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03-01-2016, 02:25 PM - 1 Like   #1
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Point and Shoot contest #98 Utilitarian Public Objects

The subject will be utilitarian objects in a public space. It could be a group of objects perceived as one... like a kids swing set. It could be just one part of a set of objects. It should be something that isn't particularly noticeable as a photo subject but the photo makes the object noticeable. For instance:









Use some kind of point and shoot camera. B&W or color no difference. Be original work and preferably new or recently.

Contest ends at the end of March. Winner announced on April Fool's day in keeping with me doing the judging. . In case I think two photos are of equal merit the first one posted will get the advantage in making my selection.


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Nice, I like all of it! --And congratulations on the win. Good subject and examples.
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I changed the last sentence of the contest rules to "Be original work and preferably new or recently." I had originally thought to encourage people to take new shots for this contest and had settled on "recent" as a qualifier. I adjusted the statement to an encouragement and not a requirement and the age of the image is not important to the outcome.


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03-18-2016, 04:43 PM - 1 Like   #6
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Since there doesn't seem to be much interest, how about another example. This is an object in a public place that serves a useful practical purpose that isn't particularly photo worthy in itself. But it expresses an essence that mirrors something about the place and it is more than just a container with a cartoon painted on it.... to the photographer... and if it seems something more than a container to the viewer then it has merit.

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Nice boost. I like this contest!
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Plenty of interest. I just have been really occupied with my job lately.

I have two entries, both with Panasonic FX500.


From Paris, La Défense. I have no idea what it is supposed to be though




Just a (very) lonely bench.





I'll see if I can find something more before end of the month.

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Thanks, Bart. The bench is good....although Cubasco had that idea first.....it's still interesting. The things that look like they are from outer space.... not utilitarian...unless they can be used for something. I can't imagine what.

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I always thought of it as a playground.
Perhaps for extraterrestrials though. But that's who "La Défense" was probably built for anyway
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One more from NYC... Public and mostly utilitarian... iPhone 5c.
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Here's one from last week, shot with an RX100.

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