November 6, 2006
New York, NY–O’Reilly Media announced the winners of the Photoshop Cook-Off Contest at PhotoPlus Expo 2006. Grand Prize Winner Suzanne Pitts and ten additional winners in five categories were selected from hundreds of submissions created by Photoshop aficionados.
Entrants excitedly responded to the opportunity to “cook” their digital entries using “recipes” from any of five O’Reilly Cookbooks. “What’s so wonderful about the Cook-Off contest is that everyone’s a winner,” says Betsy Waliszewski, who organized the contest along with Cookbook’ editor Edie Freedman. “The O’Reilly recipes used to manipulate the images stirred the creative visions of photographers at all levels, from enthusiasts to seasoned professionals.”
A panel of fifteen A-list photographers–including O’Reilly authors Mikkel Aaland, Peter Krogh, Ken Milburn, and Eddie Tapp–chose the winning entries. The winning images range from Pitts’ arresting black-and-white photo of a ballet trio to a fancifully surreal image of a flower budding from a peeled orange.
Pitts, the grand prizewinner, received a prize package worth more than $9,600, including a digital camera and printer. The five category winners were awarded packages worth more than $3,000 each. The total value of sponsors’ prizes exceeds $27,000. Cook-Off Sponsors included Adobe, iStockPhoto, Lowepro, and Epson. Learn more about all the winners here, http://digitalmedia.oreilly.com/contest/winners.csp.
Other important details about the contest winners, judges, and sponsors are available here:
All entries were created using recipes from one or more of the five O’Reilly Photoshop Cookbooks:
Photoshop Retouching Cookbook for Digital Photographers http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/photoretouch/index.html
Photoshop Blending Modes Cookbook for Digital Photographers http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/photoblend/index.html
Photoshop Photo Effects Cookbook
Photoshop Filter Effects Encyclopedia
Photoshop Fine Art Effects Cookbook