iStockphoto has announced the ten winners in its second annual Punctum Day awards. The company says that 'Punctum' refers to a profound reaction an excellent image creates. The finalists were shortlisted by the three and a half million-strong iStock community, and a panel of guest judges selected the winners, who hail from seven different countries. The Photo of the Year, Late Trash, is a creation by Trent Bell (TrentBell) of Biddeford, Maine.
The 50 finalists for five of the categories were selected from over one million photos, vectors, videos, Flash files, and design submissions newly uploaded in the last year. The judging panel selecting the winners included Warren Cook, creative director with Jamison Advertising Group based in San Diego, California; Sandra Castanha, creative director at Ferrier Pearce, a creative design agency based in Surrey, UK; and Brad Hochberg, co-director and president of award winning The Refinery, based in Burbank, California.
The winning contributors were:
Photo of the Year: Trent Bell (TrentBell) of the US with Late Trash.
Vector of the Year: Bekir Gürgen (begur) of Turkey with cat and child.
Video of the Year: Tomasz Dega (creativeballs) of Poland with party teddys.
Flash File of the Year: Alexandra Mikhnevich (Mahno) of Russia with Miracle of makeup.
Design of the Year: Anthony McGovern (Atomic77) of Australia with Adobe Online eSeminars.
Most Deserving of a New Camera: Danish Khan (danishkhan) of Pakistan.
Most Improved Contributor of the Year – Ronnie Sampson (viridian1) of the US.
The Punctum Day awards category winners will each receive US$5,000 (£270), with the exception of the winner of 'Most Deserving of a New Camera' award, who receives a Canon EOS 5D with lenses valued at $5,000.