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’s “Complete 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.
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.