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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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Upstairs-downstairs

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In a little Italian village

In the middle of a hot day

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Seoul, South Korea

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Captured from my motel window by keeping the camera steady on a window pane.

Shutter: 8s
Apperture: f/11
ISO: 100
Focal length: 44mm
Camera: Nikon D610 
Lens: Tokina 28-70mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro
Date: 5 June, 2017

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    Nice photo, but please resize it to conform to the contest rules: "Images must be 210 px high and up to 375 px wide." You can have the contest-conforming image link to the full size one, if you wish. – scottbb Jul 1 '17 at 15:14
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    Thank you for resizing it, but unfortunately, the dimensions still do not conform to the contest rules. Images must be exactly 210 px high, and up to 375px wide. Your resized image is not tall enough. You will need to crop from either, or both, side to get it to meet the dimensions for the contest rules. – scottbb Jul 2 '17 at 16:43
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    Please read and understand all of the contest rules before making any more edits. Thank you for accommodating the rules by making the requested edits, but "Images must not contain any artificially added borders, watermarks, or decorations of any kind." Unfortunately, to use this photo in the contest, you're going to have to crop some of the width in order to make it conform to the size requirements. – scottbb Jul 3 '17 at 4:24
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Natural beauty

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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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Verstappen sparking through Abbey

Verstappen sparking through Abbey

Taken at Abbey Corner (turn one) during Qualifying at the British Grand Prix 2018 at Silverstone. The Red Bull cars (this one being driven by Max Verstappen) were very low to the ground through the high speed corner, with the friction throwing up lots of sparks.

Shot with my Canon EOS 1300D, exposure 1/2000 sec.

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Fire fighting by heliocopter in Spain

Fire fighting in Spain - carrying water to drop directly on the source of the fire, these guys can tackle fires in otherwise inaccessible areas. Taken with my Nikon 5300 and slightly desaturated in photoshop to highlight the heliocopter

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Photo taken specifically to answer a Photo Stack Exchange question

How to get soft-blur effect on flowing water with iPhone?

Click for large version.

Samsung Galaxy S6
Time: 4 seconds
Sensitivity: ISO 50
Aperture: ƒ/1.9
Filter: Variable Neutral Density filter at unknown setting
  • Awesome -- thanks! – mattdm Jan 7 at 18:21
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She

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a larger She

  • 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
  • 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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Boat on Loch Ness

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Canon 30D, Sigma 10-22mm f/4-5.6

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    I think without the red in the flag this would've been even better! – Abhranil Das May 4 '13 at 19:16
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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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Side view of Iceman's Car @Budh International Circuit, Indian GP 2013.

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Boston, April 20, 2013

Boston, April 20, 2013

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Persepolis, Shiraz, Iran

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  • They don't know value of Iran – M98 Aug 30 '14 at 10:47
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NYC skyline as seen from the Brooklyn bridge on a lovely evening

Skyline

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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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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.

  • 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
  • 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... ;-)

  • 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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Iridescent clouds with bird silhouette

Iridescent clouds with bird silhouette

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Sunrise over Étang de la gruère, Jura, Switzerland Big version on 500px Sunrise over Étang de la gruère, Jura, Switzerland

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