Narrowed down from hundreds of entries through two rounds of community voting, Vince Maidens of Ontario, Canada has been announced as the winner of the PhotographyCorner.com 2010 Photograph of the Year Contest.
Barrie, Ontario, Canada – February 8th, 2011 – The 5th Annual PhotographyCorner.com ( http://www.photographycorner.com
) Photograph of the Year contest, which announced in early December 2010, recently concluded after two rounds of voting by the photography community. Once the votes were tallied, Vince Maidens of Creemore, Ontario, Canada was named the winner of the popular contest. The fifth Photograph of the Year contest held by PhotographyCorner.com, which featured five, high-profile sponsors with over $6,500 in prizes to be won, drew in hundreds of entries and thousands of votes. The top prize awarded to Vince Maidens consists of a variety of photography-related equipment, products and services, software and gift certificates valued at over $1,050, with the remaining prizes given to the top 10 finalists.
Vince Maidens took top honors with his photograph of a Great Horned Owl flying by, looking directly at the camera. The top 10 finalists, in order from 1st runner-up to 9th runner-up include: Kieran O'Connor of New South Wales, Australia; William Lee of Camas, Washington; Bill MacFarlane of ACT, Australia; Saulius Martynaitis of Kaunas, Lithuania; Paula McManus of West Beach, South Australia; Scott Hansen of Seabrook, South Carolina; Scott Williams of Cameron Park, California; Sudip Roychoudhury of Kolkata, India; and Dragos Ioneanu of Copenhagen, Denmark. All submitted entries can now be viewed in the Photo Galleries on PhotographyCorner.com ( http://bit.ly/2010poty
), with the top 30 entries from the final voting round viewable in the Photo Galleries here: http://bit.ly/2010potyfinalists
With over $6,500 in prizes available to be won, and with first prize alone valued at over $1,050, the PhotographyCorner.com 2010 Photograph of the Year contest received hundreds of entries from all over the world. The entries were narrowed down to 177 photographs in 10 voting groups, where the top three entries in each group moved on to the final voting round, which ended on January 27th, 2011.
There are several things that set the contest apart from some of the other “Best of the Year” photography contests. Firstly, winners can be from anywhere in the world, not just limited to the US or Canada, making the contest truly a worldwide photography contest. In fact, some of the past winners are from various places around the world which include the USA, Sweden, the UK, Australia, Canada, Pakistan, Argentina, Israel, Africa, India, Serbia, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia. In addition, instead of having a select group of judges pick a winner, the entire community voted on every photograph, broken down in several rounds. With this unique voting process, every eligible submitted photograph was given a chance to win, not just a select few picked out by judges, giving the community complete power over which photographs were awarded “Best Photograph of 2010.”
In an interview about the Photograph of the Year contest, the owner and founder of PhotographyCorner.com, Tim L. Walker, expressed that "the excitement and unique features of this contest display exactly why PhotographyCorner is such a popular and unique home for photographers on the web. Anyone can enter the contest, and anyone can win. I don’t decide. A bunch of 'professional' judges don’t decide. The community decides. They’re the photographers – they should pick the winners." He continued by adding that “it’s encouraging to see such an amazing and diverse group of sponsors step up to reward and encourage photographers from around the world. With over $6,500 in prizes, the winners have added thousands of dollars worth of equipment, software and services to their arsenal, allowing them to further improve their photography – and that’s what it’s really all about. Photography enriches all of our lives in one way or another, and contests like this serve to improve the photography we see all around us every day.”
The 5 contest sponsors, including lead sponsor PrintedArt.com, have offered up an amazing collection of cash and prizes ( http://bit.ly/2010potyprizes
) that includes software, equipment, gift certificates, camera bags and more. The contest rules, and all information about the contest can be found at http://www.photographycorner.com/201...ph-of-the-year
PhotographyCorner.com is a leading photography resources portal for photographers, which includes member-written articles, tutorials, forums, a community photo gallery, a photography directory, a photography blog, and a collection of photography projects. The site runs a monthly Photograph of the Month contest and numerous Contest Corner Challenges, as well as providing an area of the site for photographers to receive constructive criticism of their work in the Critiques Corner. PhotographyCorner.com was launched in March 2004.
PrintedArt operates a fine art photography collection and is selling it as finished artwork through its web store ( http://www.printedart.com/collection
) and other outlets. The discerning buyer can purchase exclusive images in gallery-grade printing and mounting for a clean, frameless look in small, medium and large formats. Every image can be printed at customer demand in sizes up to 60 x 90 inches. Choices of material include acrylic finish, aluminum dibond mounting, canvas prints and regular prints on archival quality inkjet paper. Every image in the collection is sold with a certificate of authenticity. PrintedArt also makes its advanced display material available to photographers via its online photolab ( http://www.printedart.com/printorder
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. Tim L. Walker can be reached at 1.888.427.8299 or via email at email@example.com
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