PhotographyCorner.com Announces Winston Rockwell as Winner for 2006 Photograph of the Year Contest

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Narrowed down from hundreds of entries through two rounds of community voting, Winston Rockwell has been announced as the winner for the PhotographyCorner.com 2006 Photograph of the Year Contest.

The PhotographyCorner.com (http://www.photographycorner.com) 2006 Photograph of the Year contest, announced December 19th, 2006, concluded Wednesday after two rounds of voting by the photography community by naming Winston Rockwell as the winner of the contest. The first Photograph of the Year contest held by PhotographyCorner.com, which featured ten, high-profile sponsors with over $14,000 in prizes to be won, drew in hundreds of entries and thousands of votes. The top prize given to Winston Rockwell consists of a variety of photography-related equipment, software, clothing, a web site, gift certificates and cash is valued at over $3.500, with the remaining prizes given to the top 10 finalists.

Winston Rockwell, from Kirkland, Washington, took top honors with his photograph titled "Refraction." The top 10 finalists, in order from 1st runner-up to 9th runner-up include Dan Braam, from New Ulm, Minnesota, with his photograph titled "Summer Reflections," Rozilynn Mitchell, from Las Cruces, New Mexico, with her photograph titled "Savannah," Matthew Burrard-Lucas, from Kent, UK, with his photograph titled "Blue Tit in Flight," Shane Harden, from KingsMills, Ohio, with his photograph titled "Wonderful World," Bob Garas, from Clermont, Florida, with his photograph titled "Vary Berry," Gary Winger, from Sevierville, Tennessee, with his photograph titled "Roaring Fork Cascade," Gerry Priest, from St Andrews, Fife, UK, with his photograph titled "Cathedral Morning," Stacy Niedzwiecki, from Rockford, Michigan, with her photograph titled "Wild Waves," and Mel Brackstone, from Mt Ommaney, Queensland, Australia, with her photograph titled "Setting the Crab Pots". All submitted entries can now be viewed in the Photo Galleries on PhotographyCorner.com ( http://www.photographycorner.com/galleries/showgallery.php/cat/718 ), with the top 15 entries viewable in the Photo Galleries here: http://www.photographycorner.com/galleries/showgallery.php/cat/928.

Although PhotographyCorner.com has been running Photograph of the Month challenges for over 2 years, 2006 marks the first year the dominant photography resources site has put on a Photograph of the Year contest. With over $14,000 in prizes available to be won, and with first prize alone valued at over $3,500, the PhotographyCorner.com 2006 Photograph of the Year contest received hundreds of entries from all over the world. The entries were narrowed down to 135 photographs in 15 voting groups, where the top entry in each group moved on to the final voting round, which ended on January 31st, 2007.

There are several things that set the contest apart from some of the other "Best of 2006" photography contests. Firstly, winners can be, and were, from all over the world, not just limited to the US or Canada, making the contest truly a worldwide photography contest. In fact, their most recent Photograph of the Month winner was from Portugal, with other past winners from various places around the world including the USA, Canada, the UK, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Israel, New Zealand, South Africa and Indonesia. In addition, instead of having a select group of judges pick a winner, the entire community voted on every photograph. 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 are awarded "Best of 2006."

In a recent interview, 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 stuffy judges don't decide. The community decides. They're the photographers - they should pick the winner." He continued by adding that "It's great to see the photography community step up to the plate for a contest like this. The sponsors have been fantastic donating a great variety of prizes for the winners, and it's always great to give away prizes to deserving photographers. Photographs enrich our lives, and helping photographers to become inspired and get better benefits the community as a whole."

The 10 contest sponsors, including ImageAlign.com, Proimageguide.com, iStockphoto.com and Bibblelabs.com, have offered up an amazing collection of cash and prizes (http://www.photographycorner.com/2006-photograph-of-the-year-prizes) that includes software, equipment, cash, clothing, gift certificates, web sites and more. The contest rules can be found at http://www.photographycorner.com/2006-photograph-of-the-year-rules, and all information about the contest can be found at http://www.photographycorner.com/photograph-of-the-year.

About http://www.PhotographyCorner.com

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 news blog, and a collection of photography projects. The site runs a monthly Photograph of the Month contest and sixteen yearly 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.

About ImageAlign.com

Grasshopper/ImageAlign specializes in lens distortion correction software. Its flagship product, ImageAlign PRO uses breakthrough technology to correct lens and barrel distortion. It covers any natural perspective distortions or special effects distortion, using an intuitive user interface.

About Proimageguide.com

Proimageguide is a professional dynamic database driven website solution for hosting your photography portfolio or sharing photos. Your entire website is managed through a simple web interface from uploading photos, password protecting photo galleries, or completing client orders through an integrated PayPal shopping cart.

About iStockphoto.com

iStockphoto® is the world's preeminent collection of member-generated royalty-free images, at the world's best prices. There are no subscription fees or extra costs. Just the best Stock Photography, Vector illustrations, and Flash files online, at prices for everyone.

About BibbleLabs.com

Bibble Labs produces Bibble Pro and Bibble Lite Digital RAW Workflow and image manipulation software. Operating for over 6 years, Bibble Labs is the oldest independent RAW Conversion software company, and we are committed to creating software to allow you to get the most from your digital images.

For more information, please visit http://www.PhotographyCorner.com and http://www.photographycorner.com/photograph-of-the-year. Tim L. Walker can be reached at 647.883.0436 or via email to answer any questions.

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