The Wait is Over ... Announces the Winners of Season 1

LOS ANGELES, June 1 /PRNewswire/ --
Since June 2008, aspiring singers, songwriters, filmmakers, comedians,
and photographers joined together in the community, all in the hopes
of sharing their talent and winning the grand prize. The competition, which
attracted thousands of entries from 36 countries, was divided into four
categories: YOBIFilm; YOBISing; YOBILaugh; YOBIPics. On Thursday, May 28,
2009 the winners were contacted and we are officially bringing the news to
you first! You can watch the finalists' reactions at

And the Winners are ...

YOBIFilm: Paul Kurti, of Toronto, Canada, age 26
Winning Entry: "Restless Wanderer"
About: Paul was born in Albania and moved to Canada at age 18. He loves
to travel and meet new people a puts a lot of love and work into his
films. In his life, Paul seeks to explore the world, choices, change,
individuality and connections. Through his films he tries to give back a
piece of himself, his thoughts and ideas.
Grand Prize: US$12,500 and two all-access passes to the 2010 Sundance
Film Festival and VIP admittance for two into a major indie film's
after-party event.

YOBISing: Tom Hall, of Brisbane, Australia, age 35
Winning Entry: "A Woman Just Like You"
About: Tom says that with the help of YOBI, the task of reaching more
listeners has been just the incentive he has needed to write some of his
best work. Tom will use his prize money to record a song or an album.
Grand Prize: US$17,500 and two premium tickets to the 2010 Grammy Awards
in Los Angeles and admittance for two into an official after-party.

YOBILaugh: Ben Green, of London, England, age 35
Winning Entry: "Punch me, I won't sue"
About: Ben looks forward to writing and doing sketch comedy in the
future and has been doing it for the past 2 1/2 years.
Grand Prize: US$10,000 and two premium tickets to the world premiere of a
major comedy film in Los Angeles, VIP access for two to the official
after-party, and two VIP tickets to the taping of the Tonight Show.

YOBIPics: Phil Southern, of Warren, Michigan, age 22
Winning Entry: "Lee Plaza"
About: Phil is a senior at Eastern Michigan University and does freelance
for local newspapers. His hope is to do work internationally and private
photography on his own.
Grand Prize: US$10,000 and two VIP tickets to the grand opening of a
major collection showing at the new Annenberg Space for Photography in
Los Angeles, as well as premier access to the lecture series and
workshops at the museum.

About is the revolutionary online network that allows talented people
the opportunity to win HUGE cash prizes and life-changing experiences.
Contestants submit their videos or images into any of the 4 contest channels:
Singing (YOBISing), Filmmaking (YOBIFilm), Photography (YOBIPics), and Comedy
(YOBILaugh). Each week, users vote for their favorite submissions.
The highest voted in each contest will become semifinalists and move closer
to the ultimate, final prizes. Combined, the prizes for this first season
total more than US$100,000.

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