Winners crowned in our hardware photography contest

After painstakingly poring over the deluge of pictures submitted for our hardware photography contest, we’ve settled on our favorites. Judging was difficult because there were so many good entries, but we all loved the following impromptu picnic:

Great shot, ludi. You’ve won an MSI GTX460 Cyclone 1GB OC. We’ve also singled out an additional 18 winners, each of whom will receive a free digital copy of Metro 2033. They are:

andyfrasier, AssBall, Buckeye, conjurer, Creech, Critical, Derfer, FireGryphon, jeremywscott, MixedPower, nickmandler, RA1D, rado992, roklipni, Spotpuff, theix, timon37, and wasser.

If your name is on the list please use the forum messaging feature to drop Adam a line and claim your copy of Metro 2033. You, too, ludi.

We’d like to thank MSI for donating the graphics card and games that made this contest possible. Kudos to everyone who participated, and thanks to Visual Haven forum moderators Dposcorp and SpotTheCat for keeping an eye on the thread. You can browse the winning shots in the image gallery below and check out all the entries in the contest thread.

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    • glynor
    • 9 years ago

    Great shots, everyone. Fantastic work all around.

    • Critical
    • 9 years ago

    Game recieved, I’m impatient.

    • 5150
    • 9 years ago

    I bet they cringed putting “AssBall” on the front page. LOL

      • AssBall
      • 9 years ago

      ๐Ÿ™

      14 year old handle that I can’t seem to shake ๐Ÿ™‚

    • A_Pickle
    • 9 years ago

    I didn’t contribute (my roommate, who owns the apartment SLR, was on vacation)… but we should so totally do it again sometime.

    This is an awesome contest. Other Tech Report contests felt like homework, “Go find these words in this article and hope you win amongst the hundreds of other gerbils who do the same thing!” In this contest, it was subjective… but the contestants had to put some thought and effort into it.

    That picture’s awesome, btw, it totally should’ve won. Well done, ludi. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • khands
    • 9 years ago

    Gratzi all! I couldn’t get a decent picture ๐Ÿ™ Maybe next time I’ll try harder.

    • ronch
    • 9 years ago

    Is that a Cyrix with the integrated heatsink? Or is that an IBM Blue Lightning?

    Back in the days I loved the way that chip looks. And somehow, using a Cyrix Cx486 felt cooler than using an Intel i486. A Cx486 in a sea of i486s.

      • ludi
      • 9 years ago

      I believe that was the Blue Lightning (100MHz), in fact the subject of the First Hardware Upgrade contest that won me a copy of Just Cause 2 (and now I’ve got a video card to play it on, w007!). I’ve also got a Cyrix-branded 486 with that same heatsink, but in green.

      The motherboard that CPU lived on is still in my collection, with an Am5x86-133 CPU that runs 160MHz on 40MHz bus. Hasn’t been installed in a chassis for several years but should still work.

    • GFC
    • 9 years ago

    The “Honey, im home” is hilarious.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 9 years ago

    Well deserved win.

    • cappa84
    • 9 years ago

    Nice work, ludi! Congrats!

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 9 years ago

    Congrats! I will say the modem one is probably my favorite.

      • AssBall
      • 9 years ago

      Thanks! There was some stiff competition. Congrats to ludi and all the other winners. And thanks, TR for not just doing the contest, but for all the great reads and reviews over the years.

    • TaBoVilla
    • 9 years ago

    great contest, Congrats ludi!

    submitted shots were great, some very creative; we should have these more often =)

    • Forge
    • 9 years ago

    I like this contest. I think almost all the winners are TR people. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Spotpuff
      • 9 years ago

      I post snide comments and almost always read the full articles. Does that count?

    • SecretMaster
    • 9 years ago

    My favorite is the stock HSF walking in on the custom one

      • Convert
      • 9 years ago

      I got a chuckle out of that one.

      • Spotpuff
      • 9 years ago

      I originally was going to have him walk in on like 8 other heatsinks partying around the motherboard, but I didn’t have 8 heatsinks. I was also going to spray thermal paste everywhere, but that would be messy and that stuff stains.

      Plus the contest said “keep it clean” so I figured the heatsink gangbang might not pass muster.

        • TaBoVilla
        • 9 years ago

        that would have been the greatest computer hardware composition ever!

    • ludi
    • 9 years ago

    /jawdrop

    Thanks a bunch! I may have to finally buy a quad-core setup to go with it.

      • A_Pickle
      • 9 years ago

      You know, I hear there’re six-cores out now…

        • ludi
        • 9 years ago

        Ehm, well, yes…but there’s a Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 in the mail and an IPS monitor purchase being contemplated. And I’m still getting by fine with a dual core skt939 Opteron, so a hefty six-core build isn’t going to fit my budget or add value to my usage profile.

          • A_Pickle
          • 9 years ago

          Ah, I see. ๐Ÿ˜€

          Well, enjoy the GTX 260!

      • FireGryphon
      • 9 years ago

      Guess the $35 was worth it, eh? ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • ChronoReverse
      • 9 years ago

      Hey ludi, think you could put up a full color version of your entry?

      • ImSpartacus
      • 9 years ago

      Could you publish an higher resolution un-cropped version in color?

      I might like to make a wallpaper out of it. I’m running a dual setup with a 1080p monitor and a 1280×1024 monitor, so I use 3200×1280 images for wallpapers (in tile mode).

        • ludi
        • 9 years ago

        Imas and Chrono–

        I sure can, but the colors might clash rather badly. I was planning some sort of monochromatic shot from the very beginning, and chose the props for contrast rather than color.

        Of course, if neither the colors nor the sepia effect work for you, I guess you can convert it to black and white easily enough.

        Look for it in the General Photography Thread shortly.

    • FireGryphon
    • 9 years ago

    Congrats, ludi!

    • rado992
    • 9 years ago

    Grats to all! I really didn’t expect I would get any prize as I liked many of the other pictures much more than my own ones, but here we are! Again, congratulations to the winners, especially to Ludi, and better luck next time to all who devoted the time and effort needed to participate. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • elmopuddy
    • 9 years ago

    Congrats to all!

    That card rocks!

    • blitzy
    • 9 years ago

    i woulda done usb 2 going down the toilet if i had a camera ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • no51
    • 9 years ago

    My personal favorite is the modem noosed by ethernet cable.

    • dashbarron
    • 9 years ago

    Such a cute little picture. Good job Ludi!

    • Creech
    • 9 years ago

    Congratulations Ludi!

    And thanks TR for the free game! Can’t get a much better deal than that.

    • Buub
    • 9 years ago

    Congrats! There are some pretty awesome pics in there!

    • wasser
    • 9 years ago

    Congrats to ludi for getting first! That was a pretty neat concept. And congrats to all the “runners up”.

    • Spotpuff
    • 9 years ago

    As soon as I saw that photo I figured it would win. I thought most of the photos entered were pretty awful (including my own).

    Also, photo 19 is like motherboard goatse!

      • wasser
      • 9 years ago

      Pfff! I was impressed by some of the stuff there. I thought yours had a pretty funny concept. It was just that wall paper that was questionable. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • Spotpuff
        • 9 years ago

        You take that back! That wallpaper has been in that room for over 20 years!

        ๐Ÿ˜›

        No I agree, a lot of the photos were interesting, and some of the photos in this gallery seem like they weren’t actually posted in the contest thread. But a lot of them were just like “here is a photo of my computer”.

        Ludi’s is one of those photos that I wish I had taken, which is how I knew I wasn’t going to win ๐Ÿ˜› Actually mine was a 2-parter, but the contest was for a single photo, so we actually ended up making a lot of different speech bubbles and submitted only the one second image that made sense as a single photo. Some of the speech was half in one frame and half in the next… anyways, the single photo is probably better anyways.

        The best photo won so I have no complaints ๐Ÿ˜›

    • sweatshopking
    • 9 years ago

    Congrats boys. Shame I didn’t win. That really surprised me. I knew I should have submitted a photo.

    • 5150
    • 9 years ago

    Very cool Ludi. Grats!

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