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Best of Nikonians - 2009 Images Finals Awards

It is with great pleasure that we celebrate the achievements of the Nikonians who chose to participate in the 2009 Nikonians Photo contest.

Nikonians was founded to share, learn and inspire amongst Nikon users, in a friendly and creative environment.
Over 2009, the Nikonians members Galleries grew from 110,000 to 165,000 images we thoroughly enjoyed.

To our sponsors for 2009, ThinkTank PHOTO and datacolor, our high appreciation.


Entries to the contest were not only numerous but of high quality. A wonderful collection of 11 images was the resulting 2009 Nikonians Photo Contest finalists gallery.


Photographer of the Year 2008

Nikonians decided to grant a 1st Place and two Honorable Mentions.

The panel of judges from the Nikonians Masters Society, composed of outstanding professionals and highly advanced amateurs around the globe, casted their votes.

We are very happy to announce the winners of the Nikonians Photo Contest 2009 and to present you their outstanding images.

Our congratulations to all participants, the finalists and to the winners.

St. Louis Storm by  Ryan Pendleton (pichead)

1st Place Winner - "St. Louis Storm"
Landscape by Ryan Pendleton
Nikonian Photographer of the Year 2009

Username "Pichead"
, member since December 2008
Nikonian semi-pro from Missouri, USA
Image made with his tripod mounted Nikon D700 and 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor lens for an extended 25 second exposure at f/2.8.

Finals Prizes:
A Think Tank Photo - Airport Security™ V 2.0 rolling bag and an extension of his membership at the Gold level for three years.
Nikonians Certificate of High Photographic Achievement

One of the judges representative comment:
"A wonderfully dramatic contrast of Man, Man-Made, and the Forces of Nature in a well balanced composition."

"Story of a Snowflake" © Octavian Radu Topai (Tavi)

Honorable Mention - "Story of a Snowflake"
Landscape by Octavian Radu Topai
Username "Tavi", member since Feb 2009
Nikonian semi-pro from Romania
Image made with a Nikon D200 and 12-24mm f/4 AT-X 124AF Pro DX
Tokina AF lens zoomed to about 19 mm, aperture f/9, exposure time 1/30 sec at ISO 100.

Finals Prizes:
A Think Tank - StreetWalker® HardDrive Backpack
A 1-Year Nikonians Gold membership extension
Certificate of High Photographic Achievement

One of the judges representative comment:
"This sunrise capture has many things going for it but the
wind swept snow, backlit by the warm, first rays of light,
really put this over the top."


"Play time" by Jody L. Dutro (Jody98Torch)

Honorable Mention - "Play Time"
Portrait by Jody L. Dutro
Username "Jodys98Torch", member since May 2009
Nikonian amateur from California, USA
Image made with a Nikon D300 and her 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR Zoom-NIKKOR lens at 65mm f/14, 1/800 sec., ISO 200, handheld, no filters

Finals Prizes:
A datacolor Spyder3 Pro, software and hardware package
A 1-Year Nikonians Gold membership extension
Certificate of High Photographic Achievement

A representative judges comment:
"Perfect timing, perfect background, and perfect pose. I particularly like how the arm and the hind leg are parallel. The color of the robe makes the subject literally jump out of the frame."


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