Best of 2011: Weekly Photography Challenge


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Happy New Year from dPS (at least it is new years day here in Australia).

This week your photography challenge is a little different. Instead of going out and taking a shot to share – we want you to dig through your shots from 2011 and share your best shot with us.

What ‘best’ means is up to you. It could be a shot that is technically best, makes you feel best or captures a best moment. Whatever you like.

Once you’ve selected your best shot of 2011 upload it to your favourite photo sharing site and either share a link to it or – embed it in the comments using the our new tool to do so.

If you tag your photos on Flickr, Instagram, Twitter or other sites with Tagging tag them as #DPSBEST2011 to help others find them. Linking back to this page might also help others know what you’re doing so that they can share in the fun.

Also – don’t forget to check out some of the great shots posted in last weeks Bokeh Lights challenge where there were some beautiful shots submitted.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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  • Karenglow January 21, 2012 07:42 am

    This may not be my best shot technically, but it's my favorite...!i=1344439650&k=5t47XpS

  • Eric January 16, 2012 09:26 am

    Here is my best of 2011.

  • Missy Rose January 15, 2012 05:26 pm

    Sorry, for the first mishap - but now it should work. This is my first posting here but I couldn't just choose one fav - but two.

  • Jim January 15, 2012 09:00 am

    Taken on 12/28/11 at around 4:10PM as the sky was a deep blue before the sunset.

  • Ranmali Kirinde January 14, 2012 10:15 pm

    Sorry I got the first two posts wrong! Here it is.

    I have a few favorites for 2011. Finally picked this one for the post. This picture of people crossing the river was taken in Kitulgala, Sri Lanka.

  • Ranmali Kirinde January 14, 2012 10:14 pm

  • Ranmali Kirinde January 14, 2012 10:13 pm

    I have a few favorites for 2011. Finally picked this one for the post. This picture of people crossing the river was taken in Kitulgala, Sri Lanka.

  • Missy Rose January 14, 2012 08:19 pm

    That was hard ....... so I had to choose the best two of 2011.

  • Janita January 14, 2012 07:57 am
    This is the one picture that I got the most comments and compliments about in 2011. :)

  • Hanifah Siregar January 13, 2012 11:02 pm

    This is my best 2011. A black and white portrait of an Asian woman.

  • Fiona January 13, 2012 12:51 pm

    very hard to pick best, but as a newbie to DSLR I was pretty happy when this turned out! Hope it makes you smile too :-)

  • shazimallik January 13, 2012 11:32 am

    one of my favorite and like image

  • LMK January 13, 2012 10:33 am

    I love this photos because the cows seemed to pose for me and almost had a perfect pattern. They stayed in a line and stepped a few inches closer every few minute. It was an experience that I'll never forget during my very first photo shoot.

  • Pip Hume January 13, 2012 06:30 am

    Maybe not my best shot of the year but certainly one of my favourites :)

  • Cassandra Plavoukos January 13, 2012 04:56 am

  • OnyxE January 13, 2012 04:43 am

    One of my favorites was this days old Canada goose gosling

  • tanja carda January 12, 2012 11:06 am

    I have too many favorites to choose from but here is one of them =)

  • AnZanov January 10, 2012 01:30 am

    My favourite? This one:

    Happy new year!

  • Kelly Bigley January 8, 2012 04:16 am

    In case the previous link is not right

    An Electric Slide

  • Judy January 7, 2012 08:01 pm

  • Gary Paakkonen January 7, 2012 03:10 pm

    Wedding this past summer with the best man giving the evil eye to the Bride :D

  • Kelly Bigley January 7, 2012 08:39 am

    An Electric Slide

  • Alan January 7, 2012 08:28 am

    Sorry, the picture never linked in the first post.

  • Rich K January 7, 2012 05:27 am

    My favorite project of spring semester 2011

  • Felipe January 7, 2012 05:25 am

    One of my favorite photo of 2011:

  • Star Greathouse January 7, 2012 05:06 am

    I don't know. How about my son's cat?

  • Alan January 6, 2012 02:38 pm

    Happy New Year! definitely became a better photographer in 2011. I strive to do the same in 2012. Out of all the pictures I took last year, this was my favorite. Sometimes it pays to show up early and secure a good spot in front of the stage. The rest is left up to luck, timing, and quick reflexes.

  • Kevin January 6, 2012 07:45 am

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  • Cj Brickner January 6, 2012 01:33 am

    My Daughter Gets Lump of Coal in Her Stocking. Her expression was priceless!! NOTE: I've only had my camera 2 weeks (Canon EOS Rebel t). Lovin it.. Still learning the camera and lots of editing.. Looking forward to learning from this class! Thanks, Cj

  • Ali January 5, 2012 11:29 pm

  • diana teodoru January 5, 2012 09:01 pm

    i usually shoot candid photographs and this is one that i really like

    the reason I like it so much is because it catches an instance when two older girls were setting things straight with a smaller one not part of the group and the gestures of the two older girls are very eloquent, though not striking at first glance. I also like the colors and the light

    i also think that the following pictures might be worth a look:

    I take this opportunity to say that I am very grateful to the DPS team for all of the insightful posts that have helped me improve a lot. Although I don't have the time to be active on DPS, is a reference point in my life and I follow all the posts! Happy New Year everybody and thank you for the invaluable support you provide to us all, whether active members or silent followers and viewers!

  • Maggie H. January 5, 2012 03:17 pm

  • Maggie H. January 5, 2012 03:17 pm

    What a talented group of photographers. Thank you for sharing.

  • Debra January 5, 2012 02:26 pm

    This is one of the early shots that I took with my first DSLR in early 2011. I rediscovered it last week when looking back through all the photos I've taken since then. I love the reflections.

  • CJ January 5, 2012 07:52 am

    This is my favorite photo of the year. It is my best because I love the lighting of it and I think it is a unique capture of my baby trying out headphones for the first time.

  • Stevie may January 5, 2012 07:49 am

    this is one of my faves I'm a dj so i took a quick pic of mixer an messed about with colour a bit

  • Connie t January 5, 2012 07:06 am
    We were at a pumpkin patch. The pumpins were big and orange.

  • Macey Hart January 5, 2012 03:54 am!/photo.php?fbid=241988675848379&set=a.229253687121878.55951.108927665821148&type=3&theater

  • Raha January 5, 2012 01:24 am

    My fave pic of 2011 is the "Girl who matches the artwork on the wall",

  • Mario Campello January 4, 2012 10:29 pm

    Here is mine. It's a lucky shot from the London bridge.

  • scuba_suzy January 4, 2012 09:39 pm

    I picked my faves from 2011 in this blog post - some underwater & some topside... i hope you like them. Happy New Year everyone

  • amit January 4, 2012 07:58 pm

    colors of light ..

  • amit January 4, 2012 07:56 pm

  • Rebecca January 4, 2012 06:56 am!portfolio/vstc1=other/slideshow76=3

    A pair of old shoes left on the floor of an abandoned house

  • Gomaja January 4, 2012 06:45 am

    Here are two photos from my recent Barcelona trip:

    There are more pictures I like, but I am still fighting some technical difficulties, especially with obtaining sharp images...

  • DakotaVisionsPhotographyLLC January 4, 2012 05:22 am

    'Sunset on Needle's Highway - HDR': Trying out some HDR shots and got this one about 20-30 minutes after the sun had set. . This year's personal photography challenge will be a walk through the alphabet - object, concept, or photography technique with that letter. Love what you are doing! Keep it up Darren!

  • Jason St. Petersburg Photographer January 4, 2012 05:13 am

    All my top ten photographs were taken in Florida spanning commercial photography images to candid shots of my friends:

  • Miguel January 4, 2012 03:50 am

    I think this simple photo is my best, it is also my personal favorite.

  • Raluca Melania January 4, 2012 03:32 am

    my favourite shot (especially for the colours and the shooting moment)

  • Chris January 4, 2012 03:29 am

    WAY too hard to pick my favorite, but this was quite recent:

  • p!O January 3, 2012 06:29 pm

    This is my best shot of 2011, I think...

  • Dazz350 January 3, 2012 04:27 pm

    Great site, its helped me out alot over 2011. first time post. Taken in the southern highlands, Australia

  • Xr4000 January 3, 2012 02:16 pm

    I'm new here and just got a Canon G12 for Christmas. Looking forward to improving my skills. Here is my best one so far:

  • mahesh January 3, 2012 01:30 pm

    This is mine in 2011

  • Bob W January 3, 2012 12:09 pm

    New to photography with so much to learn. Here is my favorite shot from last year:

  • Markus Akre January 3, 2012 10:24 am

    I can't decide........

    From 2 different portrait sessions

  • Nuno Ribeiro January 3, 2012 08:37 am

    My best picture in 2011 (this time for real...):

  • Susan Maxwell Schmidt January 3, 2012 07:49 am

    Hi! I am an amateur old school film  photographer (though professional artist) who recently picked up my hobby again after taking several decades off. Though I jumped in with a Pentax DSLR to replace my old analog Yashica, I find I have developed a downright unhealthy addiction to my iPhone 4S. In my 2012  resolution to get my photography out there (pun most definitely intended ;), I am making my very first dPS post with a link to my personal fav iPhoneography shot of 2011. I sure hope you like it as much as I do despite its rather dark theme, and constructive criticism is most definitely appreciated. Go ahead, I can take it!

  • Laura G January 3, 2012 07:41 am

    My first Weekly Challenge entry. (I couldn't get the picture to embed)

  • Gerard January 3, 2012 07:31 am

    This is my favorite!!! I love it!!!!

  • lee R January 3, 2012 06:33 am[/img]

  • Tim January 3, 2012 06:12 am

    Here's that shot I like the best from 2011, full moon over Washington, DC, with the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and Capitol Building all lined up.

  • mbs2 January 3, 2012 06:10 am

    This was one probably my favorite picture I took during 2011... it was also my first attempt at shooting near night.

  • Gemma Ellis January 3, 2012 06:05 am

    Here's mine, after much deliberation.

  • ArtsyMagnet January 3, 2012 05:14 am

    This is my first entry and I'm excited to join the group! This was our Christmas card picture and I'm still in love with it, weeks later.

  • Vanessa Velez January 3, 2012 03:31 am

    Here is one that sparked my interest to study food photography

  • D.Arsofli January 2, 2012 10:35 pm

    Arg! Such a hard decision to make!

  • nicolae catalin cimpan January 2, 2012 10:10 pm

  • NCS January 2, 2012 10:03 pm

    I think, my best shot was this one:

  • JD January 2, 2012 06:51 pm

    Here Would Be One My Fav's

  • Dan January 2, 2012 05:38 pm

    One of my favs...

  • Pedro Oliveira January 2, 2012 02:02 pm

    Hello guys,

    Here is my shot of my grandmother around christmas time back in Portugal, Castelo Branco.

    Thank you

  • Chris January 2, 2012 01:51 pm

    Love your page and all the beautiful pictures submitted by your members. This is my favourite. Shooting my friend and his band playing. Learning and doing low light photography was cool. Happy New Year everyone!

  • Bridget January 2, 2012 01:40 pm

    I am very new to photography. It is a hobby that I am rapidly growing to love. I have so much left to learn and look forward to each weekend attempting to capture something magnificent. Here is my favorite shot for 2011. It is a shot of my daughter at the park. It became my favorite for the sole reason of making me laugh every time I see it. She was captured her with a classic facial expression.

  • Brenda C. January 2, 2012 11:51 am

    This is one of my absolute favs of 2011. My Grandson on a fun Fall outing.

  • Scottc January 2, 2012 11:48 am

    Definitely my best for 2011.

  • Donna January 2, 2012 11:20 am

    This is my favorite photo from 2011. I was letting our grandkids play in the creek and just happened to catch this shot:

  • JC January 2, 2012 10:27 am

    My favorite photo of my son and my daughter earlier this year.

  • LMK January 2, 2012 10:26 am

  • Nuno Ribeiro January 2, 2012 10:02 am

    My best picture in 2011:

  • Kevin January 2, 2012 10:01 am

    Hello All,

    Here’s my ‘first’ submission to the site and it’s my favorite shot of 2011:

    Happy New Year's to all

  • Mandy January 2, 2012 09:42 am

    My favourite (not necessarily the best) shot of 2011.

    The forest at sunrise in Sandringham Norfolk (UK) I hadn't been there since I was a kid and it was lovely to go again, it brought back tons of memories...

    This was around 6am when I couldn't sleep, just loved the sun on the ferns!

  • Oxana January 2, 2012 09:24 am

    My favourite from 2011:

  • Stan Bradbury January 2, 2012 09:22 am

  • Pavol Timko January 2, 2012 09:08 am

    This is my favorite picture in 2011, I hep you like it:

  • jollyca January 2, 2012 07:50 am

    This is my favourite photo of 2011, taken on the streets of Pula, Croatia.

  • Diane January 2, 2012 07:40 am

    I took this shot of a neighbor's dog while up in Lake Tahoe last winter. I don't use this sort of high-key adjustment very often but I just love this photo and how the dog disappears into the snow. So while it's not a technical best, it's a personal favorite.

    Thank you, DPS, for everything you do to keep me informed and entertained and learning about photography!

  • Ron January 2, 2012 07:31 am

    On my way to work one morning...

  • Melli January 2, 2012 07:00 am

    I posted my Top 11 on my blog today:

  • ArianaMurphy January 2, 2012 06:36 am

    I got some pictures of owls at the Owl Sanctuary that I'm really proud of, but I would have to say that this is my One Favourite Shot of 2011.

  • Katka Gabris January 2, 2012 06:19 am

    I don't know that this is my best photo but it certainly is the one I love the best. A friend asked me to take some portraits of her kids so we went to the local park and this is one shot from that series. It has certain magic to it and I adore it.

  • Marlene January 2, 2012 05:50 am[img]]

    Holden Beach 2011

  • Wrenchead January 2, 2012 05:14 am

    The village in Zinchan in the high himalayas.

  • Wrenchead January 2, 2012 05:13 am

    A bridge covered in prayer flags in Ladakh, India.

  • Hugh Stickney January 2, 2012 05:06 am

    Got lucky with a photography friend!

  • cmezoom56 January 2, 2012 04:23 am

    I am crazy for bokeh. This shot was taken at a coffee house where my brother and a couple friends played music.

  • Stefano January 2, 2012 03:22 am

    My best combination of place, feelings, weather and everything was a short trip to Venice at the end of September.

    Here the photo I find most romantic:

  • Brad January 2, 2012 03:13 am

    Working on getting better

  • elsmith January 2, 2012 02:57 am

    Twitter loesshillsdirt #DPSBEST2011

  • Thomas January 2, 2012 02:08 am

    Happy New Year everyone !

    Here is mine : I wish you Peace for 2012...

  • And January 2, 2012 01:37 am

    This is the shot I took during 2011 that I was very happy with because I was right there at the right time to catch the only time that the lion finally turned and stared at me for a few seconds and I was able to get this pretty good shot even if I had a window glass between us.

  • Sander Taats January 2, 2012 01:37 am

    I really like this photo from a photo shoot I had last summer:

    These were taken a few minutes after midnight into 2012 but well worth a look:

  • Claudia January 2, 2012 01:33 am

    2011 was all about learning new techniques. Light Painting was one that I learned and learned to love. This is my 2011 submission:

  • LMK January 2, 2012 01:23 am

    I am new to photography this year. I have learned so much from the DPS website. I got a Bokeh kit for Christmas and love the effects. Thanks DPS!! I can't wait to learn more in 2012.

  • dok January 2, 2012 12:45 am

    Hi everyone,
    Here's mine :

  • anotherphotographynoob January 2, 2012 12:29 am

    i guess my best shot from 2011 is of a danish ww2 memorial in esbjerg i passed by on my honeymoon

    since it is my first full year with a camera i mostly enjoyed the progress i experienced during the last year!

  • Marie Johansen January 2, 2012 12:12 am

    This is my best picture taken in 2011. All natural light, haven't done anything to it...

  • Blair January 1, 2012 11:00 pm

    I took this on an iPhone 4, before my interest in photography began. I hope you like it.

  • geetha January 1, 2012 10:03 pm

    hi darren iam a regualar user to problogger.And my first visit to DPS.
    And All the Best to all participants.

    Happy new year

  • Hari January 1, 2012 10:02 pm

    Sunset at Baga beach

  • Margot January 1, 2012 09:31 pm

    This may not be my best shot fromg last year, but it is certainly my favourite. []

  • Aso January 1, 2012 09:14 pm

    here is by best pic of 2011 and it was a mircle

  • Mujahid Khaleel January 1, 2012 08:39 pm

    Here is mine

  • Rashaun Brown January 1, 2012 08:03 pm

    My best shot of 2011. I did this after a bad breakup so this means a lot to me.

  • Mahesh January 1, 2012 07:59 pm

    Here is one of my best of 2011.

    Mahesh. B

  • Matt G January 1, 2012 07:24 pm

    This is my favorite from 2011

  • Ved Upadhyay January 1, 2012 07:18 pm

    Here's my recent post that I already shared on my blog with best of 2011! Hope you like them. Please leave suggestions and any critique in comments. Would love to hear those!

  • Mridula January 1, 2012 07:07 pm

    Don't know about technicalities but this is what I thought was the best.

  • JesseAdams January 1, 2012 06:37 pm

    The fall colors, beautiful lighting and an aircraft make up one of my favourite photos of 2011. Happy New Year everyone!

  • Jeff E Jensen January 1, 2012 06:37 pm

    Well, how about my 10 favorite from 2011?

  • Kevin January 1, 2012 06:31 pm

    I'm new to actively participating on the site although I do enjoy reading the newsletters. Here's my 'first' submission to the site and it's my favorite shot of 2011:

  • Ajay January 1, 2012 06:12 pm


  • John Deubert January 1, 2012 05:53 pm

    The Sundial Bridge in Redding, CA is a little-known piece of niftiness that I have been trying to photograph well for several years. This glass-paved footbridge across the Sacramento River is as photogenic a piece of architecture as I've seen. It's worth a visit if you happen to be passing by.

  • Qistina January 1, 2012 05:46 pm

  • Derek Scott January 1, 2012 04:23 pm

    Beach photo from California.

  • Danny Burks January 1, 2012 03:53 pm
    My best shot for 2011. :-/

  • Utsav Shrestha January 1, 2012 03:21 pm

    This is my first with a DSLR.

  • Joel Asencio January 1, 2012 03:08 pm

    Between making the set up and just trying something new, this had to be one of my favorite shots I took this year.

    happy new years to dps and all its readers

  • Heather January 1, 2012 03:01 pm

    My favorite shot from a lesson learned! I waas taking sunset photos on the beach when two strangers walked into the shot. Rather then waiting for them to pass, I continued to shoot. I think this turned out great.

  • raghavendra January 1, 2012 01:00 pm

    Few of my best shots in 2011

  • Richard Hall January 1, 2012 12:40 pm

    I have recently been introduced to light painting, this is one of my first attempts. Maybe not my best but it is one of my favourites.
    Heres hoping for a really great 2012 for everyone

  • Rich January 1, 2012 10:57 am

    It was late in the year, but this photo of the Tamarama Surf Club is probably my favourite for 2011:

  • Chris January 1, 2012 10:01 am

    A little double-exposure-photoshop-layering that started off a whole new theme for me:

  • Steve Wildlife Encounters January 1, 2012 09:05 am

    This was difficult but I have chosen this one:

    It was an honour to be given permission to photograph here. I used hdr to try and capture the incredible detail and colours.

    May everyone have a wonderful 2012

  • The Girl Behind January 1, 2012 08:52 am

    I've had such a lot of fun with photography this year. I guess that my first shot of Scarborough would be my favourite picture

  • Tanvi Shah January 1, 2012 07:44 am

    Here's my favorite shot from 2011 :

    Happy new year everyone!

  • Dan January 1, 2012 07:30 am

  • CindyMc January 1, 2012 06:42 am

    OK, deep breath: this is my first photo to post, although I regularly devour all of the wonderful articles and marvel at the incredible shots posted here. This is a shot taken in May in Israel:

  • Malene January 1, 2012 06:28 am

    This is one of my favourite shots from 2011.

    Happy New Year everyone!

  • Brendon January 1, 2012 05:35 am

  • Simon Kitt January 1, 2012 05:21 am

    I think this would have to be my best shot of the year. Its fairly recent as I've only just gotten a better camera.


  • raghavendra January 1, 2012 04:40 am

    Guess i have series of shots that i like
    but giving a few

  • bigm141414 January 1, 2012 04:35 am

    Happy New year DPS. Can't wait for a world ending year of great articles!

    Golden Gate bridge shot. My favorite...

  • Todd January 1, 2012 04:14 am

    One of my favorites from this year. Was outside shooting some family type pics and turned and saw the dog watching us.

  • evie Downs January 1, 2012 04:06 am

    I love this face

  • Armin January 1, 2012 04:04 am

    the Tree:

  • Virginia wedding photographer Ernest Smith January 1, 2012 04:00 am

    My favorite shot in 2011 was of a wedding i did in midlothian va. when the bride was dancing with her father. they were getting down like i never seen before.You could tell she got her dance moves from her father.He was so happy for her you could really see the love he had for his daughter

  • Akash Mondal January 1, 2012 03:42 am

    (One of) My Favourite Shot

  • Marcy January 1, 2012 03:39 am

    This shot of my husband and son suffering through trying one of my recipes is one of my favorites from the year. Why I thought guacamole vegan ice cream sandwiches would be tasty is now a mystery to me, but it was fun having people try to write a caption for the photo:

    Other than that, my favorites were from my trip to Greece. Such a beautiful country!

  • Jean-Yves GRUFFAT January 1, 2012 03:26 am

    My favorite shot of 2011... a peaceful ans colorful moment

    Happy New Year to DPS and you, photographers...


  • raghavendra January 1, 2012 03:24 am

    This is very tough to tell

  • Erika January 1, 2012 03:07 am

    My favorite shot of 2011:

  • Barry January 1, 2012 02:29 am

    This has been a good year for me, but the best shot (or at least my favourite) is this one which is part of a nice portrait session that this little owl allowed me to have.

    Can't wait to see what others have done this year.


  • Brenda January 1, 2012 02:21 am

    My favorite shot of 2011 - the spiral staircase, designed by Frank Gehry, at the Art Gallery of Toronto;

    Happy New Year to DPS - thanks for all the insight and learning you have provided this year.

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