Filmmakers, producers and guests joined more than a thousand attendees from the visual effects industry for the sold-out gala which honored James Cameron with the VES Lifetime Achievement Award and Dr. Ed Catmull with the Georges Méliès Award for Pioneering.

Avatar was the evening’s big winner taking home six awards including Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture. The animated feature film Up was honored with three awards including Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture. The 2010 VES Awards will premiere on Friday, March 5 at 10pm ET/PT on REELZCHANNEL.

Date: 
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Location: 
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel. Century City, CA

Honorees

Lifetime Achievement Award
Awarded for significant and lasting contributions to the art and science of the visual effects industry by way of vision, artistry, invention and innovation.
Georges Méliès Award
Awarded for pioneering significant and lasting contributions to the art and science of the visual effects industry by way of artistry, invention and groundbreaking work.

Highlights

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James Cameron's Lifetime Achievement Award Speech

James Cameron receives the Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 8th Annual VES Awards.

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411 Publishing Interviews Joe Letteri

Senior Visual Effects Supervisor, Joe Letteri talks about his experience working with James Cameron

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Photo Gallery

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Winners and Nominees

Below is the complete list of Winners and Nominees for the 8th Annual VES Awards. A sortable list for ALL years of VES Award winners / nominees can be found on the Previous VES Awards page. VES members (must be logged in) can also view all of the nominated entries in each category.

Please click on the category to reveal the winners and nominees

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture

This award is to honor the overall achievement of the visual effects within
a live action motion picture where the visual effects are a visible, essential,
and integral part of the story and play a principal and active role in
the motion picture. A rule of thumb for defining whether a motion picture
would be considered effects-driven would be to ask if the story could be
told without the active participation of the VFX (including Special Effects).
On the whole, the VFX in an effects-driven film would be easily identifiable
by the viewing public and professionals working in the VFX field.

Fully animated films are not eligible in this category.

2012
  • Volker Engel
  • Marc Weigert
  • Josh Jaggars
   
AVATAR
Winner
  • Joe Letter
  • Joyce Cox
  • Eileen Moran
  • Richard Baneham
   
DISTRICT 9
  • Dan Kaufman
  • Stefanie Boose
  • James Stewart
  • Peter Muyzers
   
STAR TREK
  • Roger Guyett
  • Burt Dalton
  • Shari Hanson
  • Russell Earl
   
TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN
  • Scott Farrar
  • John Frazier
  • Scott Benza
  • Wayne Billheimer
   

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture

This award is to honor the overall achievement of the visual effects within a live action motion picture where the visual effects play a supporting, minor or background role in the telling of the story. Supporting visual effects, when taken as a whole, may help create the setting, environment, or mood of an entire film, but are generally intended to be subtle or invisible to the lay viewer. They do not consist of a significant number of CG characters, science fiction or fantasy elements, and other highly visible effects that one would expect to see in a visual effects-driven or “tent pole” film.

Effects-driven films may not enter their “invisible” effects in this category, and animated films are not eligible.

ANGELS & DEMONS
  • Barrie Hemsley
  • Angus Bickerton
  • Ryan Cook
  • Mark Breakspear
   
INVICTUS
  • Michael Owens
  • Geoff Hancock
  • Cyndi Ochs
  • Dennis Hoffman
   
SHERLOCK HOLMES
Winner
  • Jonathan Fawkner
  • Chas Jarrett
  • David Vickery
  • Dan Barrow
   
THE BOX
  • Thomas Tannenberger
  • Olcun Tan
  • Mark Kolpak
  • Peter Cvijanovic
   
THE ROAD
  • Mark O. Forker
  • Phillip Moses
  • Ed Mendez
  • Paul Graff
   

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie, or Special

This award is to honor the overall achievement of the visual effects within a single episode of an effects-driven miniseries, made-for-television movie or special that was broadcast and delivered via over-the-air, pay/basic cable, or satellite transmissions to homes. A rule of thumb for defining whether a program would be considered effects-driven would be to ask if the story could be told without the active participation of the VFX (including Special Effects).

ALICE - Night 2
  • Lee Wilson
  • Lisa Sepp-Wilson
  • Sebastien Bergeron
  • Les Quinn
   
BEN 10: ALIEN SWARM - Montage
  • Evan Jacobs
  • Sean McPherson
  • Andrew Orloff
   
DISNEY PREP AND LANDING - Gadgets, Globes, and other Garish Gizmos
Winner
  • Dorothy McKim
  • Scott Kersavage
  • David Hutchins
  • Kee Suong
   
INFESTATION
  • PJ Foley
  • Efram Potelle
  • James May
  • Dan DeEntremont
   
SKELLIG
  • Sara Bennett
  • Jenna Powell
  • David Houghton
  • Jean-Claude Deguara
   

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series

This award is to honor the achievement of the visual effects within a single episode of a series where the visual effects are a visible, essential, and integral part of the story and play a principal and active role in the show. A rule of thumb for defining whether a series would be considered effects-driven would be to ask if the story could be told without the active participation of the VFX (including Special Effects)

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA SEASON 4 - Ep. 421 “Daybreak”
Winner
  • Michael Gibson
  • Gary Hutzel
  • Jesse Toves
  • Dave Morton
   
DEFYING GRAVITY - Pilot
  • Sam Nicholson
  • Dale Fay
  • Mike Yip
  • Jared Jones
   
FRINGE – Ep. 206 “Earthling”
  • Jay Worth
  • Robert Habros
  • Andrew Orlaff
  • Eric Hance
   
STARGATE UNIVERSE - Air
  • Mark Savela
  • Shannon Gurney
  • Andrew Karr
  • Craig Vandenbiggelaar
   
V- Pilot
  • Andrew Orloff
  • Karen Czukerberg
  • Chris Zapara
  • Johnathan R. Banta
   

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program

This award is to honor the overall achievement of the visual effects that play a supporting or background role within a single episode of a broadcast series, miniseries, made-for-television movie, or special wherein the visual effects are not necessarily essential to the telling of the story in the way that the effects of an effects-driven broadcast program are. Supporting visual effects, when taken as a whole, may help create the setting, environment, or mood of an entire program, and are generally intended to be invisible to the lay viewer. They do not consist of a significant number of CG characters, science fiction or fantasy elements, and other highly visible effects that one would expect to see in a visual effectsdriven broadcast program.

CSI CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION – Ep. 1001 “Opening Sequence”
Winner
  • Rik Shorten
  • Sabrina Arnold
  • Steve Meyer
  • Derek Smith
   
FLASH FORWARD - No More Good Days
  • Kevin Blank
  • Andrew Orloff
  • Steve Meyer
  • Jonathan Spencer Levy
   
KINGS - Ep. 001 “Goliath”
  • Craig Weiss
  • Ron Moore
  • Niel Wray
  • Brian Vogt
   
KRUPP-EINE DEUTSCHE FAMILIE - Krupp
  • Thomas Tannenberger
  • Olcun Tan
  • Mark Kolpak
  • Shane Cook
   
LOST - The Incident Part 1 & 2
  • Mitch Suskin
  • Samantha Mabie-Tuinstra
  • Eric Hance
  • Sean Scott
   

Best Single Visual Effect of the Year

Best Single Visual Effect of the Year

2012 - Escape from L.A.
  • Volker Engel
  • Marc Weigert
  • Josh R. Jaggars
  • Mohen Leo
   
AVATAR - Quarich's Escape
  • John Knoll
  • Jill Brooks
  • Frank Losasso Petterson
  • Tory Mercer
   
AVATAR- Neytiri Drinking
Winner
  • Joe Letteri
  • Joyce Cox
  • Eileen Moran
  • Thelvin Cabezas
   
KNOWING - Plane Crash
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Camille Cellucci
  • Dan Breckwoldt
  • Angelo Sahin
   
TERMINATOR SALVATION - VLA Escape
  • Charles Gibson
  • Chantal Feghali
  • Ben Snow
  • Susan Greenhow
   

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial

AMF - The Caterpillar
  • Asher Edwards
  • Robert Sethi
  • Becky Porter
  • Jamie O'Hara
   
AUDI - Intelligently Combined
Winner
  • Jay Barton
  • Rafael F. Colon
  • Ronald Herbst
  • Chris Fieldhouse
   
KERRY LOWLOW - Mouse
  • Jake Mengers
  • Stephen Newbold
  • Ashley Bernes
  • Louisa Cartwright Tucker
   
PEPSI - The Flight of the Penguin
  • Murray Butler
  • Seth Gollub
  • Andy Walker
  • Jenn Dewey
   
PLANE STUPID - Polar Bears
  • Jake Mengers
  • Vicky Osborn
  • Suzanne Jandu
  • Scott Griffin
   

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project

The award is to honor the overall achievement of the visual effects within an entire Special Venue project. Special Venues are defined as installations specifically set up to project large-format films (e.g. IMAX or OMNIMAX theaters), theme park theaters that may include a motion-based ride, museums, World Fairs, and similar venues.

To be eligible, a Special Venue project must have been exhibited publicly:

  • In a commercial venue for a paid admission, which may include the general admission to a theme park or special venue theater;
  • For a minimum period of one week on a regular daily schedule; and
  • Premiered in the current awards year in a Special Venue theater as defined above.

The following are not eligible in this category, regardless of the material’s original capture format:

  • Special purpose events such as trade shows and conventions;
  • Video material generally referred to as “pre-show” material;
  • Repurposed films, i.e. projects initially intended for the theatrical market but which have been blown up for exhibition in large-format Special Venue theaters;
  • Projects that were created as conventional 2D theatrical presentations but have been repurposed to stereographic 3D;
  • Any 2D or stereographic 3D feature motion picture that either premiered first, or simultaneously, in any regular movie theater or in any broadcast medium;
  • Any project that runs for an equal or greater amount of time in any regular movie theater or in any broadcast medium; and
  • Movies intended for simultaneous distribution in both Special Venue and normal movie theaters. The intent of this category is to honor those projects made specifically for the Special Venue market.
BEYOND ALL BOUNDARIES – Multi-plane Visual Effects
  • Daren Ulmer
  • Cedar Conner
  • Susan Beth Smith
   
DANCE OF THE DRAGONS - Eastern
Winner
  • Derry Frost
  • Michael Morreale
   

Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture

This award is to honor the overall achievement of the animation within an entire animated motion picture. The animation may be created by traditional cel animation, computer animation, and/or stop motion, as long as it meets the definitions of Animation and Animated Project as stated in the Appendix of this Rules & Procedures. The vocal performance of characters may be taken into consideration along with the visual qualities in evaluating the overall effectiveness of the animation.Title sequences are not eligible in this category

9
  • Jinko Gotoh
  • Joe Ksander
  • Daryl Graham
  • Ken Duncan
   
CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS
  • Pete Nash
  • Chris Juen
  • Alan Hawkins
  • Mike Ford
   
CORALINE
  • Henry Selick
  • Claire Jennings
   
ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS
  • Melvin Tan
  • Galen Chu
  • Jeff Gabor
  • Anthony Nisi
   
UP
Winner
  • Pete Docter
  • Jonas Rivera
  • Steve May
  • Gary Bruins
   

Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture

This award is to honor the overall achievement in a single animated character in a live action motion picture. The character may have been created by any technique or combination of techniques, including animatronics, as long as it meets the definition of Animation as stated in the Glossary of these Rules & Procedures.

Title sequences are not eligible in this category.

AVATAR - Neytiri
Winner
  • Joe Letteri
  • Andrew R. Jones
  • Jeff Unay
  • Zoe Saldana
   
DISTRICT 9 - Christopher Johnson
  • Steve Nichols
  • Jeremy Mesana
  • Vera Zivny
  • Brett Ineson
   
G-FORCE - Bucky
  • Benjamin Cinelli
  • Dustin Wicke
  • Peter Tieryas
  • Ryan Yee
   
WATCHMEN - Doctor Manhattan
  • Keith Smith
  • Kevin Hudson
  • Victor Schutz
  • Aaron Campbell
   

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture

This award is to honor the overall achievement in a single animated character in an animated motion picture. The character may have been created by any technique or combination of techniques, including animatronics, as long as it meets the definition of Animation as stated in the Glossary.

Title sequences are not eligible in this category.

CORALINE - ‘CORALINE’
  • Travis Knight
  • Trey Thomas
   
ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS - Buck
  • Simon Pegg
  • Peter de Seve
   
MONSTERS VS. ALIENS - B.O.B.
  • David Burgess
  • Scott Cegielski
  • Terran Boylan
  • David Weatherly
   
UP - Carl - “No Dad Scene”
Winner
  • Ed Asner
  • Ron Zorman
  • Brian Tindall
  • Carmen Ngai
   

Outstanding Animated Character in a Broadcast Program or Commercial

This award is to honor the overall achievement in a single animated character in a broadcast program or commercial. The character may have been created by any technique or combination of techniques, including animatronics, as long as it meets the definition of Animation as stated in the Glossary. The character may or may not be photorealistic.

Title sequences are not eligible in this category.

AMF - The Caterpillar
Winner
  • Robert Sethi
  • Jamie O'Hara
  • Becky Porter
  • Steve Beck
   
DISNEY PREP AND LANDING - Wayn
  • David Foley
  • Mark Mitchell
  • Hidetaka Yosumi
  • Leo Sanchez Barbosa
   
EVIAN - Skating Babies
  • Jorge Montiel Meurer
  • Wayne Simmons
  • Jordi Onate
  • Emanuele Pavarotti
   
PEPSI - Penguin - “The Flight of the Penguin”
  • Andy Walker
  • Seth Gollub
  • James Dick
  • Spencer Leuders
   

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Video Game Trailer

This award is to honor the overall achievement of the pre-rendered visual effects within a Video Game Trailer. Game Trailers are defined as unique visual material created for the purpose of promoting an upcoming game release. To be eligible, the material in the Game Trailer must be pre-rendered and created for a promotional event, conference, in-store display or web distribution. The submission for this category must consist entirely of material from the Game Trailer as it was originally released.
Multiple entries from the same game title will only be allowed if the entries are from different Game Trailers and the submitting teams are entirely different, including the overall VFX Supervisor and overall VFX Producer.

The following are not eligible for this category: • Game Trailers that share any pre-rendered material with a video game currently
released in stores or that contain re-purposed shots from previous trailers;

• Game Trailers that contain real-time material from the game itself that totals more than 25% of the total running time of the Submission Length, not including Before & Afters; and
• Animated commercials that originate as Broadcast material.

DJ HERO
  • Diarmid Harrison-Murray
  • Sarah Hiddlestone
  • Marco Puig
  • Jamie Jackson
   
HALO 3: ODST - The Life
Winner
  • Robert Moggach
  • Ryan Meredith
  • Jens Zalzala
  • Michael Pardee
   
MASS EFFECT 2
  • Tim Miller
  • Brandon Riza
  • Dave Wilson
   
STAR WARS: THE OLD REPUBLIC
  • Tim Miller
  • Brandon Riza
  • Dave Wilson
   

Outstanding Real-Time Visual Effects in a Video Game

This award is to honor the overall achievement of real-time game engine-rendered visual effects within a video game for any game console, PC, or “next generation” platform. Submitted material may be any one, or combination of, the following:

• Recorded real-time Game Play; and/or
• A real-time game engine-rendered Cinematic that appears as part of the game.

Real-time is defined as predominantly 30 or greater frames per second NTSC and ATSC (US) HD video, or predominantly 25 or greater frames per second PAL and DVB (International) HD depending upon country of origination. Any imagery or action that does not meet this criterion is ineligible even if it was rendered in the game engine or in software. Any longer-than-real-time frames that are rendered in the game engine, later resized and/or reloaded, then played back in real-time from pre-rendered frames are ineligible as well.

Trailers or promos for games are not eligible in this category.

CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2 - Gulag Extraction
Winner
  • Mark Rubin
  • Richard Kriegler
  • Robert Gaines
  • David Johnson
   
FIGHT NIGHT ROUND 4 - Gameplay
  • Frank Vitz
  • Jenny Freeman
  • Jeff Atienza
  • Ben Ross
   
NEED FOR SPEED SHIFT - World Sequence
  • Andreas Moll
  • Sven Moll
  • Dave Flynn
  • Robert Dibley
   
UNCHARTED 2: AMONG THIEVES
  • Evan Wells
  • Christophe Balestra
   

Outstanding Created Environment in a Broadcast Program or Commercial

This award is to honor the overall achievement of a single created environment in a live action broadcast program that best creates an illusion of setting for the story being told. Created environments are defined as either completely artificial environments, or the enhancement of an existing practical set location through the addition of elements not present during photography. The environment may occur more than once in the project and under different conditions, but must be the same environment, created by the exact same team.

This category judges not only the techniques for creating the environment, but also their integration with any practical plate photography. Before & Afters must show the integration of the multiple elements used to create the environment.

Stereo extractions of environments that do not contain any other significant enhancements, or fully animated productions, are not eligible in this category. For practical purposes, the environment should be a single setting within the story, and not, for example, all locations within an entire city.

AMC THEATERS / COKE - Magic Chairs
  • Rob Nederhorst
  • Dariush Derakhshani
  • Steve Cummings
  • Harry Michalakeas
   
ASSASSINS CREED: LINEAGE - Ep. 1 “Duke of Milan Assassination”
  • Mathieu Lalonde
  • Nadine Homier
  • Joseph Kasparlan
  • Christian Morin
   
FLASH FORWARD - Pilot “Freeway Overpass”
  • Steve Meyer
  • Colin Feist
  • Paul Ghezzo
  • Roger Kupelian
   
V - Pilot “Atrium and Ship Interiors”
Winner
  • Chris Zapara
  • Chris Irving
  • David Morton
  • Trevor Adams
   

Outstanding Matte Paintings in a Feature Motion Picture

Outstanding Matte Paintings in a Feature Motion Picture

AVATAR - Pandora
Winner
  • Yvonne Muinde
  • Brenton Cottman
  • Peter Baustaedter
  • Jean-Luc Azzis
   
FRANKLYN - Meanwhile City Scapes
  • Tania Richard
  • Christoph Unger
   
HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE
  • Tania Richard
  • David Bassalla
  • Emily Cobb
   
STAR TREK
  • Brett Northcutt
  • Shane Roberts
  • Masahiko Tani
  • Dan Wheaton
   

Outstanding Effects Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture

This award is to honor the overall achievement of the effects animation within an entire animated motion picture. Effects animation constitutes any dynamic elements that are not characters, set pieces, or what would be considered a matte painting or background. These effects may include water, splashes, smoke, fire, other naturally occurring elements including dust and other particulates, as well as those animated using procedural techniques or dynamic simulations. The effects may or may not be photorealistic and they may interact with, or be part of the characters, set elements and matte paintings with which they coexist

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS
  • Rob Bredow
  • Dan Kramer
  • Matt Hausman
  • Carl Hooper
   
CORALINE
  • John Allan Armstrong
  • Richard Kent Burton
  • Craig Dowsett
   
MONSTERS VS. ALIENS
  • Amaury Aubel
  • Scott Cegielski
  • Alain De Hoe
  • David Allen
   
UP
Winner
  • Jason Johnston
  • Alexis Angelidis
  • Jon Reisch
  • Eric Froemling
   

Outstanding Matte Paintings in a Broadcast Program or Commercial

Outstanding Matte Paintings in a Broadcast Program or Commercial

KAISER PERMANENTE - Emerald City
Winner
  • Ben Walker
  • David Woodland
  • Kim Taylor
  • Ben Walsh
   

Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Feature Motion Picture

Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Feature Motion Picture

AVATAR - Samson/Home Tree / Floating Mountains / Ampsuit
Winner
  • Simon Cheung
  • Paul Jenness
  • John Stevenson-Galvin
  • Rainer Zoettl
   
CORALINE
  • Deborah Cook
  • Paul Mack
  • Martin Meunier
  • Matthew DeLeu
   
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN - National Air and Space Museum Escape
  • Ian Hunter
  • Forest Fischer
  • Robert Chapin
  • Tony Chen
   
TERMINATOR SALVATION Practical Models and Miniatures
  • Brian Gernand
  • Geoff Heron
  • Nick d'Abo
  • Patrick Sweeney
   

Outstanding Created Environment in a Feature Motion Picture

Outstanding Created Environment in a Feature Motion Picturee

2012 - Los Angeles Destruction
  • Haarm-Pieter Duiker
  • Marten Larsson
  • Ryo Sakaguchi
  • Hanzhi Tang
   
AVATAR - Floating Mountains
  • Dan Lemmon
  • Keith F. Miller
  • Cameron Smith
  • Jessica Cowley
   
AVATAR - Jungle / Biolume
Winner
  • Eric Saindon
  • Shadi Almassizadeh
  • Dan Cox
  • Ula Rademeyer
   
AVATAR - Willow Glade
  • Guy Williams
  • Thelvin Cabezas
  • Daniel Macarin
  • Miae Kang
   

Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture

This award is to honor outstanding achievement in compositing multiple elements into a final visual effect shot or group of shots in a live action feature motion picture. This category is for a body of work created for a single motion picture by an individual artist or team of artists.

Multiple entries from the same project are eligible provided the compositing teams are 100% different and the shots being submitted are completelydifferent. Title sequences are eligible as long as:

  • They are submitted in textless form in order not to conflict with any other awards rule; and
  • They are part of the storytelling and are not a specially designed separate animated title sequence in a live action project.

Animated films are not eligible in this category.

AVATAR
  • Erik Winquist
  • Robin Hollander
  • Erich Eder
  • Giuseppe Tagliavini
   
AVATAR - End Battle
  • Eddie Pasquarello
  • Beth D'Amato
  • Todd Vaziri
  • Jay Cooper
   
DISTRICT 9
Winner
  • Shervin Shogian
  • Hamish Schumacher
  • Janeen Elliott
  • Simon Hughes
   
SHERLOCK HOLMES - Wharf Explosion Sequence
  • Kate Windibank
  • Jan Adamczyk
  • Sam Osborne
  • Alex Cumming
   

Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program or Commercial

This award is to honor outstanding achievement in compositing multiple elements into a final visual effect shot or group of shots in a single live action episode of a broadcast program or commercial. This category is for a body of work created for a single broadcast episode by an individual artist or team of artists. Multiple sequences may be entered from the same episode or series provided the compositing teams are 100% different and the shots being submitted are completely different.

Animated programs or main title sequences are not eligible in this category.

CSI CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION - Ep 1001 Opening Sequence
Winner
  • Derek Smith
  • Christina Spring
  • Steve Meyer
  • Zach Zaubi
   
KERRY LOWLOW 'MOUSE' - Overall
  • Jake Mengers
  • Stephen Newbold
  • Kelly Bruce
  • Greg Howe-Davies
   
PEPSI - The Flight of the Penguin
  • Murray Butler
  • Ben Cronin
  • Andy Rowan-Robinson
  • Miyuki Shimamoto
   
PORSCHE - Family Tree
  • Tim Davies
  • Jeff Willette
  • Zach Tucker
   

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project

MOTHERLAND
  • Hannes Appell
   
THE FULL MOON MYSTERY - The Discovery
  • David Goubitz
  • Flip Buttinger
  • Jeffrey De Vore
   
THEY WILL COME TO TOWN
Winner
  • Thilo Ewers
   
URS - Cliff
  • Moritz Mayerhofer