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34.5: Shadow Projection 2 – Winners Announced

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 by in No Limit, Results Posted

1st Place: PleasantZen

This was inspired by BenjaminGoosen's work of last year. Titled

This piece, titled The Tree on Fire is not about the beauty of magnet spheres, nor the shadow created by them. Rather, the fantastic piece is the result at the intersection of the two. The magnets seem to lay the branches, with individual spheres placed like fruit in a tree. And the foliage is filled by the the shadows on a light backdrop. “This was inspired by BenjaminGoosen’s work of last year.” $75 in Zen Credits awarded. Also usable on

Setup Photo

Here’s a shot of the setup photo for this creative piece.


2nd Place: Boyd Edwards

This is a photo of 7 diagonal cubes, perched on their corners, with edge counts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7, and made of 13, 62, 171, 364, 665, 1098, and 1678 Zen Magnets, respectively.  The setting sun strolled into place at just the right moment to cast their shadows onto my kitchen cabinet.  The shadow projection photo was taken from above.  The setup photo was taken from the illuminated side of the cubes, and shows their reflections in the cabinet surface.

This was actually the sample photo we chose from the gallery for the contest announcement. A family of diagonal cubes made of 13, 62, 171, 364, 665, and 1678 Zen Magnets, lit by sunlight peering through a window. The setup photo is itself a mesmerizing photo of a different flavor. $55 prize awarded.


3rd Place: Tend2it

The Inverted Mushroom Shadow is made of 738 magnets. In fact, it was made using only rings of 9.  A crisp wide angle shot on a clean background. The lamp almost looks like a shadowy figure standing at the end of a r ound table.  Setup photo here. $40 in Zen credits awarded.


4th Place: GalaxyTraveler

Lighting from below through a glass plate, shadow is projected on a standard office copy paper. The original shot already had a slight gradient and was yellowish due to wrong auto white-balancing. The final colors were achieved by maximizing contrast and saturation multiple times. Usually a bad idea because it blows out colors and increases noise and grain, but in this case it was intended in order to get a devilish Halloween look.

Lit below a glass plate onto a suspended surface, this Halloween themed projection is post processed to create a devilish countenance. The setup was quite intricate, take a look here. $25 Prize.


5th Place: Artuo

Very simple yet classic design, everyone will recognize the shadow. Book being used was chosen for having characters with a fiery romance, something I tried to capture with 2 filters. Done in my living room hence my leg showing.

A simple yet classic design. “The book being used was chosen for having characters with a fiery romance.  Setup photo here. $15 prize awarded.


6th Place (Tie): Mathnetism

The shape is made with the same subunit at five different sizes. The subunits are joined to form a fractal-like shape.

“The shape is made with the same subunit at five different sizes,” and almost appears as a fractal creature with many mouths. The object itself is quite a feat, take a look at the setup photo here. $10 prize easily earned.


6th Place (Tie): Zahra Tayob

Thought I'd make something for Halloween , shadow made from a blob sculpture, edited it a bit to look scary

Also a Halloween themed face. Made from a blob sculpture and “edited a bit to look scary.” Setup photo here.  $10 won.

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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. Magnet sculptors can always submit photos to to win magnets as well.

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

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

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 7 Entries for the second October Shadow Projection contest.

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1st Place: $75 Zen Credit, usable on or

2nd Place: $55 Zen Credit

3rd Place: $40 Zen Credit

4th Place: $25 Zen Credit

5th Place: $15 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 November 30th.

Decide your favorite THREE entries, and

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