The winner is Scott DuBose of San Jose, CA. Congratulations Scott! You can click on the photo to the right to see a larger version.
Scott's victory speech is as follows:
This is a huge honor for me since I admire the work of all the previous winners. To be considered in the same category as those folks makes me very happy.
This particular home is easily the most expensive home I've photographed, some people remark what a cool looking hotel it is. No it actually is a home, built by a cofounder of a successful high company and is 9,000 square foot of living space on three acres in an exclusive area. This base photo is the result of enfusing multiple exposures, replacing the sky and pool (the pool cover was in place and not very attractive), and cloning out pool furniture at the far end of the pool. Everything else is as shot, without further enhancement except for levels and color balance.
I found real estate photography about 10 years ago and tried to learn as much as possible from online resources. At that time there was very little information devoted to real estate photography so I did the best I could. After taking a five year break to work with friends on their startup company (unrelated to PFRE), I was very pleased to discover your blog and the flickr groups. I immediately scoured all the posts from the very start and have learned so much from that wonderful community. Thank you Larry and thank you all the PFRE group folks I consider to be mentors.