Mystery Meet 2015

May 13, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Every year, I host a photography scavenger hunt called The Mystery Meet through my group, Royal Oak Photography. This is always a really fun event. It is always challenging. And the photographers attending don't know what the theme is going to be until they arrive. My goal for this event is always to make it challenging, but doable, and to push the limits of each photographer's abilities, this year's event was no different. 

Oh, and the best part? The winner of the Mystery Meet always wins something. This year the winner receives a $50 gift card to Camera Mart courtesty of Amy Claeys Photography and Camera Mart

In past years we have had themes like Find the Alphabet, Macro, and Colors. This year's theme was People, Places and Things at the Eastern Market. (See the details of this below.) 

The Winner of this year's Mystery Meet is Amy Olsen, Set #1. 

This photo series was creative and really jumped outside the box. Here is what some of the judges had to say:

"Unifying theme was very recognizable, and I thought they were thinking well outside of the box for interesting architecture." 

"I like the interpretation of architecture - [it] didn't need to be man made"

"I loved the theme of spirals, from the spider web to the wheel to the tee shirt." 


Honorable Mention goes to the very talented Nancy Kleist, Set #7. Our group of judges loved her theme, as one judge put it, "I was impressed with the use of red and green, circles and veins, and the variety of subjects used to tie these together."

Well done Nancy!

Thank you to EVERYONE that participated in this year's Mystery Meet! I think it was a fun and challenging subject, and I think everyone did a great job!!

Also a very special THANK YOU to all of our judges this year for taking the time to look at the photos and pick out what you thought were the best series!

Here is the information I shared with each of the judges so that everyone judged the series in exactly the same way. 

Thank you for agreeing to be a judge for this year’s Mystery Meet.

Each person was asked to take a picture of the following at Detroit’s Eastern Market

  • An interesting person
  • An interesting bit of architecture
  • Something for sale

They were also asked to make sure that their photos were a series – or to be clearer, that they had to relate to each other in some way. I gave them the example that when they were done, their three photos could be framed in one frame, and would make sense. Maybe it was color that held them together, or shape, or tone.. it was up to the photographer. I gave the photographers a LOT of creative room for this one, and I did it on purpose.

Knowing all of the above, please choose the series you believe that most embodies the above direction. To keep everything confidential – please send me your choice at To see each set bigger, please just click on the picture. It’ll open a new window and you’ll be able to enlarge the set to it’s original size for more detail.

Again – THANK YOU!!


Set 1

Set 2

Set 3

Set 4

Set 5

Set 6

Set 7


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