How to make $300 in camera gear with a tiny bee and a DSLR


posted Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 4:57 PM EST

Making $300 in Adorama cash with a nice shot of a colorful bee on a flower is a neat feat indeed, but that's just what Bryan Schwertner did by taking the first prize in our January POTD contest. And how about making $200 with a tight shot of a soaring snowy owl as our longtime contributing photographer Jimmy Marz did, or winning $100 with a compelling image of a baby snow monkey taking a dip from another of our longtime contributors, Steve Sampson?

Well, all they had to do was (a) capture a great shot and, (b) enter it into our Photo of the Day contest. (Can't be that hard, can it? Click the shutter button and then click the submit button!)

And the natural world didn't stop there this month, as the first runner-up in our competition was a soothing, tranquil shot of a mountain bighorn by Paul Keitz, while the second runner-up shot was another peaceful moment of clouds soaring over majestic mountain peaks in morning light by Anindya Phani. (These last two images had me craving another cup of coffee to help savor the peaceful moment of seeing them again.)

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First Prize • Tiny Bee by Bryan Schwertner • Nikon D3100
Second Prize • Snow Angel by Jimmy Marz • Canon 70D
Third Prize • Baby Snow Monkey by Steve Sampson • Nikon D700
First runner-up • Desert Bighorn by Paul Keitz • Olympus E-M1
Second runner-up • First Light by Aninya Phani • Canon Rebel XS (1000D)

On further glance we're not entirely sure if those tranquil clouds in the last image are actually from the same image (lighting and focus seem to not correlate with the mountain peaks) and perhaps that's why it didn't make the winner's podium, but it's an intriguing shot to ponder all the same. We usually feature comments from our publisher Dave Etchells for the prize-winning images, and our apologies for missing this month as he's been out of the country for the CP+ show. [Stay tuned for his comments for our February POTM winners!]

For anyone wanting to know more about our competition please visit this news story which describes our contest and also offers some useful tips to help you succeed. To see camera and exposure information on this month's winners or to visit previous months please visit our POTD winner's gallery.

And for anyone who astutely noticed yet another month populated with winning images from primarily Canon and Nikon DSLRs, click here for some interesting statistics on this trend that we published just a few months ago. (Cudos to Olympus for an E-M1 shot here as well!)

Ready to submit a photo of your own? Just click here! And to compliment these photographers on their submissions or offer your own analysis, please use the comments section below. And last but definitely not least, thanks to our friends at Adorama for sponsoring our contest!

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News stories from previous monthly winners:

Wild Dolphin by Karen Celella

December 2014 POTD Winners

November 2014 POTD Winners

October 2014 POTD Winners

September 2014 POTD Winners

August 2014 POTD Winners

July 2014 POTD Winners

June 2014 POTD Winners

May 2014 POTD Winners

April 2014 POTD Winners

March 2014 POTD Winners