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.

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
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
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
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
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
@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
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
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
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 at 1:02
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 at 11:07

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Slains Castle Sunset

Picture taken at Slains Castle outside Peterhead (near Aberdeen), Scotland. It is thought Bram Stoker based Dracula's castle on this one after visiting the area in 1895 (see Wikipedia)

Full size picture available on Flickr

Canon EOS 7D

Sigma 10-20mm @ 12mm

30 seconds


ISO 100

With Cokin Grad filters


Eye of the eclipse...

Eye of the eclipse...

This was closest point to totality as seen from North West England. The central dark patch is the shadow of the moon as it reached the peak of the eclipse, the shadow transiting from top to bottom over a couple of minutes. Canon 60D, 70-200 F4L IS - no filters (thanks clouds!). Larger pic here...


Eyes of Mount Teide

Sun setting behind Tenerife's Mount Teide. Gran Canaria's Roque Nublo in the foregound.


High Falls

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US/Canada border, Pigeon River Provincial Park, near Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada ISO 200, f13, 44 sec, 17mm (slightly cropped), Canon 6D, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

48.004561, -89.597457

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After the recent New England snowstorm, at India Point Park in Providence, Rhode Island.

Original size on SmugMug

  • Camera: Canon EOS 650D
  • Lens: Sigma 30mm
  • Aperture: f/2.8
  • Shutter: 1/400
  • ISO: 100
Indeed, one of the thresholds for auto-CW-ification is 30 answers: – Matt Ball Feb 12 '13 at 16:28

Alonzo's Church

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Taken in London, on the Southbank near Tower Bridge.



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This Brown Swiss cow is one in the herd of a small dairy of about 12 cows that's down ther road from my home in Central Texas.

Nikon D700
Nikkor 14-24

Large Photo Here


Before the rush.

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Higher resolution image here

Canon Digital Rebel XT

75-300mm zoom @ 300mm

ISO 400

1/320 @ f5.6


Parrot in The Shade

Parrot in The Shade

This image was taken in Tuscany, Italy. Even the parrots were enjoying the shade on this hot day.

Canon EOS 60D, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM, ISO 125, 200mm, f/2.8, 1/320 s, 0 ev


Napioa - Wind Origins

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link to original

Canon 7D

Colorado Cottonwood in Fresh Snow

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Camera: Kodak EasyShare DX760
Location: Foothills of the Rockies near Fort Collins, CO

Bigger size here


Sparkly Things

Sparkly Things

A gift shop with sparkly things in Kodaikanal, India.

Bigger version here:


Spring 2012 with Canon SX200IS.

Spring 2012 with Canon SX200IS

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Shadowy Daisy

Shadowy Daisy
A daisy with shadows cast by its center. Larger

Camera: Canon 550D
Lens: Sigma 50mm F/2.8 EX DG macro
Shutter: 1/400
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 100

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kilyur water falls @ yercaud


I've always wanted to make a funny picture that looked like the famous "Lunch atop a skyscraper". Here is my first attempt :)

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    Canon EOS 6D
    Lens : EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
    Focal Length : 100mm
    Shutter Speed : 1/3 s
    Aperture : f/20
    ISO/Film : 400

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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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Macro lenses :-) – Russell McMahon Jan 8 at 12:43


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Larger version on 500px


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


Random clicks


Large Version on Flickr:

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

Great photo with a lot of story and depth. Please see the contest rules about image size and watermarks, though. – mattdm Apr 11 '13 at 15:53
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
this is a fun image – Michael Nielsen Apr 23 '13 at 22:44

DC Cherry Blossoms - Full Size Image

Taken with Canon 5D Mark II, minimal post processing

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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.


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



Sand Stars by Chadocat

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

No post processing


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

I like it a lot, but you know it is of the wrong size for the contest. – Esa Paulasto Dec 27 '13 at 0:55

Slovenia is Beautiful

Slovenia is Beautiful


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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Breakwater, Bigger Size

A 25 second exposure at 70 mm, F/13 and ISO 100, Heliopan ND 3.0

@cullub it's a wooden breakwater. The perspective can be a bit confusing as this was not taken from the shore (to which this structure is perpendicular). I was standing chest-deep in water when I took it. – toniedzwiedz Mar 1 at 16:07

@Aero India 2013

Aero India 2013


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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