Posted on Dec 31, 2008 - 53 comments -

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It came as a pleasant surprise as just a few minutes ago I have discovered that I won the "Best New Photoblog" award and was nominated for "Photoblog of the Year" award.
I'm humbled by the nomination and even more by the award.

I rarely (never?) write on my blog because I want the photos to speak for themselves. Seems like it works most of the time :).
However, for this occasion I felt it be important for me to change my tradition, and Thank you. Thank you for visiting my blog, Thank you for commenting my photos, Thank you for voting for me, Thank you for choosing me, Thank you for reading this and Thank you for letting a total stranger (me) to borrow those few seconds from your lives to bother you with my humble works in this huge (photo)blogsphere.
Hope to see you back here this year as well, and let my photos impact you, in one way or another.
Have a great 2009!

There has been 53 Responses to '2009!' so far

  1. Jonathan says:

    Happy New Year to you! Best wishes for next year.

  2. Brian Ramnath says:

    Fantastic! Happy New Year

  3. Abhijit says:

    Lovely image! Strong ambiance!!

  4. 613photo says:

    Looks like you gues had a lot of fun. It's still mid afternoon here so it's kind of weird seeing this so early!

    Great shot. You really got the moment.

  5. cat says:

    This is a very happy shot :)
    I like the energy of it and the different faces.
    Have a great 2009.

  6. Anonymous

    C новым годом!
    Фотографии - замечательные


  7. EgoPimp says:

    Great image of friends getting together for the bells.

    Happy new year.


  8. Krims@nline.be says:

    Love the atmosphere, well done! Happy new year.

  9. Kamal says:

    Wow! congrats! this must be the best gift for this year!
    wish you a happy new year and well done!!!

  10. Ashish Sidapara says:

    Congrats & Happy New Year!

  11. cat says:

    Saw your update - congratulations!!!

    You really deserve to win this.

    What a great start to 2009 :)

  12. yz says:

    Congratulations for the Photoblog Award! Keep up the good work. Happy new year!

  13. Ivar says:

    Great atmosphere, looks like you guys hare having a blast :)

  14. paolo says:

    You sure deserve that award because your ideas and photos are so wonderful!!!
    Happy new year (to you and your beloved) and keep shooting like you do, you are great!!!

  15. Ilger.nl says:

    Congratulations!!! What a way to start the new year....

    Now that you receive awards we expect great shots through the whole year...;)

  16. Elaine- says:

    hey congrats!! and happy new year, what a great shot!

  17. pando says:

    happy new year, Ilan and congratulations ;)

  18. LGB says:

    Please accept my wishes of a happy, healthy, safety and prosperous New Year.

    And congratulations. You deserved it!

  19. Nicolas says:

    Congratulations for your nomination and Happy New Year!

  20. Dam says:

    congratulation and bonne année ;-) !

  21. João André Farinha says:

    Congratulations! It's always great when you see someone who's work you admire get rewarded. Great 2009!

  22. NJ & SB Photography says:

    Me gusta la iluminación de las bengalas, bonita captura.

    Congratulations for the Photoblog Award! :))

  23. Beat says:

    Congratulations and the wishes fpr 2009! Greetings from Switzerland!

  24. Avi Revivo says:

    Congratulations! You have a great blog and you deserve the award! and what an excellent photo to go along with the post :)

    Have a great year.

  25. Navdeep says:

    Well done .. congrats !

  26. Marcie says:

    Congratulations..what a wonderful honor!!!
    Wishing you all the best for 2009!!!

  27. Alvis says:

    Great picture. Great exposure. I love how the background is so black. I wanted to get some sparklers to photograph, but I live too far from a fireworks stand for it to be a quick trip.

  28. Mindy says:

    Wonderful capture of expressions. Well framed with masterful use of light.

  29. Ståle says:

    Wow! Congratulations. It's fully deserved.
    Thank you for a wonderful blog with loads of wonderful pictures. Thank you also for your frequent visits to my blog. It is greatly appreciated!
    Happy new year to you, Ilan!

  30. Giovanni says:

    Congratulations on the award!! You have wonderful images in your blog and you fully deserve it!!

  31. Kourosh says:

    Congratulations. You well deserve that title. And a great shot, you can feel the happiness in people's eyes!
    Happy New Year and best of luck for 09

  32. Markus Spring says:

    Ilan, my best wishes and my heartfelt congratulations for that fantastic award!
    Keep on the good work, and happy shooting


  33. Oliver Schaef says:

    congratulations for the won of the "Best New Photoblog" and thank you for your comment.


  34. Phototherapy says:

    Congratulations! You merited it!!!
    This celebration seems a bit ... burning :)

  35. emillamola says:

    Congratulations! And thank you for your comment.

  36. RHYS says:

    a great festive and fun shot, superb use of available light.
    Congratulations on your recent win! Here's to a bigger and even better 2009, happy new year!
    All the best.

  37. T and S says:

    Congratulations on winning the award. Your blog deserves it...Thomas

  38. nissou* says:

    congratulations! thanks to those awards, I discover your work :) I definitely add your link to my favorites. happy 2009!

  39. O s k a r f o t O says:

    "Best New Photoblog 2008" Congratulations !!! Great 2009

  40. dylan says:

    Happy new Year Ilan!! Congrats on the nom & award

  41. Dave says:

    Congratulations on your success at the Photoblog Awards. I'm a first time visitor, and I suspect that you'll be getting a lot more traffic this year!
    As for this image, it's great. If the rest of our stuff is anything like as high quality, then it's easy to see why you've been successful.

  42. claude says:

    Very nice shot! Congrats on your award and Happy New Year!

  43. Terry H. says:

    Congrats on the award and looks like everyone is having a great time. Party! Party! Party!

  44. kheoh yee wei says:

    haha,so funny and fun.

  45. elaine says:

    Hey! congratulations for the award!!!!! you re a star :) the celebration picture definitely found its place !!!

  46. Radel says:

    congratulations Ilan. You fully deserve the awards and accolades what with you thoughtful and beautiful pictures. Here's hoping that you have a great 2009 and enough cause to celebrate again :)

  47. mike says:

    fantastic! congratulations!

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  50. Tim Corbeel says:

    It is well deserved!

  51. F. Benavente says:

    Great capture Ilan! Congratulations for this well deserved award.

  52. andyash says:

    Great picture! I always envy how people manage to capture sharp, bright and great-looking pictures in darkness or hard lighting environment.

  53. Kamal says:

    I think I've seen this photo before. :-) Anyway Happy New Year to you too Ilan!

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