Photojournalism Student Wins First Student Sports Shooter Annual Portfolio Competition

Senior Patrick Fallon’s Sports Portfolio is Selected out of 118 Entries

By Dolores Obregon
Planning and Communications Staff

Columbia, Mo. (April 22, 2011) — Patrick Fallon, a senior photojournalism student, won the first Student Sports Shooter Portfolio Competition. Hosted by the Sports Shooter Academy, this award recognizes the best student and professional sports photographers of 2010.

Patrick T. Fallon
Patrick T. Fallon Photo: Joel Kowsky.

“I really enjoyed the way the winner got us into the photographs,” said one of the judges, Southern California freelance photographer Matt Brown.

The Sports Shooter Academy, a hands-on workshop that gives participants the opportunity to cover NCAA Division I sports under the guidance of a faculty of award-winning photographers in Southern California, hosts the Sports Shooter Annual Contest every year. SportsShooter.com members were eligible to enter the contest. This year’s competition was different from previous years.

“I wanted to change up the Sports Shooter Annual Contest and thought the best way to select the top sports shooter was to judge them through a body of work,” said Robert Hanashiro, founder of the Sports Shooter Academy. “The Sports Shooter Annual Portfolio Competition is born.”

Fallon’s portfolio was selected out of 118 entries. All student participants had to submit a portfolio comprised of at least 10 photos that exhibit their versatility as a sports photographer.

“We had a wide variety of work submitted,” Hanashiro said. “Images from youth sports all the way through the Winter Olympics were part of the portfolio entries.”

For his winning portfolio, Fallon will receive a Think Tank Airport International rolling camera bag.

The finals of the judging were held at the Wilshire Theater on the campus of Fullerton College in California. The judges for the finals included Michael Goulding and Paul Rodriguez from the Orange County Register; Mark Boster of the Los Angeles Times; and Southern California freelance photographer Matt Brown.

Updated: May 29, 2020

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