Weekly photo contest: Animals

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving last week! We took a break from the weekly photo contest for the holidays, but we're back! This week let's go out and capture animals! Not with a cage or trap, instead use the camera on your Windows Phone to get some great animal photos.

Winner from last week

We had a ton of good entries into last week's "path" contest, but I had to settle on the one I liked the most. Thanks to all who entered, you're all very talented! Head to the forums to check out all the other entries. This week's winner is...


Path Winner

Congrats to msirapian for his winning shot! He calls it "Monet in Quiberon". This was shot in Quiberon, Brittany (Bretagne), France, with a Nokia Lumia 1020. Shot in RAW, processed in Darktable.


Animals are all around! So capture some interesting and unique animal photos for the contest this week. It can be your pet dog Fido or the lion at the local zoo or maybe a deer in a nearby meadow. Doesn't matter, just make sure it's an animal.

Up above is a Sea Nettle at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. It's one of the coolest aquariums in the world and worth a visit if you're ever on the central California coast. Captured with the Lumia 1520 using automatic settings. Then edited in Photoshop Express by bumping the vibrance and brightness.


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 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.

  • #WCpc
  • #AnimalsWC

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 (December 9) 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 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!

  • How'd you take an underwater photo?
  • It was at an aquarium. But there are waterproof cases out there if you're brave enough.
  • great shot Sam
  • Sam, I'm having problems. Participating for the first time and idk how to submit a photo in the forum. Can't see any option to upload an image or anything. Can you help?
  • The Windows Central app doesn't allow photo uploads. Try using the Tapatalk app for uploading photos. Here's the link: http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=913ffd61-3ba0-435c-a894-9d3ec7e78d6e
  • Is that the jellyfish exibit at Monterey Bay? Edit: whoops, skimmed article and ran to the comments. Rookie mistake >.<
  • I'll try my best...
  • Would insects count, or are we aiming strictly for animals?
  • Thinking about birds...
  • Same question. Do insects count?
  • So apparently insects aren't animals? Lmao
  • Strictly (not scientifically) speaking, insects are different from animals (they have six legs).
  • You're think about it too hard. Animal, Vegetable, Mineral. Where does insect fall? It's like saying a fish isn't an animal because it has fins.
  • Well, a fish is not an animal. It has gills. And insects are a category of their own. And BTW, did you know that a spider is NOT an insect? The reason is it has eight legs. This isn't thinking too hard. That's a simple observation.
  • So an insect... Not an animal... Is it a vegetable? A mineral? A fish is a rock because it has gills? There are many classes of animal. That includes mammals, fish, insects, arachnids and many more. A tomato is a fruit not a vegetable as many think. That does not make it any less a plant. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal
  • That is not the common meaning of an Animal. You take pictures of your family and put it here labelling it as "animals".
    And that's what I am talking about. If they do a contest for vegetable photos, a tomato can qualify even if it is actually a fruit. But in a contest for animals, humans are not acceptable. You are not going for the over-generalised scientific classification here.
  • Scientifically speaking insects are animals.
  • If you talk about the higher orders of classification where everything is either a Plant, an Animal or some weird microbe/virus or something, then everything, fish, bird, lion, whale, elephant, spider, insect, snail, monkey, human, all fall into the animal category.
  • Exactly... BTW, did you see the sample pic? Is that jellyfish an Animal or not?
  • I don't think of a jellyfish as an animal... But OK, you can get pictures of humans to post for this contest because they're animals, too. :)
  • Don't think of a Jellyfish as an animal... Don't think of a fish as an animal... Don't think of an insect as an animal... What's left? Please let us all know what is and is not an animal. You obviously hold the definitive list.
  • It's all about perception of "animal". An animal to me and many others is a four-footed, furry and/or whiskered mammal. Just have a look at the examples here: dog, lion, deer... That's the common stereotype of an animal, and anything which doesn't fit doesn't "look" or "seem" like an animal.
    If you think that any living thing which doesn't prepare it's own food through photosynthesis (roughly the scientific definition) is an animal, you perceive animals as such.
  • Then take your photo with that perception in mind and let others worry about their own shot. If an insect is not an animal, it can't possibly win and less competition for you. I guess only mammals are the "real" animals and that excludes humans who are also mammals, but can not be animals because you don't perceive them as such. That narrows the animal field down nicely. Thank you for simplifying this issue. Reptiles - out. Insects - out. Amphibians - eww no, they go in the water, can't be an animal. Fish? Don't even think about it. Invertebrates - banished from the animal kingdom forever. Worms - too icky, won't touch one so it can't be an animal. Must have fur, whiskers and four feet (not paws or hooves, mind you - the man said "four footed"). Don't even try to use a horse as it doesn't have feet... This week's theme: Non-Human Mammals; fur, whiskers and four footedness mandatory.
  • I can give a relaxation there on "footed". Can include paws/hooves, etc. :P
    Whatever, that's how people "think" of animals. And that was why Asskickulater asked that question. I am not narrowing down the Animal Kingdom. What I say is that the word "animal" gives the idea of a non-human mammal. Notwithstanding the scientific classification, that's the "meaning" of animal. The Oxford Dictionary agrees with me. (A definition similar to mine is the first entry)
  • Here's that entry you cite: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/animal?... so everyone may judge for themselves...
  • This is what the Oxford app OALD (http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=ad82bdf2-1485-4e24-a355-d0007177e889) says for me: http://1drv.ms/1AheQmH
    And that was what I was citing.
  • What did I start lol
  • Haha... :D
  • You started The Great Animal Debate of 2014...
  • *2015 :P
  • Welcome to Kindergarten :D
  • But they still have legs, so.. LoL
  • Sorry to be the grammar police, but the use of the word "figuratively" is incorrect. It should be "literally". Figuratively would be exactly what you want is to do, and "capture" an animal in a photograph. Literally, would be capturing an animal in a cage.
  • Don't apologize. I missed that! Thanks for pointing it out :)
  • Taken with a Lumia 928 and edited in Fantasia Painter.
  • Submit it in the contest thread in the Forum... http://forums.windowscentral.com/photo-contests/326615-weekly-photo-cont...
  • Lol dude
  • wow, the winning photo is epic! nicely done, msirapian. love the colors and the composition. congrats!
  • Cheers mate ^^
  • Am I the only one who, after seeing the title, has Maroon 5 stuck in their head?
  • hi Sam, still haven't gotten word from the department responsible for contacting me regarding the prize (I'd won one of the weekly contests). hoping you could look into it. Thanks!
  • Now it's stuck in my head. Stop the virus.
  • Pictures of Trouser Snakes in 3... 2... 1...
  • Lmao, wild animals aren't off the table so here we go....
  • Wow, thanks Sam, I'm honoured for having being selected this week!
  • Congrats m8 ;)
  • Lol did no one here pay attention in high school biology though? Animals include fish, amphibian, your four footed/2 footed mammal friends, birds, insects etc. And you can safely leave out humans out of your entry if you don't want Sam to think you're a smart ass lol
  • We don't use the biological definition of animal in everyday life, do we?
  • Having problems. Participating for the first time and I can't see option how to submit a photo in the forum o.O can anyone help?
  • The Windows Central app doesn't allow photos to be uploaded. Use the Tapatalk app: http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=913ffd61-3ba0-435c-a894-9d3ec7e78d6e
  • Is this link correct....? Its taking to an app called tapatalk
  • FYI:   Animal:  a living organism that feeds on organic matter, typically having specialized sense organs and nervous system and able to respond rapidly to stimuli.
  • Animals include insects , water animals ......... How can you people so crazy. Class Insecta and Class Aves comes under Kingdom Animalia .
  • How to attach image in forum.. Do I have to click on reply button which is besides 'subscribe' and add the link of the image and description there? Please help.. :(
  • Go to Windows Central in Desktop /PC . Serch in news for this article . The links of Photo contest is pasted right there.... Then add your PIC there
  • Dose my cat count?
  • Of course. Unless it's an imaginary cat.
  • Ha! I asked for this animal contest a while ago, thanks for listening. We get a Kraken Submarine as price yes?
  • It is so hard to post a pic. Kind of ironic being that I'm using a windows phone. Help?
  • Sam, which picture won the "Paths" contest?
  • Mine ;) It's at the very beginning of the article above
  • incoming cat pictures!
  • Sam, last week was the "Paths" contest... Not the "Green" contest.
  • Oops. Will fix
  • Holy Moly I was at the Monterey Bay Aquarium on Thanksgiving :O Unfortunaely I didn't go inside :(