This is the place to submit and vote on photos to be featured on the the main site and on our blog. 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. This will only apply to the low-resolution version provided on the site directly, not to the same photograph in other formats or to linked images, but 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.

Community Wiki?

Please don't make your posts community wiki, or convert the whole thread. (details on that...)

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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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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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I liked the old contest format MUCH better. The weakly contests were fun. Not a fan of this format. Every week we had a manageable number of fresh entries and every week we started anew. Now we have a huge number of entries some of which have been around for a year. Personally I no longer look at the entries because there are too many and the first several pages rarely change. –  Jakub Dec 29 '13 at 0:22
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@Jakub As recommended above, use the active tab link to see the newest entries. These change regularly. –  mattdm Dec 29 '13 at 0:25
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Sorry for my long and sudden absence...but I agree with Jakub. The number of entries here is...unwieldy. Maybe we can compromise and do this rolling format, but with some kind of restart on it - monthly or such? –  rfusca Mar 14 at 12:36
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@rfusca I think it's working. The banner photos every week are consistently high quality, and relatively new photos often do rise to the top, so clearly people are looking and voting. But I would like to see the themed contests restarted as discussed here — the idea is that that one would run once a month and be reset. That way, there are options for everyone (and people who don't like this format could just ignore it). –  mattdm Mar 14 at 12:50
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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 at 0:16
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Stockholm

Taken with Norita on Kodak film (400, pushed to 800).

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Road Train !!!!!!!!!!

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'Road Train' (the official name for them), Australian "Outback".
Van driver's eye view - a roaring buffeting blur at your right elbow - differential speed up to 250 kph - drive straight, watch for buffeting as it 1st reaches you and leaves.

In adverse conditions these wag their tails by about +/- 1 lane and may travel at over 100 kph on less than ideal roads (speed limit 130 kph /80 mph), - so 'vigilance is advisable' when meeting one.

Purposeful blur from 1/80s shutter speed - conveys the 'edge of vision' effect as you concentrate on forward view and making sure it's not wagging its tail.
Up to 3 trailers.

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I like the way the motion blur and the framing work together, +1. –  Olin Lathrop Nov 21 '13 at 20:45
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An alley in Pisa, Italy, at night. This was pushing my camera's ISO above the usable limit, but it's not too bad with a bit of post processing.

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Forgotten in its old age

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This old house is near The Mall, which is the commercial center of Shimla, HP, India. This image is supposed to invoke the image of melancholy and loneliness.

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Time passes by

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I took this picture of a waterfall in the river Burano near Urbino, Italy. It's my first attempt with long exposure of flowing water, and the place is very nice. I had to shoot handheld, and just before sunset when the shadow covered the place, to get a long shutter time.

As a side note, the water was quite cold!

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Camera: Nikon D5100

Focal length: 18 mm

Aperture: f/18

Shutter speed: 1/3 sec

ISO: 100

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Incense

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Shot in a temple in Chengdu, China.

Camera: Canon 550D
Lens: Pentacon 50mm f/1.8 + M42 to EOS adapter
Focal length: 50mm
Aperture: f/1.8
Shutter: 1/250
ISO: 100

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Love that hot pink on the incense sticks, +1! –  Abhranil Das Apr 15 '13 at 16:16
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Taken from UNESCO Paris balcony, hand-held.

Colors of the night

NIKON D800 with NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8
14mm, f/2.8, 1/6s, ISO1000
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The evening star- Venus

An illusory capture after sunset in the mountains

An illusory capture after sunset in the mountains with venus in the backdrop of a hilly shrub

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Hello, I see in the edit history that you've replaced the photo a couple of time with another one. I understand that you want to showcase more of your work, but please make a separate answer for every photo. Otherwise the vote system doesn't really work as people vote for one photo and you replace it with another. –  Bart Arondson Jul 21 '13 at 13:38
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Thank you, could you also roll-back your edit to the previous photo? The one with which you gained the majority of the votes, I think it's the one with Venus in it. –  Bart Arondson Jul 21 '13 at 15:02
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I dare you!

Red deer rutting

Full sized image can be viewed here http://500px.com/photo/47673264

With rutting season start I decided to visit Richmond Park in London to show my London friends there is wildlife close by they can see and enjoy with no much travel hassle. Only requirement, be there when the gates opens at 7 a.m.

Camera Canon EOS 7D
Lens Type Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure 1/125
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 260 mm
ISO Speed 320
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Where you stand

Canoeing in the Boundary Waters North of Wisconsin, we had some of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets that I have ever seen. One of the most relaxing and beautiful landscape photography vacations I have ever taken

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Camera: Canon 7D

Focal Length: 11mm

Aperture: ƒ/22

Shutter Speed 1/6 sec Black Card technique

ISO: 200

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Open

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Halloween Pennant Dragonfly

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ISO 100, 1/125 at f/5.0

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Nice shot! What lens did you use for this? –  Bart Arondson Aug 18 '13 at 18:09
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A Warm Welcome

A Warm Welcome

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The Hornbill Festival is a celebration, held every year in the first week of December, in Nagaland, North-east India. The tribes dress up in their colorful ethnic wears and showcase a cultural display.

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Probably just a matter of the link not being obvious (labelled as a link to a larger version). And in case anyone was wondering why the name "Indians" got attached to the natives of the Americas... –  user2719 Apr 13 '13 at 2:07
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Westminster fountain at sunset

Westminster fountain at sunset

The fountain water spread together with the sunset lights immediately captivated my imagination. I wasn't carrying my tripod so I improvised using some of my equipment to hold the camera steady for a longer exposure.

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Evening

Evening

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Camera: SONY NEX-5, Taken on 2013/06/08 21:47:08, Exposure: 0.040s (1/25), Focal Length: 18.00mm, F/Stop: f/3.500, ISO Speed: ISO200, Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV, No flash

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Serene Life

Serene Life

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feeling good with this pic!!!! –  Bala Apr 15 at 12:34
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Nice shot! Make sure though to remove the watermark in accordance to the rules. –  Bart Arondson Apr 15 at 12:40
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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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Spring 2012 with Canon SX200IS.

Spring 2012 with Canon SX200IS

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

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  • Camera: Canon EOS 650D
  • Lens: Sigma 30mm
  • Aperture: f/2.8
  • Shutter: 1/400
  • ISO: 100
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Indeed, one of the thresholds for auto-CW-ification is 30 answers: meta.stackexchange.com/a/11741/133242 –  Matt Ball Feb 12 '13 at 16:28
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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

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Napioa - Wind Origins

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Canon 7D
f/10
1/200s
ISO-200
40mm
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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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Red Cherry Shrimp

Red Cherry Shrimp

Taken with Canon 550D + Canon 50mm f/1.4 + Extension Tube

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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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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
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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
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this is a fun image –  Michael Nielsen Apr 23 '13 at 22:44
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Watching Over

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Taken in Laguna Beach. You can see a larger version on 500px if you'd like.

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Hudson River, New York, NY

Leica M9 | Voigtlander 15mm | F16 | ISO 160 | 32s

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Dracula's Castle

Dracula's Castle

Dracula's Castle (Bran Castle) in Bran, Romania taken on Halloween.

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The Sleeping Giant's Sea Lion

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GPS: 48°20'4" N 88°49'44" W    
Canon EOS 6D    
EF 17-40mm f4L USM

ISO 100, 20mm, f18, oben tripod, shutter release cable 
3 exposure HDR processed in Photomatix Pro
Dodge & burn, adjustments, noise removal, sharpening & other other processing in Lightroom 5.3
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Great shot!!! +1 –  u.hrybok Apr 26 at 5:52
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Spruce needles

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A macro of the autumn light falling on the spruce down at the barn.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70 mm f/2.8 L USM
Focal length: 70 mm
Aperture: 4.5
Shutter time: 1/160 s
ISO: 100

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@Aero India 2013

Aero India 2013

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