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Windows Phone Central Lumia 900 Photo Contest

WP Central Nokia Lumia 900 Photo Contest

Take a photo with your Lumia 900, win a $50 gift-certificate!

While we have been critical of the Nokia Lumia 900's camera in the past, both Dan and I agree that after updating to Tango the Windows Phone camera has much improved.

In celebration of seeing the fixes to the Lumia 900, we're having a short photo contest show off the new camera enhancements. There's nothing fancy to the giveaway but there are a few rules...

  • Post your image in comments, taken with a Lumia 900 after updating (must be on 'Tango' 8773/8779 with 1222x firmware)
  • One entry per person
  • The subject can be of anything (landscapes, portraits, sports, wildlife, door knobs, etc.)
  • Include your location (state, country)

We'll keep entries open through Monday, August 20th at 7 pm PT / 10 pm ET

From there, we'll draw five winners at random to receive $50 gift cards to the WPCentral Accessory Store. You'll need to register to participate (easy process found here) and please include your location with your entry (it helps to know when generating the gift cards).

Our advice for posting your image is to use SkyDrive and use the 'share' option to generate a public link to that photo.

Good luck and happy shooting!



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gorebashd says:

What happens like most Canadians we didn't get 8779 OS only 8779 Firmware??

It's the firmware that fixed the camera, not the OS. So that's fine.

gorebashd says:

Sweet thx! Lol smart Alec wk ;) gonna go take some pix

WinPhanKyle says:

Why not move to the US? :)

swc_ant says:

I'm Canadian and I got my 8779 update for my Lumia 900...

WinPhanKyle says:

Was that the 8779 Windows Phone OS update or the Nokia Firmware update?

swc_ant says:

scrap that, I'm still on firmware 12222... not 12223 =/

WinPhanKyle says:

As the post mention, if you have firmware 1222(x), you are good to go. So like me, I have firmware 1222(3). You have 1222(2) so you should be good.

WinPhanKyle says:

Here is my submission. My laptop at work watching Windows Weekly.!576&authkey=!AMtrKdt46hlKbPE
Texas, U.S.A

WinPhanKyle says:

Can everyone see my photo? I had a friend of mine say he couldn't view it.

aubreyq says:

Well I know I can't from the WPCentral app. I'll try from the WPC mobile website...

aubreyq says:

Ok so yes, I can see the picture from the mobile site on my Focus.

Jay Bennett says:

Good spot guys thank you. I've identified and fixed this bug in the app, will be available in the next release

Guakala says:

I wanna play but I no has 900


MajickmanW says:

Your pain is felt

smcburney says:

Woo Hoo!  They just happened to wash the outside of my office windows today!!1089&authkey=!AMgeu9ayflaZ3jk

rjmt512 says:

Here is a B&W photoI took the other day at the park.!886&authkey=!AEJmIL3XzNNLmRs (California,USA)

EMajor75 says:

I just took this pic at my desk a few moments ago in low lighting! Looks a lot better!!3942&authkey=!AKeq7L0IQAZgLOk
(Birmingham, U.S.A.)

Arsenic17 says:

Still haven't gotten the tango update for my 900. I have AT&T in the states. Should I have gotten tango??

moc426 says:

Plug it in to your pc, zune should prompt you.

Arsenic17 says:

Well I do have mine set to detect I don't need to be connected...but randomly today I got the update notification for the first time on my phone.

EMajor75 says:

One of my favorite cups! LOL! Taken a few moments ago in low light.!3944&authkey=!ADHa_CluwZV1Xa4
(Birmingham, USA)

kenosando says:
North Little Rock, AR
Macro Scene
Macro Focus
No Auto-Fix

psutherland says:

For the lumia 900 tango update photo contest: the reason I chose this pic is, before the update, indoor shots were terrible! With the update, much better and alot brighter! :-)!1329&authkey=!AKg...

psutherland says:

Almost forgot..... Washington St. USA

ridie1389 says:

This is the view from my back porch. I'm in Townsend, MA inside the US of A (revised):!572&authkey=!AKmJ...

deloa84 says:

What about those with out a lumia phone? :(

henry.gray says:

Funny how everything is about Lumia, leaving us with other handsets not able to enter. I don't see why Microsoft just doesn't let the other companies go if everything is about Nokia.

We have regular contests here open for everyone--in fact this is the first "limited" contest we've ever done. 

Fact is we're celebrating a nice fix for a nice phone and we didn't have to have any contest as we weren't scheduled to any this weekend. 

Arsenic17 says:

People always find a reason to complain....but honestly you guys do favor the lumia phones way more than any other brand. The deal of the week is always a case for the 900..most.tiems you show a lumia pic for the articles. Can't complain the 900 is the best handset. But don't deny the bias!

ZuNuKoo says:

I'd like to see a HTC Trophy photo contest since you have been advertising that lately. or Have something for the 1st Gen phones then 2nd Gen, now that would be fun. Since wp8 is just around the corner. Something to say farewell to WP7.5/8.

We run one to two contests a week which is about one to two more than any other Windows Phone site ;-) You'll have plenty of opportunities to win something.

ZuNuKoo says:

I'll be entering...

brett_day says:

Here is a pic of the Ford badge on my 2008 Focus. Needs a good clean :). Taken in Tuttle, Oklahoma, USA.!1153

Daniel/George can you suggest what are ideal settings for camera for indoor captures.......??

100 ISO, no flash, center meter and hold the camera very steady (maybe have it lean against something). Set for Macro for close shots or normal for regular distance. Toy with white balance based on your lighting. Tap-to-focus on the subject to snap the photo.

I more thing can i take part in contest with my lumia 800 as it got the same camera as 900 ??

DaiaX says:

Lumia 710 is sad, ah well.

justin071894 says:

Hopefully by baby sister can win me something since she always chews on my phone! Taken in Columbus, Oh.!3073&authkey=!ANd...

dangish says:

Let me know if this works
Florida, USA

SGS3 that Fought my Lumia 900 in my pocket...!1647&authkey=!AEl...

ridie1389 says:

I feel like the currently most powerful android phone on the market with a cracked screen taken with a WP7 device has just a smidgen of irony :p

XboxOmac says:

Is there any control over those contest? I have a Lumia 900, but I feel that other people with different phones will still take photos and say they took it with the Lumia 900. How can you be positive?

EXIF Data. SkyDrive shows all the info we need.

blackhawk556 says:

Hey I uploaded my picture but the EXIF on skydrive doesn't show any data about the phone.  How do I get it to show the device the phone was taken with???
I don't want to get disqualified :(

LucasLumia says:

Please, would you help me? Nokia Argentina is doing a contest for making a letter and people have to vote. I did everything I could but it is impossible for me to win. Would you please vote for Analía Iturbe in the first page of the contest. The biggest problem is that as people in Argentina aren´t interested in the Windows Phone too much they nearly vote themselfs or their friends vote them. Please help me.

gorebashd says:

No editing or nothing. straight up shot from my Lumia 900.

AussieMs says:!247 This is just a plant I had in my back yard in Thornton CO.

toiyeumetre says:!196 
Have coffee with friends at coffee shop in early morning...

Here is my submission, this is a huge increase in color accuracy using the auto settings...this was not so before update.!25163&authkey=!AEl...

nerdron says:

My son, trying not to get his picture taken before football practice. The update came out 2 days after i got the phone, so i don't know how much better it is than it was before, but this is an awesome, clear picture!!13376
(edit, forgot location! New Boston, MI, USA!)
I noticed the data was wrong since i rotated the picture, so here is the original:

riffraffy says:

The wall of a beach-front elementary school on the boardwalk where I run in Newport Beach, CA USA. Pretty neat work, for 1-6 grade kids:!616

keebs1 says:

I want one soooooo bad!!!!!!

sepatown says:

Rocking Windows 8 RTM here in Los Angeles, CA, USA.

netconcepts says:

My photo submission. I just used the camera panorama and left all the defaults!19019&authkey=!AG...

netconcepts says:

SkyDrive reduces the image quality.... Need to post elsewhere

sepatown says:

Guy, there's something called the Skydrive app in Windows Phone. Try it, you may just be surprised and learn something new about your phone. Click on my link above and be surprised that I uploaded full image quality on Skydrive, that's right.

netconcepts says:

Been there done that

sepatown says:

Maybe you should look on the menu bar and see where it says "View Original". That doesn't look compressed to me.

netconcepts says:

Yep saw that.. I thought it looked a hair better on dropbox, but could be wrong I guess

vineshk says:

Driving home today with the sun setting behind me in Auckland, New Zealand!630&authkey=!AOh4AFO4lgCp2dk

Jeggstar says:

Took this one of my son(along with MANY others) the day the update hit, to try the camera, at the park. Toronto, Ontario, Canada!2158&authkey=!AJR...

EvanKr says:

Taken while at Beaudry Provincial Park walking the dogs.
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Post processing done in phone using Microsoft's autofix.

judareca says:

Here is my submission!1808&authkey=!AN0...
I live in Houston texas, but this pic was taken in medellin, colombia in middle of my trip to that country

madan325 says:

Beaverton, Oregon

volcane2004 says:

On a bike ride through Phoenix, AZ, USA.  Very much improved!  You can still see some noise in the deep blue sky but not nearly as much as before.!2449&authkey=!AGGOmj-KPnr6tpk

goofbox says:

beautiful colours! :) 

50mm_Makro says:

Contest Entry:
Ultra Low Light-  Awesome Sharpness and detail. Maryland, USA!329
Another Favorite photo just for fun, (Macro):!328

goofbox says:

Contest Entry!!

Picture taken at Pinery Provinal Park in Ontario, Canada. I could not believe the colours and myself for pulling out my phone in just a nick of time to shoot two of my friends...

madhuvadali says:

Here is my submission:
Some beautiful rocks in Madison...

Coke Robot says:!12810&authkey=!AIY5IxWhW508d6k
Took a hike in the canyon today and snapped a few pictures. This one's my favorite. :) Here in Twin Falls, ID.

Laura Knotek says:
Closeup of a business card sitting on my thigh while I'm wearing jeans.
I'm in Cleveland, OH.

Gemini Ace says:

No idea if this will work.
Try this...!2478&authkey=!AINRqvmu1w4HaS8
Fort Worth, Texas.

luxsphinx says:

Here's my submission. The new Barnes Foundation gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was really cloudy that day. Taken on my trip this past weekend, I'm from Buffalo, NY.

strtrkn says:

Here's mine. This thing didn't do too badly in the super low light of the Battletech room I was in. :)
Seattle, WA

MadSci2 says:

Here's a shot of us playing Clue at the beach. My Lumia always produced a horrible green patch in the center, with slightly fuzzy focus. I composed this to show how fantastically improved it is after Tango. Shot in dim incandescent light, the whites and colours are perfect and the focus tack sharp! Bravo Nokia!!4149&authkey=!AIH...

blackhawk556 says:

Do you need to just view it?
The EXiF data doesn't up on skydrive when I view it. What's going on? Anyone know who to make it show it was taken with my Lumia?????
New York new York, Las Vegas Nevada. On my honeymoon :)!3410&authkey=!ALvaSWCrFzt8lWY

ExcaliburII says:

from Vancouver, BC
Took this a couple of days ago on my trip into work:)!860&authkey=!APMLcwkP3kM04zc

Wyvern_Kalyx says:

Taken at Disney World and Edited on the phone during the trip from Wilderness Lodge to Magick Kingdom.!1552&authkey=!APfOCXNVWXPttMs

Blackwood504 says:

Took this while at work.
Taken in Dunwoody, Ga. (just north of Atlanta)