Compass Rose XXLE Photo Contest

The se our entries into the contest.

The Contest

Post a photograph of any compass rose coin(s) made by us with a theme pertaining to compasses, compass use, navigation, and/or exploration. The photos will be judged on uniqueness, creativity, and relevance. Personal and club coins made with one of the compass rose dies are authorized.

The winning photograph will be picked by a panel of 5 judges. The judges will remain confidential to prevent any so called coin kissing or geo-bribery. The judges are not allowed to participate with submissions.

Relevant testimonials may be submitted with the photo and may possibly be used as part of the judging.

It is preferred you post your submissions in this thread, but you may email them directly to us, but posting them here is preferred. Did I mention that posting them here is preferred?

1. Photos must not exceed 500 pixels in height and/or length, and not to exceed 70K file size. Let's help save band width and download time; help save the computer animals and robots.
2. The compass rose coin (compass side) must be visible in the photo. (changed 1/23/07)
3. Photographs only. No graphics or photo shopped/altered pictures. Cropping, straightening, and sharpening is acceptable.
4. The entire coin does not have to be in the photograph, but at least 60% of it does, for those who are trying some different photographing techniques. (added 10 Jan)
5. No copyrighted photographs
6. Maximum of one photo per week per caching name. Leave your hands out of your socks.
7. Randomly selected picture submission may be posted on our website, so don't submit anything you don't want made public; only family friendly please. If you don't want it posted on the web, then don't submit.
8. Fun pictures are cool. Intellectual pictures are cool too. Fun and intellectual pictures are also cool.
9. Check back here for any updates to the rules. We reserve the right to adjust the rules to preserve the integrity of the contest.
10. The winner must provide all contact information to us within 10 days of the winning notification or the runner up will receive winning status.

This contest is intended for fun and to test your creativity on this subject matter. Some of you are extremely creative; flaunt it.

The contest will end on April 30, 2007. Changed 3/6/07

Our Entries:


"By heavens man, we are turned round and round in this world, like yonder windlass, and fate is the handspike." Captain Ahab (from Moby Dick)



The Elusive Micro



Into the Mystic
Hark, now hear the sailors cry
Smell the sea and feel the sky
Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic
- Van Morrison




Postcard From Port

Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember,
and remember more than I have seen.
–- Benjamin Disraeli



Roses on a Chart

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure.
There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.
-- Jawaharal Nehru


 They say all good navigational charts have a Compass Rose ...
... some have more.

-- PengoDaddy


The Lineage

The navigator knows the geography, he watches the stars at night,
watches the sun at day; when it is dark and cloudy, he watches the compass.
-- Zhu Yu 'Pingzhou Table Talks (Pingzhou Ke Tan)' 1117AD

A scene that pays homage to the roots of technology and navigation in chinese culture. The magnetized needle was one of the first chinese magnetic navigational tools. These devices were generally "calibrated" to point south.

--PengoBuddy (Aaron Doucette)

The 'blood' symbolizes a parallel of genetic lineage to technological lineage and the line of history through navigational aides.

There is also the dichotomy of the standard 'North' pointing compass to the older traditional 'South' pointing compass - Old 'looking' down and new 'looking' up - they point to each other.


The photo was taken by PengoBuddy for PengoDaddy.  Thanks Aaron.



... thanks for the cache!



The Navigator

O'er the glad waters of the dark blue sea,
Our thoughts as boundless, and our souls as free,
Far as the breeze can bear, the billows foam,
Survey our empire, and behold our home!
-- Lord Byron



The Navigator II

Skill'd in the globe and sphere, he gravely stands,
And, with his compass, measures seas and lands
--John Dryden



The Navigator III

Though pleas'd to see the dolphins play,
I mind my compass and my way.
-- Matthew Green


Nouvelle France - by Compass and Astrolabe

This is part of a map of 'Nouvelle France' made by Samuel de Champlain.
Champlain was a famous explorer and map maker,
the astrolabe and compass were tools in his repertoire for navigation and cartography.

This astrolabe, (which now lives in the Canadian Museum of Civilization) was found in 1867 in Ontario by a 14 year old boy, named Edward Lee.
The device is inscribed 'Paris, 1603'. Now there is no record in Champlain's diaries of having ever lost an astrolabe, but in 1613 Champlain did travel up the Ottawa river.
To avoid the rapids, he chose a course through a number of small lakes near what is now the town of Cobden, Ontario.
Champlain and his men had to portage over and under fallen logs at one particularly difficult point near Green Lake, now also known as Astrolabe Lake.
It was here, according to many, that Champlain lost his astrolabe.

If this is correct, the astrolabe remained where it had fallen for 254 years.

This astrolabe is unique. It is the smallest of 35 mariner's astrolabes surviving from the early part of the seventeenth century and the only one from France.

Nouvelle France later became known as Lower Canada, and now the Province of Quebec, and our home.

As a technical note: This image was taken in black and white with a slight sepia tone and increased contrast through camera settings set before aquiring the image.
An orange filter was used on the camera to get the deep darker tones in the glitter enamel on the Compass Rose. This is the 2 tone XLE.