Hockey” Good hockey shot. These are difficult to get. Reproduction a bit weak. “Rodeo” Way to go. A different rodeo angle. My attention was on this photo.

4. The Beaumont Enterprise — “Hockey” by Mark M. Hancock. Excellent hockey action. He hid the puck alright. I couldn’t find it. Nice clean photo. “Baseball” by Andrew Nenque. Childish exuberance makes this photo unforgettable. Larger and color would have made it a stronger contender.

Division 3 Small Dailies

1. The Banner-Press, Brenham — by Melissa McCaghren. “Baseball” As a reaction shot it’s okay, at least it was something other than a standard shot, more expression on their faces would have helped but what can you do? “Football” The best action shot in the category.

2. Plainview Daily Herald — by Richard Porter. “Soccer” Nice action and expression. Would like to have seen tighter cropping and used bigger. “The gauntlet” Nice to see something other than standard action, well composed.

3. Waxahachie Daily Light — “Football deflected” by Neal White. A bit soft because of slow shutter speed. Don’t like red eye. Good moment. “Football camp” by Tommy Brown. Nice close action. Would be nice to have names of boys.

4. Vernon Daily Record — by Charles Ashley. “Unhatted and unseated” Photos shared a common theme of competitor losing something. “Going shoeless” The shoe on right actually hurts composition because of all the space with nothing in it on right side of photo. I do not like red eye in night football photos.

Division 4 Large Semiweeklies

1. Wise County Messenger — by Joe Duty. “Up and away” and “Chin music” Both photos show nice tight action. Like seeing the ball in baseball action photo.

2. The Boerne Star — by Kerry Barboza. “Softball home plate” Good caption details helped this entry. Really liked the second base tag moment but wondered if a tighter crop was needed — narrow horizontal. “Softball tag”

3. Williamson County Sun — by Russell Rinn. “Height of success” Face shows the power it takes to get over the high bar. Good composition and lens selection. “Football catch”

4. El Campo Leader-News — “A stretch for the catch” by Kris Bagley. Best of the two. “Flying in formation” by Shannon Crabtree.

Division 5 Small Semiweeklies

1. The Monitor, Mabank — by Kerry Yancey. “Desperate reach” The perfect shot — ball in tight, kids faces complete this tremendous photo. Nice job. “Shortstop” Great action. Darker reproduction would have enhanced photo but a great shot.

2. Lampasas Dispatch Record — by Gabe Wolf. “A blast” A nice moment. “LMS and LHS” Good idea for the silhouette. Good attentive competitor.

3. The Highlander, Marble Falls — by Nick Talbot. “Kicking it cowboy” Average rodeo shot but a strong moment. “Pony leaguer” Composition strong, kids face executed.

4. The Light & Champion, Center — “Running back” by Ray Jackson. Strong color and size on an average photo. “Tackle” by John Krueger. Missing ball hurts photo but color and long line of tacklers help.

Division 6 Large Weeklies

1. Rockdale Reporter — by Ken Esten Cooke. “Kicked out” Nice! “Panthers escape” Would like to have seen something other than standard football shot for 2nd photo.

2. Silsbee Bee — “Football” by Brent Guidry. Perfect peak action. “Basketball” by Michael Dickert. Hurt a bit by quality.

3. Pleasanton Express — by Daniel Elizondo. “Gone in a flash” I would crop differently, make more horizontal. “Track” Hilarious.

4. Mineola Monitor — by Gary Edwards. “Baseball at plate” Too bad this wasn’t closer, it’s a photo that makes me want to see something with better action. “Baseball bubble” One of the best shots in category, the bubble combined with good action makes it. Should be cropped tighter.

Division 7 Medium Large Weeklies

1. The Countywide, Karnes City — by Joe Baker. “Football” Nice shot of Perez. Too bad you didn’t center him and give him room to run to the left of the photo. “Track” Good use of photo and text.

2. The Pittsburg Gazette — by David Jantzi. “Track” You really show Wright’s determination. Next time, leave more photo on the bottom to show some elevation. “Soccer” Great shot. Captures the essence of soccer.

3. West Austin News — by Graham Staniforth. “Track” Good, clear shot. “Football” Action you don’t often see in a football shot.

4. The Community News, Aledo — by Albert D. Villegas. “Pole vault” Good angle on this shot. “Soccer” Ouch. You could have cropped this just above her head. Cutting off the heads of the opponents takes away from the action.

Division 8 Medium Weeklies

1. Hill Country Community Journal, Kerrville — by Stuart Cunyus. “Football upend” Great action picture. Crop is good. Too bad Matt’s face isn’t more visible. “Football runner” “I want those yards” — great picture of determination. Love to see faces in sports photos.

2. The Springtown Epigraph — by Paula Campbell. “Football” Good action. Tough field to get enough light on. Good crop. Reproduction not too bad. “Softball” Clear picture, great use of depth of field to make subject pop off the page.

3. Rockwall County News — “In the swim” by Carl McClung. Nice action photos. Would have been better with a little more room in front of her. “State representative” by Cliff Gibson. Acrobatic action.

4. Lake Country Sun, Graford — “Volleyball” by Kaycee Smith. Action, yes, but not much else going for it. Nearly kept entry from placing. “Basketball” by Tony Eierdam. Great reproduction, action and composition. This photo save the entry.

Division 9 Small Medium Weeklies

1. The Albany News — by Donnie Lucas. “Track” Great composition. Both runners in step and off the ground. Neat shadows on the track. “Football” Superb shot. Love the runner’s face.

2. The Citizen, Clear Lake — by Kar Hlava. “Baseball” Good action. A face on slide could have made this much stronger. “Football” Good face, great action.

3. Desoto Today — by Chris Hudson. “Basketball” Great action shot. Too bad you didn’t play the photo much larger. “Hurdles” Good action, a little out of focus.

4. Normangee Star — by Hank Hargrave. “Basketball” Nice action. “Football” Focus could have been crisper. Good action.

Division 10 Small Weeklies

1. Murphy Monitor — “Long jump” by Shiela K. Haynes. Good headline in the photo. Good action. “Football” by Roosevelt Joubert. Look at those eyes! Great catch — for the photographer too.

2. The Brackett News — by Leigh Volcsko. “Softball” Good action, crisp and clear. Use depth of field to your advantage and blur the background. “Tiny tackle” Oh to be young again and enthusiastic! Superb shot of exuberance and fun.

3. The Gazette, Alvord — by Crystal Carroll. “Track” Good action, nice “setting the scene” shot of state level competition. “Football” Good use of text and photo, good action.

4. The Rosebud News — by Brenda Allison. “Track” Great photo, really shows the action and determination. “Football” Need to see the ball carrier’s face.