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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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Drei im Korb

Canon 5D, EF 100 2.8 @ f/10, Studiolights.

larger version on 500px

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Moss

Moss

Clicked on Lumia 950xl
Full size image here

  • Can someone please help me with getting this into the right size please.. – Mohammad Ghazanfar Sep 16 '16 at 17:17
  • What image editing software do you have available? – mattdm Sep 16 '16 at 17:30
  • @mattdm Nothing really. I can install one if you tell me - I have Linux, Mac and Windows running. I am trying Paint.net. Will that do ? – Mohammad Ghazanfar Sep 16 '16 at 17:34
  • @mattdm Figured it out ! Thank you so much :) – Mohammad Ghazanfar Sep 16 '16 at 17:38
  • Yes, Paint.net should be just fine. Glad you figured it out! – mattdm Sep 16 '16 at 17:39
  • @mattdm Thank you ! The current one is fine, right ? – Mohammad Ghazanfar Sep 16 '16 at 17:43
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Golden Sunset over Hong Kong Airport

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victoria memorial, million mask march, London

victoria memorial, million mask march, London - Buckingham Palace

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Tree Mushroom, shot using Google Pixel.

Tree Mushroom, Shot using Google Pixel

  • This has a downvote. – EKons Jul 3 '18 at 14:00
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Connecticut College Arboretum

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Low tide

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Picture has been taken with an old Nokia 520 mobile phone. Vignetting is due to optics only. This picture has an unusual composition (sky has very few space) to give strength to the sand and the silhouette of rocks, the light reflected by the wet shore and the nice drawings left by the water on the sand during low tide.

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Light in the walking shadow

Light in the shadow

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Once upon a time on a ceiling

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  • I like the composition, but it seems you rescaled the picture badly and got it pixelated (see the white fringe near the right border). – Matthieu Moy Mar 24 '17 at 8:32
  • Yeah,I see what you mean, but what could I do? – descheleschilder Mar 25 '17 at 12:26
  • Most decent programs will use a better rescaling algorithm than the one you used. If you don't know what to use, then try GIMP for example. – Matthieu Moy Mar 25 '17 at 20:49
  • Alright! Thanks! – descheleschilder Mar 29 '17 at 15:56
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Retro Tech

This seemed appropriate for a tech themed site :)

Image created a while ago for the Macro Monday Flickr group, weekly theme "Rules" - full version here: https://flic.kr/p/DqHJJw

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f6.3 1/500s 70-300mm #D5300

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Alaska

Taken in Alaska

Nikon D200

Original

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Water drops on daisy
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Shot with Sony a5000, f6.3, 1/400s, 55-210mm

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Water and Sky

Shot at around 3:45pm, slightly reduced brightness but otherwise unedited

Samsung NX1000
Samsung 20-50 @ 20mm 
ISO 100 
1/100s 
f4.0
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Curious Olive-backed Tailorbird

Bali, Indonesia

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full size

Nikon D500
1/320 @ f/5
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Evening walk - Mangalore, Karnataka, India

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image

Original, compressed by uploading to Google Photos and re-downloading.

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House, London, United Kingdom

Taken during a stroll through London, United Kingdom. Larger version available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/tiredpixel/8466050072/.

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Children in Boston

Children in Boston

Playground with iconic Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge in the background, the day after the marathon blast suspect showdown is resolved.

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White Flower !

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Using Nikon FM2. Bigger Image Here !

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God at work!

God at work!

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Vast Ocean

Here is direct link to view large size. Link

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  • Hi Abhishek, to be eligible for this contest your image needs to be scaled or cropped to be 210px high and UP TO 375px wide. This is so that the image can fit in the header on the main site. Thanks. – damned truths Aug 12 '13 at 8:07
  • @damnedtruths thanks for notifying, i will add cropped image too. – Abhishek Aug 12 '13 at 8:15
  • Sorry, your cropped image is still 3px too tall – damned truths Aug 12 '13 at 9:13
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    Just put the cropped image in your answer. You can always put a link to the large image. – Abhranil Das Aug 13 '13 at 11:26
  • Now its in correct dimension. – Abhishek Aug 13 '13 at 16:32
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    Hi @AbhishekGahlot, could you please post the cropped version only? Although it's not explicitly stated in the rules I think it keeps this thread organised and uniform, preventing people from grabbing attention with extra large images. As Abhranil Das states you can link to a larger image (that is hosted somewhere else, like on Facebook, Flickr, 500px, etc...). Thank you! – Saaru Lindestøkke Aug 13 '13 at 20:45
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Miniature Monument in Berlin

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Camera: Canon 550D
Lens: Sigma 18-50mm F2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM
Focal length: 50mm
Aperture: f/10
Shutter: 1/60
ISO: 250
Post-processing: Graduated Blur Filter in Lightroom
  • Where is the monument? I see a bunch of buildings and a parking lot, but nothing that looks like a monument. – Olin Lathrop Oct 17 '13 at 13:17
  • Maybe it's because of the size, but open up de flick link and it becomes clear that "the parking lot" is actually the Holocaust monument in Berlin. I agree it's not the best picture for the contest. – Saaru Lindestøkke Oct 17 '13 at 14:22
  • For clarity: it's this monument seen from a higher point. – Saaru Lindestøkke Oct 17 '13 at 23:43
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Yesterday's Campfire

Yesterdays Campfire

Shutter: 1/4000
Aperture: f/5.0
ISO: 400

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Calm in the Center of the Storm

chill

On the Esplanade Thursday after the Boston Marathon bombing. Suspects still at large. This area is normally full of activity.

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Ladybug!

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Shining

Shining

Full version

Camera: SONY NEX-5, Taken on 2012/09/02 17:45:27, Exposure: 0.001s (1/1000), Focal Length: 18.00mm, F/Stop: f/8.000, ISO Speed: ISO200, Exposure Bias: -1.30 EV, No flash

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Epipremnum aureum

Epipremnum aureum

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Happy Flowers

Happy Flowers

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