A silhouette is a person, object, or scenery in solid color. It can be just that, or it can be part of a larger entity: a photo with standard colors and shapes.

Silhouettes can, when taken correctly, invoke an emotional response that we can't always explain rationally. They're popular in many forms of art, including illustrations, painting, photography, and theatre.

It's been a few years since we had a silhouettes photo contest (that was on Pxleyes!), so it's time to have another one to see the new skills you have acquired over the years.

Silhouettes are usually black, portrayed on a light background. However, that is not a requirement for this contest. You can use silhouettes and backgrounds of any color or shape. Your photo must contain 1 or more silhouettes.

To get some inspiration, have a look at this contest on Pxleyes from 4 years ago. It was won by user 'still26'.

Good luck!

Wayne-Cheah avatarLevel 12Gold award
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The Kiss created by Wayne-Cheah

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Marleen avatarLevel 12
Marleen

Great to be able to capture this on a photo. Super!

Wayne-Cheah avatarLevel 12
Wayne-Cheah replied to Marleen :

Thanks.

Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke

Congratulations on Gold and Silver. Great week..

Wayne-Cheah avatarLevel 12
Wayne-Cheah replied to Vibeke :

Thanks Vibeke and everyone who voted.

Merlin avatarLevel 16
Merlin

Congrats for gold & silver, Wayne-Cheah! Nice shots! 🀩

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Sharp "as a woman's tongue" what a catch. I do feel that a better crop would have vaulted this image into the stratosphere. Can you see how on the left-hand side the pattern of the wire fence takes away from the main focal point...which, as I have already said is sharp and really eye-catching! Good eye to see this.

Wayne-Cheah avatarLevel 12
Wayne-Cheah replied to Olga.L :

Thanks for your helpful comments, much appreciated.

It was a truly unexpected opportunity as they "kissed" only for a mere second and right within the magic triangle of the wire fence as if they knew a photographer was nearby.

In the old days of manual focus / shutter, this shot would not be possible. Right place, right time and digital photography helped :)

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Into the Light created by Wayne-Cheah

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Marleen avatarLevel 12
Marleen

This raises questions and is very interesting. Where are they going? Who are they? What's in that handbag? Definitely passed

Wayne-Cheah avatarLevel 12
Wayne-Cheah replied to Marleen :

Yes, I quess we'll never know. This is the ultimate beauty of photography. It captures a fleeting moment of time and place of people, a mere fraction of a second, and "immotalizes" it perhaps for the next few centuries, (at least so long as the Internet is alive), like the early photos of the last century where everyone of the people in them are all dead, some without even knowing they were in any photos.

In my photo, the person on the left was gesturing with his right hand, as if making a point. What was it? What were they talking about, obviously of some interest to them, and they did not even know that that moment was captured and now displayed as an image for a photo competition. Would it not be a great twist of fate if one of them were to see this image now?

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Wayne-Cheah replied to self:

On the technical side of this image, I had to time it perfectly because if the moving figures were too forward the bright sunlight would completely "blow-out" the figures which would then lose their sharp outlines. Too early and the figures would not be nice neat silhouettes.

photonut avatarLevel 11
photonut

Well done for this one,a visual treat and the overall blackness gives the area lite that much more BITE,well taken photo.

Wayne-Cheah avatarLevel 12
Wayne-Cheah replied to photonut :

Thanks for your comment.

Merlin avatarLevel 16
Merlin

Congrats for gold & silver, Wayne-Cheah! Nice shots! 🀩

Wayne-Cheah avatarLevel 12Bronze award
Wayne-Cheah replied to Merlin :

Thanks, Honorable Merlin :)

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Merlin replied to Wayne-Cheah :

πŸ§πŸ˜‚

Wayne-Cheah avatarLevel 12
Wayne-Cheah replied to Merlin :

Great, a Bronze Award from a Bronze Age Wizard :)

Merlin avatarLevel 16
Merlin replied to Wayne-Cheah :

... it can be reminiscent of a NDE (near death experience). SPLENDID entry, Wayne-Cheah!! 🀩

Olga.L avatarLevel 17Heart award
Olga.L

This has such a great visual pull on our eyes, from the leading lines to that magic number our brains love, we see 3 figures, clearly. I love the tonal quality to this post crisp it tingles. This is embraceable photography, an image that one studies and feels embraced by it! Ten thumbs up.

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Wayne-Cheah replied to Olga.L :

Thank you very much for the encouraging comments.

As for the 3 figures, it was most fortuitous that the larger figure was in the middle, providing a good visual balance to the magic number as well. And the lady holding the hand bag swung it just so that it was "stopped" by the camera just at the right place to occupy the right bottom area which otherwise would be too "empty" and off balance the whole image.

When I post-processed this image, I was wondering wouldn't it be wonderful If I had their email addresses and sent this image to them?

Vibeke avatarLevel 12Bronze award
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Phuket Sunset created by Vibeke

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Merlin avatarLevel 16
Merlin

Congrats for bronze, Vibeke! Nice shot !! 🀩

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Vibeke replied to Merlin :

Thank you.

photonut avatarLevel 11
photonut

Simplicity is the key in this just showing children at play,nice one this

Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke replied to photonut :

Thank you.

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Olga.L

So, the "Sandbox" is open?! Lovely post brings to us the joy of childhood, the beauty of the setting sun in exotic Thailand, and a perfect silhouette!

Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke replied to Olga.L :

Thank You

Merlin avatarLevel 16
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Christmas Angel πŸŽ„ created by Merlin

Photo taken (by myself (!) at nightfall of a wonderful Christmas in Strasbourg (France) 🀩

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17Heart award
Olga.L

A thoughtful presentation of silhouette nicely framed by those buildings it holds the viewer in the frame. I like the mood or time of year this brings...a happy time of Xmas. Merci

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Merlin replied to Olga.L :

Merci, Olga! 😘

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Vibeke

Love this one.

Merlin avatarLevel 16
Merlin replied to Vibeke :

Thank you, Vibeke! 😘

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Time alone created by Skyangel

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Marleen avatarLevel 12
Marleen

I like this image, the simplicity of staring into the distance. Is it out of loneliness, sadness or is it a blissful feeling of contentment and tranquility?

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Skyangel replied to Marleen :

Thank you Marleen. It is contentment and tranquility. We had a lovely day at the beach without many people around.

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No One Is Innocent created by Zizounai

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Lone Tree after the Storm created by kyricom

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

I love the symmetry of this image sliced right through the middle, with a touch of minimalism. It is an artistic piece that evokes the element of surprise within the viewer....well seen!

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sufi reflection created by Velya

Preparation before the Mevlevi Sema Ceremony. The Mevlevi Sema Ceremony is a Sufi ceremony that symbolizes stages on the path to accessing God and contains religious elements and themes with detailed rules and characteristics. The Mevlevi Sema Ceremonies that describe divine love in artistic terms with choreography and complex musical structure are performed at least twice a week throughout the summer, particularly in Konya. Konya (also known as the Mevlana’s City), one of the most valuable cities to be seen in Turkey.

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

A trip to a world of mystery, thank you. Also, I appreciate reading your narrative. The photo posted is strong in silhouette, nicely cropped and is sharp. I love that warm feeling of sun rising and the figures looking towards the sun as if a great occurrence is about to transpire.

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Velya replied to Olga.L :

thanks Olga

Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke

Could we please have an explanation on "Your photo must contain only 1 silhouette." Don't know where else to put the question.

Staaan avatarLevel 19
Staaan replied to Vibeke :

Hey Vibeke, I changed it to '1 or more silhouettes'

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Vibeke replied to Staaan :

Thank you πŸ€—

Vibeke avatarLevel 12
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Minaret at sunset created by Vibeke

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Silhouette of a city created by Velya

sunrise in Konya

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
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Riders in the sunset created by Zizounai

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photonut avatarLevel 11
photonut

Different one and you put some thought into it,do think had it all been riders would have been even better

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Across the Lake created by photonut

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Olga.L

Love the grand artistic feel to this atmospheric piece....and in monochrome! It pulls us in and leaves us with a feeling of calm, I am absorbed by it and would hang this on my wall for it propels one to dream.

photonut avatarLevel 11
photonut replied to Olga.L :

thanks olga

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Lixouri Beach created by photonut

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Jammin' at Sunset created by kyricom

A local band playing at the pavilion in the park.

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Marleen avatarLevel 12
Marleen

You want to be there.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Sharp silhouettes of duo, warm hues and a lovely tight crop...a bit too tight with cutting off the guitar . The simplicity of this photo draws us into the story. Thank you.

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Steady as we Grow created by Wayne-Cheah

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Marleen avatarLevel 12
Marleen

Very recognizable and beautiful memory

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Wayne-Cheah replied to Marleen :

Thanks for your comment.

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The Fly created by Wayne-Cheah

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Marleen avatarLevel 12
Marleen

If you can shoot at the right time, you will achieve a beautiful result.

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Wayne-Cheah replied to Marleen :

Thanks.

This image shows the importance of having your camera with you all the time.

I was sitting in the waiting lounge of an organization, (not out and about taking photos) I noticed an insect, (too far away to know it was a fly), "sitting" on the glass window, right at the area where the glass window ends and the wall begins.

Right then I had the image in my mind of the fly as a silhouette, and since the bright sunlight outside would automatically shut down the digital shutter, the wall on the right would be "darken" into a solid blank, thus creating an image of the fly silhouetting on the "white" area in contrast to the solid "black" wall, a kind of "Yin & Yang" effect.

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First glance created by Zizounai

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photonut avatarLevel 11
photonut

Yes thin actually b/w would have given this an even better edge.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

What a brilliant silhouette, artistic, minimalistic, emotive, calming....your camera setting was dead on to get the birds and tree branches so black. This would work in b/w mode too. Gorgeous.

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Hidden Spider created by Virgile

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

You have to be a photographer to have spotted this wee beast! I love the simplicity of your catch, that piece of leg showing past the silhouette, the thoughtful crop.... your artistic photograph leads us into a world many would pass by and for this I thank you.

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Virgile replied to Olga.L :

Your comment means a lot to me. Thank you !

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Dreaming on holiday's past. created by Vibeke

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grasshopper1 avatarLevel 11
grasshopper1

Reminds me of a Key West sunrise...sweet.

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Singing my life with his words created by Wayne-Cheah

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Romantic Evening created by kyricom

Ending the day with a romantic walk on the beach at sunset.

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Evening in Brittany created by Zizounai

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Men at Work created by photonut

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Battle for Survival created by kyricom

Only one will survive - but which one?

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In the mountains created by Zizounai

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Rhodes View created by photonut

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Playing Near The Surf created by kyricom

A boy playing on the beach as the tide comes in.

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Shower of Light created by gamblegoon

this is a snapshot that was taken on the night of the 4th in 2015. my brother and i were performing a small fire show for the yahoos in Washington state.. this act was called the human sparkler. :)

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

This photo is more about the shower of light and slow shutter photgraphy than it is about silhouette photography. BUT it is a gorgeous capture.

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gamblegoon replied to Olga.L :

thanks olga, i understand what your saying, its borderline to this contest, i shoulda darkened up my brothers figure.. this was a snapshot with no special effects added when taken.. cheers

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Pine Island created by grasshopper1

A bronze monument on a very bright sunny day at Forest Ridge.

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Marleen avatarLevel 12
Marleen

Nice contrast with the blue.

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grasshopper1 replied to Marleen :

Thank you Marleen :)

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Key West Trawler created by grasshopper1

A little noisy. Shot in bright mid day light with a point and shoot.

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Among the hot pools created by Vibeke

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Marleen avatarLevel 12
Marleen

Threatening feeling without the intention, I think. Unfortunately no silhouette.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

This is a wonderfully atmospheric image, full of mystery and exotica, peaceful and warm. It speaks to us and pulls us in beautifully......HOWEVER..... it is not a silhouette. A silhouette is defined as a view of an object or a scene consisting of the outline and a featureless interior, with the silhouetted object usually being black. We can see a lot of detail in your post. This photo would do really well in an ATMOSPHERIC PHOTOGRAPHY....contest.

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Sunset Cruise created by Skyangel

Enjoying a glass of wine on a sunset cruise.

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Night Lightning created by grasshopper1

I took a frame from my go pro video of the night lightning show.

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