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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. :) – 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
  • 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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Redhaired Model in apple trees

Photographer: Igor Masin

Camera: Canon EOS 6D Exposure: 1/180, ISO 100, f8.0, 100mm, Fill flash

Date: April 2016

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One for the road

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On the train station in the little town (Driebergen) where I live

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Daytime Moon

Lua

Photo cred: Me :D
camera: Pentax K-S2
lens: Opteka 500mm f/8 mirror lens
exposure: 1/400 iso: 400
developed with RawTherapee
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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.

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It's time to eat a tree!

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Nikon D3300, Kit Lens (18mm-55mm), f/5.6, 1/80 sec., ISO 100

Location: Kerala, India

Date & Time: 11 Jun 2017 12:31:33 PM IST

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  • Haha! Nice one. If only his mouth was big enough... – Deschele Schilder Jun 28 '17 at 11:55
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"On the Enoree." I spent the morning on the Enoree River testing different settings, shutter speeds, etc. At this point, the river is approximately 45-50 yards wide, and to get this particular shot I climbed across rocks to get the right spot.

You can view the full size image here.

Nikon D5600 32mm, f/29, ISO 100, 1.6 sec

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Croatian Beach at Sunset

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

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

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"Rua" is Portuguese for street.

Taken from a tram in Lisbon, Portugal.

Nikon D610
Tamron 24-70mm @ 24mm
f/10
1/13 sec
ISO-100
2017-03-31
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I'm Cute!

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Common Gallinule Chick, Central Florida, USA

full size

Nikon D7000 @ 280mm
1/320 @ f/5.6
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  • Nice photo! Although, at this small size, I couldn't make sense of the apparently enormously huge talon compared to the rest of the body. Also, central FL represent — Melbourne, myself. =) – scottbb Sep 11 '18 at 1:53
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    @scottbb thanks, the gallinules and coots all have enormous feet for walking on lilly pads and stuff, but on the chicks they look even more ridiculous! – Raystafarian Sep 11 '18 at 2:22
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Moon before blood wolf moon. Will post after next week.

Please view larger image (It's much better)

Fuji Film X-T20
XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS
f/11.0
1/180
ISO 200
1/20/19, 6:24:14 PM
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    Nice shot. Please note that the rules require that your image is exactly 210px tall, and anything up to 375px wide – damned truths Jan 30 '19 at 0:22
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A well deserved rest

A well deserved rest

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Hopeless - original here

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Loneliness (Full Image)

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Somewhere between California and Vegas (Probably near Baker)

Somewhere between California and Vegas

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  • Images must not contain any artificially added borders or of any kind. – dpollitt Dec 30 '12 at 2:12
  • @dpollitt Updated the post with an image without border. – Vaishak Suresh Dec 30 '12 at 2:39
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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
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Hibiscus

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Taken in Spain during my holidays.

Camera: Nikon D90

High resolution

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Light Trails

Light Trails

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

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  • +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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Prague Castle (Czech Republic)

Prague Castle (Czech Republic)

4s@f/14 [ISO-200]

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Spring!

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full version http://www.panoramio.com/photo/90198483

Camera: SONY NEX-5; Taken on 2013/05/10 18:58:18; Exposure: 0.003s (1/320); Focal Length: 18.00mm; F/Stop: f/7.100; ISO Speed: ISO200; Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV; No flash

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  • I like this one. It seems there a bit of distortion, am I right? – user_1177868 Sep 29 '17 at 20:03
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Flower

Flower

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Relic

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link to original on flickr

  • EOS 7D
  • 50mm f/1.4 USM
  • 1/4000s @ f/1.4
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Really Big Rock

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A large glacial deposit just outside Calgary, Alberta on the border of Okotoks.

Larger version

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Church

Church

Full version

Camera: SONY NEX-5, Taken on 2013/07/27 15:19:20, Exposure: 0.001s (1/1000), Focal Length: 18.00mm, F/Stop: f/8.000, ISO Speed: ISO200, Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV, No flash

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Motherland

Motherland

Full version

Camera: SONY NEX-5; Taken on 2013/07/27 17:13:36; Exposure: 0.001s (1/1600); Focal Length: 18.00mm; F/Stop: f/10.000; ISO Speed: ISO200; Exposure Bias: -2.00 EV; No flash

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Taken in my village in india -> tamil nadu

Taken in my village in india -> tamil nadu

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Camera Brand: Nokia
Camera Model: Lumia 1020
Date Taken: 2013:12:22
Exposure Time: 1/1279 sec.
Aperture Value: 2.28 EV (f/2.2)
ISO Speed Rating: 100
Flash Fired: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
Metering Mode: Averag
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    Please do not include the full size image in the answer. It makes the thread more cluttered and less readable. You can include a link to the image if you wish. – damned truths Jul 8 '14 at 13:37
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Clouds over Wiltshire

Clouds over Wiltshire

Leica M9 | 15mm Voigtlander

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Press any Key

Key

Original

Model - Canon EOS 650D

Exposure Time - 1/80

Aperture - f/3.2

Lens - Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

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  • What is it? (My first vote on this thread, since it is intriguing enough to stop my browsing) – JDługosz Dec 6 '14 at 8:29
  • @jdlugosz It's a telegraph, I think. – Alex Dec 7 '14 at 14:30
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Golden Hour

I was at the top of the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento when I was snapping pics during golden hour from the balcony with a view over the Capitol building. I was starting to think that it was all just generic shots when I turned around and saw this.

Golden Hour

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Wall detail at Prague castle.

wall detail at Prague castle

Larger version on Flickr.

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Between a rock and a hard place

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Boulder Dam - or it was until 1947. Since & now = Hoover Dam. You knew that.

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  • Nice picture Sir!! – tatan Nov 24 '15 at 5:07
  • Love this. Very musical and lyrical. – lharby Jan 27 '16 at 11:18
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