2008 Digital Wizard Semi Finalists Announced

Judges select 33 semi-finalists from hundreds of entries.

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This year's Digital Wizard contest was the biggest in its five-year history. Contestants were given 12 images (ranging from a plate of fried chicken to view of Central Park) and two months to work image-editing magic worthy of cash prizes up to $1,000.

To be eligible, the composite images had to include elements from at least four of the shots, and could be made using any filters or plug-ins, but no other images. The editors of Popular Photography turned their collective critical eye to each of the nearly 800 entries and named 33 favorites. Click here to see the top picks.

Stay tuned; in the next few weeks we'll narrow it down to ten finalists, all leading up to announcing the winner and runners-up in June.

LINKS:Contest rules and details
2007 Digital Wizard winners
2006 Digital Wizard winners
2005 Digital Wizard winners
2004 Digital Wizard winners

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2008 Digital Wizard Semi Finalists*Shashank Nigarm*Cambridge, MA
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2008 Digital Wizard Semi Finalists*Robert Jinks*Manassas, VA
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2008 Digital Wizard Semi Finalists*Phil Steele*Montville, NJ
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2008 Digital Wizard Semi Finalists*Paula Cobleigh*Yakima, WA
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2008 Digital Wizard Semi Finalists*Anne Katherine*Bridgewater, NJ
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2008 Digital Wizard Semi Finalists*Patrick Rolands*St. Charles, MO
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2008 Digital Wizard Semi Finalists*Oscar Pretell*Miami, FL
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2008 Digital Wizard Semi Finalists*Ray Strassburger*Santa Fe, NM
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2008 Digital Wizard Semi Finalists*Cary Crawford*Denham Springs, LA
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2008 Digital Wizard Semi Finalists*Cary Crawford*Denham Springs, LA
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2008 Digital Wizard Semi Finalists*Cary Crawford*Denham Springs, LA
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2008 Digital Wizard Semi Finalists*Cary Crawford*Denham Springs, LA
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2008 Digital Wizard Semi Finalists*Don Kingman*Danville, CA
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2008 Digital Wizard Semi Finalists*Don Kingman*Danville, CA
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2008 Digital Wizard Semi Finalists*Kathryn Donohew*Studio City, CA
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2008 Digital Wizard Semi Finalists*David Noll*Malaga, WA
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2008 Digital Wizard Semi Finalists*Troy Geesin*Grand Rapids, MI
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2008 Digital Wizard Semi Finalists*Edwin Lunandy*Orlando, FL
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2008 Digital Wizard Semi Finalists*Tonya Wilheim*Northumberland, PA
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2008 Digital Wizard Semi Finalists*Don Zevchek*Laguna Niguel, CA
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2008 Digital Wizard Semi Finalists*Aimee Stewart*Cashmere, WA
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2008 Digital Wizard Semi Finalists*Oscar Pretell*Miami, FL
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2008 Digital Wizard Semi Finalists*Kamil Kos*Ellicott City, MD
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2008 Digital Wizard Semi Finalists*Karen Grubb*Dekalb, IL
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2008 Digital Wizard Semi Finalists*Caitlin Cahill*Plymouth, MN
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2008 Digital Wizard Semi Finalists*Phil Steele*Montville, NJ
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2008 Digital Wizard Semi Finalists*Sharon Baker*Troy, MI
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2008 Digital Wizard Semi Finalists*Sharon Baker*Troy, MI
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2008 Digital Wizard Semi Finalists*Sharon Baker*Troy, MI
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2008 Digital Wizard Semi Finalists*Josh Way*Norwich, CT
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2008 Digital Wizard Semi Finalists*Patrick Rolands*St. Charles, MO
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2008 Digital Wizard Semi Finalists*Tony Hoffart*Houston, TX
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2008 Digital Wizard Semi Finalists*Troy Geesin*Grand Rapids, MI