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January contest theme: What's That?

Posted by Teresa Hanafin  January 4, 2010 10:19 AM

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I was thinking of calling the theme "Mystery Meat", but then I figured I really would get a lot of shots of Spam-like substances. The idea is to take a photo of an object that is difficult to identify. It can be an extreme close-up, part of an object, or just something odd.

Be as tricky as you'd like, but make sure it's still a good photo. Since the judge won't know what the object is, your photos will be judged on technical merits. So use lighting, shadows, composition, lines, and angles to create a visually interesting image.

BONUS: After the judge has chosen her or his Top 10, we'll post each photo in a separate entry so everybody can post comments guessing what the object is. The first person to guess correctly for each of the 10 photos will win a nice RAW tsotchke.

SO ... make sure you don't do anything to give away what your subject is -- be careful of your tags, your title, your caption ... even comments that may be posted on your photo on Flickr.

This month's 4 separate Flickr tags are, contest, January2010, and mystery. (Capitalization doesn't matter.)

Your photo must be taken this month.

Here are the rest of the contest rules. As always, if you have any questions or run into any trouble, just email me at

EARLY NOTICE: The theme for February is going to be Loving Portraits, and the shoot-this-month rule will NOT be in effect. You can start taking those photos now, or choose something special from your existing portfolio. Just make sure the portraits convey a sense of love.

I'll post an item later today providing the bio for the judge for the December Toys contest. He's judging this week as soon as we make sure everybody's photos are showing up on Flickr and in our full-screen galleries. If you don't see yours at this URL ...

... then write to me at right away.

Thanks, and welcome to a new year!

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