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Announcing the new Photo Contest! Rather than maintain a long ongoing contest in Meta as was done for nearly a decade, we have shifted to periodic themed contests over on the main site.

Submit a photo to the current contest on Main. Do not post submissions to this Meta post.


The old Weekly Featured Image Contest has been shut down. After running for nearly a decade, it produced tons of great submissions that were featured on the main site every week. Thanks to everybody who submitted and/or voted on photos over the years in that contest.

The new contest is intended to reward submitters more immediately, as the contest submission and voting is more periodic. Rather than a single long-ongoing contest, new contests are limited in time (and possibly theme) to encourage and reward recent posters.

Initially, the new contest is envisioned to run approximately bi-weekly, ending on a Monday at 12:01 AM UTC (midnight between Sunday and Monday, UTC). At that time, the winning submission will be accepted on the contest page, posted in the Photo of the Week sidebar and in the Hall of Fame. The 2nd-highest voted submission will be featured in the PotW sidebar and Hall of Fame the subsequent week.


General contest rules (the same for each contest)

The rules below will be stated in each weekly/bi-weekly/monthly contest; they are quoted here for reference.

Voting Rules

  • Vote up as many images as you like
  • Please, up votes only! Do NOT vote down your competitors! If you don't like an image, don't vote
  • Voting closes on [date, usually a Monday] at 12:01 AM UTC (00:01 UTC if you prefer a 24-hour time). The winner will be chosen based on votes at that time

Submission Rules

  1. One photo submission per answer. Up to three (3) entries allowed.
  2. Post only photos taken by yourself or the person with you.
  3. All entries should include a line of text with the location, subject, and date.
  4. The submitted image must conform to this site's content license, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 (CC BY-SA 4.0) with attribution required.
  5. Do not use this as a forum for photo critique. Use chat instead, or ask a new question about your image.

Next Contest

  • Suggest a theme for the next contest. Leave a single comment below in the format,

Theme: <one sentence description>

  • Upvote the comment(s) with the theme you would like to see next time.
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  • There's plenty of room for refinement, improvement to the biweekly(ish) contest format, etc. I needed a placeholder page in Meta for various reasons. In particular, I think some thought needs to be put into the themes. Perhaps either a Meta post for "planned upcoming themes" (or maybe just maintained in an answer below, whichever works). Please don't hesitate to comment or answer below for improvements, ideas, etc. – scottbb Feb 15 at 22:18
  • "Voting closes on [date, usually a Monday] at 12:00 AM UTC" is somewhat ambiguous. Midnight is an instant of time that separates two days without being part of either. One might consider 24:00 to belong to the first day and 00:00 to belong to the second, but which day is "12 AM"? Is it the beginning or end of Monday? – Ray Butterworth Mar 4 at 13:31
  • @RayButterworth 12 AM is, as per normal convention, the start of the day. I will edit to clarify. – scottbb 2 days ago
  • Given that the linked article says "The style manual of the United States Government Printing Office used 12 a.m. for noon and 12 p.m. for midnight until its 2008 edition, when it reversed these designations", I'd strongly suggest (to everyone in all circumstances) never using those two terms, as it's almost guaranteed that someone will interpret it differently than you. – Ray Butterworth 2 days ago
  • @RayButterworth Lol, fair enough. – scottbb 2 days ago

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