Photoshop User Award Winners Announced

The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) today announced the winners of its 4th annual Photoshop® User Awards - the first and only worldwide competition for Adobe® Photoshop® users. Winners were selected from more than 700 entries in 11 categories. Finalists in each category also competed for Best of Show to win an all expense paid, five-day trip for two to Barcelona, Spain.

Winning images can be viewed here.

Award winners for 2008:
Best of Show: Ciro Marchetti - Florida - Gypsy Dancer
Advertising Design: Jose Luis Santana - Mexico - Tough Chicken
Composites/Collages: Mike Campau - Michigan - Stay Green. Go Red.
General Photography: Michael Whitson - Pennsylvania - Day in the Life
Artistic: Glenn Karlsen â” Norway - Zipperhead
General Photoshop: Steve McGhee - Canada - The Big Swallow
Illustration: Nelsy Adriana Perez Jimenez - Mexico - Dragons
Landscape/Travel: Kajo Merkert - Germany - Coogee Pool
Wedding/Portrait: Paola Jofre - Canada - Strong Boy and Dog Max
Restoration: Janine Smith - Texas - General Worth
Retouching: Steven Cegelski - New York - Believe
Student Work: Romy Yamsuan - Canada - Ultra Badminton

Winners in 11 categories each receive a prize package valued at $2,500 provided by award sponsors - Adobe, NAPP, Layers magazine, Kelby Training, Peachpit, and Mpix. Plus, their winning image will be showcased in a future issue of Photoshop User magazine.

Best of Show winner Ciro Marchetti receives a dream assignment to Barcelona, Spain for him and an assistant of his choice to create a future cover for Photoshop User magazine, the official publication of NAPP. Round trip airfare, hotel accommodations, hotel transfers, and daily expenses for five days are provided by NAPP.



  1. Bob DeChiara 4 February, 2009 at 17:27 Reply

    Congrats to all the winners. It takes plenty of talent and abundance of patience to create such great pieces. Good job to all!!

    (The guy with little patience)

  2. Rme 22 February, 2009 at 03:49 Reply

    RE: Best of Show

    I had always wondered who was the originator of this lovely art when I saw it as the representative art for the “Tarot Connection” podcast.

    I did not know that it was created in Photoshop and I wondered if it was created in the likeness of the hostess Leisa Refalo.

    Nevertheless, I had always admired the beauty and otherworldly quality of the artwork whenever I would see it. It is really nice work!!

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