By Amy Sorokas /
There are always exciting things happening around the office, but today we got to announce the winners of the 2009 Microsoft Future Pro Photographer Competition, a photography contest for students designed to discover and showcase the talent of today’s emerging photographers. Full time college and university students around the globe submitted over 3,000 entries in three categories, landscape; people and portraits; sports and photojournalism. Renowned photographers Art Wolfe, Peter Read Miller and Joyce Tenneson acted as the final judging panel for the competition.
Neil Losin, a graduate student in the department of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) was named the grand prize winner for his photo titled, “Twilight Flight”. Losin took the winning photo in 2006 of the burrowing owl.
Yeang Chng of Harvard Medical School won first place in the nature and landscape category for his photo titled, “Silvertip Scrub”. Chng’s photo captured a silvertip shark accompanied by rainbow runner fish. Alper Dutkin of Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University (Turkey) won first place in the people and portraits category for his portrait titled, “Blurry Lives”. Dutkin shot his photo in the impoverished Canakkale district in Turkey. Thomas Simonetti of Western Kentucky University was awarded first place in the sports and photojournalism category for his image titled, “Kentucky Rodeo”. Simonetti photo captures horses and cowboys at the Kentucky High School rodeo.
It is always exciting to see work of aspiring photographers. You can check out this year’s winners as well as prior years’ winners here.
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