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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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Lake Louise, Alberta

* High-res version

Camera: Nexus 6
Focal length: 3.8mm
Exposure: 1/5988 sec.
Aperture: f/2.0

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Location: Vidyasagar Setu, Kolkata, West Bengal, India. Popularly known as Second Hoogly Bridge, on a rain-drenched evening
Camera: Nikon D5300
Lens: Nikkor AF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR II
Focal Length: 38.9mm
Aperture: f/22
Shutter: 1/100
ISO: 1000
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Playing with a led ball, light, shadow and reflection

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Yosemite valley

Nikon D5500 : 18-55mm, ISO 400, f/11, 1/500 sec

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Sunset over Mam Tor

Original on Flickr

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A wall

A wall

Nikon D500
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-500 F5.6E ED VR @ 200 mm
1/200, ƒ/10, ISO 140

Larger: flickr link

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Underneath the surface

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Ice figures in the backyard

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Hurry

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Will it hold?

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Striking light

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It's time to eat a tree!

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Nikon D3300, Kit Lens (18mm-55mm), f/5.6, 1/80 sec., ISO 100

Location: Kerala, India

Date & Time: 11 Jun 2017 12:31:33 PM IST

  • Haha! Nice one. If only his mouth was big enough... – descheleschilder Jun 28 '17 at 11:55
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"Ghosts"

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f/8, iso 100, 279", 3900k wb. 7/25/17.

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"On the Enoree." I spent the morning on the Enoree River testing different settings, shutter speeds, etc. At this point, the river is approximately 45-50 yards wide, and to get this particular shot I climbed across rocks to get the right spot.

You can view the full size image here.

Nikon D5600 32mm, f/29, ISO 100, 1.6 sec

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Multiple reflections

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Photo made in Utrecht (Holland) at (again) a new shopping mall

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Loneliness, Sea and Sky

Passenger next to me in a Fast Boat, Maldives

Image on 500PX

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I'm Cute!

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Common Gallinule Chick, Central Florida, USA

full size

Nikon D7000 @ 280mm
1/320 @ f/5.6
  • Nice photo! Although, at this small size, I couldn't make sense of the apparently enormously huge talon compared to the rest of the body. Also, central FL represent — Melbourne, myself. =) – scottbb Sep 11 '18 at 1:53
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    @scottbb thanks, the gallinules and coots all have enormous feet for walking on lilly pads and stuff, but on the chicks they look even more ridiculous! – Raystafarian Sep 11 '18 at 2:22
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Glacier from above, Switzerland.

See full resolution image on Wikimedia Commons

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Moon before blood wolf moon. Will post after next week.

Please view larger image (It's much better)

Fuji Film X-T20
XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS
f/11.0
1/180
ISO 200
1/20/19, 6:24:14 PM
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    Nice shot. Please note that the rules require that your image is exactly 210px tall, and anything up to 375px wide – damned truths Jan 30 at 0:22
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Tugboat in Noorderbuitenkanaal

Tugboat

original size

Camera: Sony Alpha 6300
Lens: Sony SEL-55210
Focal Length: 177mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Shutter: 1/500
ISO: 100

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A well deserved rest

A well deserved rest

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Stargazer Lily

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Holidays

Holidays

A serendipitous shot (the only kind I ever do) from our holidays last year in the South of France.

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Reflection

Reflection

Taken at National Park "De Meinweg", The Netherlands. Larger image available here.

Nikon D40 with Sigma 24mm f/2.8
f/7.1, 1/200s, ISO 200
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    This would be awesome if framed to be vertically symmetric! – clabacchio Aug 23 '13 at 13:16
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High Resolution Image here: Nature by Parth Bhatt @500px

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Nature's Red and Green Show

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Location: Dubai Palm Jumeirah.

Canon EOS

ISO:100

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My Masterpiece

Masterpiece

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Canon 40D, Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 @ 35mm F3.5, iso 1600
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Long shot

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Camera: Canon 550D  
Lens: Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM
Focal Length: 18mm
Aperture: f/22
Shutter: 10s
ISO: 100

Shot in Norway during sunset using the Black Card Technique and probably with a ND8 filter.

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As I was performing a backup, this bee decided to check if the disc was connected correctly.

Digital Bee

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