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GuruShots: winning photographs from the Minimalist Shots competition

(Image credit: Andrew Antczak - United Kingdom)

Billed as the world's greatest photo game, GuruShots is an online platform that provides a fun, structured way to showcase your images while gaining global exposure for your work. 

By competing in epic challenges against millions of photographers, you can get instant feedback from over three billion monthly votes and increase your ranking from Newbie to achieve the ultimate status (and bragging rights) of Guru. 

GuruShots' challenges are voted on by the platform's Gurus and the wider community, and there’s a fresh challenge every day. Winners can receive prizes from GuruShots' sponsors such as Adorama, Kodak, Lowepro and Lensbaby. 

The 'Minimalist Shots' contest saw entrants put their creative vision to the test, getting the maximum out of the minimum! The two standout entries for us were the painterly mists photographed by BRANKO Balasko, and the stunning mono composition captured by Andrew Antczak.

Ernesto Dominguez shot a colorful and spectacular water drop, as did Frank Werle and Mykhailo Hladchenko. And macro flora was a popular subject in general, with Javad Assaad, Attila Mészáros, Peter Ortgies and Sky Watcher standing out from the crowd. 

The 20 highest ranked images were published in Digital Camera Magazine, and we're pleased to showcase these images below, along with the rest of the top 500 featured photographs in the gallery that follows.

Top Photographer (Image credit: Frank Werle - Germany)

Top Photo (Image credit: Tore Canu - Italy)

Guru's Top Pick (Image credit: Andrew Antczak - United Kingdom)

#4 (Image credit: Javad Assaad - Turkey)

#5 (Image credit: Attila Mészáros - Hungary)

#6 (Image credit: JC Tamberino - United States)

#7 (Image credit: Bruno Pereira - Portugal)

#8 (Image credit: Mykhailo Hladchenko - Ukraine)

#9 (Image credit: Theo Collett - South Africa)

#10 (Image credit: kuriene - Netherlands)

#11 (Image credit: Panagiotis Lagouvardos - Greece)

#12 (Image credit: Ernesto Dominguez - Norway)

#13 (Image credit: Sky Watcher - United States)

#14 (Image credit: Eva Laturová - Czechia)

#15 (Image credit: Peter Ortgies - Germany)

#16 (Image credit: Andreia BARTA - Belgium)

#17 (Image credit: Serena Vachon - United States)

#18 (Image credit: Rasa Lukšienė - Republic of Lithuania)

#19 (Image credit: Batya Trokman - Israel)

#20 (Image credit: Ilan Horn - Israel)

#21 (Image credit: Gil Shmueli - Israel)

#22 (Image credit: BRANKO Balasko - Croatia)

#23 (Image credit: Shutter Bear - United States)

Here are the remaining images from the top 500 entries in GuruShots' 'Minimalist Shots' contest – simply click on the arrows to scroll through the full gallery of photos. 

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