The winners of the 2008 Professional Photographer Cover Photo Contest have been announced.
First prize was awarded to Heather Smith of Smith Photo Design in Cumming, Ga. Smith's image will be featured on the cover of the November issue, and in a story inside the issue.
"The image is pure simplicity. And simplicity works on a cover," said contest guest judge Helen Yancy, M.Photog.M.Artist.MEI.Cr.Hon.M.Photog., CPP, API, F-ASP.
The contest drew more than 50,000 entries from photographers around the world. Those who placed or received honorable mention did so against high odds.
The Second Place award went to Heather Leed; Third Place: Marie Labbancz; Fourth Place: Jennifer Fields, and Fifth Place: Laura Wootan.
Honorable Mentions were awarded to Ritz Blanco Rivera, Carrie Sandoval, Rebecca Worple, Kristen Beinke, Andrew Nock, Matt Nicolosi, Dena Strban, David Sacks, Paul Van Hoy II, Carla Nelms, Lindsay Docherty, Bryan Cox, Julie Klaasmeyer, Tania Quintanilla, Desiree Elting, Laura Siebert, Michelle Moore and Ross Bothwell.
The image entries created by this year's winners and honorable mentions can be viewed at this online gallery on our Web site: www.ppmag.com/cover-contest/winners.php. Also, look for the contest article featured in the November issue of Professional Photographer.
The submission period for the 2009 Professional Photographer Cover Contest will open March 1, 2009 and close March 31. For details about next year's competition, please visit www.ppmag.com in 2009.
To view the 2008 winners' gallery online, go to www.ppmag.com/cover-contest/winners.php.