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75: Forced Perspective

Posted on Jan 16, 2020 by in 216, Magnet Limit

Things are not always as they seem; the first appearance deceives many.


The January 2020 contest is to create a photograph with forced perspective, using foreshortening to give the illusion that your magnetic creation is much larger than it really is. This is not a Photoshop contest, you must capture everything in one shot. Here is a good resource if you’re confused or need ideas.


The build in your photo is limited to 216 magnets or less. Genuine Zen Magnets only. Tip: a higher f-stop will help ensure all your subject matter is in focus. We’re looking for play between the foreground (Zen Magnets) and the background of the image. Context is important for achieving the illusion. Include something in your image most people would know the size of, like a toaster, a car, a human…

Summary of Requirements:

  • Zen Magnets only, limited to 216 magnets or less
  • Submission deadline is January 31st, 2020
  • 1 submission per person
  • No collages or photo-manipulation beyond basic color levels and contrast

As usual, the judges will be your peers. Pay attention to resolution, focus, lighting, and framing. Avoid your bright reflective flash, and opt for a self timer and a tripod (or stand.) Sharp, high resolution pictures are preferred. $300 in prizes is up for grabs and distribution will depend on participation. There will be at least five winners. Prizes will be announced with judging. Everything you submit goes into the public domain. Submission deadline is the last day of January 2020.

Don’t forget the first and foremost requirement: Have fun!

Once you’re ready, follow the button below to the submission form.

Submit Here