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We formally announce our next annual club photography contest. We are actively taking club member photography submissions for our 4th club-wide Millie Hurt Mineral Photography Contest. The prize for the best photo image will be awarded by the judges and announced in the club newsletter. You can click on the images to magnify them for better viewing. This will run from January 1st, 2024 to March 31st, 2024.



The 4th Annual Millie Hurt Mineral
Photography Contest

The Rules

Club members in good standing can submit up to five photographs of minerals in their personal collection. The photos must be submitted in electronic format and emailed to either Brad Zylman ( or Dave Lurie ( Photos must be at least 1024 by 768 pixels in order to be posted for consideration. If you're looking for some quick tips on mineral photography, just click here.

The photos must be accompanied by a document (.doc) or text file (.txt) that lists what the specimen is, where it was found and whether it was purchased or self-collected. It can also contain any descriptive information that you wish others to know. This document must have the following wording in it: “I give my permission to post this photo and information on the MMS website, Instagram, and on Facebook in perpetuity.” In return, we will not use your name or publish personal information.

When: Starting January 1, 2024. Ending March 31, 2024.

Where: Material, if sent in a usable format, will be posted within a month on the MMS website (, under the About Us tab. It will be public-facing with the intention to generate interest and highlight our club.

Why: To promote the interests of mineral collecting, geology and to create excitement for the Michigan Mineralogical Society. We have renamed the contest in honor of Millie Hurt's memory, and her passion to share mineral collecting with the world.

The Prize: The Best two photographs of the Year will receive the President’s Award, a substantial cash prize given to the winners. 

We hope all MMS Members take out their Smartphones or Cameras and Submit your Photos Today!! 

Previous Year's WInners
Canary Selenite

red River Gypsum


Sylvania Calcite


Chihuahua Mimetite

Moroccan Geode

Moroccan Geode

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Bi-Color Smithsonite

Moroccan Natrolite

Moroccan natrolite

2024 january entries
Celestite and Calcite

Mineral Variety: celestite & calcite phosphorescing

Locality: Sylvania Quarry, Ohio

Dimensions: 4.2 x 4.6 cm

Collection Method: Purchased in 2023 from a private collection.

DESCRIPTION: Photo taken with no light after exposure to 365nm UV with a smartphone camera. Phosphorescing in a beautiful green.

Yellow Dogtooth Calcite

Mineral Variety: calcite

Locality: Rainbow Pocket, Fletcher Mine, West Fork, Reynolds County, Missouri, USA

Dimensions: 16 x 7.5 x 9.2 cm

Weight: 735 grams

Collection Method: Purchased in 2021 from the MMS show.

DESCRIPTION: Large cognac-colored, twinned, and doubly terminated Calcite crystal perched upon an off-white Calcite crystal with Chalcopyrite on its face.

Blue Fluorite

Mineral Variety: fluorite

Locality: Fujian Province, China

Dimensions: 9 x 5.5 x 3.5 cm

Weight: 144 grams

Collection Method: Purchased in Tucson, AZ

DESCRIPTION: Well-formed, clear, light blue tubular Fluorite crystals grown intertwined on matrix.

Blueberry Fluorite

Mineral Variety: Fluorite with Calcite

Locality: Huanggangliang mine, Keshiketeng Qi, Chifeng City, Inner Mongolia, China

Dimensions: 7.7 x 7 x 6 cm

Weight: 383 grams

Collection Method: Purchased online

DESCRIPTION: Aqua blue botryoidal Fluorite with inner purple hues on top of Quartz matrix and white Calcite ball-like crystals. A stunning specimen. 

2024 February entries

Mineral Variety: Quartz & Sphalerite & Pyrite

Locality: Huaron Mining District, Pasco Province, Peru

Dimensions: 4 inches x 5 inches

Weight: 1 lb 11 oz.

Collection Method: Purchased in 2023 from MMS picnic.

DESCRIPTION: Quartz crystals with Sphalerite crystals, golden Pyrite and Tennantite crystals.

Celestite on Calcite Newport.jpeg

Mineral Variety: Celestite and Calcite 

Locality: Thompson-McCully Quarry, Newport MI

Dimensions: 6.5cm x 2.6cm

Collection Method: Purchased from the 2022 MMS Show

DESCRIPTION: Celestite Crystal on a larger Calcite matrix. No alterations made on image.

Please Submit Your Photos Soon!

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