Weekly photo contest: Silhouette

It's time for another weekly photo contest. Last week we decided to tackle the outdoors with our Windows Phone cameras. Now this week we'll try and capture silhouettes. Let's get creative!

Winner from last week

There were a ton of good entries into last week's outdoors contest, but I had to settle on the one I liked the most. Congrats to monstervinvin for winning! And congrats to everyone else who entered you're all very talented! Head to the forums to check out all entries.

l cs

Outdoor winner

Congrats to "l cs" on the above photo. It's a beautiful shot captured by his Lumia 920 and Nokia Camera for Windows Phone.


Silhouettes is the theme for the photo contest this week. What's that? A dark shape in front of a light background. One of the easiest ways to get silhouettes is to have your subject directly between you and a light source – like the sun. Of course don't just use the sun as a light source, use anything you have around you! A monitor, a lamp or a fire. Experiment and get wild.

Try and get creative capturing your silhouette. And as always, have fun!

The photo above was captured by me at Crystal Cove State Park near Laguna Beach in California. I capture it with the Lumia 1020 using Nokia Camera. I then used Adobe Photoshop Express for Windows Phone to adjust the vibrance, shadows and highlights. Then I cropped it for the site.


Rules are going to be just like last week. Here they are:

  • Picture must be taken with a Windows Phone
  • Picture must be uploaded to the contest thread (linked below)
  • You have to tell us what device you used to take the picture, and any special software or apps you might have used. Editing your pictures is fine, this is art
  • Feel free to add a little back story, we want to know how the picture came to be
  • You must have used a valid email address to register here at Windows Phone Central, so I know how to contact the winner
  • Only ONE entry per week per person


We're going to continue our social experiment from last week. Share any pictures you take for the contest on Instagram and Twitter using the following hashtags. It's a fun way to at a glance check out your competition and get inspiration. Plus we're building a community of Windows Phone mobile photographers!

Here's how it looks this week.

  • #WPCpc
  • #silhouetteWPC

This doesn't count as your entry; it's just a fun way to track the photos on social media. Your entry still needs to be in the forums!


One winner will get a $25 gift card to the Windows Phone Store. You can use it to buy apps and games in the Windows Phone Store, Windows Store or Xbox Store.

We'll pick a winner Tuesday night (September 2) at 11:59 PM ET. Winners will be announced in a blog post for the contest next week.

Quick PSA: We set up dedicated sub-forum in the Windows Phone Central forums to keep the photo contests going forward. You should bookmark this page, so you never miss a contest.

Sam Sabri