BTDesign is proud to announce the winners of The MASTER OF 2002 Award.

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Nico Bastone
Master of 2002
Best Photography
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Vladimir Hristov
Best Painter
Valentin Yotkov
Best Sculptor
Karin Kuhlmann
Best Digital Artist

The nominees were the artists who won the Golden Art Site Award and subsequently exhibited their artworks here during 2002 as Guest Artists of the Month.
A panel of judges reviewed each nominee's site and granted points for each of the following categories: Best Painting, Best Photography, Best Sculpture and Best Digital Art. The artist scoring the highest score was proclaimed Master of 2002.
I would like to thank the members of the international panel for their precious help:

Moser, USA
Heidi Walsh, Germany
Siegfried Schreck, Germany
Tom Powell, USA
Hans-Joerg Krauth, Germany
Rocío Heredia, Mexico
Derek Oakes, UK
Barbara Tampieri, Italy
Eve Riser-Roberts, USA
Gene Gill, USA
Michael Hudson, Australia
Karen Musick, USA
Ismo Jokiaho, Finland
Helyn Davenport, USA
Basil Filippone, USA
Colleen Deery, USA
Mark Dornblaser, USA
Risa Rosine, Germany
Dwayne Miller, Germany

Award graphics by Barbara Tampieri.

Finalists for the best three places in each category:

Master of 2002 Jury Votes
Nico Bastone 275
Valentin Yotkov 270
Curtis Knapp 257

Best Painting Jury Votes
Vladimir Hristov 242
Raingem 233
Pancho Basurco 213

Best Sculpture Jury Votes
Valentin Yotkov 270
Heath Satow 251
Ray Cologon 245

Best Photography Jury Votes
Nico Bastone 275
Curtis Knapp 257
Nick Chaldakov 246

Best Digital Art Jury Votes
Karin Kuhlmann 242
Cynthia Frederick 236

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The Master of 2002 is
Nico Bastone

Nico Bastone was born in Piana degli Albanesi (Sicily, Italy) in 1953. He fell in love with photography in 1967 at school in Turin when he attended a photography class whose teacher was a photo-amateur friar, Father Giuseppe. He didn't own a camera himself at that time, they were ten pupils and a Smena 8, a Russian camera. At 19 Nico bought his first reflex, a Yashica FR. At present his equipment is more complete, a Contax and a Leica with original lenses, but he likes to say "when you get fascinated by photography every camera can be great to let you express yourself. The pleasure is on watching the world through its eye, keeping your finger ready to shot and capture the image".
Nico has a peculiar eye for portraiting his homeland. Sicily is a land of contract and passion and his B/W photos depict the heart and soul of Sicilian people at best.
It has been a pleasure to have him as Guest Artist this year and to see the jury proclaim him Master of 2002 with the highest score.
Please visit his page at BTDesign Art Gallery here where you can read an interview with him and don't forget to visit his website, where you'll find many other photos.