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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.

Also, you may instead want to check out the new Photo Competition on the main site!


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. :) – Please Read My Profile 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
  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this photo contest is no longer ongoing; we should not be accepting submissions in this question. – scottbb Jan 20 at 19:39

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Off the beaten path in Poland, Dolny Śląsk

I took this picture driving through Poland, late at night. This streetlight was in the middle of a forest with no other lights for miles around. I felt that if I had walked out past the light I might have ended up in another world. I still find it eerily comforting 7 years later.

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  • I like this one very much! Thanks for sharing ;) – user_1177868 Sep 29 '17 at 20:02
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The Pair

A Pair of Flowers

Camera : Canon EOS 1200D
Lens : 50mm f/1.8 STM
F-Stop : f/8
Shutter speed : 1/320
ISO speed : 200

Higher resolution here

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Upstairs-downstairs

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In a little Italian village

In the middle of a hot day

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Perpendicular

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    I swapped again.This time everything okay!! – descheleschilder Jun 30 '17 at 21:40
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Water Drops at leaves (click here for full size image)
Water drops at leaves

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  • This has a downvote. – EKons Jul 3 '18 at 13:57
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Full Image: https://500px.com/photo/245481589/paro-valley-by-ankit-rajpoot

Taken with: Nikkor 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G VRII lens on a Nikon D5200 in Paro, Bhutan.

Exposure: 18mm - ƒ/5.6 - 1/320s - ISO 100

Enhanced in Lightroom.

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness

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The evening at Ponte Vechchio, Florence, Italy - (2019-05-01)

Ponte Vechchio

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Perfect colourful nature :)

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Stargazer Lily

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  • Please no more take sad photos! – Majid May 10 '15 at 18:21
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Midnight in Kyoto

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This is a hand-held shot with no post-processing. Larger version on 500px.

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  • Canon 7D
  • Canon 28-105mm USM
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  • Nice neons! I lose neons to NTD on regular basis :( Any link to full tank? :D Sorry, I am a planted tank enthusiast. – fahad.hasan Mar 28 '13 at 5:46
  • Well thanks. I actually don't have a full shot of the whole tank posted anywhere at this point in time. I'm even newer to fish keeping than I am to photography. Ive only had this tank about 13 months. – Octopus Mar 28 '13 at 6:08
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Super Moon !

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  • could you tell us where was it taken ? – woliveirajr Sep 24 '13 at 20:59
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    Sure. This was taken at Malpe Beach. Malpe is 6 km from Udipi, Mangalore, Karnataka, India :-) – Rahul Sep 27 '13 at 19:03
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Long Exposure Camp Gorham, cc-wiki AR

Canon 5D Mark iii, Canon 24-70f/2.8L II, Long exposure, full moon, YMCA Camp Gorham

Full Resolution - Full resolution image licensed under CC BY NC SA

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    It's a pity the stars don't show in this size :( – Esa Paulasto Nov 22 '13 at 6:58
  • @EsaPaulasto yeah, it's always a problem at the thumbnail size. I should probably try posting one of the night shots that is less skyline focused as well. – AJ Henderson Nov 22 '13 at 13:57
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Boston, April 20, 2013

Boston, April 20, 2013

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Persepolis, Shiraz, Iran

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In demand

In demand

Found this at a restaurant.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70 mm f/2.8 L USM
Focal length: 51 mm
Aperture: 2.8
Shutter time: 1/50 s
ISO: 3200

Larger image

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NYC skyline as seen from the Brooklyn bridge on a lovely evening

Skyline

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Reed

Reed

Reed with the reflection of the setting sun in the background.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Sigma 50-500 mm f/4-6.3 APO DG
Focal length: 500 mm
Aperture: 8
Shutter speed: 1/500 s
ISO: 100

Lager image

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Lounging Lizard

This is most likely a male Peninsular Rock Agama. It's definitely a member of the Agamid family, males of which often assume bright colours in mating season.

I found this Agama at the site of a Jain temple near Bangalore, in Karnataka, India; some of the marble from the temple is visible in the background. Incidentally, original texts of Jainism based on Mahavira's teachings are also known as "Agamas".

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A bigger image can be seen here. [F-stop f/5.8; Exposure: 1/200 sec; ISO-100; Focal length: 137mm; No exposure bias; No flash]

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  • Camera: Canon EOS 650D
  • Lens: 18-55mm
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Autumn evening

Autumn evening

Full version

Camera: SONY NEX-5; Lens: Helios 77M-4; Taken on 2013/10/16 19:22:36; Exposure: 5.000s; ISO Speed: ISO200; Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV; No flash

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Female & Male Spidies

Female & Male Spidy

Camera : Olympus FE 210

Commonly known as Tiger Spider. The big one is the Female and small one is the male spidy. Seems like time to mate.

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  • eeewwww! Spooders! – RPiAwesomeness Aug 25 '14 at 0:56
  • sorry.. What is that?? – Nemo Aug 27 '14 at 9:45
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    I was referring to the spiders as spooders. It was supposed to be a joke. Sorry if it was confusing. :) Good photo! – RPiAwesomeness Aug 27 '14 at 11:01
  • Haha.. Thank you RPi :D.. I actually don't know what spooder means.. sorry :( – Nemo Aug 28 '14 at 7:09
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Road to the wall of tears

Road to the wall of tears, Galapagos Islands

Camera: Canon EOS 450D
Focal Length: 39
Shutter Speed: 1/400
Aperture: 5
ISO: 200
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  • Hey jojo, could you please resize the image according to the contest rules? Thanks in advance! – Saaru Lindestøkke Feb 25 '15 at 12:59
  • and it's done! :) – jojo Feb 26 '15 at 0:02
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Unusual eclipse shot --- bigger version here.

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This was shot with a Vivitar plastic fantastic macro (100mm), with a bunch of ND filters on, and the strange shape arised when focusing on the tree instead than to infinity. A pity the flare --- but hey, with 3 filters, 2 step-ups, and the need of a relatively open aperture... ;-)

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  • That is amazing. – Zizouz212 May 4 '15 at 19:36
  • @Zizouz212 --- thanks. – Rmano May 5 '15 at 7:37
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Rainy day on Norway subway

A rainy day

Taken with Nikon D7000, on Norway.

Larger version on my DeviantArt.

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