The contest was judged by Patrick Donehue, vice president of photographer services for Corbis; Christopher Robinson, editor of Digital Photo Pro magazine; and George Lepp, photographer and founder of the Lepp Institute of Digital Imaging.
Here is the grand prizewinner, "Slalom," by Alin Popescu of Slobozia, Romania.
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Here's the runner-up in the "Nature & Landscape" category of the Microsoft Future Pro Photography contest: "Cnidarian in the Clouds" by Yeang Ch'ng of Boston.
The runner-up in the "People & Portraits" category of the Microsoft Future Pro Photography contest: "The Faces" by Ho Young Choi of Santa Barbara, Calif.
The runner-up in the "Fine Art" category of the Mirosoft Future Pro Photography contest: "Temptation" by Carly Short of Kettering, Ohio.