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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Little girl posing



Taken in the botanic garden in Munich (Jan 2016).

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
Focal Length: 19mm (51mm equiv.)
Aperture: f/3.4
Shutter: 1/80
ISO: 125


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  • Fujifilm X-E1
  • Fujifilm XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS
  • 1/125s, f2.8, ISO200

Leaving home

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Railroad to infinity


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NewYork skyline from liberty island.

Uncropped larger version is here


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Pieten the Cat

Pieten the Cat

Canon 350D
ISO : 1600
Shutter : 1/125
Lens : Free lens, possibly 18-55mm
  • there's something strangely fake about the depth of field... – Digital Lightcraft Aug 27 '16 at 7:26
  • @DigitalLightcraft fake in a bad way I assume? I can explain roughly what I did if you'd like know – fluf Aug 30 '16 at 5:34

Maroon Bells Under Moonlight

Maroon Bells Under Moonlight

Taken at the edge of Maroon Lake in the Maroon Bells Wilderness Area, west of Aspen, Colorado, USA, two nights before full moon, at 2:40 AM.

Camera: Nikon D800E
Lens: PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5 ED
Exposure: ISO 3200, ƒ/5.6, 30 sec.


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Taken in New York City on the Hudson River on 19th December 2011, on a Nikon D90 with a Nikon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 AF-S VR lens. Post-processed to increase contrast and colour saturation.

ISO 200, f8, 1/500 sec, 26mm.

  • @scottbb Sorry, I overlooked the image width. Corrected. – Chris Peacock Sep 5 '16 at 11:49

Time connects memories. Time is the most powerful thing in this world. You can't actually rewind it, but when you rewind this you call them Memories and you connect to the world you left behind.

Click here for a Full version: https://500px.com/photo/176449291/time-by-mohit-aphale


Smiling Face

High Resolution Image at 500px.com -> Click Here

  • Name: Boblbee
  • Description: Bomb shelter in school

Bomb shelter

Flickr-full size photo

Nikon D3300


Boat On Logs

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This one fascinated me with it's unique nature. How often you see boat on logs. Higher resolution can be checked here.


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Fences are Diabolic

Poets have always warned us about the diabolic nature of fences. Well, here is the photographic proof finally...

Fences are Diabolic

Nikon D3300, Kit Lens (18mm-55mm), f/5.6, 1/60 sec., ISO 800

Location: Kerala, India

Date & Time: Mon, 15 May 2017 05:58:19 PM IST

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    Not many people get such a good focus on the devil himself!! – descheleschilder Jun 15 '17 at 0:21
  • @descheleschilder Thank you! You know, it was in manual mode with manual focus, that too in the third day after getting my first DSLR! – Nandakumar Edamana Jun 15 '17 at 4:25

Shoshone Falls at dusk

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Canon 5D3 24-105 f/4L at 80mm
Exposure: 0.5s @ f/18 ISO 50

Original exposure determined by incident light meter.

Very minor post-processing corrections to highlights, contrast and white level. Otherwise only cropped to fit the required aspect ratio.


Seoul, South Korea

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Captured from my motel window by keeping the camera steady on a window pane.

Shutter: 8s
Apperture: f/11
ISO: 100
Focal length: 44mm
Camera: Nikon D610 
Lens: Tokina 28-70mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro
Date: 5 June, 2017

Bigger size

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    Nice photo, but please resize it to conform to the contest rules: "Images must be 210 px high and up to 375 px wide." You can have the contest-conforming image link to the full size one, if you wish. – scottbb Jul 1 '17 at 15:14
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    Thank you for resizing it, but unfortunately, the dimensions still do not conform to the contest rules. Images must be exactly 210 px high, and up to 375px wide. Your resized image is not tall enough. You will need to crop from either, or both, side to get it to meet the dimensions for the contest rules. – scottbb Jul 2 '17 at 16:43
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    Please read and understand all of the contest rules before making any more edits. Thank you for accommodating the rules by making the requested edits, but "Images must not contain any artificially added borders, watermarks, or decorations of any kind." Unfortunately, to use this photo in the contest, you're going to have to crop some of the width in order to make it conform to the size requirements. – scottbb Jul 3 '17 at 4:24

Water Drops at leaves (click here for full size image)
Water drops at leaves

  • This has a downvote. – EKons Jul 3 '18 at 13:57

Ranunculus Study, 2017

Ranunculus Study, 2017

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

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

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


Croatian Beach at Sunset

Taken in Croatia on a beach in Podstrana at sunset in September

Samsung NX1000 @ ISO 100
20mm, f9, 1/500

infrared view of Wellington city, New Zealand

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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.


Close-up of a rabbit's face in black & white

Taken in a garden in rural England.

Nikon D7000
Nikon 70-300mm @ 300mm
1/500 sec




Frost glints in the morning sunlight

Frost glints in the morning sunlight. Taken in a garden in England.

Nikon D80
Sigma Macro 50mm F2.8 EX DG
1/320 sec

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    Hi and welcome to Photo.SE. Please take a moment to read the rules for this contest. There it states: Images must be 210 px high and up to 375 px wide. Could you please resize your image and edit your post? – Saaru Lindestøkke Aug 20 '13 at 11:31
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    Oh, and while you're resizing it, could you also please remove the watermark? This is also against the contest rules. Thank you! – Saaru Lindestøkke Aug 20 '13 at 17:10
  • Opps sorry yes i will re size and remove the water mark – Syed Umar Ahmed Aug 21 '13 at 10:43
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    "How about it then?" – Saaru Lindestøkke Aug 23 '13 at 14:22
  • Fixed :) sorry for being late – Syed Umar Ahmed Aug 26 '13 at 14:03
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    Please do not change the actual photo being used in a submission. Minor changes such as fixes for technical problems (such as exposure), resizing or removal of watermarks and such is fine, but you should make a new entry if you are going to change the actual image. Additionally, please be aware that the contest rules specify you should only enter one image per week. – AJ Henderson Aug 26 '13 at 14:21
  • Ok actually, the original file was not accessible to me at that time so that i would have removed the water mark that is why i changed the image and i added the next image after a week. although i just replaced the above . – Syed Umar Ahmed Aug 27 '13 at 6:33
  • This has a downvote. – EKons Jul 3 '18 at 13:53



Taken in Spain during my holidays.

Camera: Nikon D90

High resolution


Light Trails

Light Trails

An evening at the corner of a bridge in Ahmedabad, India

  • +1, light trails - how to do this ? – Bala Dec 30 '13 at 5:28
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    @Bala It's relatively easy, just set your exposure time to several seconds and click the shutter when the car comes in sight (actual shutterspeed depends on the speed of the moving subject). – Saaru Lindestøkke Jan 3 '14 at 12:08
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    hello Bala - you need to mount the camera on a tripod, set camera to Shutter/Manual mode, select your focus point, and set a shutter speed lower at about 3 or 4 seconds (you can vary the time depending on the amount of traffic and lights you need) - take multiple pictures varying the Shutter-time and you will get the desired result. I also set a low ISO number (100 or 200). Make sure the camera/tripod are not shaken during the process otherwise it would result in a blurred image. Thanks – yadunandan Jan 23 '14 at 10:01

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