Today, there are nine Photoshop World attendees in Boston that have reason to cheer and celebrate, because during the opening ceremony of the conference, Scott Kelby and Larry Becker announced the Guru Awards winners for the east coast Photoshop World Conference & Expo. The Guru Awards are a special Photoshop competition exclusively for conference attendees and is widely considered one of the most prestigious and coveted awards in the international digital imaging industry.

Guru Awards Winners – Boston, 2007
Winning images can be viewed here

Best of Show:
Matt Zumbo – “Cowbucks Poster”

Artistic Category:
Scott Montgomery – “Stewart Island”

Commercial Category:
Eduardo Rizo – “Garibaldy”

Illustration Category:
Daniel Johnson – “Shoreline Construction”

Photo Montage Category:
Michael Green – “Dark Thief”
Photo Restoration Category:
Laura Behnke – “A Day in the Life”

Photo Retouch Category:
Luis Ramirez – “They Needed a Little Help”

Photography Category:
Stephen Power – “Copper Kettle”

Vincent Versace Award:
Judy Morse – “Molokai Infrared”

Winners were selected from more than 300 entries by Photoshop User art director Felix Nelson, and NAPP president Scott Kelby, after several rounds of judging and deliberations. Felix Nelson said the following of selecting the winners, “Picking the Guru Awards winners is always a challenge, but this time was it was even more difficult because of the amount of creative works submitted by so many extraordinarily talented Photoshop artists, photographers, and designers. The pieces finally selected as category winners were definitely the best-of-the-best and showed true creative vision and innovation.”

Winners in each of the seven categories are presented with a Guru Award and a Logitech MX Revolution wireless laser mouse from CDW, the Guru Awards official sponsor. The Best of Show winner will receive an extra Canon Rebel XTi kit courtesy of CDW. The Vincent Versace Award winner will receive an extra Epson 2400 Printer kit courtesy of Epson. Guru Awards winners work will appear in a future issue of Photoshop User magazine. Finalists in each category receive a finalist certificate, suitable for framing.

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