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 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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On Facebook

In album Last Train to Shuanglong - randomish selection of street photography over 2+ weeks while working in outer-central Shenzhen.


Not at the level of the other photos but here's a spider :)

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Sunset at Santiago

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See the original


Curious hawk (kite?) peeks at the excited human below:

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Original (or as close it gets) on Google Photos

  • Camera: Nikon D5300 with 18-55 mm VR lens
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Exposure: 1/1600
  • Focal length: 52 mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Taken in Sameer hill, Mumbai, India.

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A grey heron - most of the time due to their colour they tend to blend into the background, or be darker than the background; this is an effort to emulate a more egret-like appearance of glowing white against dark, by catching a slightly backlit heron against a backdrop of dark trees, and making the most of the contrast.

Higher-res view and more info on Deviantart: http://fav.me/da2rfvl


Garden by the Bay


Pangong Lake Camps, Ladakh, India

Pangong Lake Camps, Ladakh, India Canon 750d, Samyang 14mm, 90s shutter


Clear to Land...

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Uncropped full size @6000x4000

I chased this bee (or one very, very similar ;-) all week.
It would arrive mid-morning & flit around this large yellow flowering bush against a whitewashed wall for 3 or 4 mins, then leave, not to return until the next day.

I was determined to snap it in flight & freeze the wings.

I cannot claim that it is pin-sharp at full resolution, but not bad for a beginner.

Nikon D5500 Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6G @185mm macro f/7.1 1/800s ISO 1250 - Full manual, sunlight only.


Morning Lights

It's a morning light entering the city


Taken with a Canon SL1

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full size and some more from that day


Bonboniere blues

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  • Your photos are always classy! Are they right out of the camera (excluding cropping, EV and white balance) or color-graded? – Nandakumar Edamana Jun 15 '17 at 12:22
  • Hi there Nandakumar! Sorry for reacting so late, but I only now saw your comment. Thanks for the compliment! It's always nice to get one. To answer your question: On some pictures (though the one above, taken in our living room, after removing all other things from the table, when the sun shone wonderfully on the blue glass, represents good what there was to see) I play a bit with the contrast and color. To give the image a little extra than representing reality (though every picture is abstract). I played heavily in the picture with the dark clouds. Very dramatic!!! I'm looking out to you! – descheleschilder Jun 17 '17 at 0:19
  • Of courses the pictures are important even though they've had a little bit touch-up. Maybe you could share the links to the originals of at least one or two pics so that those who believe in 'get it in the camera' people can understand their real photographic quality? – Nandakumar Edamana Jun 17 '17 at 5:39


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f/1.8, iso 400, 1/10 sec, 3400k wb. 6/23/17.


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This is a winter view of Lake Michigan from Gillson Park after a recent snowfall. I used my Samsung Note 4 phone to take the photo using auto setting.

SM-N910T f/2.21/5964.6mmISO40



aug 2017

full version

Phase One P40+
Mamiya 35mm
ISO 100
  • man, your flickr account is superb! – watchme Jun 15 '18 at 7:08
  • @watchme thank you! – charlie137 Jun 15 '18 at 16:19

Deer moment

A deer with antlers looks at something out of shot

Taken at Richmond Park, London

Nikon D7000
Nikon 70-300mm @ 145mm
1/60 sec


The original can be found here.

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    Note that someone voted this down. Downvoter, please see the contest rules written in the post above. (I'm going to make a meaningless edit to the post so that you can, if you want, remove your downvote.) – Please Read Profile Jan 2 '13 at 3:24
  • @mattdm Thank you for noticing! – Bram Vanroy Jan 2 '13 at 9:51
  • purposefully upvoting to undo the downvote. – Paul Cezanne Oct 30 '13 at 13:32
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    A downvote is still there. – EKons Jul 3 '18 at 13:42

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Captured Using

Model: Sony DSC-S2100
Exposure Time: 1/250 sec.
Focal Length: 6.2mm

Original Picture can be found here

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    Hello and welcome to Photo.SE. Please read the contest rules and resize the image accordingly. – Saaru Lindestøkke Oct 7 '13 at 18:21
  • @BartArondson I have edited the image, please have a look now :) – Rohit Oct 8 '13 at 6:32

Flower buds


Camera: Canon EOS 600D,Lens: EF40mm f/2.8 STM, Shutter Speed: 1/1000, Aperture: 2.8, ISO: 100

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    A week is 7 days. That much we should wait before posting another photo into the contest. – Esa Paulasto Jan 6 '14 at 15:57
  • @Esa Paulasto i thought as per the contest rule every monday starts the week. am right or not? – RGA Jan 7 '14 at 4:40
  • if i am wrong i will delete my post. – RGA Jan 7 '14 at 4:52
  • It's a little ambiguous. My personal take is to be relaxed about it and as long as you're not really taking advantage of the system, not worry too much. – Please Read Profile Jan 9 '14 at 19:11

Winter lake

Winter lake

Down by the lake a sunny winter day, just a couple of weeks ago. Now the snow is all gone. Strange winter this year.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70 mm f/2.8 L USM
Focal length: 34 mm
Aperture: 8
Shutter time: 1/320 s
ISO: 100

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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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To Build or Not to Build... That is the question :)

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    Canon EOS 450D
    Canon 100mm F2.8 Macro USM

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Flickr Link


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Apple snail

Camera: Nikon D5100
Lens: Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6

  • The rules have changed. You do need it to be 210px tall, however, you no longer need it to be 375px wide. It can be up to 375px wide. – Cullub Feb 28 '15 at 14:34

Evening at Fish Creek

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  • Fujifilm X-E1
  • 10-24mm 1:4 @ 10mm
  • ISO200 - f/22 - 1/10sec

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A girl running - candid shot

  • This still does not conform to the requirements. It must be exactly 210 px tall. It is currently 205. – AJ Henderson Mar 9 '18 at 16:07

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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


A beautiful day

A beautiful day

Location : Buffalo, United States


Still Life with Fruit

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

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