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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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A Man and His Dog

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  • Canon T5i
  • 50mm lens
  • f/4.0
  • 1/500s
  • ISO 100

(Full resolution image can be viewed here.)

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Off the beaten path in Poland, Dolny Śląsk

I took this picture driving through Poland, late at night. This streetlight was in the middle of a forest with no other lights for miles around. I felt that if I had walked out past the light I might have ended up in another world. I still find it eerily comforting 7 years later.

  • I like this one very much! Thanks for sharing ;) – user_1177868 Sep 29 '17 at 20:02
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Lesser Scaup, Texas Hill Country

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full size on Flickr

D7000, Nikkor 70-300, monopod

300mm F/5.6 at 1/160 & 200 ISO

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A misty morning in Amsterdam, along the Amstel river

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Exif Details: Camera : Nikon D5300
Lens : 18-55mm VR II
F-stop : f/29
Exposure time : 15sec
Iso : 100
Focal length : 35mm

To view original please visit : Big Mad's (Parth Pabari)

  • Very nice image. But please resize it to meet the contest rules: "Images must be 210 px high and up to 375 px wide." – scottbb Apr 10 '17 at 14:39
  • @scottbb ohh it will lost beauty of picture. okay. am editing my answer to match criteria. – Parth Apr 10 '17 at 19:00
  • I edited the link to the image to point to the original full-size that you uploaded on imgur. Or, if you wish, you can edit the link to point to your instagram if you wish. – scottbb Apr 10 '17 at 19:08
  • @scottbb its fine :) – Parth Apr 10 '17 at 19:11
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together

Ricoh Singlex II
Fujifilm Superia Xtra 400
Developed with Caffenol-C-M for 11 mins at 20C
Digitized with CanoScan 9000F II
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Find original image file here

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Upstairs-downstairs

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In a little Italian village

In the middle of a hot day

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Perpendicular

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    I swapped again.This time everything okay!! – descheleschilder Jun 30 '17 at 21:40
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Natural beauty

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Ranunculus Study, 2017

Ranunculus Study, 2017

Exposure:  
5s @ f/22, 50mm, ISO 100  

Gear:  
50mm Zeiss Milvus f/2M ZF.2 (Macro), Nikon D800E, Tripod & Cable Release  

Lighting:  
Generic LED 4"x6" Panel

Edits (via Capture One):
Crushed toe of curve to get a pure black background  
Color channel and hue edits to reduce green cast from low-CRI LEDs
Brightness and Saturation boost to enhance rendition of reds (LED fix again)
Additional sharpening to counteract softness of shooting at f/22

Larger version available here (with tighter crop): http://meklarian.tumblr.com/post/164299159803/ranunculus-study-2017

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The Brown Pelican elegantly gliding over the sea to hunt for lunch.

The Brown Pelican elegantly gliding over the sea to hunt for lunch

This shot was taken in Cancún, Mexico.

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Towards the Darkness

Green Pit-Viper (Trimeresurus trigonocephalus)

Green Pit-Viper (*Trimeresurus trigonocephalus*)

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infrared view of Wellington city, New Zealand

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higher-res

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The lake Nisser, Norway

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Surprised Lemur

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  • Camera: Canon 700D
  • Lens: 50mm
  • Aperture: f/1.8
  • Exposure: 1/250
  • ISO: 200

Click here for the full resolution image

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Colorful houses in Stortorget, Gamla stan, Stockholm, Sweden. I took this photo in 2014-08.

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Fire fighting by heliocopter in Spain

Fire fighting in Spain - carrying water to drop directly on the source of the fire, these guys can tackle fires in otherwise inaccessible areas. Taken with my Nikon 5300 and slightly desaturated in photoshop to highlight the heliocopter

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Amazing Flower of Nature

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Information of image

Device Modal : Nikon D90

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    Quote from the contest rules: 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. Please resize you image to fit that constraint. – Saaru Lindestøkke Jan 19 '13 at 12:09
  • @Dixit: You need to crop and scale the image according to the contest rules. If you do not, I'll have to delete this. – jrista Jan 26 '13 at 1:04
  • Thanks & sorry for that – Dixit Patel Jan 26 '13 at 4:50
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At School

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See their smiles larger !

  • I like it. I'm surprised this hasn't got a few more votes. While maybe not as grabbing as some of the 'visually splendid' offerings it has enough impact that it would not be out of place at the top of the page for a week. – Russell McMahon May 1 '13 at 0:28
  • @RussellMcMahon, Thanks for your kindness :) – Zahra Ezati May 1 '13 at 13:53
  • @RussellMcMahon I like it, because of their smile!!!!! – Bala Oct 21 '13 at 5:57
  • What's with the sasquatch walking along at the bottom of the mural in the back? – Olin Lathrop Oct 29 '13 at 12:54
  • @OlinLathrop, To be honest, I didn't get what you mean exactly :) – Zahra Ezati Oct 30 '13 at 10:45
  • There is a dark furry-looking knuckle-dragging being at the bottom of the mural in the top left corner of the picture. Perhaps you prefer yeti over sasquatch, but I thought yetis are supposed to be white (it's hard to keep all these mythical animals straight). – Olin Lathrop Nov 5 '13 at 22:47
  • @OlinLathrop, He's just a 7-8 year old boy picking sth up (I cannot remember what was that) from the ground. Nothing more :) – Zahra Ezati Nov 6 '13 at 10:07
  • @OlinLathrop You missed mentioning the two pyramids at left rear, the white hooded watcher and the two crows? flying. - Which got me to look at the original. Ah. A mural. I hadn't realised.It also reveals your Sasquatch for what it is, alas - I rather liked the mystical version. – Russell McMahon Nov 30 '14 at 23:17
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5 down

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An old-school counter to count stuff.

Camera: Canon 550D
Lens: Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM
Focal length: 50mm
Aperture: f/16
Shutter: 1/250
ISO: 100
Flash: Fired off-camera

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Classy and real horse power

Classy and real horse power

Link to Bigger Image, http://www.panoramio.com/photo/95220405

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A Window at My University

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    Its not even straight!! – NULLZ Aug 15 '13 at 1:46
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Sunset panorama

Sunset panorama

Nikon D5100, 18-55mm VR kit lens @ 55mm, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/200s

I stitched a complete panorama from 5 images with Hugin, postprocessed in LR5, you can see the whole thing here (sorry, imgur caused a lot of JPEG artifacts on that one).

I just realized that it's similar to the current photo of the week, that wasn't intended I swear :).

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Hoop

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A basketball hoop at the playground where I used to live.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70 mm f/2.8 L USM
Focal length: 24 mm
Aperture: 16
Shutter time: 1/30 s
ISO: 100

Larger image

  • I like the atmosphere this piece creates. It's like nostalgic innocence. – person27 Jan 1 '16 at 6:16
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In demand

In demand

Found this at a restaurant.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70 mm f/2.8 L USM
Focal length: 51 mm
Aperture: 2.8
Shutter time: 1/50 s
ISO: 3200

Larger image

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Low Key, Single Light I

Guen with single light

Tech details:

  • Pentax K-5II, ISO 100, and at the ¹⁄₁₈₀th second flash sync speed.
  • Pentax SMC DA 70mm Limited @ f/5.6
  • Cheetah Light V850 in Westcott Rapid Box at ¹⁄₁₆th power immediately out of frame to the left.

see larger (and in portrait orientation, as shot)

  • excellent snap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! – Bala Mar 1 '14 at 18:45
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Reed

Reed

Reed with the reflection of the setting sun in the background.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Sigma 50-500 mm f/4-6.3 APO DG
Focal length: 500 mm
Aperture: 8
Shutter speed: 1/500 s
ISO: 100

Lager image

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  • Camera: Canon EOS 650D
  • Lens: 18-55mm
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Fly Agaric

fly agaric

Taken in Schönbuch forest, on an overcast day.

Larger version on Flickr

ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/50s, 17mm, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM on Canon EOS 60D

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