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:

  • moved to the Winners' Hall of Fame

  • featured on the main site header for the next week

  • and, coming soon, featured in a blog post.

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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I do have to say, I like this continuous voting. I always had to reserve my vote for the very end in case we needed a tie breaker...and I often forgot to. Now we can simply take whoever is on top, tie or not, as the winner, and I can vote at any time, and actually cast a vote when I remember to. – jrista Dec 5 '12 at 19:22
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@jrista Some of my friends got introduced to this site through this competition. They opened accounts because they want to participate, but unfortunately you require 5 rep to answer. So they can't post a photo here. Can't something be done about it? – Abhranil Das Apr 10 '13 at 18:46
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The contest is really for site participants; it's not that we don't want your friends in the contest, but we want them to be active on the site as well. 5 rep is a very low bar -- a single upvote on a question, or two accepted edits will get you there. – mattdm Apr 10 '13 at 18:51
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Also, please let's keep the comments here short and discuss things like that in the other thread linked above or in Photography Chat. – mattdm Apr 10 '13 at 18:52
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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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Submissions really have slowed down in the last couple of months, though. (We need volunteers to implement some of the things like rotating themes in order to revive it) – mattdm Oct 9 '14 at 13:35
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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
    
is this contest dead? – BJHStudios May 5 '15 at 8:10
    
@BJHStudios No, it isn't. See above. – mattdm May 5 '15 at 9:16
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It does seem that this is a longevity game, as images take about six months to rise to the top. As long as the top image is removed each time, it should be fair. – A K Jun 1 '15 at 1:02
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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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Before the rush.

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Canon Digital Rebel XT

75-300mm zoom @ 300mm

ISO 400

1/320 @ f5.6

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DC Cherry Blossoms - Full Size Image

Taken with Canon 5D Mark II, minimal post processing

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Honeybee

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Location - Uttarakhand , India .

Camera Model - Canon EOS 500D (Rebel T1i)

Lens - EF-S 18-55mm f3.5/5.6 with +10 close-up lens

Focal length - 55mm

Exposure Time - 1/250 sec

Aperture - f/5.6

ISO - 200

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Sandscape

Sand Stars by Chadocat

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Camera: Canon EOS 70D
lens: 60mm 1:2.8 macro

No post processing

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+1, it looks a bit like a landscape shot from a heli. What is it that you actually photographed? Is it sand with water? Or something else? – Saaru Lindestøkke Jan 11 '14 at 1:39
    
Thanks :), It is a pond of water on the beach from very close with a macro lens. – web-tiki Jan 11 '14 at 11:48

Thistle

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my FACEBOOK Page

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 100mm f2.8 L Macro, 100mm, 1/250 s, f/2.8,ISO 100, Adjustment in Lightroom 5

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Church ruins in Antigua, Guatemala.

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Larger version on Flickr.

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I like it. It looks like the sort of photo I'd take :-) (whether that is good is moot). – Russell McMahon Jul 24 '15 at 15:16

Random clicks

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Camera: Canon T2i
Lens: 18-55 Kit F3.5/5.6 IS Kit Lens
Location: Albany, NY

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Btw, great to see someone else from Albany. I'm from Clifton Park originally and live in Troy now. Love the photo, will vote up once the correct size is posted. – AJ Henderson Apr 11 '13 at 18:43
    
Thanks! Never thought somebody else form the capital region would be here as well :) – Harsh Apr 12 '13 at 14:21
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this is a fun image – Michael Nielsen Apr 23 '13 at 22:44
    
this photo takes me to 1990's +1 – Bala Oct 21 '13 at 8:54

Train.

Train

Camera: NEX-5R, exposure: 15s, exposure compensation: +0.7, focal length: 19mm, ISO 200, F4.5, manual focus

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Munich, Karlsplatz (Stachus) One of my favourite two images of this venue. This fountain is quite popular by tourists and locals alike, especially on hot summer days. It is plane on the ground so that people, mostly children, can just walk into it if they dare.

Stachus Fountain

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Ancient Reflected Beauty

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A wall reflected in one of the pools at the Alhambra, Granada, Spain. This is a crop of the original.

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Camera:               Canon 550D
Lens:                    Canon 18-55m f/3.5-5.6 IS II
Focal Length:       24mm (original)
Shutter:               1/125
Aperture:              f/7.1

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I always wanted to go there! – Michael Nielsen Jun 17 '13 at 20:18

Enchanted

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Yeah, and what do you want on our mountain?

I came accross this nanny and two kids while hiking the Garden Wall Trail in Glacier National Park in Montana. They let me get reasonably close for a little while. The picture was taken with a 105 mm lens, and isn't much wider than this cropped version.

I highly recommend the Garden Wall Trail. It's at the top of my list of all-time best hikes. You start at Logan Pass and hike north along the western side of the divide. The trail is actually reasonably level as it mostly follows the contours in and out. After a few miles you can cross the divide at Swiftcurrent Pass, then continue down into Many Glacier. The total is something like 15 miles, but the only strenuous part is hiking up to Swiftcurrent Pass.

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Shade

Higher-res view and more info on Deviantart: http://fav.me/d1eynas

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Golden Temple, Amritsar, India

Location: Golden Temple, Amritsar, India.
Camera: Sony SLT A58, 18-55mm, 13 sec exposure.

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Good Photograph @Amritpal – eirenaios Aug 7 '15 at 8:59
    
@eirenaios Thank you! – Amritpal Aug 7 '15 at 18:48

Into the Himalayas

This photo was taken during Sar Pass Trek.

Link to for Original Resolution -> Flickr

Sony SLT a58

Lens : Sony DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II
Focal Length : 18.0 mm
Shutter Speed : 30 s
Aperture : f/3.5
ISO/Film : 3200
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The Forgotten Gully

Canon IXUS 132, 19 mm 1/79, F/4.5, ISO 800.

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Clonmacnoise

This photo was taken in Sep 2015, in Clonmacnoise (Ireland).

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
Focal Length: 9mm (full frame equiv.: 24mm)
Aperture: f/3.1
Shutter: 1/80, 1/160, 1/40, 1/320, 1/20
ISO: 100

Images merged (HDR) using Photomatix, post processing done using darktable.
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@Aero India 2013

Aero India 2013

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+1 hmmm, nice shot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! – Bala Oct 21 '13 at 8:56

We Forgot Bobby

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A zone sieve photo of a family at the beach. Probably a 4 second exposure, Canon 5D2 with a skink photo zone sieve plate (no glass lens).

The title just came to me one day.

You can see a larger image on my facebook page

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Death

death

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+1 for an image that's outside of all the generic snaps posted here. Its disturbing, but that's clearly the point :) – NULLZ Jul 16 '13 at 2:39
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I don't have enough reputation to down vote this disaster! – Majid Rahimi Jan 9 '14 at 17:20
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you are not allowed to do so even if you did, haha. – Michael Nielsen Jan 9 '14 at 18:02
    
Some entries do get downvoted regardless. Ideally the moderators should be able to correct this, but apparently they can't. – Russell McMahon Aug 25 '14 at 14:02
    
Waiting for the image to get to the front page! – Rodrigo Feb 23 at 19:45

Water droplets on leaves

Water drops on leaves

Taken about 3 years ago with Canon Rebel XS (lens was either EF-S 18-55 or EF-S 55-250, don't remember anymore) @ 55mm & f/5.6 - has been lying around in my ext. HD.

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Tree during sunrise Full picture

Clicked at 0630 yesterday with a Canon 55-250 on a 1000D. Photoshopped to add more red to the sky.

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A Cliche

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Horse Shoe Falls, Mt Field National Park, Tasmania, Australia

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Maiden's Tower (Kız Kulesi)

 Sony SLT-A37
 1/5 f/5.6 ISO 800 50.0 mm
 50mm F1.7 Minolta

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Southbank Wheel - Brisbane, AU

5D Mk II @40mm EF17-40 f/4L 25s @ f/11

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Thru the Aspen Forest

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I really liked the way the morning light filtered thru the aspens on this hike up Escudilla in eastern Arizona on 14 August 2013. The lower part of the trail from the road at Terry Flat predominantly passes thru this aspen forest.

Larger version at http://www.embedinc.com/img/d034-2317.jpg.

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Sunset in Montevideo, Uruguay

Sunset in Montevideo

  • Nikon D3100 + Sigma 70-300mm
  • Manual Exposure
  • f/5.6
  • 1/2000s
  • ISO 100
  • 300mm

Original version on Flickr

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Dreams of the Sea

Although initially this may seem a casual snapshot, in fact it's been an exercise in extreme control - not a single pixel has been left to chance here. An assistant threw gravel at the subject until the ripples on the water and reflections came out exactly how i wanted them - just enough texture to stand out, while maintaining the silent silky feel of the seawater.

Part of a series of photographs shot for a close friend, images of aquatic dissolution, peace in drowning and strength in human creations left to decay by water are intended here.

No crop, cloning of sensor dust and a few distracting specks of dirt on the water, contrast curve adjustment, desaturation with partial blue filter simulated via channel mixer, duotone conversion with a custom sepia curve (using Pantone Warm Grey 7CV), mild dodging and burning, small increase in vibrance, resize, sharpen.

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Jumping spiders tend to be somewhat shy and very fast movers, but this one cooperated nicely. I took dozens of decent pictures all the way up to 5x zoom on my MPE-65, but I like the reflection in the tiny pool of water in this one.

  • Canon 6D
  • MPE-65 @ roughly 1.5x
  • ISO 2500, 1/320s, f/6.3
  • Ring light + sunlight
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Taking pictures of jumping spiders is the best part of nicer cameras. I've taken a few, and caught some wonderful conditions even with a little point and shoot – Wayne Werner Feb 25 at 20:31
    
@WayneWerner - taking a good "spiderweb covered with dew" picture is still on my list (nice job). I enjoy shooting insect macros because they really do take advantage of the equipment and have helped me improve my technical skill. Plus, I get to see things I've never seen before, like this. – Tim Medora Feb 25 at 23:56
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Gorgeous! I used to dislike most spiders, then my brother told me that jumping spiders are like the puppy dog of the spider world. And most spider bites, even so-called brown recluse bites are actually from something else. I'm much friendlier to them now. Except I have children so black widows and real recluses still get disposed of. – Wayne Werner Feb 26 at 11:41

Beetle

Beetle

Camera: Canon 550D  
Lens: Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM + close-up filter
Focal Length: 50mm
Aperture: f/4.5
Shutter: 1/60
ISO: 250

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I'm sorry, but //shudder: I certainly don't want to look at this picture for a week. – Martha Apr 3 '13 at 14:19
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Haha, that's ok. I didn't think that such a shiny beetle would frighten people. – Saaru Lindestøkke Apr 3 '13 at 15:26

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