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 My 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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Photo taken specifically to answer a Photo Stack Exchange question

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

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Samsung Galaxy S6
Time: 4 seconds
Sensitivity: ISO 50
Aperture: ƒ/1.9
Filter: Variable Neutral Density filter at unknown setting

Docking Ferry

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Camera: Canon 550D
Lens: Pentacon auto 2.8/135 MC
Focal length: 135mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter: 1/4000
ISO: 100


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.


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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Camera : Canon


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    Looks like a spaceship corridor from a Kubrick film – Octopus Apr 4 '14 at 19:52


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Butterfly And Bug

Seen on a stroll through Schönbuch forest on a sunny day.

High resolution on Flickr

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM on a EOS 60D, ISO 100, f/4, 1/250s

  • I like the way you mentioned the title. – Bala Jan 25 '14 at 7:08

Nature Beauty on Camera Eye, memorable boating in evening river!

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Here is Higher Resolution of the photo

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    Please resize to fit in contest rules; height 210 px, width max 375 px. – Esa Paulasto Feb 15 '14 at 6:45
  • ok thanks, updated size. – Gururaj T Feb 15 '14 at 8:44


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Camera: Canon 550D  
Lens: Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM
Focal Length: 50mm
Aperture: f/18
Shutter: 1/250s
ISO: 100

Crystal by the Window

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I took this in black-and-white because the patterns alone looked so beautiful.

[F-stop f/2.7; Exposure: 1/1600 sec; ISO-200; Focal length: 4mm; No exposure bias; No flash]


Early this morning (~4am), I finally got my courage to try an Astro photograph. This is the result. I'd appreciate constructive advice. This was really fun/exciting.

Camera: Nikon D700, MC-36 Shutter Remote  

Exposure: ISO:160, F4, 1/125

Telescope: Meade LX200 10" 
Connection: Camera adapter and T-Ring

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oh, it's the moon :)

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    I would think this is not quite the place to ask for advice on photography, not even if it was your first ever attempt at shooting a moon. – Esa Paulasto May 22 '14 at 23:15
  • @EsaPaulasto Definitely not. It specifically addresses this in the rules. The answers become too cluttered and not focused on the photographs themselves enough. – damned truths May 27 '14 at 6:53
  • You can leave the photo but please edit your comment. No constructive advice is allowed in this contest. – Jakub Sisak GeoGraphics Sep 29 '14 at 15:20

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Lake Tazawa, Akita, Japan
Sony DSC-RX100, ISO 125, f/5.6, 1/400


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Full version

Camera: SONY NEX-5; Lens: Helios 77m-4; Taken on 2014/04/26 19:24:08; Exposure: 0.008s (1/125); Focal Length: 0.00mm; F/Stop: f/1.000; ISO Speed: ISO200; Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV; No flash;



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full version

Camera: SONY NEX-5; Taken on 2012/09/16 19:52:43; Exposure: 0.033s (1/30); Focal Length: 20.00mm; F/Stop: f/4.000; ISO Speed: ISO1250; Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV; No flash


Sea Clouds

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sri lanka

This was shot in Sri Lanka, i like the different levels of contrasts. No idea what the sign says.

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    I like it, but feel like all of the water is going to drain out of the right side of this lake! – Please Read My Profile Sep 24 '14 at 13:22
  • hm, now you're saying it...; but the image is level. it's just the shoreline isn't strait. – ths Sep 24 '14 at 14:30
  • Use rule of third – eirenaios Aug 7 '15 at 9:49

Brick Wall by Johan Wagenheim

Brick wall in Oslo, Norway. Taken with Nikon D5100/Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1:1.8G. F/2.6, 1/60s exposure.


Husky eye

Husky eye

Full size


Detail from National Portrait Gallery in London

Door frame with room number 12



Taken with Canon SX 150 IS

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Link to original large sized version-http://i.stack.imgur.com/zotcu.jpg

  • @RussellMcMahon-Is it okay now? – tatan Nov 20 '15 at 15:47
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    Tatan - yess - size is OK now. You may wish to add a link to a larger version. Your original imgur version i at i.stack.imgur.com/zotcu.jpg and you may have a larger one again. – Russell McMahon Nov 21 '15 at 11:35
  • @RussellMcMahon-Thanks!!You are one of the most helpful persons I have met across this site.... – tatan Nov 21 '15 at 11:46


Higher-res view and more info on Deviantart: http://fav.me/d8tu583


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


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Pieten the Cat

Pieten the Cat

Canon 350D
ISO : 1600
Shutter : 1/125
Lens : Free lens, possibly 18-55mm
  • there's something strangely fake about the depth of field... – Digital Lightcraft Aug 27 '16 at 7:26
  • @DigitalLightcraft fake in a bad way I assume? I can explain roughly what I did if you'd like know – fluf Aug 30 '16 at 5:34

"Pork at Sunset"

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  • Nikon D800
  • off-camera Nikon SB-910 speedlight flash (to the right obviously)
  • f4.5, 1/125th sec
  • @ 35mm on Nikkor 18-35mm ED 3.5-4.5f
  • ND Grad
  • photoshop: Drop highlights, increase shadows, + vibrance, Cropped a bit
  • Please rescale to fit the dimensions of the contest (read Submitter Rules). – Matthieu Moy Aug 30 '16 at 7:42
  • Ah yes missed that bit - done :-) – Digital Lightcraft Aug 30 '16 at 7:49

A Man and His Dog

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  • Canon T5i
  • 50mm lens
  • f/4.0
  • 1/500s
  • ISO 100

(Full resolution image can be viewed here.)


Off the beaten path in Poland, Dolny Śląsk

I took this picture driving through Poland, late at night. This streetlight was in the middle of a forest with no other lights for miles around. I felt that if I had walked out past the light I might have ended up in another world. I still find it eerily comforting 7 years later.

  • I like this one very much! Thanks for sharing ;) – user_1177868 Sep 29 '17 at 20:02

The Pair

A Pair of Flowers

Camera : Canon EOS 1200D
Lens : 50mm f/1.8 STM
F-Stop : f/8
Shutter speed : 1/320
ISO speed : 200

Higher resolution here



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In a little Italian village

In the middle of a hot day


Natural beauty

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