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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The Rusty Rocky Mountains

as seen on a downpipe

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Ice Storm in Montreal

Ice Storm in Montreal

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  • I can't see the storm, but maybe it's frozen. Or captured and fixed by your camera. I really like the red, reflecting thing with all its legs hanging (hanging on a little twig) very much! More technical, "the thing" is well in focus and it's color contrasts nicely with the blue in the center on the downside and the golden brown upper left. – descheleschilder Jul 4 '17 at 16:23

Tree in Vedauwoo, WY.


Larger version here.

  • I really like this. Very nice image! – scottbb May 29 '18 at 3:36
  • @scottbb Thanks! – Lars Kotthoff May 30 '18 at 1:33

Just a few well love pencils


"My horn is my world"

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full size: https://www.flickr.com/photos/szulat/942683641


Long Neck Karen Tribe

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Full Size here


Hermit crab

Camera: Nikon D90 + 18-200
Focal distance: 200mm (like 300mm on 35mm-film)
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: 1/160s
Mode: full auto :-b

I still had not learnt the manual/priority modes, but I'm proud of this photo. Extracted from raw with manual adjustment of chromatic aberration, curves, saturation... Maybe I boosted the contrast too much...

  • not that I'm a very good photographer but I'm finding it difficult to concentrate on the main subject. – Sandeep Singh Rawat Jun 19 '13 at 6:43
  • Thanks for the advice, @SandeepSinghRawat. Maybe I will try a different crop. – comocomocomocomo Jun 20 '13 at 5:56
  • I think the cropping and subject content is OK. Depending on the original I MIGHT have moved the frame right slightly - but maybe not. A link to a larger version and what is outside the cropping would be useful. | One problem with the small image size PLUS the 1.78:1 crop demanded by the format here (if you want a max allowed size image), is that it significantly affects the content and cropping choice. Crop for best appearance and the image often loses "punch" as a header. Crop for max punch and you lose content. – Russell McMahon Nov 26 '13 at 7:32
  • ... In this case, if you crop to increase subject content you either decrease width or start losing legs at bottom and or shell at top. I think what you've done is a reasonable choice. [This is all my opinion only - others may have quite different ideas. But, I've anguished over best-mix on a number of occasions and so far have had several that made their way to the top, so I guess that at least some agree with me.] – Russell McMahon Nov 26 '13 at 7:34

Ready for a long journey

Nikon D60, Sigma 17-55mm

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    I would vote this up, BUT It is too tall by 7 pixels, as per the rules it must be 210px tall, and up-to but not necessarily 375px wide. – damned truths Jun 21 '13 at 6:41
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    Thanks @damnedtruths: I resized the image to 210px tall. – Aditya Jul 9 '13 at 23:16

Taken with Fujifilm Finepix AX280 (which is a poor, compact camera)



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    Hi there, please resize the image according to the rules above: Images must be 210 px high and up to 375 px wide – John Cavan Dec 5 '13 at 17:58
  • just resized thx! – Cin Sb Sangpi Dec 7 '13 at 10:46
  • No, still it not resized, height must be 210px. set the height to 210px. – Bala Dec 7 '13 at 11:18
  • +1, great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! – Bala Dec 7 '13 at 13:15

Riddles and runes

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Low Key, Single Light II

Guen, with hair static

Tech details:

  • Pentax K-5II, ISO 100, and at the ¹⁄₁₈₀th second flash sync speed.
  • Pentax SMC DA 70mm Limited @ f/5.6
  • Cheetah Light V850 in Westcott Rapid Box at ¹⁄₁₆th power immediately out of frame to the left.

see larger (and in portrait orientation, as shot)

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    I love this, Matt -- I just wish I could vote it up as an image in its own right rather than as a header for the site. It's too "her" and not enough "pretty, high-quality, but ultimately generic photograph". As a people/product shooter, I get the unfairness of that; I'm utterly uninterested in taking pictures of anything that would make a good site header. In any other sort of competition, though... – user2719 Mar 24 '14 at 7:05
  • @StanRogers Thanks, I appreciate that very much. I think site header photography really isn't for me either. :) – Please Read My Profile Mar 24 '14 at 11:51

The Last City

This was taken recently in Andong South Korea. Its one of the last (if not last) traditional towns in korea. While there a few korean towns, this is the only one that people still live in the traditional houses.




Captured while on vacation at my family's summer property. Larger, uncropped version here


Golden clouds

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@Aero Show India 2015

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A member of British aerobatics team Breitling Wingwalkers

Full pic


The Pound

The Pound

Wilpena pound is a formation in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia that was used to contain stock and horses, due to its formidable cliff lines and singular easy access. It forms a bend in the ranges, which extend away to the north and south from the end opposite to that from which this photograph was taken. This view is towards the north west, from a plane on a commercial sightseeing flight. Unfortunately the plane's windows were quite reflective, so I had a little trouble avoiding spoiling my photos.


Chateau View

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  • Fujifilm X-E1
  • XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS @ 18mm
  • f/7.1
  • 1/350s
  • ISO200

(on flickr)



Taken in the botanic garden in Munich (Summer 2015).

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
Focal Length: 139mm (full frame equiv.: 375mm)
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter: 1/125
ISO: 125
Marumi DHG achromat +5 dioptries

Buck Seeking Fallen Pears

Buck seeking fallen pears

Photographer: Glenn Randers-Pehrson
Camera: SONY a300 + 75-300 zoom
Exposure: 1/125, ISO 400, f5.6, 300mm, no flash
Date: 1 August 2015
Post Process: Crop, resize, slight sharpen with GraphicsMagick
LICENSE: CC-BY-SA-3.0 or 4.0

Dubai Sunset from Burj Khalifa


Photography is a play with the light!!

  • Challenging and beautiful! Thanks for sharing! – user_1177868 Sep 29 '17 at 20:05



For a high-res version see the image on 500px

Exposure time is about 30s, the only source of light was a torch.


Fire is Diabolic, Too

Can you spot a devil's face? Renamed after descheleschilder pointed it out.

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Nikon D3300, Kit Lens (18mm-55mm), f/7.1, 1/1000 sec., ISO 800

Location: Kerala, India

Date & Time: Mon, 20 May 2017 4:25:23 PM IST

Cropped & Color graded slightly (to make it look like night).

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    Nice one again! This fire can't be extinguished anymore (though it can be deleted)! And again I see a little devil [at least his (though many times it's a she) horns], in the center of the picture. Let's send one in each week (which I already did)! – descheleschilder Jun 21 '17 at 7:40
  • @descheleschilder Thank you! I hadn't noticed the devil, but I clearly spot a face now in the left hand side (once you notice, it is hard to forget). UPDATE: I've renamed it! – Nandakumar Edamana Jun 21 '17 at 8:12
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    After some staring, the little devil on the left suddenly popped out! He's looking angry and even seems to have hands! I see why you changed the title! And while I'm looking at your picture right now, the devil in the middle has become a dragon's head. The more you look, the more you see (mostly faces). I've never photographed fire, so I think you know what I'm gonna try. – descheleschilder Jun 21 '17 at 8:35

Smoking away in Moonlight

Smoking away in Moonlight

  • It made me remember one of my life moment. – Tahir Hussain Mir Sep 20 '17 at 6:35
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    Glad! :) thanks... – Saikat Das Sep 20 '17 at 6:40
  • actually, I should thank You for posting this. Thank You so much. – Tahir Hussain Mir Nov 6 '17 at 7:16
  • This has a downvote. – EKons Jul 3 '18 at 13:48


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Samsung WB250F
1/180 sec
ISO 800
actual focal length - 50mm
35mm equivalent focal length - 306mm
  • Yeah, just noticed, sorry for that – user152435 Jan 22 '18 at 20:12

Silhouette of Fountain

Silhouette of Fountain

Larger Version

  • Canon 60D
  • EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM
  • 1/1600
  • ƒ/3.5
  • ISO 200
  • 51 mm
  • Love the droplets, +1! – Abhranil Das Apr 15 '13 at 16:20

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Head First

Head First

Right on the edge of the field, behind our house on a bright sunny day.

Canon EOS 60D, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, ISO 100, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/500s, 0 ev

Larger version on flickr


"Spring is sprung"

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In the Southern hemisphere it's Spring-time - on most days anyway :-). Sony A77

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