Our First Contest!

I’m so excited to be announcing our first LEGO toy photography contest!

As many of you know we have an ongoing relationship with the folks at Bricks Culture to write about toy photography and showcase the work of our amazing community. Our first article was a brief introduction to toy photography while our second article talked about the fun of taking toys on vacation with you. Our third article is on robots, a topic near and dear to all of us here at Stuck in Plastic.

“Awake” by Mike Stimpson

For each of our articles we need to submit awesome photos… and this is where you come in. We want to see your amazing photos of robots; LEGO robots come in many shapes and sizes; they run the gamut from mechs to Wall-E, from original MOCs to mini figures. We want to feature as many amazing photographs from this community as we can.

Big shot robot
“Big shot robot” by Brett Wilson

You can submit photos that were taken in a studio or outdoors. We’re putting no limits on your creativity except one: no Star Wars figures. (We’ve made this one limitation only because the Star Wars universe deserves its own article!)

to be a woman
“To be a woman” by Kristina Alexanderson

Don’t worry, we won’t be judging you on your LEGO building skills. We would love to see a nice selection of awesome Legography that showcases the wide range of photos that showcase robots created by or in LEGO. We’re looking for photos that tell stories,  unique photos, photos that create a reaction – basically the types of photos you already take every single day. :)

“Sunday Afternoon” by Shelly Corbett

The best of your submissions will be featured in issue #7 of Bricks Culture. We will also feature a few of our favorite submissions in a follow-up article here on the blog.

I hope you will consider joining this fun challenge. Its unlike anything we’ve done before, and I’m super excited to see what you come up with!

~ Shelly

The Rules:

  1. The deadline is Friday, August, 12th at midnight PST.
  2. The photo needs to include at least one figure recognizable as a robot. This can be a collectable mini figure, your own robot build, a mech, Wall-E, Mindstorms, vintage or modern design.
  3. Color or black & white, studio or outdoor photography are all accepted
  4. One email per person, no more than four images per e-mail.
  5. Please include your contact information with your e-mail submission.
  6. If your image is selected for inclusion with the article we will contact you for the final file.
  7. We are judging your photography skills; not your building skills.
  8. No Star Wars characters will be accepted (no BB-8, R2-D2, C3-PO, etc)
  9. You will receive no payment in exchange for publication of your image. Just bragging rights in the coolest LEGO magazine out there.
  10. New and old images are fine. Although, please don’t submit work that is not your own or more than one year old.
  11. Email submissions to corbett.sj@gmail.com
  12. Any questions, please leave them below in the comments and I will clarify them as best as I can.
“Project 2016” by Me2

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Great Idea


Aww man I’m gonna have to up my game! Amazing opportunity!!


Ooooh, I LOVE this! My mind is already racing with new ideas. I’ve been wanting to play around with more robots (both pre-made figs and MOCs) in my photography, so this will be a perfect opportunity. Thanks Shelly!


Super awesome idea!
I’m so excited because I never did it before.
I don’t know what I’ll come up with but I’m so curious to join this!


What about cyborgs? Do cyborgs count?

Eflow Guy
Eflow Guy

Can I use Star Wars pieces? And can it be a Cyborg since that’s half robot half Lego guy?

Eflow Guy
Eflow Guy

Another question! Will a mech work?


Hy Shelly

Just to be sure:

1.) Is it ok or maybe even important to watermark my shots before sending them to you via mail?

2.) Is it ok or am I “alloud” to post these shots before or after also on IG and Twitter?



I have again another question :P Can I use custom lego weapons (Brickarms, brick forge, minifigcat, etc) or is this strictly Lego brand weapons only.

Eflow Guy
Eflow Guy

Oh what’s the sound? It’s me with another question! XD Will I be able to add a caption with the photo or in the photo. A caption would really help explain the photo especially with the mixed vibes my photo could give. I can send a sample of a caption in a photo to the email.

Maëlick (aka Reiterlied)

Arg I knew I should have taken a photo of Zane while I was in Norway >_< It's been weeks I wanted to do it but have been unable to find a good outdoor location. Norway could have worked but I was too busy playing with other minifigs.

I really want to submit an outdoor photo but I have doubts I'll be able to come up with something good before the deadline. Maybe I'll try something indoor with another figure.


I have two questions:
– are Photoshop additions allowed? (I mean something like the tablet interfaces I put in some of my pictures)
– are custom printed pieces (or stickers) allowed?

Thank you.

Vera (zentero)
Vera (zentero)

I´m wondering about colors, is someone fixing the colors before printing? A pic could look fine on my screen (colors, contrast,sharpness) but not in print, too dark, bright or something.



Excited to see the first contest Shelly
I really hope I can come up with stg.
Cheers ☺️


I love this contest Shelly! Thanks for the clarity, the enthusiasm, and the fun.


I’m loving your site! I love LEGO and enjoy photography and while I’m not accomplished at either, it is sure fun to play around. Thanks for the inspiration!