The 2009 Editorís Pick Awards represent the "best of the best" of nature photography posted on the NPN website. As with the previous 8 years of this annual recognition of nature photography excellence, the process of selecting just 27 photos out of the thousands posted every year in the NPN image critique galleries is no small task.
The Selection Process
Every week through mid-December, the NPN image critique gallery moderators select their favorite image of the week, which is then archived in the Weekly Pick Gallery. By the end of the year, 450 photos are archived - 50 from each gallery.
At yearís end (or more specifically, during the last few weeks of December), the moderators are then tasked with identifying their 5 favorite photos from the 50 they selected over the course of the year. These photos are then sent to me as the moderatorsí recommendations for an Editorís Pick Award.
The final process of selecting three photos from each gallery then falls to me. Here are the guidelines that are followed during this process:
I wish to congratulate all members who had their photos selected as a Weekly Pick in 2009. With the level of talent posting on NPN, this is no small accomplishment!
Also, my sincere thanks to the NPN moderators for their tireless effort over the course of the year! Watching over their galleries, posting photos and comments, making the weekly picks and inspiring us with their own extraordinary nature photography, they are in very large part what makes NPN such a special place for all nature photographers.
Once again, my congratulations to this yearís winners and to the NPN moderators for the great job they do. Without further adieu, the 2009 NPN Editorís Pick Awards!
What They Won
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