Photo Contest: Mid-winter

Photography Posted by Staaan

In the last few days it has been freezing consistently here in Belgium and the neighbouring countries. This means the snow from last week doesn't melt and we can still enjoy beautiful snowy landscapes everywhere!

Us people in the Northern hemisphere can use this opportunity to go on walks and hikes with our camera gear, get creative and capture what we see! In this contest, you can showcase these photos and have others vote on them.

You may of course use pictures you have taken in the past (especially those who don't have winter now), but see if you can come up with something unique, something you haven't done before. Challenge yourself!

To get some inspiration, have a look at this winter sports contest we had on Pxleyes 12 years ago, which was won by friiskiwi with this entry:

Friiskiwi won the winter sports contest
— Friiskiwi won the winter sports contest —

In this contest, you are not limited to sports. Any photo in which you can easily tell that it's winter, is allowed.

Important to mention: starting from this contest, entries can be voted on with a 5-100 scale. This in contrast with the previous method, which was just liking the entry. This way we can achieve more accurate results.

Good luck!

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Merlin avatarLevel 15Gold award
Rank: 1 out of 44 | 18 points

cozy nest created by Merlin

3 reactions
Merlin avatarLevel 15
Merlin

Thanks to EVERYONE who voted ;o)
You can't even imagine the immense happiness that swept over my entire soul!! ;o)

Zizounai avatarLevel 15Hug award
Zizounai

Congrats Mr Merlin, this is purely enchanting 😊

Olga.L avatarLevel 17Together award
Olga.L replied to Zizounai :

Merlin, congrats on this piece, it is lovely.

kyricom avatarLevel 13Gold awardSilver award
Rank: 2 out of 44 | 18 points

Sunken Leaf created by kyricom

The conditions were just right for a leaf to absorb enough heat that it sunk into the snow.

2 reactions
Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Congrats on this win.

RONALD avatarLevel 7
RONALD

CUTE!

Olga.L avatarLevel 17Bronze awardSilver awardBronze award
Rank: 3 out of 44 | 17 points

Persimmons' End created by Olga.L

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grasshopper1 avatarLevel 11
grasshopper1

This is my favorite, great eye catch and nice adjustments afterwards.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to grasshopper1 :

Thank you so much for saying so....I tried to get something a little different and I'm happy to know you noticed. Thanks again.

grasshopper1 avatarLevel 11
grasshopper1 replied to Olga.L :

I notice you work all the time. You have a certain style and professionalism to your craft. Always good pieces :)

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to grasshopper1 :

Nice of you to say, I am blushing, thank you.

RONALD avatarLevel 7
RONALD

This look great

Also mine favorite

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to RONALD :

Thank you Ronald for stopping by.

IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs

Pretty, looks like a painting

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to IEatRawEggs :

THANK YOU for saying that. That is exactly what I was trying to get, a painterly effect. Thanks again.

TroyMcClure avatarLevel 8Hug award
Rank: 4 out of 44 | 16 points

Sunset over a school created by TroyMcClure

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IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs

Beautiful

Olga.L avatarLevel 17Gold award
Olga.L

There is a nice feeling of warmth that is generated by the setting sun and placed against hues of cold blues it meshes well to give a feeling that change is coming. There is a nice tonal range with details seen in the shadow areas. The POV is not at "belly button" level but taken from above which adds interest to this image.

Kokoban avatarLevel 6
Rank: 5 out of 44 | 15 points

Alley in the winter forest created by Kokoban

hilleke avatarLevel 8Heart award
Rank: 6 out of 44 | 14 points

Hof Ter Laken created by hilleke

Castle in Booischot, Belgium

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IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs

I love how symmetric it is

You should take one from the front in the center

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

A very majestic structure surrounded by equally grand "old" trees framing the house nicely. The compositional style giving much foreground sweeps us up giving the feeling of a splendid entrance to another world and another time. The pastel coloured skies give a softness to a rock-solid building that is in good focus. Your aperture used gives a sharp image through the planes and makes for a very enjoyable view.

RONALD avatarLevel 7
RONALD replied to Olga.L :

"House" is a understatement! :)

So majestic and vast

Happy111 avatarLevel 6
Happy111

ITS LIKE A FAIRYTALE

Zizounai avatarLevel 15Gold award
Rank: 7 out of 44 | 14 points

Resilience created by Zizounai

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17Bronze awardGold award
Olga.L

Very easily this photograph could be a poster for "HOPE". Will it be a happier spring/summer? We can only hope but this cheery yellow bloom inspires that feeling in our hearts. Colours grab our emotions and yellow which is strong is attention-grabbing in warmth and is full of energy. Yellow is also very easy to overexpose and you have not done this for we can see detail on the bloom. Using a shallow depth of field the background is lost and due to your POV you have come down low to focus on that what you want to show us....hope. A lovely image that is well composed, tightly cropped and a joy to view, thank you..

IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs

Tough little guy!

kyricom avatarLevel 13
Rank: 8 out of 44 | 14 points

Country Road created by kyricom

Heading to town after a light snow.

2 reactions
IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs

Gorgeous those trees

Would go for a run there

kyricom avatarLevel 13
kyricom replied to IEatRawEggs :

It was pretty after the snow. It was one of those where the snow stuck to every little branch.

kyricom avatarLevel 13
Rank: 9 out of 44 | 14 points

Seen Better Days created by kyricom

Too many winters with lots of snow cause collapse.

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Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai

Really strange and beautiful. Just too bad you didn't catch the top of the dome. Where is it?

kyricom avatarLevel 13
kyricom replied to Zizounai :

This is in central New York, USA

RONALD avatarLevel 7
RONALD replied to Zizounai :

Snow blends with sky, so excusable!

IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs

Wonder if they snow weight made it collapse?

kyricom avatarLevel 13
kyricom replied to IEatRawEggs :

No. It's been collapsed for many years (although I don't know if snow was the original reason or not)

QueenRubee avatarLevel 5Bronze award
RONALD avatarLevel 7
RONALD

This is satisfying to see

Kokoban avatarLevel 6
Rank: 11 out of 44 | 12 points

Winter in the woods created by Kokoban

View of the nearby forest

2 reactions
Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

An all-encompassing image taking in a vast range from the top of the hill, into the valley and beyond. YOur aperture captured that focal anchor well with detail showing and softening through the background adding to a feeling of mist, coldness, a blustery winter day. Composed with attention to the rule of 3's gives us viewers a very satisfying feel in studying this photograph.

RONALD avatarLevel 7
RONALD replied to Olga.L :

Can we view metadata of the photo?

Kokoban avatarLevel 6
Rank: 12 out of 44 | 12 points

Winter color created by Kokoban

1 reaction
RONALD avatarLevel 7
RONALD

Wow beautiful

photonut avatarLevel 10Bronze award
Rank: 13 out of 44 | 12 points

Fallen Gravestones created by photonut

kyricom avatarLevel 13Bronze award
Rank: 14 out of 44 | 12 points

Cold Horses created by kyricom

Sub-zero landscape

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Rank: 15 out of 44 | 11 points

Oscar created by Zizounai

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17Silver award
Olga.L

What is there NOT to love about Oscar.? ? ? The photograph taken from the POV from above gives him a humble feel which adds to the knowledge that we all know our friendship with Oscar is fleeting. Technically a well-done image with good saturation/sharpness on the snowman, good colours and very artistically the monotone background was a nice touch..... compound that with a shallow depth of field and Oscar embraces us with a feeling of fun during dismal times! Thank you for this post.

RONALD avatarLevel 7
RONALD replied to Olga.L :

Oscar has no flaws!

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai replied to RONALD :

If Oscar was still alive, all your comments would make him very happy 😊

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Zizounai :

Oscar melted my heart!

grasshopper1 avatarLevel 11
grasshopper1

Cute. Brought a smile to my face...needed it. Thank you for sharing.

IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs

He is so cute with his little carrot nose and sticks for arms! haha

Merlin avatarLevel 15
Merlin

looks like a Parisian titi. He makes me smile... :o))

Merlin avatarLevel 15
Rank: 16 out of 44 | 11 points

A tree called Winter created by Merlin

This tree likes to swim in cold water

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17Bronze award
Olga.L

This image is very anthropomorphic to my eyes....the emotion of a very tired entity coming out of the water is the strong feeling one receives. The patterns are sharp thanks to your aperture reading and a part of me wonders how this would have looked in monochome as b/w photography focuses on patterns and you have mega patterning. Ohh , if this tree could talk what stories it would share with us. Good eyes for seeing this and it is nicely composed and well balanced.

Merlin avatarLevel 15
Merlin replied to Olga.L :

Thx Olga-Leskiw-Suzuki :o) Very fine (& correct) analysis of my favorite photo! GREAT comment Olga-Leskiw-Suzuki ! :o)

IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16Bronze awardSilver award
IEatRawEggs

It looks like one of those ents getting up in LOTR

Really cool shot

Merlin avatarLevel 15
Merlin replied to IEatRawEggs :

Thx IEatRawEggs. Appreciated! :o)

hilleke avatarLevel 8
Rank: 17 out of 44 | 11 points

Frozen created by hilleke

My hometown

1 reaction
Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Because of your strong gray bias this photograph does feel frozen. Oftentimes, in photo exhibitions, a title will make or break a sale of an image and your title would sell this photograph in a heartbeat! There is a dreamy quality that helps to tell the story of frozen. You seem to have left some warm colour in through the bushes and brick wall, this warms the overall photograph. A complete black and white would have been an interesting presentation to study.

Adampleasance avatarLevel 8
Rank: 18 out of 44 | 11 points

Recessional - railway lines in Kent. created by Adampleasance

Recessional - railway lines in Kent.

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RONALD avatarLevel 7
RONALD

Love this one a lot

IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs

Road to infinity

Adampleasance avatarLevel 8
Adampleasance replied to IEatRawEggs :

Would have been a good title!!

grasshopper1 avatarLevel 11
grasshopper1

Nice lines and perspective.

Adampleasance avatarLevel 8
Adampleasance replied to grasshopper1 :

Thanks for your comment!

QueenRubee avatarLevel 5
Rank: 19 out of 44 | 10 points

Stabbed by winter! created by QueenRubee

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RONALD avatarLevel 7
RONALD

There was a Colombo episode where he couldn't solve a murder because there was no sign of use of weapon or fighting, just a piercing through the body. The murderer shot an ice pick from a distance, killed the guy and then the ice pick melted, untraceable weapon

Olga.L avatarLevel 17Bronze award
Olga.L

I am still smiling, and I needed a smile today, so thank you. NO, it does not matter that part of her head is amputated because the emotion is there...the sensation of fun and frolic in a mid- winter country.

Kokoban avatarLevel 6
Rank: 20 out of 44 | 10 points

Path in the winter forest created by Kokoban

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17Gold award
Olga.L

A photograph that welcomes us into its depth. We want to walk along this path which shows good detail in the shadows of the snow. The image is sharp through all the planes, you chose a good aperture that clearly gets the viewer tangled up into the branches of the trees along this path. Especially lovely is the pastel blue hue in the sky which then renders the branches below it a soft magenta hue and to my eye this is the "icing" of this very well baked cake! Well seen and well shot.

photonut avatarLevel 10
Rank: 21 out of 44 | 10 points

Field of Junk created by photonut

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grasshopper1 avatarLevel 11
grasshopper1

This why snow is awesome. It creates beauty wherever it lies. :)

IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs

You turned it to B&W?

photonut avatarLevel 10
photonut replied to IEatRawEggs :

yes i did

RONALD avatarLevel 7
RONALD replied to photonut :

Upload also original?

Marina08 avatarLevel 7
Rank: 22 out of 44 | 10 points

Pigeons in the snow created by Marina08

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RONALD avatarLevel 7
RONALD

Very big snowfall, this is Canada?

Marina08 avatarLevel 7
Marina08 replied to RONALD :

No, it is in Athens, Greece. We haven't seen so much snow for ages! Even in the city centre it snowed!

IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs

Looks like they are having the time of their life in the snow :))

Marina08 avatarLevel 7
Marina08 replied to IEatRawEggs :

They are young pigeons and have seen snow for the first time.

Adampleasance avatarLevel 8
Rank: 23 out of 44 | 10 points

Down The Lane. created by Adampleasance

kyricom avatarLevel 13
Rank: 24 out of 44 | 10 points

Lonely Grave Yard created by kyricom

Some neglected graves way out in the hills.

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RONALD avatarLevel 7
RONALD

Must be family grave

IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs

Where is this?

kyricom avatarLevel 13
kyricom replied to IEatRawEggs :

It's in central New York, USA

QueenRubee avatarLevel 5
Rank: 25 out of 44 | 10 points

Sculpture in the snow. created by QueenRubee

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RONALD avatarLevel 7
RONALD

An odd tree, good picture

Marina08 avatarLevel 7
Rank: 26 out of 44 | 10 points

Lonely tree created by Marina08

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RONALD avatarLevel 7
RONALD

It is about to fall over from the snow weight!

Good picture

Marina08 avatarLevel 7
Marina08 replied to RONALD :

Thanks! the tree escaped, but others, much bigger trees, have fallen.

ShariG avatarLevel 5
Rank: 27 out of 44 | 10 points

Heidelberg Castle (Heidelberg, Germany) by Shari G. created by ShariG

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ShariG avatarLevel 5
ShariG

Thank you but I'm confused as this is my first time doing this with you guys. Did my photo win in some category and that is why it is being shown here? I love all the other photos. Thank you for including mine here. :)

ShariG avatarLevel 5
ShariG replied to self:

Very odd. I just received an email saying someone replied to my comment and to click the link to view. I did and it takes me to this photo where it only shows my question. Perhaps someone could let me know the answer. Thanks.

TroyMcClure avatarLevel 8
Rank: 28 out of 44 | 9 points

Standing naked created by TroyMcClure

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17Gold award
Olga.L

What wonderful "photographer's" eye you have for juxtaposition. Those tiny houses against those naked and tall trees is a delight to see. Sharp "as a woman's tongue" is this image and colour saturation is rich with good tonal contrasts. That piece of the driveway in the lower-left could be easily cloned out and filled in with snow. Loved this....two thumbs up!

RONALD avatarLevel 7
RONALD replied to Olga.L :

You using many terms I do not understand, like juxtaposition and aperture

Thank you for describing the photos, learning

Kokoban avatarLevel 6
Rank: 29 out of 44 | 9 points

hibernation created by Kokoban

A walk in the woods

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Keeping this in natural colours the photographer has kept it warm in spite of the snow. It is a well exposed photograph showing details in the snow. That little piece of wood right on the margin line (viewers L) could have been cloned out ...when you have objects like that on the margin line our brains go there are try to finish the object in our minds and then we leave the photograph instead of lingering longer within the image. I love the warm hues of the benches that are mirrored by the colour of the branches laden with snow. There is a feeling of impermanence which draws the viewer into your story of hibernation.

Merlin avatarLevel 15
Rank: 30 out of 44 | 9 points

Sweet home created by Merlin

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

A solid shot, well contrasted but had you taken out all colour the image would have had a stronger statement as the colours tend to distract.....a very subjective opinion. I like your crop in keeping the treetops in place. It is a welcoming image.

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Rank: 31 out of 44 | 9 points

Springtime, under the snow created by Zizounai

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

An aesthetic piece showing us the beauty not only of snow but of red blossoms persevering. Your POV is creative and the presentation is well balanced with the point shooting through the middle of the frame. This is an image created, not an image shot. I like that artistic quality very much and you have not overdone the saturation. Nicely in focus it is a refreshing image to study.

Merlin avatarLevel 15
Rank: 32 out of 44 | 9 points

romantic date created by Merlin

Merlin avatarLevel 15
Rank: 33 out of 44 | 9 points

edge created by Merlin

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Rank: 34 out of 44 | 9 points

Mid February Blooms - Vietnam created by Olga.L

Not everyone on the planet is experiencing snow in the middle of the cold season. Some new blooms are blossoming here in Da Lat, Vietnam.

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grasshopper1 avatarLevel 11
grasshopper1

Beautiful,picture perfect....love the colors and tones :)

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to grasshopper1 :

Thank you for stopping by and commenting, I really appreciate it.

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai

Wonderful and warming! but... I think I can spy some snow, over there, in the background??? 😁⛄

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Zizounai :

Cherie, merci ....thank you for stopping by and commenting. Appreciated.

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Rank: 35 out of 44 | 9 points

Please sky, give us some more! created by Zizounai

Adampleasance avatarLevel 8
Rank: 36 out of 44 | 9 points

Bridge Over troubled Water. created by Adampleasance

photonut avatarLevel 10
Rank: 37 out of 44 | 7 points

Open Field created by photonut

photonut avatarLevel 10
Rank: 38 out of 44 | 5 points

Hopton Church created by photonut

photonut avatarLevel 10
Rank: 39 out of 44 | 5 points

Church Ruin created by photonut

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IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs

Bit too much HDR filter

Olga.L avatarLevel 17Bronze award
Olga.L replied to IEatRawEggs :

I agree with that fellow who eats raw eggs....overcooked, umm not the eggs, the photo :-) !

Marina08 avatarLevel 7
Rank: 40 out of 44 | 5 points

Under the umbrella created by Marina08

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RONALD avatarLevel 7
RONALD

Shame it is rotated

I turned my head :)

Marina08 avatarLevel 7
Marina08 replied to RONALD :

Yes, I know, no matter how much I tried, it remained turned, although I can see the photo in the vertical position correctly on my computer.

Cocoamocha avatarLevel 3
Rank: 41 out of 44 | 5 points

Morning Dove in the Snow created by Cocoamocha

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grasshopper1 avatarLevel 11
grasshopper1

I love Doves and been around them for over forty years. They are beautiful to watch and listen to in the morning. But are tough as nails. I've watch them ride out a cat 4 hurricane for 6 hours in a broken tree branch before. My heart goes out to this bird. Well done!

RONALD avatarLevel 7
RONALD replied to grasshopper1 :

Yes agree, luckily he's chubby enough to protect himself,

Marina08 avatarLevel 7
Rank: 42 out of 44 | 5 points

The light at the end of the trail created by Marina08

Marina08 avatarLevel 7
Rank: 43 out of 44 | 4 points

Athens, Greece created by Marina08

ShariG avatarLevel 5Hug award
Rank: 44 out of 44 | 4 points

Black Forest Winter by Shari G created by ShariG

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ShariG avatarLevel 5
ShariG

It's very odd. I received an email saying that someone "gave an award to one of your comments". When I clicked the button in the email, it took me to my photo here...but there are no comments here. I'm new to this site and am at a loss about comments and awards, etc. I am, however, finding all of the photos people share so beautiful and inspiring. :)

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