This is an attempt to kickstart a new photo competition here on Photo-SE.

Seeing as it's already halfway through December and approaching the new year/decade, the concept of the theme combines the winter season with the idea of fresh starts. Give us your best seasonal photo, or your favorite new beginning. Bonus points for new starts with a seasonal flair!

Voting Rules

  • Vote up as many images as you like.
  • Please, up votes only! Do NOT vote down your competitors! If you don't like an image, don't vote.
  • Voting closes on December 30, 2019 at 12:00 AM UTC. The winner will chosen based on votes at that time.

Submission Rules

  1. One photo per answer. Multiple entries are encouraged, but please don't spam answers. The aim is quality over quantity.
  2. Post only photos taken by yourself or the person with you.
  3. All entries should include a line of text with the location, subject, and date.
  4. The submitted image must conform to this site's content license, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 (CC BY-SA 4.0) with attribution required.
  5. Do not use this as a forum for photo critique. Use chat instead, or ask a new question about your image.

Next Contest

  • Suggest a theme for the next contest. Leave a single comment below in the format,

    Theme: <one sentence description>

  • Upvote the comment(s) with the theme you would like to see next month.

Good luck!

  • 6
    It's mid-summer in half the world. Dec 16, 2019 at 7:42
  • 2
    Almost 90% of the world's population lives in the northern half. I think we can have a winter theme without leaving out the rest — if you live in a part of the world where the season is different, feel free to turn the theme upside down with your entry!
    – mattdm
    Dec 16, 2019 at 12:59
  • 2
    Compulsory antipodean seasonal link to Tim Minchin's "White Wine in the Sun". If that doesn't make you shed a tear, you have no heart.
    – Tetsujin
    Dec 16, 2019 at 18:52
  • 2
    Theme: New Years Resolution...Not Going to Plan
    – OnBreak.
    Dec 16, 2019 at 19:25
  • 3
    Theme: After the party's over.
    – dmkonlinux
    Dec 17, 2019 at 20:06

7 Answers 7


Location: Iceland on a waterfall that I still can't pronounce

Subject: Life changing goodness and definitely new beginnings.

Date: December 2017

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And here's why it was life changing goodness. Please ignore this bit o' context for the contest:

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  • awww. The context really ties the dual themes together!
    – scottbb
    Dec 16, 2019 at 22:36
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    Also, thank you for posting the first submission to the new contest!
    – scottbb
    Dec 16, 2019 at 22:37

A lone pelican cruising far off the coast of Newport getting a bird's eye view of a December sunset behind Catalina Island - Newport Beach, California, Mid-December, 2019

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Into the woods -- fresh snow for a new day!

February 2019, Vermont, USA.

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  • Bright and gorgeous. Love it!
    – scottbb
    Dec 21, 2019 at 21:45
  • It was fun to take and fun to ski. I have another that I took my next run that's the same, only my own ski tracks go through it.
    – Jack
    Dec 22, 2019 at 14:45

Location: Howth, near Dublin, Ireland

Subject: Leaving my old life behind and starting anew. I got divorced this year, sold my house, packed my stuff and moved to Dublin. Left the life that I built up the last decade to start anew in a different place.

Date: 15/12/2019

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Garden Bench Rebirth - Taken Feb 2013 at my uncle's house in Stanly County, NC after a snowfall. A bit of winter with spring right on the doorstep.

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Location: Austin, Texas, USA

Subject: Montopolis Bridge, after having spent more than 80 years as a vehicular bridge and important river crossing, was recently closed to vehicles and now has a fresh start as a bridge for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Date: June 2019

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Taken on Ilford HP5 Plus 400 black-and-white film, pushed to 800.


Location: CocoCay

Date: December 2019

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Make                            : FUJIFILM
Camera Model Name               : X-T20
Exposure Time                   : 1/2000
F Number                        : 4.5
Exposure Program                : Shutter speed priority AE
ISO                             : 400
Create Date                     : 2019:12:25 17:22:32
Shutter Speed Value             : 1/2048
Aperture Value                  : 4.4
Brightness Value                : 8.97
Exposure Compensation           : -0.33
Max Aperture Value              : 3.5
Flash                           : No Flash
Focal Length                    : 67.1 mm
Picture Mode                    : Shutter speed priority AE
Image Size                      : 6000x4000
Megapixels                      : 24.0
Field Of View                   : 20.2 deg
Focal Length                    : 67.1 mm (35 mm equivalent: 101.0 mm)
Hyperfocal Distance             : 50.12 m
  • Hi Josh, welcome to Photo-SE. Thanks for your submission, it's a beautiful shot! =)
    – scottbb
    Dec 27, 2019 at 21:53
  • Not sure if this is allowed but this photo is edited.
    – JBis
    Dec 27, 2019 at 21:53
  • @scottbb Thanks!
    – JBis
    Dec 27, 2019 at 21:53
  • Edits are absolutely allowed. Just as much art occurs in post (or in the darkroom, in the old days) as does in camera.
    – scottbb
    Dec 27, 2019 at 21:55
  • @scottbb Awesome! Thanks! Here's the original if anyone is interested: i.imgur.com/hMwT8KM.jpg
    – JBis
    Dec 27, 2019 at 21:58

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