On August 4, 2009, we launched the Photofocus Emerging Photographer of the Year Award – http://photofocus.com/2009/08/04/update-on-the-emerging-photographer-of-the-year-award/

We received too many entries to count. We processed what we think is a great field of finalists. All 24 are amazing photographers and frankly, we wish we could give them each the grand prize package. But, we can’t.

We have an amazing array of prizes worth much more than $5000. Here’s the list:

1. Copy Aperture $199
2. Copy Nik Complete Collection $299
3. Think Tank Rotation 360 Backpack $279
4. $500 cash from Bourne Media Group
5. $500 worth of free consulting from Scott Bourne on Selling/Publishing Photography
5. One year free premium subscription to lynda.com $375
6. Lensbaby Composer $270
7. $500 gift certificate from Red River Paper
8. One Year NAPP Membership $99
9. One year subscription to Layers Magazine $30
10. One free pass to either Photoshop World East or West (Doesn’t include lodging or transportation – just admission) $699
11. One year free Smug Mug Pro Account $150
12. KIBOKO Camera Bag from Gura Gear $400
13. TrekPod Go! PRO $230
14. $500 gift certificate from Outdoor Photo Gear
15. Trek-Tech T-Pod Mini Tripod w/ Ballhead & MagMount STAR Quick Release System $50
16. Xtand iPhone holder by Just Mobile $40
17. BorrowLenses.com $150 gift certificate
18. Nations Photo Lab – $500 gift certificate

We feel like any of our finalists could be worthy, but in the end our panel of judges came to a decision on the first round. We’re proud to announce that Christian del Rosario from Attreo Studio Photography (http://attreostudio.com/about/about.html) is our grand prize winner.

The cornucopia of prizes you see pictured above are on their way this week to Christian and we sincerely hope he can benefit by the award.

It’s been a long and tough road running this contest and we’ve decided to take a year off before we do it again. But look for the same thing in 2011.

Thanks to all who participated and especially thanks as well as congratulations go out to Christian.

Well done. You’re the Photofocus Emerging Photographer of the Year.

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