Art of Cards Photo Contest winners

A few weeks ago, we announced the Art of Cards photo contest, and the entrants came through in spades. What an incredible job by everyone who entered. Your incredible submissions have assured that we’ll do this contest again.

Thirteen finalists were selected from a pool of entries posted on the forums, MySpace and Facebook. From those 13, our three judges, moderators on the Ellusionist forums, considered each of the images’ composition, message, technical skill and creativity in picking a winner.

The selection was not easy, and we went back and forth on several choices. To pick winners, the judges had to get very picky, almost to the point of being dental. But we have three winners, who are displayed below, as well as the other 10 finalists. Without further ado, here are the winners of the Art of Cards photo contest:

Submitted via E forums.

Third place: Untitled. Submitted by Yukob via the E forums.

Yukob’s eye-catching collage is a detailed study of a deck of 1800s. The tonal quality and the close-up details made this one stand out. He wins three decks of one style of E’s custom playing cards.

Submitted via E forums.

Second place: Be Different, Be Magic. Submitted by Martin-zz via the E forums.

Though technically simplistic, Martin made an interesting statement with his shot that snared the judges’ attention. He’ll get six decks and an Ultragaff for being different. And magic.

And first place… drum roll…

Submitted via E forums.

First place: Pure Elements. Submitted by Blackwater via the E forums.

Blackwater said that he didn’t use any digital alteration when posting this picture. Even if he did, it’s pretty cool. His creative idea of burning, flaming ice took some setup, and it made for a compelling, mesmerizing image that reminds us of the impossibilities we aim to create every day. He wins a brick of his choice of cards and a 1st ed. Black Ghost deck to make up for the 2nd ed. Ace of Spades he sacrified.

The rest of the finalists are below:

Untitled. Submitted via MySpace.

Untitled. Submitted by ***ROB*** via MySpace.

Untitled. Submitted via MySpace.

In manu illius plumbium aurum fiebat. Submitted by Abra Kadaver via MySpace.

Submitted via E forums.

Shadow of a Ghost. Submitted by Shadowofaghost via the E forums.

Submitted via E forums.

Rose of Cards. Submitted by TASan via E forums.

No. 6: That Moment. Submitted via E forums.

That Moment. Submitted by 3oS via E forums.

Submitted via E forums.

Untitled. Submitted by worfeus via E forums.

Submitted via E forums.

Bitten. Submitted by Xntrix via E forums.

Submitted via E forums.

Practice. Submitted by onesickknave via E forums.

Submitted via E forums.

Pyramid Change. Submitted by Sarah Koz via E forums.

Submitted via E forums.

Art in Card Manipulating. Submitted by edusk via E forums.