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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 – 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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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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Ducklings

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Autumn

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Large size

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Iridescent clouds with bird silhouette

Iridescent clouds with bird silhouette

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this is kind of an experiment in saturation, voting, and wondering who will read this comment :)

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Zzzzzzzzzzzzzooooooooom.....

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Black and white in black and white

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Maple by Sunset by Brett Petch

 Camera: Canon 550D
 Lens: 18-55mm
 Shutter: 1/2000
 Aperture: f/4
 ISO: 3200
 Taken: July 8th, 2016

No filters. Shot in RAW CR2.

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  • Please rescale to fit the dimensions of the contest (read Submitter Rules). – Matthieu Moy Aug 30 '16 at 7:42
  • Thanks @MatthieuMoy. Didn't see that. – bret7600 Aug 30 '16 at 12:08
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Smiling Face

High Resolution Image at 500px.com -> Click Here

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Random Diwali click

Random Diwali clicks

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    Very nice picture! However, it is 1px too wide, per the contest rules. – scottbb Mod Nov 9 '16 at 5:03
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Messaging over the black hole

Messaging over the black hole

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Lesser Scaup, Texas Hill Country

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full size on Flickr

D7000, Nikkor 70-300, monopod

300mm F/5.6 at 1/160 & 200 ISO

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Exif Details: Camera : Nikon D5300
Lens : 18-55mm VR II
F-stop : f/29
Exposure time : 15sec
Iso : 100
Focal length : 35mm

To view original please visit : Big Mad's (Parth Pabari)

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  • Very nice image. But please resize it to meet the contest rules: "Images must be 210 px high and up to 375 px wide." – scottbb Mod Apr 10 '17 at 14:39
  • @scottbb ohh it will lost beauty of picture. okay. am editing my answer to match criteria. – Parth Apr 10 '17 at 19:00
  • I edited the link to the image to point to the original full-size that you uploaded on imgur. Or, if you wish, you can edit the link to point to your instagram if you wish. – scottbb Mod Apr 10 '17 at 19:08
  • @scottbb its fine :) – Parth Apr 10 '17 at 19:11
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together

Ricoh Singlex II
Fujifilm Superia Xtra 400
Developed with Caffenol-C-M for 11 mins at 20C
Digitized with CanoScan 9000F II
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Find original image file here

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Ranunculus Study, 2017

Ranunculus Study, 2017

Exposure:  
5s @ f/22, 50mm, ISO 100  

Gear:  
50mm Zeiss Milvus f/2M ZF.2 (Macro), Nikon D800E, Tripod & Cable Release  

Lighting:  
Generic LED 4"x6" Panel

Edits (via Capture One):
Crushed toe of curve to get a pure black background  
Color channel and hue edits to reduce green cast from low-CRI LEDs
Brightness and Saturation boost to enhance rendition of reds (LED fix again)
Additional sharpening to counteract softness of shooting at f/22

Larger version available here (with tighter crop): http://meklarian.tumblr.com/post/164299159803/ranunculus-study-2017

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Towards the Darkness

Green Pit-Viper (Trimeresurus trigonocephalus)

Green Pit-Viper (*Trimeresurus trigonocephalus*)

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infrared view of Wellington city, New Zealand

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higher-res

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The lake Nisser, Norway

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A tiny, faraway water hose

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Taken some years ago at the Italian island Ischia

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  • I think you mean waterspout? – binaryfunt Mar 15 '18 at 13:08
  • Ah, is that what it is called in English? Thanks! – Deschele Schilder Mar 21 '18 at 23:40
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Surprised Lemur

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  • Camera: Canon 700D
  • Lens: 50mm
  • Aperture: f/1.8
  • Exposure: 1/250
  • ISO: 200

Click here for the full resolution image

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Colorful houses in Stortorget, Gamla stan, Stockholm, Sweden. I took this photo in 2014-08.

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Bunny

Close-up of a rabbit's face in black & white

Taken in a garden in rural England.

Nikon D7000
Nikon 70-300mm @ 300mm
f/5.6
1/500 sec
ISO-400
2015-08-04
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Green Fields in Punakha

Punakha

Full Size: https://500px.com/photo/267477507/green-fields-in-punakha-dehazed-by-ankit-rajpoot

I captured this from my hotel room in Punakha, Bhutan. The view was mesmerizing and was only matched by the lovely weather.

Nikon D5200 with a Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
32mm/ƒ/6.3/1/320s/ISO 100

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Photo contest submission

Macro-photography of flower using a prime lens and extension tubes

Camera: Nikon D3300
Lens: 50mm prime + extension tube
Aperture: f/9
ISO: 400
Shutter speed: 1/200 s

High resolution image can be found here

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Amazing Flower of Nature

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Information of image

Device Modal : Nikon D90

LARGER IMAGE

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    Quote from the contest rules: 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. Please resize you image to fit that constraint. – Saaru Lindestøkke Jan 19 '13 at 12:09
  • @Dixit: You need to crop and scale the image according to the contest rules. If you do not, I'll have to delete this. – jrista Jan 26 '13 at 1:04
  • Thanks & sorry for that – Dixit Patel Jan 26 '13 at 4:50
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