SPAA crowns 15 winning sports photographers

The Sports Photographers Association of America (SPAA®) – a PMA member association – crowned three winners in five categories in the second annual SPAA Photo Competition during the SPAA 2009 Supplier Luncheon today at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel, Las Vegas, Nev. Each first place winner was awarded a lightweight, 12.1 megapixel Nikon D700 camera body.

Here are the first, second, and third place finishers in all categories:

John Monaco
Monaco – Photo
Lee’s Summit, Mo.
1st Place – Action Outdoor

Kyle Dantzler
Action Portraits
Carrollton, Texas
2nd Place – Action Outdoor

Howard Smith
John C. Pittman Inc.
Easton, Penn.
3rd Place – Action Outdoor

Ralph Thompson
Ralph Thompson Photography
Sacramento, Calif.
1st Place – Action Indoor

Mark Bloom
All Sport Photography
Golden Valley, Minn.
2nd Place – Action Indoor

Howard Smith
John C. Pittman Inc.
Easton, Penn.
3rd Place – Action Indoor

Jayne Oncea
Fast Jayne Photography
Redmond, Ore.
1st Place – Individual Posed

Susan Cooper
Susan Cooper Photography
La Mesa, Calif.
2nd Place – Individual Posed

Duane Shable
Excellent Images Photography LLC
Milliken, Colo.
3rd Place – Individual Posed

Debbie Shable
Excellent Images Photography LLC
Milliken, Colo.
1st Place – Team Posed

Bruce Croft
The Image Gallery
Longview, Texas
2nd Place – Team Posed

Haim Ariav
Glossy Finish Inc.
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
3rd Place – Team Posed

Sandra Pearce
Sandra Pearce Photography
Okeechobee, Fla.
1st Place – Digitally Constructed

Mark Bloom
All Sport Photography
Golden Valley, Minn.
2nd Place – Digitally Constructed

John Witter
Witter Photography
Taylorville, Ill.
3rd Place – Digitally Constructed

The panel of four judges included two professional photographers from Sports Illustrated and two professional sports photographers. Three winning photographs from each category are on display on the Level 2 of the Las Vegas Convention Center, where the educational sessions take place. These images and more will also be posted on the SPAA website the afternoon of March 3. (

Other SPAA activities at PMA 09 include the SPAA Action Photography Shoot-Out, featuring the acclaimed performance troupe, AntiGravity, performing eight times during PMA 09,
Tuesday, March 3, and Wednesday, March 4, at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m., at Booth  P210, on the Level 2 of the trade show. PMA 09 attendees are encouraged to bring their camera and capture the aerial AntiGravity athletics; take their best photo and print it out at the Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America Inc. Booth Q161, and enter to win a trip to PMA 2010.

Major PMA events coming soon:
•    PMA Australia 2009 Imaging Technology Show, June 26-28, 2009, Sydney, NSW, Australia
•    PMA Canada Expo 2009, September 10-12, Toronto, Canada
•    6Sight Future on Imaging Conference, November 10-12, Monterey, Calif.
•    PMA 2010, Feb, 21-23, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, Calif.

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