izzysmama says: "Our cat Tilly. I'm surprised she let me get this close to her; she's not the friendliest cat ever." Camera info: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT, focal length 60mm, 1/250, f/6.3, ISO 400.
Of this photo, Globe assistant chief photographer John Blanding, who chose the winners, said: "The eye color is stunning. You could even say the photo is a little scary, but it epitomizes the 'Get Close' theme."
Congratulations to izzysmama for taking home the $100 first prize. The rest of the winners:
SECOND PLACE -- $50
Camera info: Fujifilm FinePix F20, focal length 8mm, 1/17, f/2.8, ISO 1600
John Blanding said: "This is just a fun picture. I never realized there was so much texture in a dog's nose!"
THIRD PLACE -- $25
Cloudmuffin writes: "Taken by me up close. In my sink, using flash."
John Blanding said: "This looks like a little universe out of the 50s. I've shot in my own stainless steel sink before, and it's a surprisingly good place for photos because of the way the light reflects off the stainless steel."
The rest of the winners, in order
digitalg wrote: "Calla lilies taken with a Speed Graphic-turned-pinhole camera. Used Polaroid 4x5 pos/neg film."
east3rd says: "It's condensation on plastic wrap."
Camera info: Canon EOS Digital Rebel, focal length 100mm, 1/800, f/4, ISO 100
cahla writes: "8 eyes, of which you can see 6 clearly ... Taken with Canon 100mm macro, in a pint glass ... Temporarily, he was returned to my garden after his photo shoot :D ... Probably a her."
Camera info: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi, focal length 100mm, 1 sec, f/22, ISO 100
CHDK says this was taken in the Florida Everglades.
Camera info: Canon PowerShot G7, focal length 7.4mm, 1/200, f/4
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