Your Best Shot Finalist Gallery: January 2016

The best reader-submitted photos of the month

2016 January Your Best Shot Contest Finalist Gallery Photos
There is something magical about New York City, even during a blizzard. Taken during a 2016 blizzard.Bobi Dojcinovski

I love when the year gets off to a great start and that's certainly the case with our Your Best Shot contest. We saw a pretty significant spike in entries in January 2016 and many of them were just fantastic. There's a great mix of landscapes, portraits, abstracts, and even some street photography to round out the mix.

If you're interested in entering your own work into our contest, be sure to check out our Contests Page for your chance to win great prizes and get published.

Railway station at Barcelona, Spain. Taken with an Edixa Reflex camera, 35mm. Film: Agfa. Exposure not recorded. Handheld.
Railway station, Barcelona, Spain
Railway station at Barcelona, Spain. Taken with an Edixa Reflex camera, 35mm. Film: Agfa. Exposure not recorded. Handheld.Wolf Arnold
This wood stork was perched up high on a dead tree. I don't do B&W often but this photo seemed a good fit.
Word Stork B&W
This wood stork was perched up high on a dead tree. I don't do B&W often but this photo seemed a good fit.Tom Woods
Foggy Days
Foggy Days
These days feels so hated. The darkness has come upon us, and everyone are filled with sadness.Tobias Hansen
So many birds
So many birds
I was really lucky to capture this picture and cross it off my photography bucket list.Shawn Goar
My Sister
My Sister
Tuesday was an incredible day. My sister and I went our separate ways after high school as most of us do. She went on to pursue a degree in Art, while I obtained my BS in Construction Management. After graduating college, Kelly grew quickly in her career as an art director organizing sets for movies and commercials...while I joined the military because I was bored with my life. I moved away for 6 years working on my own personal growth where I got married, left the construction industry and took up photography. After welcoming our beautiful son into this world- I realized how much I missed being able to share my life with my sister. I was so excited when our lives finally called us back to Connecticut. Kelly typically has a crazy busy schedule in a high-paced demanding industry, so I was thrilled when I learned she had some time off from work. We spent the entire day together on Tuesday. I stopped by her apartment and we sipped coffee while completing a crossword puzzle together. I met Howard for the first time. (He is her super cute, chubby and friendly cat.) Mila (the evil one) was hiding most of the visit. I also rummaged through her closet for the first time since we lived together in high school and pretty much drooled at all of the incredible wardrobe items she owns. I may break into her place one of these days and steal them all. We packed up a bunch of them to bring to the studio. After our relaxing morning, we decided to indulge in some yummy Chipotle for lunch followed by a detour to Joann fabrics on the way to the studio. We picked-out some sweet sale items to use {tulle, lace, fabric and flowers}. We ended the day playing dress-up for a fun mini-photo shoot. I even did her make-up (well most of it)! The last time we did this, was over 20 years ago.Sasha Dale
Golden Gate Bridge in the Fog
Golden Gate Bridge in the Fog
I wanted a different view of the Golden Gate BridgeSandy Tupy
Rustic eggs
Rustic eggs
I love eggs for breakfast and there is just something about eggs that reminds me of a world which is far from technology. I wanted to capture that in an imageSam Mohd
Twigs
Twigs
Model: Jennifer Pham -- Morro Bay, CASabrina Miklowitz
Lead the way.
Lead the way.
A lantern leading the way at A suspension bridge.Robert Strok
Pichaya Viwatrujirapong Contrast
Contrast
Color contrast between colorful apartments and brown houses. This photo is taken from a plane heading to Uyuni. I considered myself to be very lucky to get this shot.Pichaya Viwatrujirapong
Pelican
Pelican
A pelican nestling in to his feathers for a nap, late morning at Flamingo Gardens Wildlife Sanctuary in Davie, FL.Michelle Sherwood
Serenity
Serenity
The sun dips below the horizon and brings life to all the wonderful colors in the sky. The calm and cool water softly reflects the mountains and colors in its glassy surface. I had to stand in the water to get the composition I was after. I tried to limit how much I was shaking due to the cold in order to minimize the ripples I was creating. All that discomfort was well worth it though. I've never seen mono lake this still and quiet, it was very beautiful and calming to behold.Michael Hitchner
'Organic Data'
'Organic Data'
Projection portraitMatt Sharp
Night flight
Night flight
(Almost) full moon party! Together with 2 friends we hiked up to Grintovec the highest mountain in Kamnik-Savinja Alps (part of the eastern Alps) in Slovenia, Europe with intention to paraglide down at night. The conditions to fly were just perfect and we took-off at about 2am. I was dreaming about this one frame shot (long exposure with flash blink) for a long time. It was tough to hike up in the cold night for 4 hours carrying a heavy backpack with a full flying kit and more than 3kg extra photo equipment but it was definitely worth it. An adventure to remember!Matters Gradisek
White Flocks
White Flocks
Passo Giau, Italy. After the sunset the temperature fell down to -15°C, and the strong wind was moving clouds fast towards the scene. Suddenly moonlight breached the cloudy sky, I set the tripod and take few shots before clouds completely covered the night sky.Lorenzo Kleinschmidt
Through the window
Through the window
Couple at After Wedding photo session.Laurentiu Nica
Night over Bulgaria
Night over Bulgaria
This photo was taken at the highest peak in Bulgaria and the Balkans - this is Musala peak 2925 meters high. There's meteorological station which is seen on the photo. This is a night panorama of 6 frames.Krasimir Matarov
ANNA
ANNA
A Richard Avedon inspired shootKiah Hamilton
You & I
You & I
This was part of an assignment in my AP Photography class which was to take a banal object like a plastic bag and to transform it into something spectacular. To make this picture I used a plastic bag with two white lights behind it to create this effect. This was shot on my Canon Rebel EOS. Basic adjustments made with Photoshop.Kaden Dawson
Can't stay on the ground
Can't stay on the ground
I took this picture in an abandoned house in a forest. It was really cold, but I think it was worth it.Johanna Bertalan
Berry Picker
Berry Picker
The Bohemian Waxwings are winter visitors in the Ottawa area. When they are in a feeding frenzy, they forget you are around. I positioned myself according to the background and was hoping to have one landing on that back branch. But instead, it landed right in front of me to my big surprise and just had time to click a few frames and it was gone. I did not think the pictures would turn out as it happened so fast but I am glad this one did.Jeannine St-Amour
The Lonesome Frozen North.
The Lonesome Frozen North.
A man walks past icy glass.James Featherstone
sunset dragonfly
sunset dragonfly
dragonfly on the top flower canon 550d 100mm macro lens iso 400 f8 1/60Iwan Susanto
Rufous-collared Sparrow
Rufous-collared Sparrow
Colombia is the country with the biggest biodiversity of birds in the world (1903 different species) and "Valle Del Cocora" is such a great place to take some pictures.Ivan Rojas
Take Out
Take Out
A bald eagle snatches an easy meal from the water below Conowingo Dam in Maryland. Many of the fish here are killed or wounded by the dam making for a quick grab for the eagles.Harry Collins
the spirit of Thor
the spirit of Thor
Canon 6d 24-105mm ef F8 1/640 Iso 1000 Light room and photoshop 5George Pacheco
A profile picture of a White Pelican, one of the largest water birds. The horn on its beak develops during mating season and may be used in during courtship or as a sign of masculinity.
White Pelican Profile
A profile picture of a White Pelican, one of the largest water birds. The horn on its beak develops during mating season and may be used in during courtship or as a sign of masculinity.Gabrielle Harrison
Hatched
Hatched
Title: "Hatched"(1/100 sec at f/2.8, ISO 400) with Canon 100mm f/2.8) by Farrah Arnold, photographer from Baltimore City and owner of Earthstreetphotography.com. Please feel free to contact me with questions (or just to say hello) at farraharnold@earthstreetphotography.com.Farrah Arnold
Fire and Ice
Fire and Ice
Taken on top of the twin peaks summit in San Francisco, California. Light trails of cars' headlights and taillights were captured, the headlights of the one car was a cooler temperature giving it that blue glow.Dillon Saw
Hands of Time
Hands of Time
Canon Mark III 5D Sigma 24-35mm f2 Art lens 24mm f2 1/60sec.Crystal Gonsalves
Which Way Is Up?
Which Way Is Up?
A Still Reflecting Pool In New Zealand Reflects The Image Of The Mountain And Clouds Behind It.Csoban Balogh
Sapphire
Sapphire
Taken in harsh mid day light over at Shell Beach, CA Using a big stopper from lee filters and a canon 6d equipped with a 17-40L Helped me come home with a unique shot. Find more @photosbywolf on instagramCorey Jacobson
Glass window of the Seattle Public Library
Array
Glass window of the Seattle Public LibraryChance Anderson
Shanghai Parkour
Shanghai Parkour
I image this on a busy day in the Bund in Shanghai. After bring contanstly moved on by the Police, I managed to capture this image as they just left. So for this image to work out as well as it did, I couldn't be happier!Callum Sims
Big Bear
Big Bear
This photo was taken on a trip to Big Bear Mountain. Canon 70DBryan Shaw
The lion of the house
The lion of the house
This photo was taken on January 31, 2016.Britney Burtch
Magical New York
Magical New York
There is something magical about New York City, even during a blizzard Taken during a 2016 blizzard.Bobi Dojcinovski
Two people with no prior connection other than meeting for this picture. Same hight, same color, pierced, tattooed, but very different people.
On the edge
Two people with no prior connection other than meeting for this picture. Same hight, same color, pierced, tattooed, but very different people.Audrey McCaw
Love
Love
Newborn love <3Alexandra Harris
Beach of the Gods
Beach of the Gods
This bit caught my eye. The face in the rocks and the low angle took me by surprise so I had to take the shotAlbert Rivera Lozoya