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January contest theme: 'What's That?'

Posted by Teresa Hanafin  January 1, 2011 12:00 PM

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Air bubble in a tealight candle holder by Ollie Gapper
First-place winner in last year's "What's That" contest

One photographer shot an air bubble in a candle holder (above). Another shot his own reflection in a cheese grater. Others took pics of olive oil, ice crystals, a martini glass, a Mac screensaver, a paperweight, glass containers, and even theater seat shadows.

In other words, creativity was on full display a year ago when we ran this same contest. The challenge 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 arresting image.

BONUS CONTEST: 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 insulated mug and a thumb drive.


1. Your photo MUST be taken this month.

2. One photo per photographer.

3. The deadline is midnight Jan. 31.

Enter here: Photo gallery and contest form

And Happy New Year!

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