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GuruShots: winning photographs from the Striking Shots competition

GuruShots: winning images from the Striking Shots competition
#49: Alena Bednarova (Czechia) (Image credit: Alena Bednarova)

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. 

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 'Striking Shots' challenge was simple: it tasked photographers to submit the most striking and impressive work they had taken to date! The winners, and a selection of commended images, were published in Digital Photographer magazine and we're pleased to share the top 102 photographs here.

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

Top Photographer – #1: Maria Friedrich (Sweden)

Top Photo – #2: Liisa Posio (Finland)

Guru's Top Pick – #3: Zohar Ferro (Israel)

#13: AnnaPietroboni (Italy)

#23: Andy Fowlie (Germany)

#26: Juraj Benčík (Czechia)

#35: Sridhar Setty (United States)

#40: Amir Vejsilagic (Israel)

#42: Þorsteinn H Ingibergsson (Iceland)

Top 102 shots

Here are the top 102 images from GuruShots' Striking Shots challenge, including the Top Photographer, Top Photo and Guru's Top Pick. Click on the arrows to scroll through the gallery of images!

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Top Photographer: Maria Friedrich - Sweden

Top Photographer: Maria Friedrich - Sweden
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Top Photo: Liisa Posio - Finland

Top Photo: Liisa Posio - Finland
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Guru's Top Pick: Zohar Ferro - Israel

Guru's Top Pick: Zohar Ferro - Israel
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Dáša Augustinová - Czechia

Dáša Augustinová - Czechia
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ARTEM AVDEEV - Russian Federation

ARTEM AVDEEV - Russian Federation
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Sebastián Valeria - Chile

Sebastián Valeria - Chile
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007 marchant.mark - United Kingdom

007 marchant.mark - United Kingdom
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Zdenek Toman - South Africa

Zdenek Toman - South Africa
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Valarie Lyons - Canada

Valarie Lyons - Canada
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Jean-marc Tendero - France

Jean-marc Tendero - France
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bart buckalew - United States

bart buckalew - United States
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salim belaidi - Algeria

salim belaidi - Algeria
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AnnaPietroboni - Italy

AnnaPietroboni - Italy
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Ben De Winter - Belgium

Ben De Winter - Belgium
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Marina Malkova - Finland

Marina Malkova - Finland
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Jay McCartney - New Zealand

Jay McCartney - New Zealand
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Gal Meiri - United States

Gal Meiri - United States
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Dag Nystuen - Norway

Dag Nystuen - Norway
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Fabio Brocchi - Italy

Fabio Brocchi - Italy
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Mitch Cook - Australia

Mitch Cook - Australia
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Simon Wirth - Switzerland

Simon Wirth - Switzerland
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Petr Moravec - Czechia

Petr Moravec - Czechia
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Andy Fowlie - Germany

Andy Fowlie - Germany
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kuriene - Netherlands

kuriene - Netherlands
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Pelle Nordlander - Sweden

Pelle Nordlander - Sweden
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Juraj Benčík - Czechia

Juraj Benčík - Czechia
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Elżbieta Rogaczewska - Poland

Elżbieta Rogaczewska - Poland
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Steve Dillon - United States

Steve Dillon - United States
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Nijole Byer - United States

Nijole Byer - United States
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eOk - France

eOk - France
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James.Fraser - United Arab Emirates

James.Fraser - United Arab Emirates
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Per Hultebrand - Sweden

Per Hultebrand - Sweden
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Xan White - Switzerland

Xan White - Switzerland
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Dúddi Photo Art - Iceland

Dúddi Photo Art - Iceland
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Sridhar Setty - United States

Sridhar Setty - United States
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Chris R. Gallo - United States

Chris R. Gallo - United States
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Richard Banton - Great Britain

Richard Banton - Great Britain
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Atle Rasmussen - Norway

Atle Rasmussen - Norway
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Anette Fahlberg - Sweden

Anette Fahlberg - Sweden
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Amir Vejsilagic - Israel

Amir Vejsilagic - Israel
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Lisa Scammell - United States

Lisa Scammell - United States
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Þorsteinn H Ingibergsson - Iceland

Þorsteinn H Ingibergsson - Iceland
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Bill Chizek - United States

Bill Chizek - United States
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Aleksander Kwiatkowski - Poland

Aleksander Kwiatkowski - Poland
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Fek Berci - Romania

Fek Berci - Romania
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Steven Horn - United States

Steven Horn - United States
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Nishakanth Yogarajah - Sri Lanka

Nishakanth Yogarajah - Sri Lanka
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maria.punnonen - Finland

maria.punnonen - Finland
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Alena Bednarova - Czechia

Alena Bednarova - Czechia
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Katrina Scotka - United States

Katrina Scotka - United States
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Stefanie Bloomingdale Baltzell - United States

Stefanie Bloomingdale Baltzell - United States
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Giovanni Artavia Charps - Austria

Giovanni Artavia Charps - Austria
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Luka Sharabidze - United States

Luka Sharabidze - United States
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Nidhi Rathi Saraogi - India

Nidhi Rathi Saraogi - India
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Markus Glaser - Germany

Markus Glaser - Germany
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Jennifer Benney - United States

Jennifer Benney - United States
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Marco A. Cartas-Ayala - United States

Marco A. Cartas-Ayala - United States
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Frédéric Pallanca - France

Frédéric Pallanca - France
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Dany Fantini - Luxembourg

Dany Fantini - Luxembourg
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Mark Greenslade - South Africa

Mark Greenslade - South Africa
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Luis Talon - Spain

Luis Talon - Spain
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Maria Fremming - Denmark

Maria Fremming - Denmark
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Anders Larson - United States

Anders Larson - United States
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Alexander Semenyuk - United States

Alexander Semenyuk - United States
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Barry Evans - United Kingdom

Barry Evans - United Kingdom
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Bananaleaf Studios - Canada

Bananaleaf Studios - Canada
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Ildiko Lukács - Sweden

Ildiko Lukács - Sweden
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Adam Morse - United States

Adam Morse - United States
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Jánosi András - Romania

Jánosi András - Romania
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Tom Dallis - United States

Tom Dallis - United States
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Judit Mikol - Australia

Judit Mikol - Australia
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Štefan Németh - Slovakia

Štefan Németh - Slovakia
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annaolina - Czechia

annaolina - Czechia
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Rodolfo Vadillo - United States

Rodolfo Vadillo - United States
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Jetje Japhet - South Africa

Jetje Japhet - South Africa
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hodgepodge_jane - Ireland

hodgepodge_jane - Ireland
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Adam Rubinstein - Israel

Adam Rubinstein - Israel
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Melinda Page - United States

Melinda Page - United States
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RPRitchy - Canada

RPRitchy - Canada
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Richard Moore - United States

Richard Moore - United States
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Serena Vachon - United States

Serena Vachon - United States
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Caplikas Irca - Switzerland

Caplikas Irca - Switzerland
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Daniel Lopes - Portugal

Daniel Lopes - Portugal
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cpodiaga - United States

cpodiaga - United States
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Oscar Aguirre - United States

Oscar Aguirre - United States
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Eric Bouchard - Canada

Eric Bouchard - Canada
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Joey Prusak - United States

Joey Prusak - United States
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Oliver Schmid-Selig - Germany

Oliver Schmid-Selig - Germany
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Gary Hunter - United States

Gary Hunter - United States
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BOGDAN MOCANU - Romania

BOGDAN MOCANU - Romania
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Emil BA - Israel

Emil BA - Israel
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Bradford Richman - United States

Bradford Richman - United States
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Michael Camilleri - Australia

Michael Camilleri - Australia
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HENRY SMITH - United States

HENRY SMITH - United States
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John Noone - Great Britain (UK)

John Noone - Great Britain (UK)
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ashokdm12 - India

ashokdm12 - India
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Vicki Endsgaard - Denmark

Vicki Endsgaard - Denmark
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Tony Webb - United States

Tony Webb - United States
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Richard Grant - United States

Richard Grant - United States
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Artem Laptev - Russia

Artem Laptev - Russia
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Ramon Laske - Germany

Ramon Laske - Germany
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Francois Duminy - South Africa

Francois Duminy - South Africa

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