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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.


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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Graffiti

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  • Camera: Canon EOS 650D
  • Lens: 18-55mm
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Apricot Blossom

apricot blossom

Taken on a sunny day in my backyard!

full image here

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Sunset at Görlitzer Park

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Camera: Canon 550D
Lens: Sigma 18-50mm F2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM
Focal length: 50mm
Aperture: f/13
Shutter: 1/250
ISO: 100

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Sunset

Sunset

Camera: SONY NEX-5, Taken on 2013/06/08 21:30:49, Exposure: 0.025s (1/40), Focal Length: 18.00mm, F/Stop: f/4.500, ISO Speed: ISO200, Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV, No flash

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Bright in the eye!

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Taken in the community garden of Tempelhof Airport park in Berlin.

Camera: Canon 550D
Lens: Sigma 18-50mm F2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM
Focal length: 18mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter: 1/400
ISO: 100

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Bangles

Bangles

You can see larger versions from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/117290766@N08/13908738361/

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Summer

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Full version

Camera: SONY NEX-5, Taken on 2013/06/02 15:15:00, Exposure: 0.002s (1/640), Focal Length: 18.00mm, F/Stop: f/7.100, ISO Speed: ISO200, Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV, No flash

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Orange Line

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This photo includes bits of Somerville, Medford, Everett, and Charlestown/Boston, Massachusetts, all in one seemingly-compressed scene. (Includes the MBTA orange line, control tower for the Amelia Earhart Dam locks, the MWRA 1.5mw turbine, the blue line of a big box store, and various industrial smokestacks.)

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  • I really want to like this but I'd want a bit more sky above the tall stack and a smidge of gap between the blade and the right stock, it is bothering me... – Paul Cezanne Jul 17 '14 at 22:37
  • @PaulCezanne Thanks for the feedback. I agree that the crop is too tight, especially on the sky — that's mostly an artifact of the crop I made for the contest.. it's hard to fit everything in and be large enough to show the detail. – mattdm Jul 18 '14 at 16:19
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    I also see what you're saying about the windmill blade and the stack; I also think that works better larger.... but I like it this way in a way I can't quite articulate... something about the square that's made, maybe, and a kind of connection between the disparate elements. – mattdm Jul 18 '14 at 16:21
  • (I'll go back to my series from the day and see what I passed on; there are others from different perspective and with the blades in a different configuration.) – mattdm Jul 18 '14 at 16:22
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The Puppa

This picture took with my Olympus FE-210 from my village in kerala.

  • Hi! It's nice to see you participating in the contest, but please take a look at the submitter rules. There it says You may enter one photo per week. This is on the honor system, but abuse will eventually earn a strong talking-to. Please change your entry accordingly. – Saaru Lindestøkke Jul 31 '14 at 20:32
  • @BartArondson: Sorry for the inconvenience caused. I didn't noticed it. I changed the entry.. Thanks for notifying me. :) – Nemo Aug 1 '14 at 5:58
  • @BartArondson I believe the bigger issue is that two photos should not be in the same answer, else the moderators have no way of determining which image is the one everyone is voting for. – damned truths Aug 1 '14 at 7:43
  • It was the bigger issue, but I saw no rules against it and addressed the problem in this way. – Saaru Lindestøkke Aug 1 '14 at 9:16
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Orchid

Cute Little Orchid

Camera : Olympus FE 210
  • i.imgur.com/FaBZNKV.png :) – eogavy May 1 at 13:21
  • Hi @eogavy, May I know why you added this photo in imgur website? – Nemo May 9 at 5:07
  • I could not add it via Stackexchange comments. Be assured, I've added it marked as "hidden", it does _not appear on the homepage/stream (page) and I've added attribution in the description. – eogavy May 9 at 19:44
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Here is my contribution :

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Canon EOS 6D
F/6.3
1/60 seconds
ISO-800
100 mm

Bigger version here

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A busy street in New York

A busy New York street

This picture was taken in the late afternoon at a busy New York street. The lights coming from the shops, restaurants, the reflection from the vehicles passing on the street, the faded paint of the old building, and a recent movie poster altogether were making this whole scene so colorful. I had to do the HDR processing of the image to really bring out all the details, and colors.

The full sized image can be seen here: https://copy.com/TkeMOnT2rfvjXRry

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Fall

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A blurry image as a contrast to all the sharpness. It's a single exposure using a 1.6-second shutter, during which the camera was panned and then held still.

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Hey there!

Animal

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Single and many (একা এবং কয়েকজন)

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F L I C K R

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The Stray

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    This has been downvoted against the rules... – Jorge Córdoba Jun 25 '15 at 13:44
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    Which rule has this broken? – Octopus Jun 25 '15 at 20:04
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    No, i'm flagging the fact this has had a downvote. There's nothijg wrong with this pic. Downvotes are not allowed in photos in this contest. – Jorge Córdoba Jun 25 '15 at 20:11
  • Oh I see. You are saying the downvote was against the rules. I misunderstood. – Octopus Jun 26 '15 at 17:19
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Red Flower. Red Flower.

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Resting on a lazy day.....

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Taken with Canon SX-150 IS

  • Please resize your image to conform with the rules: 210px high and upto 375px wide. – damned truths Sep 24 '15 at 5:20
  • @damnedtruths-I have tried to resize it and posted an answer below but its too small...can you help me to resize the image?? – tatan Sep 24 '15 at 5:26
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Mallcop

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Shot from the hip,
at a one/six-forty clip
of the time.

Opened f-over-four, (and a half)
brought light all the more,
Kept the senses all low to a 100
and fine.

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Inyo National Forest, California, USA. Taken four years ago on my vacation. Inyo National Forest, California

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Moon seen trough 300mm lens.

Moon seen trough 300mm lens

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Smoke from chimneys, Paris

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Covered bridge with a canon T5i

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Bee

bee

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An empty road at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, in Flagstaff, Arizona (somewhere around here)

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Cannon EOS Rebel T2i • 1/100, f/20, ISO 100

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Skyline of Amsterdam

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Delicate Arch - and beyond

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This shot was done from behind Delicate Arch, in Arches National Park, UT.

After hearing about the possibility, I spent about an hour climbing around and finally getting to the top of the ledge behind it. You can see a person standing in the middle of the arch (about two pixels high...). Most people never see the vast deep canyon that opens up right behind the arch.

10 mm, f 3.5, 1/2000, ISO 100, Exposure Bias -0.3. Shot on 2016-06-06 with a Canon T3i, processed in LR.

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