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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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Ant on flower in our garden!

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    Contest images need to be exactly 210 pixels tall. – mattdm May 10 '13 at 13:39
  • @mattdm I changed photo! thanks for your notice! what is your opinion about my photo? – Majid May 10 '13 at 17:19
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Fairy Iris

Larger here on 500px

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flickr link

  • Please remove the watermark as per the contest rules. Thanks. – mattdm Dec 11 '13 at 13:51
  • Done. Thanks :) – rony36 Dec 11 '13 at 14:10
  • Please resize the image according to the contest rules. Thank you. – Saaru Lindestøkke Dec 12 '13 at 11:08
  • done. thanks :). – rony36 Dec 12 '13 at 11:25
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Sunset over Mälaren

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The last evening light falls over the lake.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 28-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Focal length: 28 mm
Aperture: 5.6
Shutter time: 1/80 s
ISO: 100

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Tracks from a model train set on a wooden countertop.

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Details:

  • Taken in HDR+ mode on a Nexus 5 (4mm focal length)
  • 1/16 sec. exposure at f/2.4
  • Original high-res photo can be found here
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Jetty in sunset

Jetty in sunset

An old jetty in the sunset this evening.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70 mm f/2.8 L USM
Focal length: 52 mm
Aperture: 2.8
Shutter speed: 1/40 s
ISO: 100

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To Build or Not to Build... That is the question :)

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    Canon EOS 450D
    Canon 100mm F2.8 Macro USM
    ISO-100
    F/10
    4s
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Apple snail

Camera: Nikon D5100
Lens: Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6

  • The rules have changed. You do need it to be 210px tall, however, you no longer need it to be 375px wide. It can be up to 375px wide. – Cullub Feb 28 '15 at 14:34
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This is part of frankfurt am main at night, a view I could enjoy for many years from the office, a perfect time for coding...

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Sunset @ Reservoir

Sunset @ Reservoir

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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)

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Evening at Fish Creek

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  • Fujifilm X-E1
  • 10-24mm 1:4 @ 10mm
  • ISO200 - f/22 - 1/10sec

link to larger version

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Ancient Colours

Canon IXUS 132, 5.0mm, 1/60, F/3.2, ISO 100.

  • It looks like a Walt Disney. Where was the photo taken? – Wok Aug 19 '14 at 11:30
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    @Wok I took this while I was visiting Canterbury Cathedral (in Britain). This particular glass stained window was actually at the farthest corner of the building, which is why it's so dark. – Sam Aug 19 '14 at 12:42
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Garden by the Bay

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Serenity

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Portland (OR) Japanese Garden waterfall and koi pond. This is a very meditative and peaceful space.

Canon 5D3 & EF 100mm f/2.8L 0.6 sec @ f/20, ISO 100

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Clear to Land...

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Uncropped full size @6000x4000

I chased this bee (or one very, very similar ;-) all week.
It would arrive mid-morning & flit around this large yellow flowering bush against a whitewashed wall for 3 or 4 mins, then leave, not to return until the next day.

I was determined to snap it in flight & freeze the wings.

I cannot claim that it is pin-sharp at full resolution, but not bad for a beginner.

Nikon D5500 Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6G @185mm macro f/7.1 1/800s ISO 1250 - Full manual, sunlight only.

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Morning Lights

It's a morning light entering the city

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Shot with a Canon T3i, north-east of Steamboat Springs, CO. I was using 3200 ISO, 30 second exposure, and 2.8 aperture. This photo was enhanced in Lightroom.

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This is a winter view of Lake Michigan from Gillson Park after a recent snowfall. I used my Samsung Note 4 phone to take the photo using auto setting.

SM-N910T f/2.21/5964.6mmISO40

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Happy smiles...!

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I went to Danushkodi , a Indian village destroyed by storm in 1984. Since storm life has been very hard for the locals. The only smile i could find there is here for you.

I went to **Danushkodi** , a Indian village destroyed by **storm in 1984**. Since storm life has been very hard for the locals. The only smile i could find there is here for you.

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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

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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.

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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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Lueurs

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Frosty Bath

Polar bird bath

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It was -16F when I took this through our kitchen window.

Nikon D5300, using a Nikkor 18-200 lens.

Post-processing in Snapseed for iPad: I lightened the shadows a bit; the birds were a little dark against the snow.

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    I love it!!!!!! – Bala Jan 12 '14 at 9:57
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    Thank you! I'm amazed the heated bird bath held up in those temperatures. – Twitchly Jan 14 '14 at 18:24
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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
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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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I,Oculus

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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
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Winter lake

Winter lake

Down by the lake a sunny winter day, just a couple of weeks ago. Now the snow is all gone. Strange winter this year.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70 mm f/2.8 L USM
Focal length: 34 mm
Aperture: 8
Shutter time: 1/320 s
ISO: 100

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