*Contest Results* Photoshop Retouching Contest Sponsored By Nik Software – “Post Apocalypse Nora”

Finally! The day has come to announce the winners of my second photoshop retouching contest (see the original post here). Thanks again to the Nik Software Team for donating our great prizes and for being judges in the contest. Remember, the grand prize winner will receive Nik Software’sComplete Collection Ultimate Edition” which is their bundle of all 6 of their award-winning photographic plug-ins that work in Photoshop, Lightroom, and Aperture. $599.95 suggested retail price. The two honorable mentions will not walk away empty-handed. They will have their choice of any 1 Nik product!

Thanks again to everyone that entered. I received some fantastic and imaginative entries. Your support of this contest ensures that we will have bigger and better contests with more awesome prizes in the future. And now, here are your winners…

THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER

Nathan Smith - www.smithfineart.com

Nik Product/Effect used: Color Efex Pro > Graduated User Defined +Bleach Bypass +Tonal Contrast + Cross Processing (T04)

“We liked this one due to filter usage and the clean masking of Nora.” – Nik Judges

I think this entry was definitely one of the strongest images with the post-apocolypse theme. I like the blurred buildings int he background and the setting sun, created a great sense of depth. His color treatment looks nice and consistent throughout.

 

THE HONORABLE MENTIONS

#1 Filip Osowski –

Nik Product/Effect used: Color Efex Pro > Bleach Bypass

“Loved the creativity of this one. Tyler (our creative manager) loved the circular ring around Nora while the attention to gaming detail had me hooked.” – Nik Judges

Filip entered in the last retouching contest and made runner-up before. He does have some serious talent.

#2 Brent Airey

Nik Product/Effect used: Color Efex Pro > Colorize

“Just really clean and we liked the light source mimicking what you [Douglas Sonders] did in the original. Got dinged a little because it didn’t look “post-apocolyptic” enough (of course I pointed out that the snow might represent ‘nuclear winter.’)” – Nik Judges

This is clean and I thought he did a great job dropping her in the snow and creating a seamless color treatment.

More photos below the break!

OTHER GREAT ENTRIES WORTH SHARING

I loved the drop-ins, environments, and custom colors people used to create new images. Really fun to see how different people creatively deal with the same starting photo.

Entry by Franziska Hennig. This one is so fun. She created an entire "magical" scene.

Entry by Israel Groveman (http://www.israeldavidgroveman.com). How I love zombies. This was a really great entry.

Entry by Fabiano Reani

Entry by Geoffrey Gilson (www.geoffreygilson.net) Love the texture and mud effects. Nice text too!

Entry by Vithaya Phongsavan (www.vithayaphotography.com) Nice camera drop-in!

Entry By Jeremy Korwek (www.tropikalstudios.com)

"Peace Offering" Entry by Christopher Wray (www.chriswray.net)

Entry by Lee Brown www.twitter.com/adaynotwasted

Entry by Lauricio I

 

Entry by Lorimar Esque

9 Responses to “*Contest Results* Photoshop Retouching Contest Sponsored By Nik Software – “Post Apocalypse Nora””

  1. Clint Davis says:

    LOL yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesssss I love love love love the first one. Takes me back to the hours and hours spent playing FF7… and 8, 9, 10..

    • Filip Osowski says:

      Thanks :) My buddy said her hair reminded her of Cloud from FF 7, and then I couldn’t get the idea out of my head, lol. Based the battle system on FF XIII.

  2. How do you not put the person who won first? Very weird, it’s hidden below the honorable mentions. Oh well, at least you put the one first who SHOULD HAVE WON.

  3. Nathan Smith says:

    WOOHOO!! I won! Thanks for the contest.. it was fun. I rarely get to have fun and indulge in creating fantasy type scenes most the time. Might have to make that a personal project now!

  4. I actually had a crack at this but couldn’t find the time to finish it! :( Well done everyone

  5. [...]  Here are the before and after for my second contest submission, which again got a mention in the finals. Images of model Nora Sommerkamp are copyright Douglas Sonders Photography.  All other added [...]

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