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GuruShots: winning photographs from the Springtime competition

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(Image credit: Andrei Liviu - Romania)

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. 

For the 'Springtime' contest, entrants were asked to submit their scenes of romance, blooming blossoms and any other images that embodied the spring season. Unsurprisingly, flora was the most popular subject for entries – and palettes of pinks and purples were the most popular color scheme! Mariana Stefanova, Maria Petrovski and Robert Varkuti all doused our eyeballs with brilliant hues of pink.

Our favorite image had to be the beautifully rendered, almost fine art floral shot by Nora Skerlecz-Antal. There were also some wonderful non-floral subjects, such as Andrei Liviu's fantastic shot of a woman in a field, with the swirling bokeh effect of the lens making it look like she is dancing in a sea of yellow – just a beautiful photo.

The 20 highest ranked images were published in Photography Week, 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: Siavash Katebzadeh - Great Britain)

Top Photo (Image credit: Mariana Stefanova - Bulgaria)

Guru's Top Pick (Image credit: Andrei Liviu - Romania)

#4 (Image credit: Ophira Eschinasi-Smet - Belgium)

#5 (Image credit: Nikolay Tatarchuk - Israel)

#6 (Image credit: Liviu Ivanescu - Canada)

#7 (Image credit: Fabiano Santos - United States)

#8 (Image credit: Marij Laurijssen - Belgium)

#9 (Image credit: Justashot ... - Canada)

#10 (Image credit: kuriene - Netherlands)

#11 (Image credit: Riitta Santala-Köykkä - Finland)

#12 (Image credit: Yana Raaga - Latvia)

#13 (Image credit: anyzark - Poland)

#14 (Image credit: Véro Lli - Canada)

#15 (Image credit: Hortense Baptista - Portugal)

#16 (Image credit: Teresa Melcer - Canada)

#17 (Image credit: Nora Skerlecz-Antal - Hungary)

#18 (Image credit: Rafael Pasquetto De Lima - Germany)

#19 (Image credit: Berna Güneş - Turkey)

#20 (Image credit: Maria Petrovski (Folsom) - Sweden)

#21 (Image credit: Robert Varkuti - Hungary)

#22 (Image credit: Tracey Tann - United Kingdom)

#23 (Image credit: Eva Laturová - Czechia)

Here are the remaining images from the top 500 entries in GuruShots' 'Springtime' 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 www.gurushots.com.