Deranged Photography Contest - Power of the Insignificant Theme

Photo taken by me @derangedvisions. This is a shackle inside of an old prison cell in the old Appomattox Jail.

Power of the Insignificant


This theme was an idea from the one and only @meno. There is beauty in the small and seemingly insignificant things in this world, but you have to find a way to capture that beauty. That is the challenge that we as photographers face every time we frame up a shot. We have to make the ordinary things in this world tell a story and really capture the essence of the phrase "A picture is worth a thousand words."

So with this theme, I am looking for pictures of objects that people would normally pass by without giving a second thought about. This is a bit of a more challenging theme for the newer photographers, but if it can really push your abilities and make you see the world in a new way if you embrace the theme. I am looking forward to your awesome entries. I already know that these are going to be great!

Photo taken by me @derangedvisions. A lot of the bricks on the old buildings in Charleston, South Carolina, were made by slave children during the 1800s. Some of the bricks have finger print marks in the bricks from the children because the bricks were still hot when they were handling them. The hot bricks left the children with burns on their hands, but they were forced to keep working.

How is the Deranged Photography Contest set up?


The contest will be broken up into three different tiers. Each will have a different payout for the winners based on what tier you enter into. Here is a breakdown of the winning based on the tiers:

1st1.25 SBD1 SBD1 SBD
2nd0.75 SBD0.5 SBD0.5 SBD
3rd0.5 SBD0.25 SBD0.25 SBD

Each contest will be open for submissions for 5 days after the post is made and then closes at 0100 UTC (1800 MST) on the 5th day.

This will give me and any guest judges time to judge the submissions and create the post announcing the winners.

How to enter


When you enter a photo in the competition, you will state what tier you want to be judged in and locked in for the month at that level.

For example if you enter a photo, you drop the photo in the comment section, state what level of photographer you are, and then give a description of the photograph.

If you want to make your own post and reference the contest in your post, that would be awesome, just remember to post your picture in the comment section along with your post link. Who knows, you may get a visit and an upvote on your post as well as an upvote on the picture. Use the tag #derangedphotography to make it easy to find your posts.

Additional Notes


  • Only one submission per contest. Extra submissions will be ignored.

  • You can switch your tier ONE time per month, but only if you are moving up into a higher tier, for example if you are currently in the amateur tier, but you think that you have a photograph that you want to enter in the professional tier, you can state that you are changing your tier to professional. You will then be locked into the new tier for the remainder of the month. You are not able to move down to a lower tier, like going from amateur to the beginner tier.

  • If you do not state wish tier you want to be judged in for the month, I will leave a comment to remind you to do so, but if you don't respond, you will be assigned to a tier and locked in for that month.

  • Plagiarism will not be tolerated in any form. All submissions must be your own work. I will investigate every entry and one of the main sponsors is the @steemcleaners team, so if you are caught plagiarizing, not only will you be blacklisted from competing from any future contests, but you will be reported to @steemcleaners as well. It is not worth it to try and cheat, especially with the 3 tier set up where everyone has an equal shot of winning.

Who are the amazing sponsors?


One major sponsor to the contests is @pfunk. For those that don't know @pfunk is a very active witness on the platform that is doing a lot behind the scenes to ensure that your user experience is a smooth one.

@pfunk aids in the process of new account set ups, a big part of Steemit Chat, and a part of the @steemcleaners team. @pfunk also is a huge supporter of the Open Mic contests run by @luzcypher.

You should seriously consider casting a witness vote for @pfunk.

Another major sponsor is @czechglobalhosts. For those that don't know, @czechglobalhosts puts on two daily photo contests that are open to anyone to enter. His contests cover the entire globe so that anyone can enter. The days and themes are:

  • Australian Monday
  • Antarctica and World's Oceans Tuesday
  • African Wednesday
  • European Thursday
  • North American Friday
  • South American Saturday
  • Asian Sunday

On top of the themed daily continent contests, he hosts a daily travel contests specific to the beautiful country of the Czech Republic. So make sure to follow @czechglobalhosts and participate in his contests because he is offering two daily photography contests that you can enter to win.

The other sponsors I have are @guiltyparties and the @steemcleaners team. @guiltyparties and everyone else behind @steemcleaners does so much for the platform as a whole, trying to reduce the spammers, phishing and plagiarism that goes on here. If you have any free slots for witness votes you should consider casting a vote for @guiltyparties, vote for @patrice, vote for @anyx, vote for @pfunk, vote for @pjau, and vote for @arcange. Your votes for these great witnesses go a long way in ensuring the platform continues to thrive.

If you would like to become a sponsor and delegate SP to the Deranged Photography Contests you can do so by clicking on the following links:
50 SP, 100SP, 250SP, 500SP, 1000SP,5000SP.

Now get out and start shooting


I hope you are all excited about this new contest. The contest themes will be different than what you are used to seeing on Steemit, and I am doing this to encourage everyone to get out and shoot new pictures. If you are a life long professional nature photographer, some of the themes may push you to try and learn something new. If you are just a beginner photographer, this is a great place to have fun shooting all sorts of exciting styles and learn in the process.

Photo taken by me @derangedvisions. A typical set of shackles that a slave would wear when being transported. They were usually chained to one another and this inhuman treatment helped to prevent them from being able to move quickly and escape.

I am looking forward to seeing all of your great submissions. Have fun taking those pictures!!

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What a fun theme! Here's a wooden gate with a rusty knob from East China:



Very nice picture, I congratulate you.

Awesome theme Wes! Havent seen anything like this here yet :)

Here is my entry. A piece of old, dirty, paint-peeled wall with rusty metalwork in Merida, Mexico.


As everytime i go into the Amateur tier...

"Dandelion breaks through the street"

Quality went fucked by editing it...grml... and i was such an idiot to save it grml...



Perfect example of something insignificant trying to make a statement in this world. Great shot.


im so sorry i fucked the original...grml... so i have to reinsert the bad quality :((


Ohh! I like this one.. as the quote goes, bloom where you are planted.

This means earth has hope!

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Ohhh! This is surely a tough one but very challenging. This would bring up more attention to the little things that need more attention..

The search is on.. good luck to all!


This one will just require some creativity but can also produce some really amazing images. It will force you to look at things from a new angle. You will be surprised with the results and the stories that your pictures will tell.


yes i think its the story behind that matters especially coming from things that we often ignore..

Ah great theme this week, will try to get an entry in! Resteem!


Awesome. I am looking forward to your entry.

Looking different. Good shot.

Beginners Tier.
Mushrooms to me seem insignificant. They grow on the lawn when there is enough humidity. We stomp on them, get rid of them, tear them from the ground and throw them away. Yet how many times do we stop and focus on the beauty of it? What it means to this earth and to the insects that may feed on it.


The images you captured in your post just blow me away everytime I see your posts. I don't say it often as I am at times left speechless at the beauty of the image. You are a real artist, taking pictures and making the viewers see with their souls.


Thank you for the awesome submission and awesome comment. I always try to tell stories with my pictures and I am glad that you like them.


Yes, this is my topic. So that's why was so difficult to choose just one photo... I have many of them. You can check my series
This is the reason why this time I'm trying in "professional" cattegory, as I think that I'm professional in taking photos of insignifiant things ;)

This time on the picture is part of the really old building where I live. So I see it every single day. When we see something so often we don't see it as something extraordinary anymore.

PS. Thanks @phortun for writing me about this topic :)

Great theme ... I sure try to enter! Good theme to see if I can get back my creative spark!

Hello everyone !
So this is my photo - >67 kopia.jpg

I wanna to put photo from my trip around Croatia.
I took this photo on Hvar island :). When I saw this tree I just couldn't resist. The sky was perfect blue, and this green leaves and this mandarin...
Simple is the best ;)
Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Tamron 27-70 mm
Tier: Proffesional

Here is my entry. Taken during a trip to San Francisco.

Amateur Tier:


We were walking on the Beach on Nusa Penida, a small island near Bali in Indonesia when we saw this beautiful red coral. I´ve seen bleached corals on the beach before but never such beautiful red one.

Tier: Amateur


Amazing! It doesn't look like any coral I have ever seen. Isn't the world just amazing and full of surprises?
It looks so fragile yet strong. Ok I'm gonna stop lol. Love the shot you took.


haha that´s alright, go on!! 😁

Thanks so much for your words!


I really liked your photo friend, the red color of the coral is very beautiful. @betterthanhome


Your photos are powerful, @derangedvisions, wow, congrats!

Here are my post and photo for this week's edition.
Tier level: Professional

prisao 4 bw.jpg

Socket 1150 waiting for a CPU
I think it has it's own beauty and a certain kind of wonder imagining all the 1's and 0's racing towards a pin.
Amateur, smartphone photo

Nice theme. Here is a simple puddle with a frozen skin of ice on the top and some autumn leaves below. It was taken in Balsta, Sweden

I will go for the pro category this month.
Ice Puddle.jpg

Loving this competition @derangedvisions! Some unusual themes for selecting pictures I love it.

Will post in Amateur again.

Some lightbulbs left behind in an abandoned hospital

When the most insignificant little lamp creates patterns like a lion ~ 🧡😄 ~
I love ˋthe otherworldly magic in the ordinary details´ and to be able to catch this ˋdisplay of glory´ at night was a most welcome surprise :)
{….Tier Amateur....}

That is quite a challenge!
Begginer tier, still.

Random piece of junk on a concrete wall captured with smartphone Samsung J5.

Great theme, Wes! I'm in!


I think most people just see a flag blowing in the wind, but those who stop and think about what it means, realize it's the most powerful symbol of freedom in the United States, as well as giving respect for those lives lost defending it.

DSCN1098 us flag.jpg

Professional tier.

This sand art we saw next to Santa Monica Pier...quite interesting. So if you go there with your wife also check it if its still there ;) Enjoy your time together, Wes ;)

Great theme! I am in...Amateur tier.

The presser foot of an old sewing machine
Click on image to view full screen!
Camera: Nikon D5200
Lens: Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro
Settings: f/8, 1/100sec, ISO 100


Such an ordinary piece of equipment but such a beautiful shot of it.

I saw this old chair hanging in my grandparents' barn one day and thought it was the most beautiful thing in the world but no one could understand why I thought it was so pretty.

This is my entry into the amateur tier.
♥ If I am not too late.

(view on flickr:


I love the light coming in from the back. Very interesting shot.


My Entry
Beginner level
Para cabeza.jpg

For this entry I bring a head massager. Something very relaxing that makes you feel good. It serves to help with stress and headaches, apart it is very rich. It's like a brain masturbation :) Those who have used them know what I'm talking about. Greetings to all.

The Rings

Shooting weddings you have not to forget about certain small elements and especially about the rings. And have to try to make a photo of them in some artistic way

Here are two rings put on a brides flowers bouquet and shot with wide opened aperture blurring the silhouettes of the kissing bride and groom

Details matters!


Be sure to click on the image to view full screen!

Greetings friends of Deranged Photography Contests Here I leave my entry. I hope you like them.

Ready for work