GuruShots: Winning photos from the Beautiful Nights competition

GuruShots - Beautiful Nights
(Image credit: Joana - Italy)

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 latest Beautiful Nights Challenge, we wanted you to submit your best photos taken in the dark. Night photography is truly magical, as it allows us to capture the beauty and mystery of the world after the sun goes down. The use of long exposures and artificial light sources can add depth and drama to an image, creating striking, otherworldly photography.

As always, the winners really pushed their creative eyes when interpreting the brief. We recommend scrolling through all of the images to see how all top photographers captured the atmosphere of nighttime.

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

Top Photographer (Image credit: Unnamed - United States)

Top Photo (Image credit: Anca - Romania)

Guru's Top Pick (Image credit: Joana - Italy)

#4 (Image credit: Roberto Vaides - Cuba)

#5 (Image credit: Victoria - United States)

#6 (Image credit: Margarida Afonso Silva - Portugal)

#7 (Image credit: Derek Linz - Netherlands)

#8 (Image credit: Telerig - Bulgaria)

#9 (Image credit: Renee Dusha - United States)

#10 (Image credit: Silvija Danelsone - Latvia)

#11 (Image credit: Kim Wright - Australia)

#12 (Image credit: Debbie Squier-Bernst - Canada)

#13 (Image credit: Olga Zeltser - United States)

#14 (Image credit: Sean Corlett - Great Britain (UK))

#15 (Image credit: Annette Taberner-Miller - United States)

#16 (Image credit: Yana Raaga - Latvia)

#17 (Image credit: Jalmari Heikkonen - Finland)

#18 (Image credit: E Cordes - United States)

#19 (Image credit: Affandi Salleh - Singapore)

#20 (Image credit: Cba Rt - Australia)

#21 (Image credit: Karl Deutscher - Canada)

#22 (Image credit: Myrna Gordon-Covelli - South Africa)

#23  (Image credit: John C. Wragg - United Kingdom)

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

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

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