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After a continuous run of almost a decade, contest participation has gotten extremely low. See Contest is definitely dead. Now what? for more, and for possible next steps to revitalize it.


This is the place to submit and vote on photos to be featured on the the main site. This contest should showcase your best quality work, demonstrating at least moderate skill with a camera and a general understanding of the artistic aspects of photography. Remember, the selected photo will be displayed on our main site header for a week. Submit something that you and the members of our site will want to look at and admire for seven days! This contest is for the community to choose what they LIKE (not what they dislike), so downvotes aren't allowed — see below for more.

Contest Format

Starting in December 2012, this contest follows a new perpetual format with continuously-rolling voting. Submit and vote on photos whenever you like. Every Monday (give or take; it's done by hand when site moderators have a spare moment), the top-voted image will be selected as the winner, and:

Then, the contest will continue with the remaining photos in the thread.

(Note that the themed photo contest will work on a different scheme.)

Voting Rules

  • Vote up as many images as you like.

  • Make sure to look at the "active" tab for this question to see new submissions.

  • Up votes only! Do NOT vote down your competitors! If you don't like an image, don't vote. (If you notice a downvote on an entry, make a note in a comment, and that will be taken into account when the weekly winner is selected.)

  • When you vote, consider the small size primarily, even if a larger image is linked. This contest's primary function is to select a header image, and we need the winners to be successful at that size.

Submitter Rules

  • Showcase your best work in any genre of photography by providing your image inline in an answer.

  • You may enter one photo per week. This is on the honor system, but abuse will eventually earn a strong talking-to.

  • Don't re-enter the same photo. Since the contest is continual, there's no need. You may withdraw an image from the contest at any time by deleting the answer.

  • You may edit your entry to fix problems or to add missing information, but don't switch the photo itself for a different one, or make gratuitous edits simply to "bump" the entry.

  • Images must be 210 px high and up to 375 px wide. This is the requirement for the header. Please feel free to provide a link to a larger version, but as explained above, the primary focus is on the header image.

  • For the same reason, images must be in landscape orientation.

  • Images must not contain any artificially added borders, watermarks, or decorations of any kind.

  • Do not use this as a forum for photo critique. Use chat instead, or ask a specific question about your image on the main site.

  • The submitted image must conform to this site's content license, cc-wiki with attribution required. If you're not comfortable with that, this isn't the contest for you.

Submitter notes

Be patient! This contest is relatively obscure, and it takes a while for images to accumulate votes. It's normal for really excellent images to have only one or two upvotes even after a time. The format of the contest should let them rise to the top eventually.

Feel free to include a concise description that explains the image, the emotions behind it, and so on, and perhaps some explanation of gear and exposure settings. This site is a collaboration for teaching and learning, so it's great to know those things — but it's not required for the contest.

When we get up and running with featuring these photos on the blog, this will provide the opportunity to go into more depth and to engage in conversation about your work.

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    As with all past contests, I'd like to stress the up-vote only policy. Let's keep our contest cordial. This is not a place for critique or a forum within which to express dislike, choose what you like, have fun, and let the contest roll! – jrista Dec 4 '12 at 22:22
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    Please use this thread for discussion of what we should do about the PotW contest threads going forward. I agree that there are issues involved with a single everlasting thread, and we should be open to suggestions. – jrista Apr 8 '14 at 0:16
  • I suspect very few people are digging down to the bottom - based on dates and my past upvotes on other pictures and where they are in the heap now. A link to the entry page may help (or may exist and I've missed it). Something like ENTRIES START AT BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE - HAVE A LOOK – Russell McMahon Oct 9 '14 at 13:27
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    @RussellMcMahon It does say Make sure to look at the "active" tab for this question to see new submissions. which is like that but better. :) – mattdm Oct 9 '14 at 13:33
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    I suspect that the "active" link needs to be much much much ... better highlighted. Using it may even get Jakub to look again. Without usin it it's a slow job finding the end. – Russell McMahon Nov 10 '14 at 7:49
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    Can the "active" 'button' be replicated on the main front page? It would be MUCH more noticeable being there. If you can make it garishly objectionable (eg flashing alternately lime green and magenta :-) ) it may work even better. Odds are there are many users who do not really notice the path leading into the woods .... – Russell McMahon Nov 16 '15 at 11:07

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Rope and block

Rope and block

Rope and block on a ship in the harbour in Västerås.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Sigma 50-500 mm f/4-6.3 APO DG
Focal length: 191 mm
Aperture: 7.1
Shutter time: 1/320 s
ISO: 100

Larger image

  • Moderator: please note that this image has been downvoted, which is against the rules and should not be considered when deciding the winner. Thanks. – mattdm Aug 30 at 1:52
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A Western Jackdaw photographed in October 2015 at a marketplace in Helsinki.

Nikon D5100, 55mm, 1/200s, f5.6, ISO 180
Cropped and converted to B&W with Gimp
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Shot on a Samsung NX1000 with 20-50 stock lens

f4.5, 1/250 @ ISO 200

Taken in the Shropshire hills just as a heavy bank of cloud was blowing in

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Nikon D3200

Focal length: 260mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter: 1/640s
ISO: 400

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Here is my photo for Dubai Marina, the most amazing thing is that I captured this photo using my Samsung Note 5 smart phone, that's what I really like about it.

You can find the better resolution for the photo here.

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  • FYI - The link to your higher resolution image says the image is private (I do not have permissions to view it). No big deal, that doesn't affect the contest at all. Just thought I'd let you know. =) – scottbb Apr 13 '18 at 21:46
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    @scottbb thank you very much :) I didn't notice that :D now the link is fixed – Muhammed Refaat Apr 15 '18 at 5:36
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Dusk at the beach

Larger image - Dusk at beach

CameraNIKON D5100

Focal Length18mm

Shutter Speed1/3 s

Aperturef/6.3

ISO/Film100

  • Hi, please see the rules of the contest with respect to the size of your image. – Saaru Lindestøkke Jun 2 '14 at 8:31
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Monochrome sparrow

Tree sparrow on log

Full size on Flickr

The subject is a tree sparrow (Passer montanus). Taken in the Delta del Ebro national park in Spain. The thing which I love about this is how a one-colour palette1 can still allow so much beauty.

1 If I convert to HSL, change the hue for every pixel to be the average of the whole image, and convert back, only someone who knows their sparrows would spot that something was wrong without doing a side-by-side comparison. If I ask the GIMP to reduce to an optimal palette of 9 colours (the minimum to allow the cap to be a different hue to the background), it really does take a side-by-side comparison.

  • Excellent photo, excellent write-up. Bravo! – scottbb Nov 17 '17 at 20:32
  • That is an excellent photo, and kudos for using GIMP, it really is a very capable piece of software. – Alex Dec 22 '17 at 13:54
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Colourful Soul

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Camera: Nikon D5300
Focal Length: 35.0mm
Aperture: ƒ/4.0
Shutter Speed: 1/2500s
ISO: 500
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Hamburger Bahnhof - Berlin

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An Enfuse composite of three photos. Bigger version

  • Why is there a 'Hamburg station' in Berlin though? – Abhranil Das Feb 7 '13 at 11:20
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    It's a former train station of the Berlin-Hamburg railway line. Hence the "Hamburg station" I guess. Now it's a contemporary art museum. – Saaru Lindestøkke Feb 7 '13 at 16:05
  • Note that this entry has an illegal downvote, which should not be counted for contest purposes, because downvoting is against the rules. – mattdm Sep 8 '18 at 15:32
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Portrait of a Barred Owl

Portrait of a Barred Owl

See the rest of the set here

  • Note that this entry has an illegal downvote, which should not be counted for contest purposes, because downvoting is against the rules. – mattdm Sep 8 '18 at 15:32
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Shot with Sony A7R and adapted Carl Zeiss 25mm Distagon (for C/Y mount), ISO 100, f/8, bracketed around 1/500s (3 exposures combined in Photomatix with final adjustments in Lightroom)

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I was sitting near a wooden hut and saw this little kid playing and had to take a photo of this kid with such a background in the alps.

Full-sized picture can be found here

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    lol. I couldn't tell that the kid was swinging just by looking at the small picture. I thought maybe he was climbing a 5.15 or 6.0 pitch like a world class rock star. Nice picture! – scottbb Jun 11 '18 at 19:51
  • @scottbb haha thanks! – watchme Jun 12 '18 at 8:12
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‘Ferns' Orb, occluding the sun - Wellington Civic Square

Ferns' Orb, occluding the sun - Wellington Civic Square. Shot on RPX25 35mm film

Full Size

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Taken with my first DSLR, a Nikon D3200.

Shot at Lake George, NY.

ISO 100 @ 1/400
  • Hi pobourgeois, please read the rules in regards to size. Your image must be 210px in height (As a requirement for the site header on the main site. – damned truths Jul 3 '13 at 2:08
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    I did my checkout dives for my scuba diving on Lake George. Always forget that it is actually someplace people visit. – AJ Henderson Jul 3 '13 at 15:34
  • Yes ! We are from Quebec, Canada and I went there with my family. Awesome landscapes and great city with all the outlets and little shops/store around the lake. We really enjoyed our trip ! – Pierre-Olivier Jul 3 '13 at 22:29
  • Note that this entry has an illegal downvote, which should not be counted for contest purposes, because downvoting is against the rules. – mattdm Sep 8 '18 at 15:32
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Taxi Noir

An urban abstract shot with a modified square-aperture lens.

Higher-res view and more info on Deviantart: http://fav.me/dan283o

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The roof at Utrecht Central Station

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"Hey, what's up?!"

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This photo was taken in June 2018, in the Gobi desert.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix G DMC-G81
Focal Length: 140mm (full frame equiv.: 280mm)
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter: 1/1000
ISO: 320
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A colorful mosaïc on a bench somewhere in Amsterdam

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Two Lion brothers sharing an affectionate moment.

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Camera        Canon EOS 5D
Exposure      0.02 sec (1/50)
Aperture      f/2.8
Focal Length  50 mm
ISO Speed     1600

Original in portrait, available at flickr

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Larger Version

I have taken pictures that are much more technically demanding, but I like this one because it makes the most of a drab setting: a small Phoenix, AZ backyard in winter.

  • Canon 6D with 24-105mm L
  • Edited with Lightroom and Exposure 5
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    I love it!! very cute!! – Bala Mar 6 '14 at 6:15
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This was shot in my Nexus 5. I have no clue about this insect haven't gotten anything from internet search either. Any help on that while you appreciate this beautiful creation.

NOTE: Adjusted the levels in photoshop for this pic.

UPDATE (26-Jun): Resized to posting rules.

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    This has been downvoted against the rules... – Jorge Córdoba Jun 25 '15 at 13:44
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    @Jorge, It's also against the rules to downvote. Perhaps the OP can fix the size to conform to the rules. – Octopus Jun 25 '15 at 20:03
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    I want to cry. I HAVE NOT DOWNVOTED the photo. From the rules "(If you notice a downvote on an entry, make a note in a comment" ... I was just noting it had a downvote in the comments... – Jorge Córdoba Jun 26 '15 at 15:33
  • @Jorge. Sorry, I thought your comment was explaining why you downvoted. No problem then. – Octopus Jun 26 '15 at 17:17
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    @bbh It seeme likely to ne the caterpiullar form of Daphni nerii - the Oleander Hawk Moth - so named because they feed mainly on Oleander leaves - which are fatally poisonous to many creatures - including humans. Many images here and Wikipedia and Moth photo - wow!. – Russell McMahon Dec 17 '15 at 3:04
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Clothespins

clothespins

This is a photo I took for a contest with the category of Ordinary. I really like the way this came out, so I figured I'd post it.

Canon EOS Rebel T3i
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II kit lens
Aperture: F/5.6 
Exposure: 1/400 
Focal length: 55mm
ISO: 100

Full-size

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Willow in a foggy autumn morning...

Taken handheld with Canon 700D and 70-300mm lens.

Settings: 70mm, 1/8 sec, f/16, ISO 200

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    See item 4 in the "Submitter Rules above - It says: "Images must be 210 pix high and up to 375 pix wide. This is the requirement for the header. Please feel free to provide a link to a larger version, but as explained above, the primary focus is on the header image." - you'll need to downsize this tomeet this requirement. – Russell McMahon Dec 7 '15 at 5:12
  • @RussellMcMahon done, thank you for the notice – Zlatomir Dec 7 '15 at 15:25
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Sunset through a peekhole

This picture was taken via my mobile camera (ASUS Zenfone 2 ZE551ML) at Lake Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan. I kept the EV at -2 and ISO at 400. The image hasn't been photoshopped or edited via any software.

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  • Please resize to comply with the requested format. – Matthieu Moy Mar 6 '16 at 19:27
  • @MatthieuMoy: Is the image format okay now? I resized it via an online picture editor without cropping it. Please do let me know. Thanks! :) – Janus Boffin Mar 10 '16 at 18:32
  • You should crop it. Instructions say "210 px high and up to 375 px wide", so just drop the white borders around the picture. – Matthieu Moy Mar 11 '16 at 7:45
  • @MatthieuMoy: Done! :) – Janus Boffin Mar 11 '16 at 11:30
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Capture

Higher-res view and more info on Deviantart: http://fav.me/diowsg

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Sun-rays

Taken while hiking through Bymarka in Trondheim, Norway.

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  • The link had died... – user56599 Apr 17 '17 at 23:51
  • @FighterJet Thanks for the heads-up. Unfortunately I do not have a Flickr account anymore, so I a afraid the link will stay dead for a while. – Saaru Lindestøkke Apr 20 '17 at 19:39
  • That's fine; I was thinking it would make a great desktop background, which is why I wanted the big version. – user56599 Apr 20 '17 at 22:59
  • @FighterJet I've posted the link on Imgur and updated the link my original post. Hope you enjoy it as a desktop background! – Saaru Lindestøkke Apr 21 '17 at 1:08
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Green light for love

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Ice Storm in Montreal

Ice Storm in Montreal

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  • I can't see the storm, but maybe it's frozen. Or captured and fixed by your camera. I really like the red, reflecting thing with all its legs hanging (hanging on a little twig) very much! More technical, "the thing" is well in focus and it's color contrasts nicely with the blue in the center on the downside and the golden brown upper left. – descheleschilder Jul 4 '17 at 16:23

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