iStockphoto Celebrates Creative Professionals With Punctum Day Awards and Prizes Totalling Over $40,000



    CALGARY, ALBERTA, September 4 /CNW/ - iStockphoto, the world's busiest
image market, has announced the seven winners in its first Punctum Day awards.
'Punctum' refers to a profound reaction an excellent image creates. The
finalists were shortlisted by the two million-strong iStock community, and a
panel of guest judges selected the winners, who hail from six different
countries. The Photo of the Year, "Lettucehead," is a creation by Byll
Williams (Byllwill) of Santa Monica, Calif., and showcases the innovation and
vision of iStockphoto's contributors.

    Asked what influenced his creativity, Williams explained, "Creative
passion is a path in the woods. If you do not take time to walk the path every
day, pretty soon there will be no path at all."

    The 50 finalists for five of the categories were selected from over one
million photos, vectors, videos, Flash Files, and design submissions. The
judging panel selecting the winners included John Rees, a household name in
photography and design, Jeff Howe, the guru of crowdsourcing and contributing
editor of Wired magazine, and Scott Kelby, the editor of Photoshop User
Magazine, best-selling author, and professional photographer and designer.

    The winning contributors were:

    1. Photo of the Year: Byll Williams (Byllwill) of the US with Lettucehead
http://www.istockphoto.com/file_closeup?id=2419694

    2. Vector of the Year: Andre Jolicoeur (Doodlemachine) of Canada with
Scardy Spider http://www.istockphoto.com/file_closeup?id=2092582

    3. Video of the Year: Piotr Podermanski (Akurra) of Poland with Crowd in
a Droplet http://www.istockphoto.com/file_closeup?id=3349747

    4. Flash File of the Year: Kateryna Davydenko (Bubert) of Ukraine with
Curtain http://www.istockphoto.com/file_closeup?id=3103298

    5. Design of the Year: Benny Yarnell (BlueObjectDesign) of the US with
DC10 Glamour ad
http://www.istockphoto.com/design_spotlight_details.php?ID=11466

    6. Most Deserving of a New Camera: Tina Lorien (t-lorien) of Italy:
http://www.istockphoto.com/user_view.php?id=259713

    7. Most Improved Contributor of the Year - Carmen Martinez Banus (Maica)
of Spain: http://www.istockphoto.com/user_view.php?id=429006

    Bruce Livingstone, founder and CEO of iStockphoto, commented: "The
standards of the images, vectors and videos in the final selection were
fantastic. Lettucehead is a truly outstanding image, making excellent use of
movement, color and space, and reflects true Photoshop wizardry." He
continued, "The global reach of the finalists made the decision for each award
difficult as the content varied widely. The winners of each category have
excelled in their art and have been recognized by the diverse iStock
community."

    The Punctum Day awards category winners will each receive $5,000, with
the exception of the winner of "Most Deserving of a New Camera" award, who
will receive a Canon EOS 5D with lenses valued at $5,000.

    About iStockphoto

    iStockphoto, www.istockphoto.com, is the world's busiest image market,
with an image downloaded every 2.5 seconds. iStock pioneered the micropayment
phenomenon in this industry, enabling buyers to license images for as little
as a dollar. iStockphoto entered the stock video market with similarly
enticing price points in September of 2006. In partnership with its members,
iStockphoto has turned community into commerce, transforming the digital
imagery market by encouraging passionate dialogue and education, while making
imagery affordable to businesses that may not have licensed imagery otherwise.
iStockphoto is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and is a
wholly-owned subsidiary of Getty Images.




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For further information: iStockphoto Kara Udziela, PR Director,
503-260-0441 kara@istockphoto.com

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