The Bug Geek

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ESO Bug Eye Photo Contest!

The results of the Entomological Society of Ontario Bug Eye photo contest were announced last night!Β  We were treated to a slide show of the 130ish entries; there was some spectacular work!

Also this:

I took 2nd place in the “Ontario Insect” category for

Mine foot is tasty (omnomnom) - a green Katydid

2nd in “Photo by an Ontario Resident” category for

Anisomorpha buprestoides (Southern Two-Striped Walkingstick, Devil Rider, or Musk Mare)

and 1st in the “Open Category” for

Green Lynx Spider, Peucetia viridans [Explored]

It was a good night! <—massive understatement. I’ll be one of the judges for next year’s contest πŸ˜€

I don’t think I mentioned this either: one of my photos was one of seven selected in the Entomological Society of Canada photo contest to be on the cover of the journal, The Canadian Entomologist, for 2013!

Stratiomys badia (soldier fly, Stratiomyidae)

Other than simply being ridonculously thrilled over these results, I think what I’m most pleased about is that all four of these photos use different techniques (natural setting/outdoors and studio), lighting (ambient light and flash), use of backgrounds (white box, coloured, black) and subjects (spider, phasmid, fly, katydid).Β  I’m happy to be producing decent AND diverse images! πŸ™‚

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11 responses to “ESO Bug Eye Photo Contest!

  1. Sean McCann September 30, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Congrats! That is a great bunch of shots!

  2. Scott Hogsten September 30, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    w00t! Congratulations you deserve it, those are some awesome images!

  3. Wanderin' Weeta October 1, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    Congratulations! I especially love the green lynx spider shot; amazing detail!

  4. Adrian D. Thysse October 1, 2012 at 7:48 AM

    Congratulations! Great shots, and I hope you have more up your sleeve for JAM in November!

    • TGIQ October 1, 2012 at 8:05 AM

      I’m definitely going to apply, Adrian! Hey, maybe you could confirm this for me: I seem to recall that only photos of “Canadian Arthropods” are eligible (which would make sense, but I just wanted to check) πŸ™‚

      • Dave October 5, 2012 at 4:18 PM

        That is correct, although I don’t know that the pictures have to have been taken in Canada. That might be too provincial. Just as long as they celebrate arthropods that live in Canada. If your best shot is one from over the border, I don’t think it would make sense to disqualify it.

  5. Morgan Jackson October 3, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Congrats Geek! And also congrats for winning the President’s Prize for Best Oral Presentation! Science Communication for the literal WIN! πŸ˜€

  6. Ted C. MacRae October 4, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    A clean sweep – congratulations!

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