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60: Shadow Projection Threequel

Posted on Oct 8, 2018 by in Magnet Limit, No Limit

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection. -Michelangelo

It has been 6 years since we first posted our original Shadow Projection Contest, and 5 years since the last one was held. So, we’re making Shadow Projection Contest an October tradition. The photography for this contests is always incredibly creative, so we are excited to see what round 3 holds.




Check the previous contests for inspiration: Contest 22, Contest 34. Here are the rules: the focus will not be on the magnet sculpture itself, but instead on the photography of a shadow dropped by the sculpture. To make a distinct shadow use a single, minimally diffused light source. You will submit two pictures. The first will be the shadow contest entry, and doesn’t necessarily show the magnets themselves. The other required photo should be of your entire setup, with all magnets in view, so it’s obvious the magnets are indeed making the shadows.


Benjamingoosen’s setup


There is no limit on how many magnet spheres you may use. 5mm magnet balls only for this contest, any brand. No use of props or other objects is permitted to cast shadows with, however you may cast your magnet shadow on whatever surface you wish. If you don’t have thousands of magnets, you’ll have to especially focus on the lighting, framing, and photographic integrity.


Summary of Requirements:

  1. Sculpture made of any 5mm magnet balls; no bars, cubes, discs. No quantity limit.
  2. Shadow must be cast solely by magnets.
  3. Submit 2 photos; 1 for judging, 1 displaying entire setup.
  4. No photo manipulation besides basic contrast/brightness filters.
  5. One Submission per person, no later than 10/31/2018

As usual, the judges will be your peers. So don’t aim simply to make the most amazing sculpture, try to take the most beautiful photo. There will be at least four winners, and possibly more depending on participation. The prize for first place will be $100 Zen Credit. Again, this is a photography contest as much as a magnet sphere contest. Submission deadline is the end of October.

Submit Here 

Everything you submit goes into the public domain. Of course, the first and foremost requirement, is that you have fun!