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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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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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Prague Castle (Czech Republic)

Prague Castle (Czech Republic)

4s@f/14 [ISO-200]

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f-stop: f/2
ISO: 3200
Focal Length: 50mm
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Rainbow

Rainbow

full version http://www.panoramio.com/photo/76902131

Camera: SONY NEX-5; Taken on 2012/08/11 18:34:32; Exposure: 0.004s (1/250); Focal Length: 18.00mm; F/Stop: f/11.000; ISO Speed: ISO200; Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV; No flash

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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

  • 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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Cafe

Cafe

Full version

Camera: SONY NEX-5, Taken on 2013/10/20 11:06:18, Exposure: 0.008s (1/125), Focal Length: 36.00mm, F/Stop: f/6.300, ISO Speed: ISO200, Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV, No flash

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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

larger image here

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

  • 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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Midnight Sun. No special lighting effects used.

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    Just a tiny bit of advice. When photographing directly into the sun, make sure your lens is completely clean. The out of focus specs all over the photo are bits of dust or even perhaps spray and (for me) it ruins an otherwise lovely image. – Chris Apr 10 '15 at 13:22
  • @Chris OK. I got it. – ʇolɐǝz ǝɥʇ qoq Apr 11 '15 at 0:51
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    I actually like the spray on the lens... but the fact that it's out of level bugs me a little. Funny what things irritate different people. :) – junkyardsparkle Apr 27 '15 at 5:16
  • @junkyardsparkle Thanks! – ʇolɐǝz ǝɥʇ qoq Apr 27 '15 at 17:50
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Monkey

Monkey
A Monkey in the enclosure in City Park, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

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Eclipse through the Clouds

Eclipse through the Clouds

I like this picture better than the climax where it looked like a smirking evil cat smiley from a cartoon.

Large

Canon 40D, Manual vintage lens Zeiss Jena 135mm F3.5 + Tamron pro 1.4x extender

  • You mean like this one? That is what I was reminded of. – SailorCire Mar 31 '15 at 21:13
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Alone

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Large

  • Nice! What kind of flower is that, if you know? – Martha Jan 21 '15 at 15:54
  • @Martha unfortunately, I don't know what its name is! I'm happy that you like it. – Majid Jan 21 '15 at 18:02
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Green, white, red rocks before blue sky

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Canon EOS 600D
1/125s
f/11.3
zoom @135mm (image is cropped down a lot)
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Succulents and Sunshine

Canon IXUS 132, 5 mm, 1/15, F/3.2, ISO 100.

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Dimmuborgir, Iceland

Dimmuborgir lava fields, near Lake Myvatn, Iceland, in the afternoon. This is a HDR merge of 3 exposures, made using Google HDR Efex Pro 2 as a Photoshop plugin

Nikon D80
Nikon 18.0-135.0 mm kit lens @18 mm
f/14
ISO-125
Taken: 06/01/2015
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This photo was taken in Sep 2015, from the "Rock of Cashel" hill (Ireland).

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Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
Focal Length: 38mm (full frame equiv.: 103mm)
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter: 1/320
ISO: 125
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Yoga At the beach

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Sunrise somewhere between Denmark.

Original size

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Full resolution here

  • What a wonderful collection of Nature photo's (mainly macro´s) you´ve made! – descheleschilder May 13 '16 at 14:53
  • Thanks! That's the great thing with macro: spend an hour in your garden and come back with several amazing shots :-). – Matthieu Moy May 13 '16 at 16:36
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Echinothrix Calamaris

Echinothrix Calamaris (Sea Urchin)

Large version here

Camera: Mamiya 645 Pro
Film: Fuji Pro 400H
Exposure: Probably 1/60th
Aperture: Probably 2.8
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Lake Louise, Alberta

* High-res version

Camera: Nexus 6
Focal length: 3.8mm
Exposure: 1/5988 sec.
Aperture: f/2.0

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Location: Vidyasagar Setu, Kolkata, West Bengal, India. Popularly known as Second Hoogly Bridge, on a rain-drenched evening
Camera: Nikon D5300
Lens: Nikkor AF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR II
Focal Length: 38.9mm
Aperture: f/22
Shutter: 1/100
ISO: 1000

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