GuruShots: Winning photos from the Everything Beach competition

GuruShots – Everything Beach
(Image credit: Kathrin Hoyos - South Africa)

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 Everything Beach Challenge, we wanted you to look past the clichés, read the scene, find the best light, and compose a creative image to make your beach photo stand out from the others! We enjoyed seeing your diverse seaside shots, taken in all weather from classic sunshine to moody storms.

The 20 highest-ranked images will be published in Practical Photoshop 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: Arnaud the Cognac Llama - France)

Top Photo (Image credit: Erik Enrico Ersson - Sweden)

Guru's Top Pick (Image credit: Aamir Shaikh - India)

#4 (Image credit: Andrew Muhlhauser - United States)

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

#6 (Image credit: Mandy Norris - United States)

#8 (Image credit: Jarmila Szepessyová - Slovak Republic)

#9 (Image credit: Luca Balzari - Italy)

#10 (Image credit: Liviu Ivanescu - Canada)

#11 (Image credit: Luca Ferrari - Portugal)

#12 (Image credit: Nicolene Dreyer - Australia)

#13 (Image credit: Laurie Search - United States)

#14 (Image credit: Lewis Mann - United Kingdom)

#15 (Image credit: Kathrin Hoyos - South Africa)

#16 (Image credit: Yana Raaga - Latvia)

#17 (Image credit: Bart Buckalew - United States)

#18 (Image credit: Boos-Ted Streuli - United States)

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

#20 (Image credit: Dwayn Stewart - South Africa)

#21 (Image credit: Rémi - France)

#22 (Image credit: Jm Valéry - France)

#23  (Image credit: Tomas Donauskas. - Lithuania)

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

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


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