We received over 1000 submissions from our readers to our new POTD contest, and yes, we looked at every single one of them. There were some brilliant entries and it was incredibly tough to select the top 30 for the month of April, but they've all been chosen, and you can check out the gallery here
Here are just a few selections from the top 30 images (note that the POTD feature displays images over the past year - and that the top thirty are labeled backwards from thirty at the top of the page). If you're one of the lucky thirty seen here, congratulations on an amazing image. If you didn't make the cut, don't worry - the competition was incredibly stiff and like I said, it was SO hard to pick the best, there were some truly great images that I had to exclude due to the constraints. We'll soon announce the top 3 submissions with our commentary and the winner, who will be rewarded with a $100 B&H gift certificate.
When we announced this contest, we had no idea what to expect at all. It turns out that the response far surpassed our expectations. Thousands of images were sent in from photographers on every continent. From India to Iceland, America to Australia - everything is here. It is truly humbling to have photographers from all of these places send images to us, and a reminder that photography is a global phenomenon.
Not only were the images great, but there were plenty of stories to go along with many of the submissions, which in some cases I found really added some weight and depth to the images. I loved reading about how the images were created, who was depicted in them, and why they were shot the way that they were. There were touching stories, funny stories, sombre stories, you name it, it was all there.
So be sure to check out all of the images in the POTD gallery, and keep your eyes peeled over the next couple of days as we announce the winner. We are also open to suggestions for themes and ways we can improve the contest. Owing to the huge response and great images, we are thinking of ways to expand it, whether through more prizes from our sponsors, more exposure, and more opportunities for the winner. This first month is a test run, so to say, and as we go we are sure that we will iron out any kinks and improve the contest in a myriad of ways.
Thanks to everyone who submitted images to this project, and also a huge thanks to everyone for being a loyal Fstoppers reader and contributor.