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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!


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
  • @scottbb I just submitted; and it is ongoing. – 10 Rep Jul 27 at 16:23
  • @10Rep Well, it's not really ongoing. The highest-voted submission was posted as the photo of the week on the main page. But that hasn't happened in many months. But thanks for submitting anyways. =) – scottbb Jul 27 at 17:17
  • @scottbb Oh, didn't know it's not ongoing. But I like this idea :) – 10 Rep Jul 27 at 18:59
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    I’m voting to close this question because the purpose of the competition, to update the Photo of the Week header, has changed (due to Stack Exchange redesign), and also because these contributions no longer get posted to main. This competition is defunct. Can we please close it? – scottbb Jul 29 at 22:37

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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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Drei im Korb

Canon 5D, EF 100 2.8 @ f/10, Studiolights.

larger version on 500px

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Moss

Moss

Clicked on Lumia 950xl
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  • Can someone please help me with getting this into the right size please.. – Ghazanfar Sep 16 '16 at 17:17
  • What image editing software do you have available? – Please Read My Profile Sep 16 '16 at 17:30
  • @mattdm Nothing really. I can install one if you tell me - I have Linux, Mac and Windows running. I am trying Paint.net. Will that do ? – Ghazanfar Sep 16 '16 at 17:34
  • @mattdm Figured it out ! Thank you so much :) – Ghazanfar Sep 16 '16 at 17:38
  • Yes, Paint.net should be just fine. Glad you figured it out! – Please Read My Profile Sep 16 '16 at 17:39
  • @mattdm Thank you ! The current one is fine, right ? – Ghazanfar Sep 16 '16 at 17:43
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Golden Sunset over Hong Kong Airport

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victoria memorial, million mask march, London

victoria memorial, million mask march, London - Buckingham Palace

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Tree Mushroom, shot using Google Pixel.

Tree Mushroom, Shot using Google Pixel

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  • This has a downvote. – EKons Jul 3 '18 at 14:00
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Connecticut College Arboretum

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Low tide

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Picture has been taken with an old Nokia 520 mobile phone. Vignetting is due to optics only. This picture has an unusual composition (sky has very few space) to give strength to the sand and the silhouette of rocks, the light reflected by the wet shore and the nice drawings left by the water on the sand during low tide.

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Light in the walking shadow

Light in the shadow

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Once upon a time on a ceiling

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  • I like the composition, but it seems you rescaled the picture badly and got it pixelated (see the white fringe near the right border). – Matthieu Moy Mar 24 '17 at 8:32
  • Yeah,I see what you mean, but what could I do? – Deschele Schilder Mar 25 '17 at 12:26
  • Most decent programs will use a better rescaling algorithm than the one you used. If you don't know what to use, then try GIMP for example. – Matthieu Moy Mar 25 '17 at 20:49
  • Alright! Thanks! – Deschele Schilder Mar 29 '17 at 15:56
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Retro Tech

This seemed appropriate for a tech themed site :)

Image created a while ago for the Macro Monday Flickr group, weekly theme "Rules" - full version here: https://flic.kr/p/DqHJJw

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f6.3 1/500s 70-300mm #D5300

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Alaska

Taken in Alaska

Nikon D200

Original

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Water drops on daisy
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Shot with Sony a5000, f6.3, 1/400s, 55-210mm

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Morning gold

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Water and Sky

Shot at around 3:45pm, slightly reduced brightness but otherwise unedited

Samsung NX1000
Samsung 20-50 @ 20mm 
ISO 100 
1/100s 
f4.0
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Curious Olive-backed Tailorbird

Bali, Indonesia

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Nikon D500
1/320 @ f/5
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Domino tower from the inside.

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A morning sun bath

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Evening walk - Mangalore, Karnataka, India

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Original, compressed by uploading to Google Photos and re-downloading.

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Sunset @Köhlbrandbrücke, Hamburg

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Bowling Pins

bowling pins

Eindhoven, Netherlands

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Montopolis Bridge's new life

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Repost of my entry from the new photo contest on the main site.

The photo depicts Montopolis Bridge, an important vehicular river crossing originally constructed in the 1930s and had around 30,000 vehicles crossing every day on average at its peak, but just this year, was closed to vehicles and got a new life as an exclusively pedestrian and bicycle path.

Shot on black-and-white film (Ilford HP5 Plus 400 pushed one stop).

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Camera: Nikon D4

Lens: Nikkor 24-70 2.8

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