Catherine Hall Studios Exploration of A Muse 2011 Photo Contest on Google+

His Medusa-black hair is stained with thick playa dust – his piercing black-lined eyes rest intently in the direction of my lens. Even amid fire dancers, bare bodied beauties and thousands of bohemian...

His Medusa-black hair is stained with thick playa dust – his piercing black-lined eyes rest intently in the direction of my lens. Even amid fire dancers, bare bodied beauties and thousands of bohemian Burning Man pilgrims, Eric Hudock cuts a striking outline against the stark landscape. Armed with my Canon 5DMII, I find myself invigorated by this close friend and muse, the subject of many of my fine art photographs. His striking features, complexity, and willingness to be vulnerable inspire my perpetual craving to explore the depth of human character.

I’m searching for the most unique, creative and visually appealing photographic interpretation of the theme “Muse.” What is your muse? Is it a person, a place or a thing? Let your imagination run wild!

We’re giving away three annual premium 500px Awesome accounts to 3 exceptional entries. The winning images will also be published on Catherine Hall Studios blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+! Thank you 500px for supporting the arts and sponsoring the contest!

To join the contest, you need to be in my Google+ Photographers circle. Leave a comment on and I will add you to the circle. I have to manually add you, so please be patient if you are unable to upload your photo yet. It may look like I live on G+, but I actually have a business to run – please excuse any delays *wink* :)

1) Add me +Catherine Hall to your Google+ circle.
2) Add a comment to this original post on Google+.
3) After I add you to my Photographers’ Circle, go to
4) Click “Add photos”.
5) Caption: Add your Google+ name before your description. See example.
+Catherine Hall: Eric Hudock on the Playa at Burning Man. Eric is my muse…
6) Share this post with your friends!

The deadline for entries is August 28 11.59 p.m. PST. Voting ends Sept 2 at 10 a.m. PST.

Voters determine the People’s Choice Award and each “unique” comment counts as a vote. The qualifying entry with the most number of votes wins – so please share it with your friends :) Here’s what qualifies as “unique”:
1) Multiple comments on the same photograph by the same voter counts as 1 vote.
2) Participants’ comments on their own entry do not qualify as votes.

Two other entries will receive honorable mentions. I will personally select two exceptional photographs based on their technique, composition, impact, creativity, visual appeal and effectiveness in conveying the theme.

Please contact +Andrey Tochilin for any questions or more information about

To enter, you must be at least 18 years of age.

Entry Format
Images must be 1920 pixels on their longest dimension and saved in JPG format.

Multiple Entries per Person
You may submit any number of entries into the contest.

Inappropriate Content
Obscene, provocative or otherwise questionable content will not be considered. Catherine Hall Studios retains sole discretion as to what constitutes inappropriate content.

Any entry you submit must be a photograph taken by you. You must be the sole owner of the copyright of any image submitted. Your submission of the photograph is your guarantee that you are the author and copyright holder of the photo and have permission from said subject to distribute the image.

Ownership/Use Rights
By entering the contest, entrants agree to have their submitted photograph displayed on Catherine Hall Studios website and used by Catherine Hall Studios in promotions directedly related to the Exploration of A Muse Photo Contest. Catherine Hall Studios reserves the right to disqualify and delete any photographs, without notice, and for any reason.

The qualifying entry with the most number of votes will be the People’s Choice Award winner. Catherine Hall Studios will judge two other entries on the basis of technique, composition, impact, creativity, visual appeal and effectiveness in conveying the unique contest theme. All contest decisions are final. Entries that fail to comply with these Official Rules may be disqualified.

The winners will be notified by email within one week of the winner announcement date through Google+. Please note that the Peoples’ Choice winner of any Catherine Hall Studios 2011 contests are not eligible for another Peoples’ Choice Award; however, their image will be considered for honorable mention awards.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Google. By participating, you hereby release and hold harmless Google and Catherine Hall Studios from any and all liability associated with this promotion.


Hi I located your blog by mistake when i was searching Google for this concern, I have to say your webpage is quite valuable I also like the design, its amazing!

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will do! I heard you say somewhere you rented a zoom lens and just kept that one on-do you recommend? Did you miss having a prime? We are taking 2 cameras with a lens each.

Some people are able to join Google+ by just linking their Gmail account. This might not work for everyone though.

For those who can’t, here are 150 G+ invitations. Get them while you can

Thank you………I’m on.

i am happy to join this circle….

How can I be part of the contest if I can not join Google+.
I have tried and been invited & it keeps saying ‘Google+ is in limited Field Trial

Right now, we’re testing with a small number of people, but it won’t be long before the Google+ project is ready for everyone. Leave us your email address and we’ll make sure you’re the first to know when we’re ready to invite more people.
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Will you be at Burning Man this year? Geoff and I are finally getting back there after a number of years away. So excited!

Lara, I wish! With TWiT Photo and wedding season, my schedule is filled to the brim. Have fun with Geoff :)

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