GuruShots: Winning images from the latest Water photo competition

GuruShots - Water 2023
(Image credit: Kirrily Steele - Australia)

One of the greatest photo games you will ever play,  GuruShots is a super fun and competitive online platform (and app) that provides photographers with not only a place to showcase their images, but a chance to gain unmatched global exposure for their work and bag themselves some prizes and bragging rights in the process. 

There's no harm in a little friendly competition, and Gurushots will allow you to compete in epic challenges and daily battles against millions of photographers worldwide, and you can even become part of a team, too, and take on other groups together while sharing skills and connecting with other photographers. 

The idea of the game is to gradually increase your ranking from a Newbie to a Master, and then finally achieve the ultimate status of becoming a Guru. There are opportunities for your work to be exhibited in a physical gallery, published in magazines, and of course - be featured here on Digital Camera World too. 

With the latest Water Challenge, we wanted you to dive in and immerse yourself in a sea of creativity, by showing us your refreshing water-inspired images. We've seen entries showcasing water in all of its natural states, from a tranquil reflection under a bridge, and plenty of silky waterfalls, to the dynamic and sharp splashes to submerged animals hunting for food and rainy landscapes. 

It's really interesting to see how other photographers might interpret a photo theme differently from you. The idea of the timed challenges is to enter images that not only fit the brief but are also unique and might give you enough of an edge to earn a Guru Pick from the creator of the challenge, as well as votes from other players.

Winners can be in with the chance to receive prizes from GuruShots' sponsors such as Adorama, Kodak, Lowepro, and Lensbaby. The highest-ranked images from this challenge will be published in Photography Week Magazine, and we're pleased to showcase these images below, along with the rest of the top-featured photographs in the gallery that follows. Also, check out GuruShots’ newest app AI Art Master to compete against others with your own AI-generated images.

Top Photographer (Image credit: Fabiano Santos - United States)

Top Photo (Image credit: Guy Wilson - Israel)

Guru's Top Pick (Image credit: Huba Bajusz - Hungary)

#4 (Image credit: Bobby C. Seijas - United States)

#5 (Image credit: Arye Vieder - Israel)

#6 (Image credit: Erik Csosza - Switzerland)

#7 (Image credit: Kirrily Steele - Australia)

#8 (Image credit: Angelo Di Stella - Italy)

#9 (Image credit: Lukasz Szubartowicz - Poland)

#10 (Image credit: Jacob Fitzherbert - United States)

#11 (Image credit: Xan White - Switzerland)

#12 (Image credit: Becky Plautz - United States)

#13 (Image credit: Laimis Urbonas - United States)

#14 (Image credit: Thomas - Germany)

#15 (Image credit: Nagarajan Subramanian - Germany)

#16 (Image credit: Unnamed / The Wibble - United States)

#17 (Image credit: Alperen - Turkey)

#18 (Image credit: Angelina Ishmukhametova - Lithuania)

#19 (Image credit: Jonah Ryan - United States)

#20 (Image credit: Kent Steinhaug - Norway)

#21 (Image credit: Fred Van Scoy - United States)

#22 (Image credit: Tomasz Czarnecki - Poland)

#23 (Image credit: Nicholas B. Di Dolce - United States)

Here are the remaining images from the top entries in GuruShots' Water contest – click on the arrows to scroll through the full gallery of entries.

To find out more about GuruShots, and to sign up and take part in the next exciting challenge, visit

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