Photography contest, third edition?

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I think this is sort of like an open letter to our readers:

We are thinking of running a third photography contest in the summer. The theme of the first contest, which was frankly decided in arrears, was animal, mineral, and vegetable. The theme of the second contest was threatened, endangered, and invasive.

Would anyone like to suggest a theme for a third contest?

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Coast, mountains and desert.

Plant, animal, fungus.

Solid, liquid, gas, plasma. Or earth, water, air, fire.

Flying, swimming, walking/crawling/burrowing

Science in action…

or (and Henry reminded me of this)

“Spores, mold, and fungus”

Red, White, and Blue.

Evolution in action.

Think about it.

Diverse, Adaptable, Mutable

Beauty, Power, “Tooth and Claw”. Or Producer, Herbivore, Carnivore.

Larry, Moe, and Curly.

I’m not helping, am I.

Fact or Fiction.

or

Never seen before.

cryptozoology!

Penguins from various continents.

Pangolins I Have Known.
Wait, that’s been done.

Hmm… Not What It Seems?

I’m not helping, am I.

Well, no, not exactly - though if you had better taste you might have said Groucho, Harpo, and Chico, or even Gert, Al, and Ep (hope I do not open a floodgate).

But remember when suggesting categories that we do not want to rule out any natural entity, so coast, mountains, and desert is inclusive (if we count stars as mountains, anyway), whereas plant, animal, and fungus leaves out a whole lot of minerals.

Sorry - Gert, Ep, and Ein.

My cat.

Oh, my bad, I thought I was commenting on Coyne’s site!

How about Fire, Earth, Air and Water.

This comment has been moved to The Bathroom Wall.

Stinging, biting, or other naturally irritating organisms.

OR

Petrified students (sorry, just got finished with the last of our senior seminar presentations…)

How about restricting by size? Microphotographs or extreme close-ups of stuff - as opposed to landscapes or astrophotographs or large animals, vegetables or macro-minerals.

[Rubs hands] Okay, lessee, here…

Artistic, Informative, Intriguing.

Backyard, Local (state/province/within 50 klicks, whatever), Abroad.

Young (less than a week), Old (over five hundred years), and Mature (in between those two).

Fleeting (exposures 1/500 second and faster), Plodding (exposures over 5 seconds), and Walking (in between).

Permanence, Transition, and Change[d].

Just Met (first image of subject by photographer), Hangs About (seen from time to time), and Family (frequent exposure).

Work, School, and Play.

That’s a start. Let me think on this a bit…

Intelligent Design in Action. (chirping crickets?)

walking, running, swimming, flying, slithering, crawling, burrowing, etc.

Tool use, interspecies cooperation, and intraspecies cooperation.

I would’ve also included language use, but that isn’t really photogenic.

I would’ve also included language use, but that isn’t really photogenic.

Unless it’s a gorilla using sign language. :)

Henry J said:

I would’ve also included language use, but that isn’t really photogenic.

Unless it’s a gorilla using sign language. :)

Like this?

Paul Burnett said:

How about restricting by size? Microphotographs or extreme close-ups of stuff - as opposed to landscapes or astrophotographs or large animals, vegetables or macro-minerals.

Ooo! Micro/macro! Salt crystals and globular clusters, fly eyes and supernovae… though that’s beyond the abilities of the average photographer, innit.

Matt Young said:

I’m not helping, am I.

Well, no, not exactly - though if you had better taste you might have said Groucho, Harpo, and Chico, or even Gert, Al, and Ep (hope I do not open a floodgate).

There was a 5th Marx Brother (after Zeppo), but no-one ever talks about him.

Tall guy.

They called him Stretch.

How about photographic proof of The Designer in action, pinning a flagellum on a bacterium?

Or even just a tail on a donkey!

Mike Elzinga said:

Henry J said:

I would’ve also included language use, but that isn’t really photogenic.

Unless it’s a gorilla using sign language. :)

Like this?

Close enough!

Lions, tigers and bears (oy vey!)

Natural, manipulated, impossible?

Designed or not designed? :D

Karl?

fnxtr said:

Matt Young said:

I’m not helping, am I.

Well, no, not exactly - though if you had better taste you might have said Groucho, Harpo, and Chico, or even Gert, Al, and Ep (hope I do not open a floodgate).

There was a 5th Marx Brother (after Zeppo), but no-one ever talks about him.

Tall guy.

They called him Stretch.

let’s try that again… Karl?

Clear evidence of design: teenie-weenie trademark or copyright symbols, brand logos, patent numbers, etc. on flagella, DNA strands, etc.

IOW, fun with Photoshop.

In honor of the U. S Navy SEAL Team for the killing of Osama bin Laden and the end of the War on Terror: SEa, Air, Land

5th Marx brother was Milton “Gummo” Marx. He never played in the movies and so is even less known than Zeppo, the fourth brother, who got the straight man roles and so is generally forgotten.

There was a 5th Marx bother and he was called Gummo.

Hmmm… “solid, liquid, gas” has already been suggested, so I guess you could count this as a second vote for that one. Alternately… Diurnal, Nocturnal, Crepuscular (aka Day, Night, Twilight) Interior, Exterior, Surface Life, Death, Undeath Smooth, Varying, Chaotic

Inside, outside, & Upside-down.

I liked the idea of short, medium & long exposures.

This, that, and the other thing. Maybe not.

Right way, Wrong way, & My way. Definitely not.

How about Earth, Wind & Fire (think they still tour), seriously…

How about meteorological?

Randy said:

How about Earth, Wind & Fire (think they still tour), seriously…

How about meteorological?

confirmed

Past, present and future ?

Cubist said: Alternately… Diurnal, Nocturnal, Crepuscular

Ooh, I do like that, Cubist. I hope they go with it.

How about interesting mutations/malformations in plants or animals?

(not humans; too sensitive a matter … )

I cannot help to suggest a subtitle for this topic: “Intelligent design my a** …” (:-)] . …

Alternately… Diurnal, Nocturnal, Crepuscular (aka Day, Night, Twilight)

Would Rod Serling narrate it?

Bewitched, bothered and bewildered?

Dave Luckett said:

Bewitched, bothered and bewildered?

Is this thread just degenerating into a collection of things that go round in threes?

If so, my current bedtime reading has got Rakata, Danan and Perboewatan in it, but they won’t provide many photo-opportunities.…

Engineering, Industry, Gems, Caves, Waterfall, Domestic Pet, Zoo, Safari Park, Wildlife.

So I’m trying to think of some sort of vague collection of terms that could be considered evolution related. I’ve been trying to come up with a series of variations on the concept of change. For a group of three, I’ve got this:

fast change,slow change,stasis

That’s intentionally vague, with no clear line between the three and plenty of room to creatively apply the concepts to different aspects of the same thing. But that’s what I was trying to do, make for categories that let the contestants have some fun with the groupings.

You might call a picture of a bullfrog hiding in the water with only its eyes and nostrils showing stasis, as it waits for a food source to wander into ambush range. A picture of a frog species that’s threatened by Chytridiomycosis might be termed fast change because of the threat of extinction, a sudden event in terms of the history of a species.

To make it challenging why not photography of things we usually don’t see

“Shorter than violet, longer than red”

Liquid, Solid, Gas???

Infinite, infinitesimal, and invisible.

Infinite, infinitesimal, and invisible.

I’m not sure just how photogenic anything in those categories would be! ;)

Henry

I suggest enigmatic,incredible and amazing.I think these words capture the beauty of nature.

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