July 5, 2006

Digital Photographers Sizzle with O'Reilly's 2006 Photoshop Cook-Off: All-Star Panel of Judges and Great Prize Packages Make it Summer's Hottest Contest

Sebastopol, CA--With summer heating up and cameras clicking right and left, it's the ideal time to get out that favorite Photoshop recipe and see how creative you can be. If you need more inspiration, O'Reilly's 2006 Photoshop Cook-Off Contest can get you cooking. It's an opportunity to win great prizes--like a Pentax K100D Digital SLR and DA 18-55 mm lens kit or an Epson Stylus Photo R2400 printer--and gives you a chance to get your work in front of top Photoshop experts such as Mikkel Aaland, Katrin Eismann, Tim Grey, Deke McClelland, Bert Monroy, Eddie Tapp, Vincent Versace, John Beardsworth, the glitterguru, and others.

It's easy: take up to three of your own photos and manipulate them with Adobe Photoshop, using recipes from any of O'Reilly's five Photoshop Cookbooks. Starting with an original photograph, choose an appropriate recipe (or two) and cook up a masterpiece, adapting the recipes as necessary for your creative vision. On the online entry form, list the recipes you used, and submit both your original digital image and the "cooked" image you've created. The submission process is a snap, there's no entry fee, and anyone over the age of fourteen can enter. Deadline for entry is August 15, 2006. Prizes will be awarded on November 2, 2006 at the PhotoPlus Expo in New York.

Cook-Off Sponsors include: Adobe, Creative Pro, "Digital Photo Pro," Epson, ExpoImaging, Flickr, Friesen's: The Yearbook Company, Graphics.com, Gretag Macbeth, iView Multimedia, Imaginginfo.com, Imaging Resource, iStock Photo, Lensbabies, Lowepro, Lynda.com, Nik Software, "Outdoor Photographer," Pantone, "PC Photo," Pentax, Pexagon Technology, Photos.com, Photoshopsupport.com, "Photo Trade News," "Professional Photographer," "Rangefinder," Shutterstock, Software Cinema, "Studio Photography," Total Training, Wetzel & Company.

The Grand Prize winner will receive a prize package worth more than $9,600. Five category winners will receive packages worth more than $3,000 each. The total value of all prizes exceeds $27,000.

The O'Reilly 2006 Photoshop Cook-Off is a great way to cultivate your creative genius, showcase your talent, and take home fabulous prizes. Fire up Adobe Photoshop and get cooking now!

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