Before we announce, we have to say - these images just keep getting better and better! It was such a tough call from our judges, and extremely difficult to narrow down from the amazing amount of images that were submitted - over 800 images!! WOW!!!
So, with that said - let's get down to business and announce our winners:
First Place Tie: Jeff Tamagini
For the first time ever we had a tie for 1st place, and ironically, they were both by the same photographer! Congrats Jeff! We had the pleasure of meeting Jeff a while back as well as a previous Photoshop World. This guy may look like a rocker, but he has a heart of gold! This guy loves to learn and can't wait to take his photography to the next level!
"WOW! I can't believe I not only won but tied myself! Every Photoshop World the Westcott booth is my favorite place to hang out. Not only because I get to shoot all these cool setups but I get to talk shop with all the people involved from Westcott and all the other talented photographers that stop by, it really is the watercooler of the show floor! I remember trying to just get a clear view of this model because EVERYONE was shooting her, seriously there were like 100 people around. When Erik Valind just said, dude, you are you, shove your way in there like only you can and get the shot. I guess I nailed it! See you all in D.C.!!!"
Second Place: Mike Wiacek
Congrats to Mike! We met Mike a few PSW's ago! Great guy as well as an eagerness to learn more and more about photography! Can't wait to see what you do with the Spiderlites!
"This is amazing, thank you so much!! The FJ Westcott booth at Photoshop World is an absolute highlight of the conference. It's great to get to work with the Westcott Top Pros and the great lighting setups. I can't wait to check it out next year!"
Third Place: Caryn Esplin
We met Caryn this year at Photoshop World, and can we say - she is amazing person! She is hungry for education and a teacher as well! Such a great mix! We hope you had an amazing time at PSW and hope to see you again!
Thank you, Westcott! I am honored to be selected from so many amazing entries. It was so fun to participate in this contest with your incredible equipment and excellent models. Thank heavens you provide this venue for us to get some shooting in, while we are learning and exploring the Expo. I brought 20 students with me and we all loved your booths. Thanks to you, we all have some awesome new portraits for our portfolios and websites. Some of my students were so impressed with your continuous lights they purchased the green screen and lighting sets so they can get started with their own portrait studios. We also plan to demo them in my classes at BYU-Idaho. I look forward to seeing you in D.C. for some more fun!