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The twenty-ninth annual seminar on mineral photography will be held at the fifty-ninth Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in the Copper Ballroom of the Convention Center on Thursday, 14 February, 1–3 P.M.

Regarding the photo competition, winners will be chosen by a panel of judges and announced the following Saturday evening (16 February) during the awards banquet. A cash prize will be given for first place in each category. The rules are as follows:

  1. No more than two entries are allowed per person.

  2. Slides must be original 35-mm transparencies in standard 2-inch mounts.

  3. Written on each slide must be the mineral name, locality, and size, either “macro” or “micro” category, and the photographer's name and postal address.

  4. Entries should be mailed to me at the address below, to be received by 15 January 2013, or hand-delivered to me at the Tucson Show. (All entries will be returned.)

  5. In addition to slides, digital images as high-resolution JPGs are also acceptable and can be sent to the email address below. CDs can be mailed to the postal address below.

Winners in the 2012 contest were Anthony Gleckler in the macrospecimen competition and Ron Pellar in the microspecimen competition. (See accompanying photographs with specimen information.)


It is my pleasure to introduce the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS) scholarship honorees for 2012. They are being so honored because of their activities within the collector community. It is their task to select a school and two graduate students in earth science, geoscience, or geology; each student will receive $4,000 toward their tuition. The honorees chosen by the various federations follow:

California Federation—Jim Brace-Thompson, Ventura, California.

Eastern Federation—Carolyn and Steve Weinberger, Glyndon, Maryland.

Midwest Federation—Judith and John Washburn, Rochester, Illinois.

Northwest Federation—Jon Spunaugle, Washougal, Washington.

Rocky Mountain Federation—Dr. James Kirkland, Utah Geological Survey, Salt Lake City, Utah.

South Central Federation: Margaret and Paul Good, Kyle, Texas.

Caption: Winning photo in the “macro” category: Stellerite specimen, 6.5 × 5 × 5 cm, from the Sarbai mine, Altai Mountains, eastern Kazakhstan Province, Kazakhstan. Anthony Gleckler specimen and photo.
Caption: Winning photo in the “micro” category: Pseudobrookite, field of view 4.55 mm high, from Maynard's claim, Thomas Range, Juab County, Utah. Ron Pellar specimen (self-collected) and photo.

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