Countdown Begins for O'Reilly's 2006 Photoshop Cook-Off

It’s hard to resist a favorite dish that’s been simmering on the stove all day, teasing your senses with its tantalizing aromas. As dinnertime draws nearer, the expectation becomes all-consuming. So, imagine the anticipation of the all-star panel of judges as the countdown to the Photoshop Cook-Off draws near. The recipes in O’Reilly’s five Photoshop Cookbooks promise some rare and inspiring visual treats. On August 15th, top experts like Mikkel Aaland, Katrin Eismann, Tim Grey, Deke McClelland, Bert Monroy, Eddie Tapp, and others will finally view the entries that creative Photoshop users have cooked up. It’s not too late to make sure yours is among them.

O’Reilly’s 2006 Photoshop Cook-Off Contest is an opportunity flex your imagination and ingenuity, have lots of fun, and win great prizes–like a Pentax K100D Digital SLR and DA 18 – 55 mm Lens Kit or an Epson Stylus Photo R2400 printer. 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.

It’s easy to participate. Just 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 (free recipes are online at 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, you’ll 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 14 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,, Gretag Macbeth, iView Multimedia,, Imaging Resource, iStock Photo, Lensbabies, Lowepro,, Nik Software, “Outdoor Photographer,” Pantone, “PC Photo,” Pentax, Pexagon Technology,,, “Photo Trade News,” “Professional Photographer,” “Rangefinder,” Silicon Power, Shutterstock, Software Cinema, “Studio Photography,” Total Training, Wetzel & Company.

Don’t miss out–O’Reilly’s 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!

Other important details:
The all-star panel of judges can be viewed at:

For more information on contest details and rules, visit:

For a complete list of prizes, see:

Deadline for entries is August 15, 2006. No entry fee.

All entries must be created using recipes from one or more of the five O’Reilly Photoshop Cookbooks: “Photoshop Retouching Cookbook for Digital Photographers,” “Photoshop Blending Modes Cookbook for Digital Photographers,” “Photoshop Photo Effects Cookbook,” “Photoshop Filter Effects Encyclopedia,” and/or “Photoshop Fine Art Effects Cookbook.”

Winners will be announced on November 2, at a special awards ceremony to be held at Photo Plus Expo in New York.

Legal U.S. residents only.

Educators, students, and interested parties: Download a flyer (PDF format) to post or hand out at workshops, schools, and events:

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