Announces Masoud Harati of North Vancouver, BC, Canada as the Winner of the 2008 Photograph of the Year Contest

Narrowed down from hundreds of entries through two rounds of community voting, Masoud Harati of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada has been announced as the winner of the 2008 Photograph of the Year Contest.

Barrie, Ontario, Canada, March 05, 2009 --( The 3rd Annual ( Photograph of the Year contest, announced December 9th, 2008, concluded after two rounds of voting by the photography community by naming Masoud Harati of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada as the winner of the contest. The third Photograph of the Year contest held by, which featured nine, high-profile sponsors with over $11,500 in prizes to be won, drew in hundreds of entries and thousands of votes. The top prize awarded to Masoud Harati consists of a variety of photography-related equipment, products and services, software, a web site, gift certificates and cash is valued at over $3,800, with the remaining prizes given to the top 10 finalists.

Masoud Harati took top honors with his photograph titled “Shy and Curious.” The top 10 finalists, in order from 1st runner-up to 9th runner-up include: Mel Brackstone of Queensland, Australia; Sabine Cane of Tawatinaw, Alberta, Canada; Winston Rockwell of Kirkland, Washington, USA; Ermin Monzon of Ajax, Ontario, Canada; Faisal Almalki of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Adul Qadir M. Siddiqui of Karachi, Pakistan; Daniel Braam of New Ulm, Minnesota, USA; Richard Peters of Middlesex, UK; and Lucy Paz of Golan Heights, Israel. All submitted entries can now be viewed in the Photo Galleries on ( ), with the top 20 entries from the final voting round viewable in the Photo Galleries here:

With over $11,500 in prizes available to be won, and with first prize alone valued at over $3,800, the 2008 Photograph of the Year contest received hundreds of entries from all over the world. The entries were narrowed down to 130 photographs in 10 voting groups, where the top two entries in each group moved on to the final voting round, which ended on January 30th, 2009.

There are several things that set the contest apart from some of the other “Best of the Year” photography contests. Firstly, winners can be from anywhere in the world, not just limited to the US or Canada, making the contest truly a worldwide photography contest. In fact, some of the past winners are from various places around the world which include the USA, Sweden, the UK, Australia, Canada, Pakistan, Argentina, Israel, Africa, India, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia. In addition, instead of having a select group of judges pick a winner, the entire community voted on every photograph, broken down in several rounds. With this unique voting process, every eligible submitted photograph was given a chance to win, not just a select few picked out by judges, giving the community complete power over which photographs were awarded “Best Photograph of 2008.”

In an interview about the Photograph of the Year contest, the owner and founder of, Tim L. Walker, expressed that "the excitement and unique features of this contest display exactly why PhotographyCorner is such a popular and unique home for photographers on the web. Anyone can enter the contest, and anyone can win. I don’t decide. A bunch of “professional” judges don’t decide. The community decides. They’re the photographers – they should pick the winners." He continued by adding that “it’s encouraging to see such an amazing and diverse group of sponsors step up to reward and encourage photographers from around the world. With over $11,500 in prizes, the winners have added thousands of dollars worth of equipment, software and services to their arsenal, allowing them to further improve their photography – and that’s what it’s really all about. Photography enriches all of our lives in one way or another, and contests like this serve to improve the photography we see all around us every day.”

The 9 contest sponsors, including,, and, have offered up an amazing collection of cash and prizes ( ) that includes software, equipment, cash, gift certificates, camera bags, photography-related services, web sites and more. The contest rules can be found at, and all information about the contest can be found at

About is a leading photography resources portal for photographers, which includes member-written articles, tutorials, forums, a community photo gallery, a photography directory, a photography blog, and a collection of photography projects. The site runs a monthly Photograph of the Month contest and eighteen yearly Contest Corner Challenges, as well as providing an area of the site for photographers to receive constructive criticism of their work in the Critiques Corner. was launched in March 2004.


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