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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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Miniature Monument in Berlin

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Camera: Canon 550D
Lens: Sigma 18-50mm F2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM
Focal length: 50mm
Aperture: f/10
Shutter: 1/60
ISO: 250
Post-processing: Graduated Blur Filter in Lightroom
  • Where is the monument? I see a bunch of buildings and a parking lot, but nothing that looks like a monument. – Olin Lathrop Oct 17 '13 at 13:17
  • Maybe it's because of the size, but open up de flick link and it becomes clear that "the parking lot" is actually the Holocaust monument in Berlin. I agree it's not the best picture for the contest. – Saaru Lindestøkke Oct 17 '13 at 14:22
  • For clarity: it's this monument seen from a higher point. – Saaru Lindestøkke Oct 17 '13 at 23:43
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Yesterday's Campfire

Yesterdays Campfire

Shutter: 1/4000
Aperture: f/5.0
ISO: 400

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Calm in the Center of the Storm

chill

On the Esplanade Thursday after the Boston Marathon bombing. Suspects still at large. This area is normally full of activity.

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Ladybug!

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Shining

Shining

Full version

Camera: SONY NEX-5, Taken on 2012/09/02 17:45:27, Exposure: 0.001s (1/1000), Focal Length: 18.00mm, F/Stop: f/8.000, ISO Speed: ISO200, Exposure Bias: -1.30 EV, No flash

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Epipremnum aureum

Epipremnum aureum

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Happy Flowers

Happy Flowers

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Sparrow Chick Sparrow

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Fujifilm X-E1, 35mm, f/1.4, 1/125s, ISO 200

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Separation
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Into the Sky

Into the Sky

Camera : Olympus FE 210

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Taken with SLT A58 at 2.10 pm in the afternoon. No post processing, 1/2 second exposure, ISO 800, F/4.5

Taken with SLT A58, at 2.10 pm in the afternoon. No post processing, 1/2 second exposure, ISO 800, F/4.5

Full size.

  • "Images must be 210 px high and up to 375 px wide. This is the requirement for the header." – Meysam Sep 28 '14 at 13:12
  • I see, I'll try to fix it. – Count Iblis Sep 28 '14 at 15:57
  • You have exceptionally interesting afternoons!. Where was that taken? – Russell McMahon Oct 11 '14 at 15:04
  • From the Paris of the North, see here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tromsø The two panorama pictures featured in the Wiki article were taken from the top of the hill you see on the left in my image. I was standing approximately behind where you see the boat in the second panorama picture. At 350 km North of the Polar circle, in the Winter you only have a bit of light around Noon time, dawn from 10.30 till 12.00 and then dusk from 12.00 till 13.30, and then it quickly gets very dark. – Count Iblis Oct 11 '14 at 19:02
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Gulab Jamun - Indian Dessert

Larger version

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Orginal Image

  • that would make a god top of page photo BUT please note the maximum allowed photo size. In the submission rules it says "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 ..." - this is an essential requirement as the image MUST fit as-supplied in the space on the front page. Height MUST be 210. Width can be 375 or less. So both size and aspect ratio may need adjusting. I have added a cropped downsized adjusted version of your image as an example only. Please replace with your version. – Russell McMahon Dec 8 '14 at 14:49
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Christmas old days

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Link to the original photo

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White-Breasted Nuthatch in winter.

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Larger here.

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Strawberry, a macro picture using extension tube

Strawberry

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while i went to trekking at ooty of tamilnadu snaped this image at my xolo hive mobile phone

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Potato flowers!

Potato flower

Taken in my garden!

See full size

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3D Sky!

sky

Full size

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    Please resize the image according to contest rules. Thank you. – Esa Paulasto Dec 25 '13 at 22:17
  • @EsaPaulasto thank you! I fixed it – Majid Dec 26 '13 at 11:28
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Little FLY trying to be in focus :D

Here's a click from my garden. Captured with my Samsung j5 using PicsArt app's camera, AutoFocus, Unprocessed, original picture

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Equipment: Canon EOS1200D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM. 1/80s ISO100 f/1.8

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Tree silhouette in clear sky.

Capture with samsung j5. UNEDITED picture. no filters.

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metal thorns / uninhabited watchtower

the photo

I think, any equipment could do. I used Nikon D7100 + Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR.
Parameters: f/16, 1/60 seconds, 44mm focal length, ISO 560; I think I was using Av mode, because I use it almost always. Also I was probably using a polarizing filter.
It was shot about 8 months ago.
There's not very much editing apart from bringing up shadows—just some standard steps necessary to process a raw file.

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Arthur on the Esplanade

Arthur on the Esplanade

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On the boat to Ischia

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Silhouette of Madam Liberty

Statue of Liberty, as seen from the Staten Island Ferry, with the sun trying to peek through the cloud-cover.

Nikon D5200 with stock 18-55mm, 1/2000s @ f/10 28mm and ISO 100.
Minor processing in Picasa.

  • The correction has been made. Thanks. – anaik Aug 22 '16 at 11:20
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Beautiful Yellow Flower | GALAXY S6

Exif:  
SM-G920F
4.3mm/ƒ/1.9/1/261s/ISO 40      

View Large on 500px

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