PRESS RELEASE: PhotoShelter Announces Winners Of Elevation 2008 Student-To-Pro Photo Competition
Five Student Photographers Chosen by Panel of Magazine Art Directors & Photo Editors
NEW YORK, NY, May 7, 2008 -- The PhotoShelter Collection, an online stock photography marketplace where a growing community of 17,000 independent photographers from 130 countries sell their work, today announced the winners of Elevation 2008, PhotoShelter's first annual student-to-pro award and competition. Judged by photo editors and art directors from five of the nation's most notable publications, Elevation 2008 provides the next generation of professional photographers an opportunity to gain exposure to some of the most influential and discriminating eyes in publishing. The five grand prize winners will receive a portfolio - professionally developed, prepared, and critiqued - from the award's sponsors, as well as additional recognition as a featured photographer in the PhotoShelter Collection's May 2008 Editors' Showroom.
The Elevation 2008 panel of judges included Paul Moakley, senior photo editor of Newsweek; Phil Bicker, creative director for The Fader; Michelle Egiziano, director of photography for Spin Magazine; Michele Outland, art director for Nylon Magazine; Stephen Walker, director of photography at Nylon Magazine; and Clinton Cargill, photo editor for the New York Times Magazine.
The five student winners are as follows:
The five winners will receive a comprehensive package to kick start their careers, including a custom 11×14 portfolio with name embossed, courtesy of Brewer-Cantelmo, 30 free portfolio quality prints from AdoramaPix and 100 promo cards designed and printed by SB Design. Winners will also receive a one-on-one portfolio review with a PhotoShelter editor, and a three month free PhotoShelter Personal Archive Standard Account for help with image storage, protection, and sales (a $90 value). Winners will be featured in the May PhotoShelter Editors' Showroom, which is emailed to thousands of image buyers who use the PhotoShelter Collection to find exceptional stock photography. The May Showroom can be found here: www.photoshelter.com/showroom. Winners will also be featured May 12 - 16 on flakphoto.com, a photography blogzine that promotes interesting visual approaches to seeing the world and celebrates the art of exhibiting quality photography online.
" We're thrilled to recognize the 2008 ELEVATION student winners and assist in their transition to the pro level with the help of outstanding judges and sponsors," said Meagan Ziegler-Haynes, Director of Photography of PhotoShelter. "Today's winners should be proud - our distinguished judges felt that their work stood out among hundreds of entries, and now they'll stand out in the market too."
" PhotoShelter aims to create a level playing field for photographers, engage diverse populations of artists in the stock community, and provide fresh images to buyers," said PhotoShelter CEO Allen Murabayashi. "Encouraging students across the world to join our community and helping to promote their work is one example of how we support these goals."
The winning students' images can now be viewed and licensed at www.photoshelter.com.
PhotoShelter is where the world's photographers find new opportunities and liberation from the traditional model of selling their work. The PhotoShelter Collection is a global stock photography marketplace where 17,000 photographers from 130 different countries submit over 4,000 new images daily, for rights-managed and royalty-free licensing. Through PhotoShelter, photographers keep an unprecedented 70% of every sale. The Collection provides image buyers with a freshness that results when accomplished pros and undiscovered hobbyists share their distinct perspectives in an edited collection designed to add diversity and authenticity to any project. PhotoShelter Personal Archive is the leading online solution that enables independent photographers to succeed in selling their images directly to clients. Used by more than 22,000 photographers, Personal Archive provides state-of-the-art tools for image storage and protection, searchable galleries and slideshows and ecommerce capabilities for easy website integration and instant online sales of prints and licenses. A true solution designed to make the business of photography easier to manage - Personal Archive offers security, global accessibility, and advanced marketing tools so photographers can make their images work harder for them.
To join our community, visit www.photoshelter.com.
(First posted on Thursday, May 8, 2008 at 15:14 EDT)