Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Overall WINNERS of the 2016 Atlanta ZOMBIE PIN-UP CONTEST (3 categories)

Random entries from the
2016 Atlanta Zombie Pin-Up Contest
First off, a MASSIVE thank you to all models, make-up artists and photographers who participated in the 4th annual Atlanta ZOMBIE PIN-UP Contest. Overall, we had 108 entries this year! Since Markster Con started hosting this annual photo gore fest entrants continue to submit some truly awesome creations, often thinking outside the box and producing some beautiful (yet, GORE-tastic) images.

1.) PEOPLE'S FAVORITE was voted on at the July 30th Atlanta ZOMBIE PUB CRAWL. Each vote cost $1.00 with 100% of proceeds benefitting TEAM FOX (for Parkinson's Disease research)
2.) ONLINE FAVORITE was voted for online, over a two-week period, which ended Friday, Aug. 12th, 2016. Fans were able to vote up to one time a day per entry. NOTE: 9,156 online votes were cast by the end of the contest with the contest viewed 20,903 times!
3.) OVERALL WINNER was voted on by a panel of five established judges (see bios below). The judges viewed all entries submitted and picked their own Top 10 favorites, ranking them on a scale of 1-10. All of those photos were then compiled and the 10 photos with the highest score were then gathered (with all other photos eliminated). Those remaining 10 photos were then voted on individually again by the panel of judges with total scores tallied, which then determined the Overall Winner (see bottom of blog post). NOTE: People's Favorite and Online Favorite did NOT factor into the Overall Winner.

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Markster Con would like to thank to these five judges for taking the time to look over all entries and help pick the Overall Winner.

Bryan Humphrey
JUDGE 1: Chances are you have seen the work of photographer Bryan Humphrey. He has been a staple at conventions for many years and his costuming photos have become some of the most iconic and well known in the hobby. Through the use of top-of-the-line professional equipment, dramatic lighting, and years of experience shooting costumers, Bryan’s work at cons is often unparalleled in quality and scope.

Judge Dawn
Amber Seabrook
JUDGE 2: Dawn Amber Seabrook is an Atlanta based photographer who specializes in portraits and weddings. She has traveled to over 15 different countries and has called Atlanta home now for the past 7 years. She loves capturing an individuals unique personality as well as candid natural moments. Dawn was a Featured Photographer at Markster Con's 2015 Potter Pub Crawl and Hair Of The Dragon in 2016.

JUDGE 3: Winning photographers for the 2014 Zombie Pin-Up contest, Conography is photographers Joe & Shae Hacker, a geek/nerd couple that specializes in cosplay, event & convention, headshots, pin-up & portrait photography now based in the Atlanta area after recently moving from Knoxville, TN. When not with a camera in hand, they can be found enjoying many various fandoms along side others. See their 2014 Zombie Pin-Up winning entry HERE.

Judge Luke Godfrey
JUDGE 4: Luke Godfrey, owner of Gorehound Productions, is one of the best-known fx artists and horror-related event producers in the Atlanta area. He is a co-founder of the extreme haunted house CHAMBERS OF HORROR, as well as co-founder and co-producer of the annual Atlanta Zombie Pub Crawl. Luke is also the master mind behind the Atlanta based Buried Alive! Horror Film Festival as well as producing Atlanta's horror film outting Splatter Cinema.

Judge David Leo
JUDGE 5: David Leo’s photography journey started as a landscape and travel photographer but not until two year’s ago did he broaden his skill to be a people/portrait photographer. After attending his first Dragon Con in 2013, he fell in love with capturing the beautiful costumes and cosplayers and knew that was a direction he wanted to focus on with a passion. David has also been a Featured Photographer at several of Markster Con's event, including Party Of Thrones and Bash Of The Empire.

Pre-order the 2017 Atlanta ZOMBIE PIN-UP Calendar HERE.
MODEL: Ruby Pond; MAKE-UP: Bryce Alexander;
PHOTOGRAPHER: Chelsea Dickerson, CND Photography;
LOCATION: Nightmare's Gate Haunted House
MODEL: Cara Van Cosplay; PHOTOGRAPHER: Squished Biscuit;
LOCATION: The Masquerade (in Hell)
MODEL: Amber Edgeworth; PHOTOGRAPHER: Becky Gilliam;
MAKE-UP: Lee Gilliam; HAIR & CLOTHING: Amber Edgeworth

Pre-order the 2017 Atlanta ZOMBIE PIN-UP Calendar HERE.
MODEL: Sadira Alvarez; PHOTOGRAPHER: Kelley West;
MAKE UP ARTIST: Skyler Edwards; LOCATION: Nightmare's Gate
MODEL: Cara Van Cosplay; PHOTOGRAPHER: Squished Biscuit;
LOCATION: The Masquerade (in Hell)
MODEL/MAKE-UP: Brittany Hilton; PHOTOGRAPHER: June Parker

Pre-order the 2017 Atlanta ZOMBIE PIN-UP Calendar HERE.
MODEL: Sadira Alvarez; PHOTOGRAPHER: Kelley West;
MAKE UP ARTIST: Skyler Edwards; LOCATION: Nightmare's Gate
MODELS: Sarah Morrison, Michael Morrison;
PHOTOGRAPHER: Brooke Wren Photography;
HAIR/MUA: Sarah Morrison
MODEL/MAKE-UP: Miss Sinister Cosplay;
PHOTOGRAPHER: sublime LightWorks

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