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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Crystal by the Window

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I took this in black-and-white because the patterns alone looked so beautiful.

[F-stop f/2.7; Exposure: 1/1600 sec; ISO-200; Focal length: 4mm; No exposure bias; No flash]


Early this morning (~4am), I finally got my courage to try an Astro photograph. This is the result. I'd appreciate constructive advice. This was really fun/exciting.

Camera: Nikon D700, MC-36 Shutter Remote  

Exposure: ISO:160, F4, 1/125

Telescope: Meade LX200 10" 
Connection: Camera adapter and T-Ring

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oh, it's the moon :)

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    I would think this is not quite the place to ask for advice on photography, not even if it was your first ever attempt at shooting a moon. – Esa Paulasto May 22 '14 at 23:15
  • @EsaPaulasto Definitely not. It specifically addresses this in the rules. The answers become too cluttered and not focused on the photographs themselves enough. – damned truths May 27 '14 at 6:53
  • You can leave the photo but please edit your comment. No constructive advice is allowed in this contest. – Jakub Sisak GeoGraphics Sep 29 '14 at 15:20

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Lake Tazawa, Akita, Japan
Sony DSC-RX100, ISO 125, f/5.6, 1/400


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Full version

Camera: SONY NEX-5; Lens: Helios 77m-4; Taken on 2014/04/26 19:24:08; Exposure: 0.008s (1/125); Focal Length: 0.00mm; F/Stop: f/1.000; ISO Speed: ISO200; Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV; No flash;



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Camera: SONY NEX-5; Taken on 2012/09/16 19:52:43; Exposure: 0.033s (1/30); Focal Length: 20.00mm; F/Stop: f/4.000; ISO Speed: ISO1250; Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV; No flash


Sea Clouds

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sri lanka

This was shot in Sri Lanka, i like the different levels of contrasts. No idea what the sign says.

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    I like it, but feel like all of the water is going to drain out of the right side of this lake! – mattdm Sep 24 '14 at 13:22
  • hm, now you're saying it...; but the image is level. it's just the shoreline isn't strait. – ths Sep 24 '14 at 14:30
  • Use rule of third – eirenaios Aug 7 '15 at 9:49

The Abandoned One

The Abandoned One

Camera: Nikon D300, ISO: 200, Focal length: 18mm, F/stop: f/16, Speed: 1/50

Large version


Brick Wall by Johan Wagenheim

Brick wall in Oslo, Norway. Taken with Nikon D5100/Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1:1.8G. F/2.6, 1/60s exposure.


Husky eye

Husky eye

Full size



Taken with Canon SX 150 IS

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Link to original large sized version-http://i.stack.imgur.com/zotcu.jpg

  • @RussellMcMahon-Is it okay now? – tatan Nov 20 '15 at 15:47
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    Tatan - yess - size is OK now. You may wish to add a link to a larger version. Your original imgur version i at i.stack.imgur.com/zotcu.jpg and you may have a larger one again. – Russell McMahon Nov 21 '15 at 11:35
  • @RussellMcMahon-Thanks!!You are one of the most helpful persons I have met across this site.... – tatan Nov 21 '15 at 11:46

This is one of monument in Lucknow known as Chota Imambara Situate in Husainabad near Clock house. This one was build under rule of Muhammad Ali Shah.

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Camera Nikon5200

  • Please adjust this image to meet the image requirements. – SailorCire Dec 1 '15 at 22:09
  • @SailorCire As per suggestion i made it of 250x250. Is it not right? – rptwsthi Dec 11 '15 at 19:42
  • @rptwsthi it can be max 210px tall, so 210x210 or 250x210 would be better. – muru Dec 11 '15 at 23:41
  • @muru Oh Yes-Yes, it is of that size I had this discussion with mike, photo.stackexchange.com/users/4191/mikew and he explained me that. As my image have it's feature that are best expressed in square image so I kept it 210x210. – rptwsthi Dec 12 '15 at 9:20


Higher-res view and more info on Deviantart: http://fav.me/d8tu583


Grey crowned crane

Grey crowned crane

Original photo. Nikon D40, third party 500mm f/8 mirror lens.


Title: Reaching out

The photo was taken on the Italian island Ischia, after a sunny hot day. I tried to keep it simple.

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"Pork at Sunset"

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  • Nikon D800
  • off-camera Nikon SB-910 speedlight flash (to the right obviously)
  • f4.5, 1/125th sec
  • @ 35mm on Nikkor 18-35mm ED 3.5-4.5f
  • ND Grad
  • photoshop: Drop highlights, increase shadows, + vibrance, Cropped a bit
  • Please rescale to fit the dimensions of the contest (read Submitter Rules). – Matthieu Moy Aug 30 '16 at 7:42
  • Ah yes missed that bit - done :-) – Digital Lightcraft Aug 30 '16 at 7:49

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A Pine cone

Camera: Canon EOS 1200D
Lens: 50mm f1.8 STM
Exposure Time: 1/40 sec
F-Stop: f/4
ISO Speed: 100

Larger Resolution Image:http://imgur.com/B5vs3cc

  • Can someone please review this image for me. Is there any room for improvement here? – Aditya Cherla Oct 14 '16 at 4:15
  • t looks a bit gloomy to me, and looks better to me if I brighten it by using GraphicsMagick or ImageMagick "convert Pinecone.jpg -gamma 1.4 Pinecone_gamma14.jpg" which is roughly equivalent to old-fashioned darkroom work (PUSH ONE STOP is about -gamma 1.6). – Glenn Randers-Pehrson Oct 23 '16 at 12:20
  • Thanks a lot!! I'll try that out – Aditya Cherla Oct 24 '16 at 17:49

Still Life with Fruit

High-res view and more info: http://fav.me/daocvj8


The Pair

A Pair of Flowers

Camera : Canon EOS 1200D
Lens : 50mm f/1.8 STM
F-Stop : f/8
Shutter speed : 1/320
ISO speed : 200

Higher resolution here


Fuji X-Pro 2, 35mm f/1.4, f/4, 1/5400, ISO 200. Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California


The still life of shells

The still life of shells


Climbing holds

Part of a small climbing wall in my school's play area

In my school's playground, there's a wooden climbing wall leading to a raised play space that the younger kids use a lot. The holds are arranged not quite regularly, and I liked the wooden texture, so I decided to capture that.

1/125 sec. f/2.4 3.97mm
ISO 146
Shot on a Nexus 5 phone with auto settings.

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

Verstappen sparking through Abbey

Verstappen sparking through Abbey

Taken at Abbey Corner (turn one) during Qualifying at the British Grand Prix 2018 at Silverstone. The Red Bull cars (this one being driven by Max Verstappen) were very low to the ground through the high speed corner, with the friction throwing up lots of sparks.

Shot with my Canon EOS 1300D, exposure 1/2000 sec.


A colorful mosaïc on a bench somewhere in Amsterdam



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  • Please no more take sad photos! – Majid May 10 '15 at 18:21

Midnight in Kyoto

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This is a hand-held shot with no post-processing. Larger version on 500px.


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  • Canon 7D
  • Canon 28-105mm USM
  • Nice neons! I lose neons to NTD on regular basis :( Any link to full tank? :D Sorry, I am a planted tank enthusiast. – fahad.hasan Mar 28 '13 at 5:46
  • Well thanks. I actually don't have a full shot of the whole tank posted anywhere at this point in time. I'm even newer to fish keeping than I am to photography. Ive only had this tank about 13 months. – Octopus Mar 28 '13 at 6:08

Boat on Loch Ness

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Canon 30D, Sigma 10-22mm f/4-5.6

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    I think without the red in the flag this would've been even better! – Abhranil Das May 4 '13 at 19:16

Super Moon !

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