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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! See also the Meta post, New Photo Contest.


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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    See also: Regarding ties. Regarding image size/shape/orientation.
    – jrista
    Jan 8 '13 at 1:53
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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 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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The evening at Ponte Vechchio, Florence, Italy - (2019-05-01)

Ponte Vechchio

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Stargazer Lily

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Happy smiles...!

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I went to Danushkodi , a Indian village destroyed by storm in 1984. Since storm life has been very hard for the locals. The only smile i could find there is here for you.

I went to **Danushkodi** , a Indian village destroyed by **storm in 1984**. Since storm life has been very hard for the locals. The only smile i could find there is here for you.

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Red Anther

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Camera: Canon 550D
Lens: Sigma 50mm f/2.8 Ex DG macro
Shutter: 1/800 sec
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 100

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Anya in color

Anya in Color, by Matthew Miller. CC-Wiki in this size only.

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Pentax K-5ii, DA Limited 40mm f/2.8 stopped down to f/5.6. Developed from RAW in-camera; cropped and resized for the contest format in Gimp. No color tricks — she wanted her hair like that for the first day of school.

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Ant on flower in our garden!

ant

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    Contest images need to be exactly 210 pixels tall.
    – mattdm
    May 10 '13 at 13:39
  • @mattdm I changed photo! thanks for your notice! what is your opinion about my photo?
    – Majid
    May 10 '13 at 17:19
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Sunrise over Kauai

12/14/2013 - 8:11am

5D Mark iii

24-70 f/2.8L II @ 70mm, f/11, 1/500, ISO 800

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A beautiful day

A beautiful day

Location : Buffalo, United States

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Bike saddle

Bike saddle

Caught a bike standing down by the harbour in Höganäs. Old and worn, but still in use. I like how things get character and uniqueness from use.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Sigma 50-500 mm f/4-6.3 APO DG
Focal length: 417 mm
Aperture: 7.1
Shutter time: 1/400 s
ISO: 125

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Title: Reaching out

The photo was taken on the Italian island Ischia, after a sunny hot day. I tried to keep it simple.

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Still Life with Fruit

High-res view and more info: http://fav.me/daocvj8

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The Brown Pelican elegantly gliding over the sea to hunt for lunch.

The Brown Pelican elegantly gliding over the sea to hunt for lunch

This shot was taken in Cancún, Mexico.

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The Ferocious Small World

I was hiking around Arizona this summer in the Tonto National Forest east of Roosevelt Lake when I noticed a number of these Diogmites being quite active. There were also many of these black flies buzzing around. I saw this Diogmites chase and catch this fly, then alight on a low-hanging branch of this bush. I had time to put on the macro lens, get down on the ground, and take a series of pictures getting closer each time. The Diogmites let me get quite close. They are fast and agile flyers, and I guess aren't bothered much by large animals, so having dinner was much more of a priority than worrying about whatever I was doing. It probably also helped that I was approaching from just below the sun from its point of view.

12 August 2013 at 14:45, Nikon D3s, 60mm macro lens, f/11, 1/250 s, ISO 400.

Larger version at http://www.embedinc.com/img/d034-2288.jpg

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flickr link

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  • Please remove the watermark as per the contest rules. Thanks.
    – mattdm
    Dec 11 '13 at 13:51
  • Done. Thanks :)
    – rony36
    Dec 11 '13 at 14:10
  • Please resize the image according to the contest rules. Thank you. Dec 12 '13 at 11:08
  • done. thanks :).
    – rony36
    Dec 12 '13 at 11:25
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Lueurs

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Sunset over Mälaren

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The last evening light falls over the lake.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 28-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Focal length: 28 mm
Aperture: 5.6
Shutter time: 1/80 s
ISO: 100

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Tracks from a model train set on a wooden countertop.

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Details:

  • Taken in HDR+ mode on a Nexus 5 (4mm focal length)
  • 1/16 sec. exposure at f/2.4
  • Original high-res photo can be found here
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Jetty in sunset

Jetty in sunset

An old jetty in the sunset this evening.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70 mm f/2.8 L USM
Focal length: 52 mm
Aperture: 2.8
Shutter speed: 1/40 s
ISO: 100

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ffm

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This is part of frankfurt am main at night, a view I could enjoy for many years from the office, a perfect time for coding...

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The Abandoned One

The Abandoned One

Camera: Nikon D300, ISO: 200, Focal length: 18mm, F/stop: f/16, Speed: 1/50

Large version

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Sunset @ Reservoir

Sunset @ Reservoir

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An antiques store enter image description here

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Ancient Colours

Canon IXUS 132, 5.0mm, 1/60, F/3.2, ISO 100.

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  • It looks like a Walt Disney. Where was the photo taken?
    – Wok
    Aug 19 '14 at 11:30
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    @Wok I took this while I was visiting Canterbury Cathedral (in Britain). This particular glass stained window was actually at the farthest corner of the building, which is why it's so dark.
    – Sam
    Aug 19 '14 at 12:42
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Water Color

Water Color

f/4, 28mm, ISO 800, 28s

Atchafalaya Basin

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This is one of monument in Lucknow known as Chota Imambara Situate in Husainabad near Clock house. This one was build under rule of Muhammad Ali Shah.

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Camera Nikon5200

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  • Please adjust this image to meet the image requirements.
    – SailorCire
    Dec 1 '15 at 22:09
  • @SailorCire As per suggestion i made it of 250x250. Is it not right?
    – rptwsthi
    Dec 11 '15 at 19:42
  • @rptwsthi it can be max 210px tall, so 210x210 or 250x210 would be better.
    – muru
    Dec 11 '15 at 23:41
  • @muru Oh Yes-Yes, it is of that size I had this discussion with mike, photo.stackexchange.com/users/4191/mikew and he explained me that. As my image have it's feature that are best expressed in square image so I kept it 210x210.
    – rptwsthi
    Dec 12 '15 at 9:20
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Grey crowned crane

Grey crowned crane

Original photo. Nikon D40, third party 500mm f/8 mirror lens.

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Serenity

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Portland (OR) Japanese Garden waterfall and koi pond. This is a very meditative and peaceful space.

Canon 5D3 & EF 100mm f/2.8L 0.6 sec @ f/20, ISO 100

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A Pine cone

Camera: Canon EOS 1200D
Lens: 50mm f1.8 STM
Exposure Time: 1/40 sec
F-Stop: f/4
ISO Speed: 100

Larger Resolution Image:http://imgur.com/B5vs3cc

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  • Can someone please review this image for me. Is there any room for improvement here? Oct 14 '16 at 4:15
  • t looks a bit gloomy to me, and looks better to me if I brighten it by using GraphicsMagick or ImageMagick "convert Pinecone.jpg -gamma 1.4 Pinecone_gamma14.jpg" which is roughly equivalent to old-fashioned darkroom work (PUSH ONE STOP is about -gamma 1.6). Oct 23 '16 at 12:20
  • Thanks a lot!! I'll try that out Oct 24 '16 at 17:49
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Fuji X-Pro 2, 35mm f/1.4, f/4, 1/5400, ISO 200. Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California

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The still life of shells

The still life of shells


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