Older cameras can still take home the prize money! (Our October contest proves it)


posted Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 7:57 AM EST


Fittingly, the Nikon D7000 was released in the month of October.... way back in 2010. We said the D7000 was "...as easy to recommend as a cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer day..." Now, here a full five years later (a virtual century in technology time) our contest participant Bastera Rusdi is bringing home the $300 monthly prize with his trusty Nikon D7000.

And what an image it is! The judges were very much smitten with this one, and in an almost unanimous concensus that this image should take top honors. An intriguing and inviting composition that we're proud to display here.

Nice work, Bastera!

First prize • Go Back Home by Bastera Rusdi • Nikon D7000

In second place for October is one of our regulars, Mark Seawell, and a gorgeous image aptly titled "Grand Tetons". He's shooting with the "baby" from the winning bunch, the popular Panasonic GX7 from 2013. (This image deserves to be viewed at 24 x 36!)

Thanks for an awesome image, and congratulations Mark!

Second Prize • Grand Tetons by Mark Seawell • Panasonic GX7

And taking home the third prize for October is Debbie Andres and her beautiful image "Bohemian Waxwing in Winter". Her Sony HX9V Cybershot would normally be the oldest camera in the winner's circle, and by a large margin, but not this month! It's a 2011 model that's a full 6 months younger than the grandfatherly D7000.

A delightful image, perfect for a holiday week here in the US. Thanks Debbie!

Third Prize • Bohemian Waxwing in Winter by Debbie Andres • Sony HX9V

Our runner's up this month could easily be winners on any given month. "Jane says..." by Josh Krasner is simply stunning, and "Snowy Egret" by Bob Menak is a nice moment somewhat different from the bird shots we see most of the time (and with a D300 circa 2007 no less!).

Thanks to you both!

First runner-up • Jane Says... by Josh Krasner • Nikon D810

Second runner-up • Snowy Egret by Bob Menak • Nikon D300

So what are you waiting for? Could you use $300, $200, or $100 to add to your photo gear kit? You can't win if you don't enter, so dig through your favorite photos, and submit one!

[Thanks so much to everyone who enters our Photo of the Day contest. The top three images every month receive gift certificates from Adorama of $300, $200 and $100, respectively. [Note: international readers are welcome to enter, but regulations mean that only US and Canada residents are eligible to win the monthly prizes.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, and this story which warns you of the best ways to NOT succeed. To see camera and exposure information for this month's winners or to see winners from previous months please visit our POTD winner's gallery.]

By the way, we've just started a new series of articles called "Reader Stories" where we turn the tables and let you, our readers, do the talking! We're interested in seeing more of the shots you're the most happy with, and in hearing just how you got them, or just hearing about your passions, interests and the gear you love! Intrigued? Click here!

And please use the comments section below, to compliment October's winners on their fantastic work!

• Thanks to Adorama for sponsoring our contest! •

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News stories from previous monthly winners:

Wild Dolphin by Karen Celella

September 2015 POTD Winners

August 2015 POTD Winners

July 2015 POTD Winners

June 2015 POTD Winners

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April 2015 POTD Winners

March 2015 POTD Winners

February 2015 POTD Winners

January 2015 POTD Winners

December 2014 POTD Winners