GuruShots: Winning photos from the Water World competition

Jirka “myšák” Niš - Czech Republic
(Image credit: Jirka “myšák” Niš)

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. 

From long-exposure landscapes to delicate droplets, raging rivers, and photogenic puddles, with the Water World Challenge, we wanted you to get creative and aim for quality! Water has no single shape, speed, or look, which meant that you needed to be as fluid as your liquid subject to get "the shot."

The winning images didn't disappoint, and we enjoyed seeing everything from crashing waves to serene falls. We recommend scrolling through all of the images to see how all the top photographers interpreted the brief.

The 20 highest-ranked images will be published in Photography Week 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: Stéphane - France)

Top Photo (Image credit: Arye Vieder - Israel)

Guru's Top Pick (Image credit: Paulo Cardoso - Portugal)

#4 (Image credit: Otto Mercik - Canada)

#5 (Image credit: Laimute Kuriene - Netherlands)

#6 (Image credit: Margie Troyer - United States)

#7 (Image credit: Catriona Ferrie - Australia)

#8 (Image credit: Roberto Valdes - Cuba)

#9 (Image credit: Ilan Horn - Israel)

#10 (Image credit: Nikolay Tatarchuk - Israel)

#11 (Image credit: Lensical - United States)

#12 (Image credit: Kjell Arvid Fredriksen - Norway)

#13 (Image credit: Jeanna Qvarnström - Sweden)

#14 (Image credit: Jirka “myšák” Niš)

#15 (Image credit: Patricia Stanton - United States)

#16 (Image credit: Margarida Afonso Silva - Portgual)

#17 (Image credit: Callen David - United States)

#18 (Image credit: Peter Merz - Canada)

#19 (Image credit: Martine Saldsman - Canada)

#20 (Image credit: Shauna Warriner - United States)

#21 (Image credit: Ganz Savery - United States)

#22 (Image credit: Dmitry Maslennikov - Latvia)

#23  (Image credit: Jm Valéry - France)

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