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I wanted to extend my congratulations to the 2007 winners of the Photoshop User Awards, the worldwide Photoshop competition (produced by the National Assn. of Photoshop Professionals).

We’re sending this year’s Best of Show winner (and a companion) to Maui, Hawaii (including roundtrip airfare, hotel, transfers, and daily expenses) for inspiration in creating the cover image for an upcoming issue of Photoshop User magazine. And this year’s Grand Prize winner is…

Gregory Carter, of Santa Ana, California for his winning entry, “Take the Field”

The winner in each category receives a prize package, valued at over $2,500 from competition sponsors: B&H Photo, Imagenomics, Peachpit Press, Kelby Training, Layers magazine, and of course NAPP. And, the winning image in each category will appear in a special issue of Photoshop User magazine.

Here’s a list of this year’s category Winners (you can see the Best of Show, and the category winner’s artwork here):

  • Artistic Category
    Stian Johansen
    of Norway
  • General Photography
    Christopher Sellers of Los Angeles, California
  • General Photoshop Category
    Den Cops of London, England
  • Illustration Cateogry
    Eugene Ash of Richmond, California
  • Wedding/Portrait Category
    Susi Lawson of Wytheville, Virginia
  • Landscape/Travel Category
    Jared Martin of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Composites/Collaging Category
    Adam Daniels of Tampa, Florida
  • Advertising Design Category
    Jose Luis and Claudia Turueno/Sotelo
    Mexico
  • Photo Restoration Category
    Karen Metrin of Lake Mary, Florida
  • Student Work
    Deeneshen Sabapathee of Mauritius
  • Photo Retouching
    Mike Tompkins of Palmetto, Florida

My congratulations to all this year’s winner. I wonder where we’ll send the 2008 winners? Hmmmmm. So far we’ve sent them to Paris, Rome, and Maui, Hawaii. Hey, it’s a big world out there, right? :-)