GuruShots: Winning photos from the Mostly Black competition

GuruShots - Mostly Black competition
(Image credit: Felice La Porta - 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 Mostly Black Challenge, we wanted you to flex your creative muscle and demonstrate your compositional skills and technical know-how within the framework of a primarily black photograph. Not an easy task!

The 20 highest-ranked images will be published in Practical Photoshop 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: Victoria - United States)

Top Photo (Image credit: Ravi Yadav - United Arab Emirates)

Guru's Top Pick (Image credit: Mick Alexandrakis - Greece)

#4 (Image credit: Bo Kornum - Cambodia)

#5 (Image credit: Laimute Kuriene - Netherlands)

#6 (Image credit: Unnamed - India)

#7 (Image credit: Ivo Stolar - Czechia)

#8 (Image credit: Felice La Porta - Italy)

#9 (Image credit: Nijole Byer - United States)

#10 (Image credit: Rainer Meinigke - Germany)

#11 (Image credit: Ryszard Tutko - Poland)

#12 (Image credit: Sharon Scharich - United States)

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

#14 (Image credit: David Feldt - Sweden)

#15 (Image credit: Jennifer Henn - United States)

#16 (Image credit: Mike Zoleta - Philippines)

#17 (Image credit: Ashley Levinson - United States)

#18 (Image credit: Dominique Jacquotot - France)

#19 (Image credit: Robert Salvina - United States)

#20 (Image credit: Zůza Kosejková - Czechia)

#21 (Image credit: Bogdan Mocanu - Romania)

#22 (Image credit: R Kata - Germany)

#23  (Image credit: Olga Robertson - Cuba)

Here are the remaining images from the top entries in GuruShots' Mostly Black challenge – 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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