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Jim Casper ADMIN October 3, 2007
35 Contest Winners Announced!

You can view the winning photographs at

Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to everyone who participated. Look for our next contest soon.


Editors at Lens Culture

Group Description

Many of us carry cameras every day, everywhere we go. And often the images that surprise us and delight us most are those that are taken while we are waiting for something else to happen.

Finnish photographer Arja Hyytiainen once described the pleasure of travelling by train through Europe (and making photographs) like this: “When you are on a train you can be in a magical state; you have already left but you have not yet arrived.”

This contest is seeking great photographs that capture that sense of noticing things while commuting, or waiting, in a state of transition, or pause — suspended temporarily apart from the day-to-day flow of life, and open to observation. Active and passive at the same time. In a private "zone" while in a public place.

Likewise, it is often those photos that we take for the hell of it, in between our “serious” photos, that capture the kind of punctum that Roland Barthes celebrated.

So, with these loose guidelines, please post ONE* photo that best captures this feeling for you. At the end of September, we will select the best of the entries and publish them in Lens Culture (, which attracts thousands of unique visitors each day from over 100 countries. And, “in between” now and then, we will post some of the best photos in the blog at Lens Culture.

Please tag the photos with "lensculture".

Thanks, and cheers.

Jim Casper
Editor, Lens Culture

*Due to a request, and to get even more variety, we've increased the limit to THREE photos per person. Please see the first discussion thread above for more details.

Additional Info

  • Members can post 3 things to the pool.
  • Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images, Art, Screenshots
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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