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27.5: Zen and the Art of Cycle Creation – Winners Announced

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 by in 216, Results Posted

Incredible Turnout. And many amazing entries in the April 2012 Single Set Cycle Contest. Most of which are impressive, and clearly the result of above average intelligence. Although the limit of Zen Magnets allowed was merely a single set of 216, there was plenty of room for creative freedom.

Since there were so many entries of quality, it was difficult to distinguish 4th and 5th place within the margin of error. So we decided to be select quite a few winners. Also, the 6th place spot was removed, but for the first time ever, everybody who participated will be receiving a consolation prize of $7, which basically means the bottom half all won 6th place.  This is the first time we’re awarding a participation prize, because there were simply so many good entries, but don’t get used to it. If you participated, we’ll email you with your prize coupon in the next few days.

1st Place: Benjamingoosen

Tron Magnet Cycle

$100 Prize. TRON LIGHT CYCLE. Immediately identifiable. The simplicity of both construction and photography belie the intrinsic beauty of the photo. This cycle is going at max speed. Great post processing effects and reflections. Truly elegant. A must see at full resolution. Wallpaper quality.

2nd Place: Brobertsatwork

Magnet Tricycle

$50 Prize. Unique in many manners. The only tricycle submitted, and a well represented one at that. Simple, novel and fun. A true throwback to childhood. Slightly blurry at full res, but looks great as a thumb.

3rd Place (Tie): Nerzful

White Board Magnet Bicycle Flat

$25 Prize. A clever backdrop completes this photo. The most proportionally accurate, at first glance, though simple and 2D.

3rd Place (Tie): Zeg22

Black and White Zen Magnets Cycle

$25 Prize. Nice black and white effect. Effective vote lobbying.

4th Place (5 Way Tie): Zahra Tayob

Zahra Tayob

$15 Prize. A clean shot of a solid build brings thoughts of open roads and empty fields.

4th Place (5 Way Tie): GalaxyTraveler


$15 Prize. Utmost abstraction that stands far out. Clean and beautiful.

4th Place (5 Way Tie): Tend2it


$15 Prize. A relatively complex build with attractive proportions. Details best appreciated at full size.

4th Place (5 Way Tie): Adam Husting

Adam Husting

$15 Prize.  Beautifully proportioned for a 3D magnet sphere model. A distinct frame, and clear features.

4th Place (5 Way Tie): Mathnetism


$15 Prize. Classic and classy. The clear mudguard is a nice touch.

5th Place (4 Way Tie): Dan Kemp

Dan Kemp

$10 Prize. An oldschool bike. Very cool internal reflections.

5th Place (4 Way Tie): MasterVolume11


$10 Prize. A sporty cycle that would be at home in dirt, if not made of magnets. Note reflections.

5th Place (4 Way Tie): Dragani


$10 Prize. Looks like a camel?

5th Place (4 Way Tie): Jrcpalmetto


$10 Prize. Small frame gives the wheels a fierce presence. Great contrast and photographic quality.

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If you haven’t already, click on the images to check out the original size. And keep in mind that contests held here are independent of the Zen Gallery. You can always submit your photos to to win magnets as well.

Spectators, keep your eyes peeled for the next contest, because you choose the winners.

Contest Winners and participants, we’ll email you your prizes soon.

Epic awesome turnout, with many brilliant and creative entries.

Click on images to see full size.

1st Place: $100 Zen Credit, usable on or

2nd Place: $50 Zen Credit

3rd Place: $25 Zen Credit

4th Place: $15 Zen Credit

5th Place: $10 Zen Credit

6th Place: $7 Zen Credit

Judges, remember that this contest is a photography contest just as much as it is a magnet sculpture contest, overall aesthetic does matter. Voting deadline is 4/30

Decide your favorite 6 entries, and

Vote Here