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Weekly Monday Contest

Published by Diana Tula · March 18th 2013

Want to get featured on our blog? Every Monday a theme is announced and you have until Sunday to submit your entry. You may already have a photo that suits or you can see it as a weekly photo challenge. For announced theme, deadline and how to enter continue reading.


Last week we announced “Storefronts” theme and got a variety of creative photos with fresh angles and perspectives. Click on thumbnails for full size images and click here to see all entries.

New theme: Rorschach’s Ink

1. Select photo that fits this theme. Upload image to your 500px profile or pick an existing photo.
2. Add a tag "Rorschach500px".
3. You are done. To track all entries click here.

Theme is open to your interpretation and creativity, so get snapping and tagging. Deadline is March 24th at 12pm (EST). To make your efforts worthwhile there’s a random draw giveaway for all who enter for a chance to win 2 months of Awesome membership. This week’s winner is DOF Factory.

Big thanks to everyone who participated!


500px + Wave Winner

Published by Diana Tula · March 18th 2013

Contest Recap

Last Monday we’ve announced a contest sponsored by Wave, a smart online application for accounting that helps real small businesses just like photographers. Asking you to enter photos fitting a theme “Storefronts” by this Monday for a chance to win $500 gift card redeemable towards photo gear.

We got a great response to this contest with over a 1,000 photo entries. If you’d like to see all photos that entered the contest visit Search page. We loved your photos so much that in addition to featuring twelve chosen to a Monday gallery we’d like to share some of our favorites with you. Scroll down for photos!


Before announcing the winner we’d like to thank everyone for your entries and efforts. It was a pleasure viewing all photos, enjoying great talent and creativity. Winner was chosen at random with, our congratulations go to Will Walker. Dear Will, Wave will get in touch with you directly with prize details. To support your passion for photography we awarded 1 year of Plus membership to your 500px account. Enjoy unlimited uploads and other perks that come with a Plus account.


Here are some of our favourite photos from the competition, please enjoy and share your favourites with us in the comments below.


Follow Friday: High-Speed Photographers

Published by Diana Tula · March 15th 2013

Inspired by the Follow Friday hashtag movement on twitter we started a new feature on our blog. With Follow Friday posts you can discover new, popular and up-and-coming photographers from 500px to follow and add to friends.

Markus Reugels

Start your love affair with water drop photography with fun and surreal images by Markus Reugels. His dancing mushrooms are our favourite, which photos are yours?

Corrie White

Watch Corrie White as she makes water drops dance. Corrie is a retiree and an incredibly gifted photographer. If you were thinking of getting into a water drop photography check out her Tutorial.

Fabian Oefner

Fabian Oefner’s love for experiments shows through his unique photos. Take a look and discover what happens when you mix water colours and ferro fluid, burst soap bubbles, and place colour pigments next to a speaker.

Alan Sailer

Do you like watching things explode? Well, we got the perfect photographer for you. Alan Sailer shoots crayons, cookie dough, elastic bands, fruit, cigarettes, dolls and other garage sale finds with a pellet gun. His set up is unique as he DIY-ed the flash lights to capture such incredible speed.

Alexander J.E. Bradley

Alexander has fun with high speed photography, splashing milk into his friends’ and strangers faces. This results in a funny photo series. Kick back and laugh :)

Igor Orlov

Water shaped butterflies, airplanes and surfers. Igor plays around with water drop photos and makes us feel like kids again, amazed and fascinated at sight of wonder.

Pascal Bovet

In his high speed photos Pascal Bovet combines different techniques, using shatters of glass, light, smoke and gravity as his main subjects. Enjoy his experiments.

Patric Bergkvist

You would be amazed to find out that most of Patric’s work is shot on low budget and in an at-home studio. His high speed photos are commercially oriented and would serve as a great inspiration to any advertising project.

Daniel Nimmervoll

Daniel, much like Alan Sailer, enjoys exploding things. Watch him explode Christmas baubles, icicles, crystals, eggs, light bulbs and mushroom shaped water. Psst... he also got a cool shot punching water (Chuck Norris just got jealous).

Martin Cauchon

Among his fun still life portfolio and awesome LEGO photos you can find a few equally great high speed photos. Avoid sugar downpours and duck before lemon juice hits you in the eye!

We hope you enjoyed our roundup! This is the first Follow Friday post in this genre of photography and we can’t wait to share more features with you. Come back next Friday for incredible photographers to follow and get inspired by. Visit last post Follow Friday: Food Photographers and discover great talents.

Who is your favourite high-speed photographer at 500px? Let us know in the comments below (you can also nominate yourself).


500px + Topaz Labs

Published by Diana Tula · March 15th 2013

Hey everyone! We love partnerships, they are a great way of collaborating with other companies to bring you best offers and deals. Today we are excited to announce our partnership with Topaz Labs. Topaz Labs is a photo imaging software company, that has lots of great photo plugins available for your favourite photo editing programs. Continue reading to find out more about Topaz Labs and our partnership. Would you like to partner with us? Get in touch.

Photo by Pedro Salaverria

About Topaz Labs

Topaz Labs is a software plugin company that gives you the tools to elevate your photos (be it DSLR shots, pocket camera snaps or phone photos) to a professional level. Topaz Labs offers a variety of plugins that work cross platform for PC and MAC, and are seamlessly compatible with Photoshop, Aperture, Lightroom and even iPhoto.

Plugin sets start at affordable rate of $29.99 per bundle, much like actions and presets these plugins will instantly change your photos. To familiarize yourself with Topaz Labs check out their handy YouTube webinars and step-by-step tutorials. We love their YouTube webinars, they are a great resource to build your post-processing skills and get a deeper understanding of photographic techniques.

Our Partnership

We have collaborated with Topaz Labs to bring you great promos, which will run from today and until the end of March only, so hurry up!

  • Grab a 25% off coupon code, applicable to any Topaz software. Code is “500px”.
  • Get a 3-month complimentary 500px Awesome subscription as a gift when you purchase any Topaz software.
  • Join Topaz Mailing List to get 10% off coupon code redeemable towards 500px Awesome membership.

To try before you buy and to check out all bundles & deals that Topaz Labs offers visit their Store page. Please remember that promos mentioned above end March 31st.

Happy photo editing!


Contests Alert

Published by Diana Tula · March 15th 2013

There are so many great contests happening right now, don’t miss out! All contests are open internationally. Just follow entry rules and deadlines.

  • $500 Photo Gear with Wave ending this Sunday.
  • Swiss Camera Club giveaway on Facebook.
  • Our 300K Facebook celebration. We're almost at 300,000 likes on Facebook and to celebrate we are giving away 3 Awesome accounts. To enter upload your photo to with tag “300k”.
  • 500px 70k on Twitter party: 1 Awesome account, to enter follow us on twitter @500px.

Good luck :)


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