Special Assignment Macro Contest, Tons Of Great Prizes

Posted: May 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

Special Assignment Macro Contest, Tons Of Great Prizes

This is not your typical macro in nature contest.

No flowers or critters are allowed. 

Any subjects in nature other than flowers or critters are eligible.

I need you to go out and explore and find me some cool macro subjects or search out past images in your hard drives, but no flowers or critters. There are tons of great subjects other than flowers and critters, so the challenge is to find something that will win yourself one of these great prizes.

You could win!

Tamron Macro LensYour choice of a 60mm or 90mm lens
Lensbaby – Composer Pro with Sweet 35 and a set of Macro Converters (retail $450)
Vanguard – Alta Pro 263 aluminum tripod with the SBH-100 ball head. (retail $209)
Think Tank Photo Bags – Streetwalker Pro Bag (retail $169)
One spot in a Macro Boot Camp, location of your choice (retail $169)
Nik Software – Color Efex Pro 4 (retail $159)
Hunt’s Photo – $50 Gift Certificate
Outdoor Photo Gear – $50 Gift Certificate
Creating Art With Macro E-Book (retail $14.95)

Free to enter

You have until August 1st, 2012 to submit your images.
You may enter three images.
Send small file jpegs (200kb ) and your location to, mgmoats@yahoo.com
No limitations on processing of images.
Winning images will be posted online on August 2nd.

If you would like ideas of subject matter to shoot outside of the flowers and critters,
visit my website at tinylandscapes.com

  1. Helen Cherry says:

    Is this just open to those in the United states Mike ? ( obviously the Macro boot camp would be a bit tricky to attend for those living elsewhere ! )

  2. Rick Diffley says:

    Thanks for providing this contest! Do you have a main clearing house for learning about photo contest?

  3. dakwegmo says:

    Do empty sea shells count as critters?

  4. Rick Diffley says:

    Another question, one of clarification.

    Since this is a “macro” image contest, MUST the image me shot with either a micro lens or a lens using extention tubes? Are you including images that are really “close-up” using a zoom lens near full focal lenght?


  5. speeddemon2 says:

    Reblogged this on speeddemon2 and commented:
    This looks like a good way to challenge myself.

  6. Dave says:

    By leaving out anything in the plant and animal kingdoms that leaves Archaebacteria, Eubacteria, Protista,and Fungi. Are these kingdoms also off limits? Challenges like this bring out the science teacher in me, therefore you get my bad sense of humor. So are living things a no and non living things a yes? This challenge is going to be fun…

    • Mike Moats says:

      Hey Dave, when I say critter, it is about the bugs and frogs, and live moving subjects, so fungi and all the other growths like that are fine.

    • dakwegmo says:

      Dave, are you suggesting that by excluding flowers, he’s eliminating all plant life? I was under the impression that there were all manner of non-flowering plants. Also, I assume that when Mike says flowers, he’s referring specifically to the reproductive organs of even flowering plants, such that other parts of these plants would be fair game.

      • Rick Diffley says:

        Still waiting to know IF images must be shot with a macro lens? Or, a lens that uses extension tubes. For me there is a big difference between shooting “close-up” & “micro.” Maybe a photo of what is & what is not an acceptable submission.


      • Mike Moats says:

        You can shoot with what ever lens, tubes, or filters you want, but stay within the close-up / macro / micro ranges.

      • Mike Moats says:

        Yes you can shoot any plant you want, just don’t include the flower if it has one.

  7. […] You can get more information on the contest here. […]

  8. Pat Nelson says:

    I have a photo I took in mind, but wonder if it would be disqualified. Do dry flower petals (that have fallen off a flower) and are used in the background of a shot count as a flower? Ditto for an animal bone. Is that a critter? Neither of these things is a living organism, but are derived from one. Thanks for clarifying!

    • Mike Moats says:

      Hey Pat, they would be fine as long as we don’t see a intact full flower. The bones are alright, a bone doesn’t let us see an actual critter.

  9. Daryl says:

    Where do we stand on the results. Haven’t seen anything.

  10. Mike Bachman says:

    Sad that you limit this to the US.

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