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The Top 25 December 'Toys' contest entries

Posted by Teresa Hanafin  January 8, 2010 01:29 PM

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Professional toy photographer Brian McCarty had a good time looking through your excellent photos of Toys for the December contest. He writes:

"Although rooted in still-life, toy photography is unique. The simple pieces of plastic and plush placed in front of the camera are unavoidably loaded with cultural significance and meaning.

"Toys are totems and reflections of the society that created them. They can organically invoke nostalgia and sentimentality. They can be personified almost without effort, instantly pulling the viewer into a child-like perspective. How the photographer chooses to use the inherent properties of toys depends solely on his or her vision.

"The entries here cover a wide range of possibilities and conceptual approaches. I found it a joy to see these very talented photographers explore toys through their personal visions."

The finalists:

The December 'Toys' contest Top 25 photographs

We'll post the top 10 winners, including First, Second, and Third Place, on Tuesday.

Here's a look back at all the entries:

Gallery 1 | Gallery 2

And don't forget to enter the January "What's That?" competition. More details are here.
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