12th Annual Webby Awards Reveals Winners Of "Webby In Motion" Short Video Contest

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Videos showcased at star-studded gala attended by Stephen Colbert, David Byrne. Grand prize winner received $10,000 and trip to Webby Awards in NYC.

Adobe's tools inspire exactly the kind of digital innovation and ingenuity that we celebrate at Webby Awards.

The 12th Annual Webby Awards revealed the winners of their second annual "Webby In Motion" contest on June 10th, showcasing the ten short videos before an audience of industry luminaries and Webby winners including Stephen Colbert, David Byrne, and will.i.am.

Webby In Motion is sponsored by Adobe Systems Incorporated because of the contest's ability to inspire creative and talented Web designers and developers to produce new engaging, interactive experiences.

Grand prize winner James Rydesky, a motion graphics designer from Orlando, Florida, received $10,000 and a trip to New York City to attend last night's ceremony, including airfare and accommodations for two.

Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 550-person judging academy whose members include Vinton Cerf, Arianna Huffington, Matt Groening, and Harvey Weinstein.

The Webby In Motion contest offered anyone equipped with Adobe® software and a unique vision the opportunity to produce the twenty-second videos used to introduce category clusters during The 12th Annual Webby Awards ceremony. More than 100 submissions were received from around the country,

The following winning videos were selected for each of the ten category clusters:

  •     CONNECTIONS (Blogs, Social Networking, etc.): James Rydesky - Orlando, FL
  •     ENTERTAINMENT (Art, Games, etc.): Nicolas Elizaga - Baltimore, MD
  •     FEATURES (Best Visual Design, Best Home Page, etc.): Mary Snyder - Burbank, CA
  •     LIVING (Lifestyle, Health, etc.): Joshua Balgos - Brooklyn, NY
  •     MARKETPLACE (Automotive, Retail, etc.): David Schwen - Minneapolis, MN
  •     MEDIA (Music, Film, etc.): Fernando Rodriguez - Astoria, NY
  •     SERVICES (Banking, Bill Paying, Travel, etc.): Brandon Sugiyama - Emeryville, CA
  •     SOCIETY (Activism, Politics, etc.): Yong Choe - Lyndhurst, NJ
  •     INTERACTIVE ADVERTISING: Chris Phillips - Cincinnati, OH
  •     MOBILE: Craig Dehner - Fairfield, OH

Rydesky will also receive a copy of the Adobe Creative Suite® 3 Master Collection, a comprehensive creative environment that includes Adobe's award-winning design and development tools, and a one-year subscription to Stash DVD magazine - which will also interview him for a feature article. All finalists will also receive Adobe® Creative Suite® 3 Production Premium.

"The talent and creativity on display in this year's submissions was truly breathtaking, and we are honored to provide ten artists with a prominent platform for their work," said David-Michel Davies, executive director of The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences and The Webby Awards. "Adobe's tools inspire exactly the kind of digital innovation and ingenuity that we celebrate at Webby Awards."

To view the winners of the Webby In Motion contest, visit: http://www.webbyawards.com/adobe.

The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a global organization with over 550 members including musician David Bowie, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, Internet inventor and Google Chief Internet Evangelist Vinton Cerf, "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening, Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser, and fashion designer Max Azria.

For more information on The Webby Awards, please visit http://www.webbyawards.com.

About The Webby Awards:
Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile web sites. Established in 1996, the 12th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 10,000 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide. The Webby Awards is presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: Adobe; The Creative Group; Nokia; .ORG; Level 3; Getty Images; The Barbarian Group; Digital Kitchen; Adweek; Variety; Wired; IDG; Pequot Ventures; Brightcove; PricewaterhouseCoopers; 2advanced.Net; KobeMail and Museum of the Moving Image.

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