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Shot on Black

(Image credit: Thomas Marx)

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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. 

The 'Shot on Black' challenge involved planning composition and placing subjects against a black background for a powerful and expressive shot. The winners, and a selection of commended images, were published in Digital Camera, and we're pleased to share the top 102 photographs here.

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Top 102 shots

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Micha Mettier – Top Photographer

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shutterspeedberlin – Top Photo

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Daniel Lopes - Portugal – Guru's Top Pick

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Piroska Kiszner - Hungary

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Andy Fowlie - Finland

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Edina ⭐ Muhari - Germany

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Stanley Zheng - Canada

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Hossam Sadek - United States

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Tudor Cotitosu - Romania

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Thomas Marx - Germany

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Cristiano Zingale - Italy

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Jenn Vicious - United States

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Ramon VandenOever - United States

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Tomasz Halka - Great Britain (UK)

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peteranderberg44 - Sweden

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Alison Lea - Australia

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Aleksandr Maksimov - Russia

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MARGARET Troyer - United States

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Ela Opatowiecka - Canada

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Gabor Kokeny - Hungary

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Ricardo Q. T. Rodrigues - Brazil

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Katrina Kiefer - United States

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Luis Talon - Spain

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Rol. To. - Austria

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Bajkó Tamás - Hungary

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Catherine Litster - United Kingdom

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Saša Josip Milec - Croatia (Hrvatska)

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Gill Thompson - United States

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Le Loup Des Steppes - France

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Laura Scharich USA - United States

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Jean-Francois Faure - France

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anyzark - Poland

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Vitor Fernandes - Portugal

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Marketa Zvelebil - France

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Mark Willoughby - Australia

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Alon Spiegel - Israel

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Haim Berman - Israel

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Agustin Ekowiyanto - Indonesia

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James.Fraser - United Arab Emirates

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Jay McCartney - New Zealand

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Monique Hertas - Ireland

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Hanno van Wyk - Great Britain (UK)

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Eugen Chibakov - Germany

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Justin Schroeder - United States

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Jason Zaal - Australia

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Trent Allen - United States

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Adrian Minda - Germany

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Paulo Dias - Portugal

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Mark Greenslade - South Africa

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Markku Ahtola - Finland

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Silja Orav - Estonia

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Charles Gammon - United States

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ANGELO ROSARIO CASTO - Italy

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Brouria Carni Hadass - Israel

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Erin Childs - United States

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Elena Luria - Israel

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Nikolay Tatarchuk - Israel

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Kathrin Hoyos - South Africa

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Tina Pruitt - United States

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Tom Dallis - United States

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Hermann Klecker - Germany

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nilo2 anjos - Brazil

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Ruth Sari - Germany

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Tinku Iyer - Canada

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Obis Jozsef - Romania

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Valter Gallo - Italy

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Sándor Sármezei - Hungary

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Raul Corro - United States

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Serena Vachon - United States

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Dagmar Meyer - Germany

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mb.sequi - Italy

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Akos Ottmar - Hungary

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Riaan Van Wyk - South Africa

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Meagan Featheringham - United States

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Zdenek Pachovsky - Czechia

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Ketil Dalsøren - Norway

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Auditus Photography - United Kingdom

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Kathleen Kline - United States

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Cherkaoui Monika - Germany

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Barbara Graham - United States

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Ann Katrine Sandengen (@Sandengenphotography) - Norway

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Bob Sax - United States

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David Lev - Israel

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John De Marchi - Canada

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CARL BERRISFORD - Hong Kong

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Mary Jane Armstrong - United States

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Dragana Jankovic - Serbia

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fabrizia chiappa - Italy

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Emmy Denton - United States

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Brian Sanders - Great Britain (UK)

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Helkoryo Photography - United Kingdom

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David DeBord - United States

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johnny Swanepoel - South Africa

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Panagiotis Lagouvardos - Greece

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Patrick Nealis - United States

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Diana Rothgeb - Canada

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cornelia chimir - Netherlands

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markus paananen - Sweden

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Simona Susino - Italy

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Dmitry Gorodetsky - Russia

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Laura Tyson - United States

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Matt Specht - United States

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