Weekly photo contest: Textures

Another week, another Windows Phone photo contest. This week we're going to tackle the subject of textures. Think you're up to it? Let's see that detail pop.

Winner from last week

There were a ton of good entries into last week's abstract contest, but I had to settle on the one I liked the most. Congrats to ronniethunder1 for winning! And congrats to everyone else who entered you're all very talented! Head to the forums to check out all entries.


Abstract Winner

The photo was captured with a Lumia 925 and edited in Adobe Photoshop Express. Raindrops on the sunroof of ronniethunder1's car.


This week try and capture "texture" It's a little vague, but I'll tell you what we're looking for in your photograph. Photography anything you want, but really try and get the detail to pop. Find some rocks, concrete, chipped paint or anything else with an interesting texture and then capture that detail. I want to be able to touch my screen and feel whatever it is you captured. Tricky, but rewarding when you pull it off.

The above photo was captured by me with the Lumia 1520. It was taken at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, CA. The $1.3 billion Getty Center features swanky architecture, beautiful gardens and museums all open to the public for free. The Getty Center features 1.2 million square feet of travertine stone, the above photo is a close up of that stone. Edited with Adobe Photoshop for Windows Phone by upping the contrast a bit and cropping.


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, Twitter and Fhotoroom 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
  • #StreetWPC

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 (October 21) at 11:59 PM ET. Winners will be announced in a blog post for the contest next week.

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

Good luck and have fun!

Sam Sabri