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GuruShots: winning photographs from the Water Scenes competition

(Image credit: MattNixon SearcherPhotography - United States)

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. 

With the 'Water Scenes' contest, entrants were challenged to showcase their most wonderful water shots, from endless oceans and serene lakes to swimming animals and dazzling reflections. 

Some of the most striking entries came in the latter category, with the stunning symmetry of Avo photography's beautiful buildings, the wonderfully composed leading lines of Jeno Kiss' mountains and Ramon Sanchez' abstract minimalism among the highlights. 

Long exposures of water and waterfalls were also a popular subject, with David Rojas' majestic mono and Tiago Schön Rabbit's statuesque shots being two of our favorite photographs. 

The 20 highest ranked images were published in N-Photo, 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: Ilan Horn - Israel)

Top Photo (Image credit: Avo photography - Canada)

Guru's Top Pick (Image credit: David Rojas - Spain)

#4 (Image credit: Sarah Catron - United States)

#5 (Image credit: Darryl Addison - Canada)

#6 (Image credit: neverplayonweekends - Great Britain)

#7 (Image credit: Ramon Sanchez - United States)

#8 (Image credit: Jeno Kiss - Germany)

#9 (Image credit: kuriene - Netherlands)

#10 (Image credit: Xavier @xavierjouve _ Team X - France)

#11 (Image credit: MattNixon SearcherPhotography - United States)

#12 (Image credit: Luke Albright - United States)

#13 (Image credit: Maria Fremming - Denmark)

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

#15 (Image credit: Jesper Frost Thomsen - Denmark)

#16 (Image credit: Tiago Schön Rabbit - Brazil)

#17 (Image credit: Jon Ryan - United States)

#18 (Image credit: Péter Lehóczky - Hungary)

#19 (Image credit: Si Robotham - United Kingdom)

#20 (Image credit: Ruben Kajomovitz - Israel)

#21 (Image credit: Michael Kerouac - United States)

#22 (Image credit: Peter Merz - Canada)

#23 (Image credit: ndpiscoi - Great Britain)

Here are the remaining images from the top 500 entries in GuruShots' 'Water Scenes' 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