The Best Sports Photo award attracted only 11 entries and at least three may have been better entered into different categories of news photos or best front pages.

The winners selected understood the need to capture action as it happened, the essence of great sports photography.

Special Mention:

To the River News and the Loxton News. Both entries displayed static shots of winning teams but would have been better suited in news photos or best front page.


The South Eastern Times  “Perfect Timing” football photo and the YP Country Times goal saving photo share third place this year. Both photos captured the intensity of the action of their respective games and congratulations to John (Fred) Luckhurst –Smith and Rod Penna for their dedicated sports photography and patience in waiting for the right shot.


There wasn’t a lot separating the winner and second place this year. Both captured fast action and the photographers were in the right place at the right time.

This year, second place goes to The Leader for the great photo by Bradley Phillips of cricketer Mick Goldsmith only having eyes on the prize.

The appeal and subject matter told the story and was well laid out in the paper’s sport section.

Well done Bradley and the team at The Leader.


The winner this year is the Mount Barker Courier. The dramatic action of the fallen horse and jockey at the Oakbank race meeting over Easter was one of those rare times when a photographer can capture the photo of the year.

In this case Elisa Rose was at exactly the right place to capture the drama. Whilst there were three photos depicting the unfolding drama, the entry was judged only on the large central  photo that took the eye of the reader. Elisa managed to keep the two main subjects in sharp focus in the split second she had to get this prize winning photo.

Congratulations to Elisa and the Mount Barker Courier who have set the bench mark of sports photography in SA country newspapers over many decades.


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Trevor McAuliffe
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