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National Association of Photoshop Professionals Announces Guru Winners

TAMPA, FL – Apr. 4, 2006 –The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) announces the Guru Award winners for the east coast Photoshop World Conference & Expo in Boston. The Guru Awards are a special Photoshop competition exclusively for conference attendees of Photoshop World that were created to recognize the innovation and creativity of our attendees. Since its humble beginnings in 1999, the Guru Awards has now become the one of the most prestigious and coveted awards in the international digital imaging industry.

Winning images can be viewed at

Category: Artistic Artist: Scott Montgomery “Stewart Island”

Category: Commercial Artist: Eduardo Rizo “Garibaldy”

Category: Illustration Artist: Daniel Johnson “Shoreline Construction”

Category: Photo Montage Artist: Michael Green “Dark Thief”

Category: Photo Restoration Artist: Laura Behnke “A Day in the Life”

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

Category: Photography Artist: Stephen Power “Copper Kettle”

Category: Vincent Versace Award Artist: Judy Morse Molokai Infrared

Category: Best-of-Show Artist: Matt Zumbo “Cowbucks Poster”

Winners were selected from more than 300 entries by Photoshop User art director Felix Nelson, NAPP president Scott Kelby, and the creative team at NAPP after several rounds of judging and deliberations. Winners were officially announced live this morning by Scott Kelby and NAPP director, Larry Becker, following the conference keynote.

According to Felix Nelson, “Picking Guru Award winners is always a challenge, and this time was no exception due to the works submitted by so many extraordinarily talented Photoshop artists, photographers, and designers. The individual works 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. Guru Award winners’ work will appear in a future issue of Photoshop User magazine. Finalists in each category receive a finalist certificate, suitable for framing.

The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) is an accredited, dynamic trade association and the world’s leading resource for Adobe® Photoshop® training, news, and education. An award-winning team of Photoshop experts, authors, consultants, and trainers lead the association keeping its members on the cutting edge of Adobe Photoshop techniques and technology. With more than 60,000 members in 106 countries, NAPP is the largest graphics and digital imaging association worldwide.