Winners selected in MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti screenshot contest

We’ve chosen the winners for our in-game screenshot contest. There were a lot of great entries; some made us laugh, while others had us gaping in awe of the visuals possible with modern games. Since we only have a pair of MSI’s N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II graphics cards to give away, we had to settle on two entries.

The funniest shot of the lot came from lazydc, whose flashlight nicely framed a zombie thong in Left 4 Dead 2. Priceless.

We had a little more trouble deciding on the most beautiful screenshot of the bunch. After much deliberation, crazybus‘s shot of the Pagani Zonda in Need for Speed: Shift won out. There were plenty of breathtaking images among the submissions, but this one is particularly well composed and looks absolutely gorgeous.

Honorable mention goes to Vulgotha, whose out-of-bounds shot from Halo: Reach is a sight to behold, even if it’s mostly the sky box. Our two grand-prize winners will take home the MSI GTX 560 Ti, which offers faster-than-stock clock speeds and a quiet dual-fan cooler. They’ll also get download codes for Just Cause 2 and Mafia II. We have an additional 33 game codes for our other favorites, which were submitted by the following:

Vulgotha, archevilangel, cyclonebee, Derfer, KoolAidMan, LegitMaan, lilbug4apet, Bob, Jon, MrBojangles, pot, RA1D, Rand, thesmileman, absinthexl, bean7, Blazex, Crusty Magic, garadius, homerdog, jodiuh, Looney, mduncan62, mmmmmdonuts21, Obsidian, PopcornMachine, Sheldomaus, SHOES, spiked_mistborn, SuperSpy, tviceman, Vegetto61, and Zenphic

If you’re one of our winners, please use the forum messaging feature to send Adam "Inkling" Eiberger a private message. He’s our biz guy and will get you sorted out. Winners have 72 hours to claim their prizes.

We’d like to thank MSI for kicking in the graphic cards and game codes that made this contest possible. Thanks also go out to Visual Haven forum moderators Dposcorp and SpotTheCat for keeping an eye on the contest thread. Finally, kudos to everyone who took a few screenshots for the contest. You can view all the entries here.

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    • a_non_moose
    • 9 years ago

    Murr…why do I bother, seems like those with better grfx cars win better cards.

    And, curse the data gods, too. I could not find the screen shot of blowing some poor drone in
    MP2 sky-high. Here…somewhere and I thought it amusing.

    Congrats to the winners, but I still hate you.

      • khands
      • 9 years ago

      The “pretty” picture winner got that with a GT 8600 I believe.

      • homerdog
      • 9 years ago

      There is no FPS requirement for taking screenshots. As long as your card can produce the images you can enter and win.

    • Looney
    • 9 years ago

    For some unknown reason, My PM to Inkling is not getting through (PM just sits in outbox). If you (Inkling or other admin) can read this, please PM me. Thanks.

      • Jon
      • 9 years ago

      Same…the PM has been sitting in my outbox since Friday.

        • KoolAidMan
        • 9 years ago

        Same here

      • Crusty Magic
      • 9 years ago

      Same.

      • thesmileman
      • 9 years ago

      me three

      • pot
      • 9 years ago

      I think PMs “sit” in the outbox until they are read.

      BTW, Inkling said on the forum that he would send the codes out on Monday or Tuesday.

        • Jon
        • 9 years ago

        Roger that.

        • Looney
        • 9 years ago

        Isn’t it supposed to go to the ‘Sent Messages’ folder?

          • pot
          • 9 years ago

          edit: I think they may go into the sent folder after the person reads it but that is just a guess.

      • homerdog
      • 9 years ago

      Still waiting for a response here, but I wouldn’t have expected one over the weekend.

      • Jon
      • 9 years ago

      Has anybody heard from Inkling?

        • Crusty Magic
        • 9 years ago

        Nope.

        • pot
        • 9 years ago

        EDIT: Just got my codes, thanks again Tech Report and Inkling!

    • thesmileman
    • 9 years ago

    Any chance we can get a gallery of the winners with a short description of what you liked and about the technology in the games involved? I think that would make a really interesting post for people in the contest and not in the contest.

    • Obsidian
    • 9 years ago

    I can’t help but feel a little jaded that the funniest screen shot was something that anyone who plays Left4Dead 2 sees thousands of times. I was hoping it would go to something a little harder to stage or more rare, like the rockshark in one of the Crysis submissions. At least that Zonda is gorgeous.

    • Jaffo
    • 9 years ago

    Congrats to the winners and don’t enter next time so I have a chance of winning something! 😛

    • Jon
    • 9 years ago

    AWWWWW YEEEEEEEEAH!
    So which of my submissions won me the prize?

    • pot
    • 9 years ago

    Congrats to all winners. I won some games at least.

    • no51
    • 9 years ago

    Another contest not won by me. Big surprise. 🙁

    • albundy
    • 9 years ago

    hopefully i’ll win the better ATI card give away. 🙁

    • KoolAidMan
    • 9 years ago

    Cool! I just threw up some screenshots I took the day before on Steam and it looks like I won a game. Really fun contest to do either way, and super easy now with screenshot taking and uploading built into Steam.

    Thanks for the contest TR!

    • Kilos
    • 9 years ago

    Aw nuts, didn’t even get a game.

    Congrats to the winners though!

    • Crusty Magic
    • 9 years ago

    Really bummed I didn’t win one of the cards.

    I thought I had some pretty good shots.

    =/

      • pot
      • 9 years ago

      I’m sure everyone thinks they had really good shots hehe. But you were a runner up at least so you won 2 games, just make sure to send a PM to the guy listed at the bottom of the post.

    • tviceman
    • 9 years ago

    Thank you TR for the contest!

    • Zenphic
    • 9 years ago

    Totally agree with the two winners that were picked.Those were my two favourites as well. Zombie thong ftw!

    • JJCDAD
    • 9 years ago

    Oh. So in order to win this contest you had to ALREADY HAVE a graphics card capable of producing beautiful graphics? That makes sense. *meh

      • ludi
      • 9 years ago

      Needs more red thumb.

      • Mystic-G
      • 9 years ago

      In all fairness. The most beautiful screenshot was awarded to someone who owns a 8600GTS.

        • khands
        • 9 years ago

        Yup, exactly what I wasn’t expecting.

        • willyolio
        • 9 years ago

        you don’t need to run a game at 30FPS to deliver 1 frame of image.

      • Rand
      • 9 years ago

      One doesn’t need to have an amazing GPU to have won the “funniest screenshot” portion of the contest, I’m reasonably convinced that part of the contest could be won on any card from the late 90’s onward, funny games not being entirely a recent innovation. And for the most beautiful screenshot… the user using the 8600GTS that won… not really an incredible power house. A distinctly underwhelming mid range card from mid 07′ that isn’t really embarassing todays integrated models.

        • Mystic-G
        • 9 years ago

        I dont think the funniest screenshot should have won merely because it wasn’t funny in the slightest. I’ve seen like at least 15 other screenshots I would have picked before that.

          • Rand
          • 9 years ago

          I don’t think either of the eventual winners were the most beautiful/funniest, (though crazybus’s shot would have been top 5 imo) but it’s a debatable point and there were certainly enough images that one could argue otherwise depending on their preferences.

          Fun contest in any event, even if my opinion is arguably biased given the results.

          • MrBojangles
          • 9 years ago

          I agree not downing the winner but when i was sizing up the competition looking at the other shots.The zombie whale tale that only a juvenile would find amusing(or so i thought) wasn’t even on my list of potential threats.That’s just my opinion however.

    • Dposcorp
    • 9 years ago

    I shoulda posted a screen shot of my jacking some fools up int he actual thread lol.
    I played that forum like a game 🙂

    Congrats to everyone who won; lots of truly funny shots and nice to see the different tactics. i.e. desktop with various folder names 😉

    • lilbug4apet
    • 9 years ago

    Congrats to the winners.

    Thank You TR! Keep up the good work!

    • Rand
    • 9 years ago

    Some amazing pictures posted, and given the paucity of entries there were pretty good odds of winning too. Playing beautiful games isn’t a punishingly hard task for a chance to win a GTX560.

    Congratulations to lazydc, and crazybus. (And the other winners).
    Thanks to TechReport, I look forward to claiming my game prize 🙂

    • Meadows
    • 9 years ago

    It took me a long, long, long time to realise what I was looking at with regards to the first screenshot.

    • mduncan62
    • 9 years ago

    Thank you TR, and MSI, and congrats to the card winners. Great shots!

    • Mystic-G
    • 9 years ago

    Dang I didn’t even win one of the games with my screens. =(

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 9 years ago

    BTW, nice pix all. Even the sky in the box needed a long look at and is kinda calming. Thanks all!

    • crazybus
    • 9 years ago

    Wooohooo!! I can’t believe it! Thanks TR!!!! I’m so thrilled right now. This will make an awesome upgrade from my 8600GTS.

    edit: Thank you MSI as well!!!

      • SomeOtherGeek
      • 9 years ago

      Hey, great! Congrats and enjoy to new baby. It is nice to know that it is going to be an actual upgrade.

    • khands
    • 9 years ago

    Gyagh! I completely forgot about this one and didn’t submit! Curse my poor memory (much to the benefit of crazybus and lazydc).

      • SomeOtherGeek
      • 9 years ago

      Same here! Can’t believe I forgot this. Had some ideas, but oh well, next time will do!

    • Spotpuff
    • 9 years ago

    Grats to the winners. Haven’t played L4D at all or that other game but that car shot is pretty.

    • anotherengineer
    • 9 years ago

    If I wasn’t so busy I could hav posted some nice cs:s screenies, maybe even winner worthy, le sigh, next time I suppose.

    Congrats to the winners/honourable mentions.

    • MaxTheLimit
    • 9 years ago

    Awww…I lose.

    With such good odds of winning! Bummer.

      • Blazex
      • 9 years ago

      yea surprisingly not as many submissions as there could have been

      • Spotpuff
      • 9 years ago

      Me too 🙁

    • Blazex
    • 9 years ago

    congrats to everyone that won and played 🙂

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