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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! See also the Meta post, New Photo Contest.


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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    See also: Regarding ties. Regarding image size/shape/orientation. – jrista Jan 8 '13 at 1:53
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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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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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In the Gardens by the President's House, University of Illinois.  Pentax K5-II, 230mm, f/8.0, 1/320 second In the Gardens by the President's House, University of Illinois. Pentax K5-II, 230mm, f/8.0, 1/320 second

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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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Spiders Prey enter image description here

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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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Roses

Etwas Blumen

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Elk

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Waiting for the flower colors

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  • North London, UK
  • Olympus mju ii / Kodak Gold 200 - 135
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Mobile Click

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Winter in Düsseldorf

Winter in Düsseldorf

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  • Sorry -- my mistake... it looked like the wrong height to me (maybe because of the different aspect ratio), and I think I misread the result when I measured. – Caleb Oct 19 '17 at 19:08
  • @Caleb No problem. But why measure? You can always see exact image dimensions in its properties (available on right click in most browsers). – Zenit Oct 20 '17 at 21:49
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"Don't go so fast!"

"Don't yóu go so slow!"

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Target!!!!

Check the full version of image here

PS: Trying my hands on DSLR for first time.

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Fisherman @ sea

**Fisherman @ sea**

This pic was taken at sea near chennai using my Iphone 7 Click here to view high quality image

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Samsung 9+

Camera: Samsung SM-G965W (Galaxy S9+)
Aperture: F2.4 | Focal length  6.00 mm
ISO 32         | Exposure time: 1/152 s

Trying out my new camera and it's computational photography DOF feature.

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Lovely Pollachi- Modern Rice Mill,

Mobile: 13MP Rear Camera

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Sunset over the Golan

Sunset over the Golan Heights.

This was snapped with my GoPro Hero 7 Black. Full version here.

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Cockatoos at Sunset

Coackatoos at Sunset

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Marsden village in pre-dawn light. 16/02/19

Marsden village in pre-dawn light

    Camera: Olympus E-520 @ iso 100 30 seconds
    Lens: Olympus ZD 11-22mm f2.8-3.5 @ 18mm f3.2
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Gang of five

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In the Dark

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Taken using Samsung Galaxy A-30 mobile device.

Aperture: F/1.7

Exposure: 1/245 s

ISO: 40

As seen from the exif data.

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Pretoria Bridge over the Rideau Canal

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A wallaby has called me

Jardin des Plantes

Taken in the Jardin des Plantes at the beginning of May 2013.

Here is a link to a higher resolution of the picture.

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  • Note that the resolution of your post does not match the required resolution for submissions. It needs to be 210 tall by 375 wide to fit in the banner. – AJ Henderson May 14 '13 at 16:58
  • it's only 210 pixels wide and 158 tall. It has to actually be 375 pixels wide in addition to being 210 pixels tall. – AJ Henderson May 14 '13 at 18:07
  • it's not by choice. It's a technical limitation of what fits in the banner. The top vote each week goes in the spot on the top of the main site and the image has to be exactly 375 by 210 in order to fit correctly. It's a custom feature that StackExchange hacked together for us, so more or less "beggers can't be choosers" applies in terms of what support the layout gives us. – AJ Henderson May 14 '13 at 18:41
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    @AJHenderson (and wok) The image does not need to be 375px wide. It MUST be 210px tall and must be landscape. The 5th dot point of "Submitter Rules" says "Images must be 210px high and up to 375px wide" – damned truths May 15 '13 at 5:53
  • @damnedtruths - well what do you know. I guess I had missed that part way back when. Good to know. – AJ Henderson May 15 '13 at 13:16
  • @AJHenderson: Or you missed when that detail of the rules changed. An exact width was a requirement a while back. – Guffa Mar 5 '14 at 12:42
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View of Stokkalandsvatnet

View from Stokkalandsvatnet in Sandnes, Norway

Taken with:
Camera: Olympus E-420
Focal length: 60 mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Shutter speed: 1/160

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Floating Format

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Evening Church View

Evening Church View

Camera: Olympus FE-210

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Macro Flowers

Macro Flowers

Larger

0.5s f/16 ISO 200

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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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