Congratulations to SIVASANKARI MURUGESAN of Columbus, Ohio, whose photograph taken at a graduation ceremony earns top honors in this installment of the Your Best Shot Photo Contest, which is now in its fifth year. Murugesan was on the top level of the auditorium when the idea for this shot came to mind. "I was looking down at all the enthusiastic graduates when I wanted a shot of my brother in that background," Murugesan says. "It was then that I called him on the phone and made him look back at me and thus the shot."
Nikon D40, Zoom-NIKKOR 18-200mm ƒ/3.5-5.6G
As the contest's Grand Prize winner, Murugesan receives a Sony SLT-A55 DSLR, a Gitzo GT2541 carbon-fiber tripod and GH2780QR head, the Tamrac Evolution 8 Backpack (5788), a PNY 8 GB Professional Series SDHC Class 10 Flash Memory Card and a Duggal 16x20 print of the winning photo.