iStockphoto has announced the ten winners in its second annual Punctum Day awards. (â€˜Punctumâ€™ refers to a profound reaction an excellent image creates. The day was celebrated last August 19, marking the 168th year since Louis Daguerre formally introduced the camera to the world.)
The finalists were shortlisted by the three and a half million-strong iStock community, and a panel of guest judges selected the winners, who hail from seven different countries. The Photo of the Year, â€œLate Trash,â€ is a creation by Trent Bell of Biddeford, Maine, and showcases the innovation and vision of iStockphotoâ€™s contributors.
The 50 finalists for five of the categories were selected from over one million photos, vectors, videos, Flash files, and design submissions newly uploaded in the last year. The judging panel selecting the winners included Warren Cook, creative director with Jamison Advertising Group based in San Diego, California, Sandra Castanha, creative director at Ferrier Pearce, a creative design agency based in Surrey, United Kingdom, and Brad Hochberg, co-director and president of award winning The Refinery, based in Burbank, California.
The Punctum Day awards category winners will each receive $5,000 USD, with the exception of the winner of â€œMost Deserving of a New Cameraâ€ award, who receives a Canon EOS 5D with lenses valued at $5,000.