This month’s Windows Phone Photo Challenge: Photosynth

This month’s Windows Phone Photo Challenge: Photosynth

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This month, to celebrate the launch of Photosynth for Windows Phone 8, we’re asking you to create your very own panoramic “synth” using the app. What’s awesome about Photosynth is that it goes beyond normal panorama apps and allows you to stitch together a full 360 degree image. As such, this month, we’re allowing you two methods for submitting your entries: using a standard JPG, or via a URL. Here’s an example of each.


This photograph was taken by one of my colleagues Angelica, using a Samsung Focus. Here’s her story:

I took this photo about a year ago when I went on a road trip with my husband through Oregon. Everyone told us to stop at Crater Lake and as you can see it was one of the most incredible views I’ve ever seen. I am so glad I had my Windows Phone and Photosynth to capture the beauty and actual panoramic view of this deep blue treasure.

You can also upload your panoramas to and share them that way. Here’s one that I took.

This photograph was taken by me using a Nokia Lumia 900. I love the view from the top of my apartment, but I also love how immersive Photosynth’s panoramas can make you feel when you view them this way.

You can look for the winning shots to appear on the Windows Phone Blog, the Windows Phone newsletter, as well as across our Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest channels. We will, of course, provide credit and even link to your website or blog if possible. Feel free to take a look at our previous winners: Pets, Favorite Places, Happy Holidays!, and Love.

When you send in your photos to, please let us know which phone you took it with, which photo apps you used, and 2-3 sentences describing the photo, the story behind it, and the circumstances under which it was taken. We will be accepting Photosynth entries from all different Windows Phone platforms. Here is how to enter:

  • To enter, please e-mail your entry to
  • In the subject line of your e-mail, please write “CHALLENGE: PHOTOSYNTH”.
  • The photo you send must have been taken with (and edited, if you prefer to edit) on a Windows Phone. Please attach the original JPEG file to your e-mail, with metadata included, OR send us a URL where your photo may be viewed and experienced. If the photo has been edited, please let us know which phone/apps/settings you used.
  • Please name your image file using your first and last name, followed by the theme of the contest (this month it’s “Photosynth”). So, for instance, my e-mail would include a photograph named DavidChenPhotosynth.JPG or DavidChenPhotosynth.JPG.
  • Please use the highest resolution possible when sending your photos.One entry per person, please.
  • This challenge runs from now until 11:59 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, March 13th, 2013.
  • After the contest deadline, we will look over all of your entries and choose our favorites. Entries will be judged on their creativity, resourcefulness, aesthetic beauty, and just the overall impression your photo makes on us.
  • Winning entries may be posted on the blog, in our newsletter, as well as shared on our Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest pages 1-2 weeks after the contest has ended.
  • Read the full rules here.
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  • It works perfectly in my Lumia 920. Some suggestion on upcoming windows phone

  • Hawk
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    I bought a new phone this past weekend.  After looking at the SIII for 30+ minutes trying to use it as I would in the real world, I decided that the Android OS is too much of a pain the A!  If I had time to customize every aspect of the phone to meet my needs, then I'm sure it would work but I don't want to spend my days monkeying around with a phone.  SOOO...I turned to the 920 and I was sold.  I know there's still an 'app gap' and probably always will be but I figured I would rather have a phone that works for me, than worry about not having apps like Instagram or Pandora.  

    I don't want to be too long winded here.  This is not a phone review.  All I will say is that you will not find a smoother OS than WP8!  My Samsung Focus 7.5 OS was nice but having more live tiles on the start screen and all the other features that come with WP8, IMHO, makes the iOS and Android feel OLD!  Oh and I'll say one more thing...for the price, you will not find a better phone!  I just bought 2 920's and 2 charger plates for $160 directly from AT&T!  I couldn't even buy one SIII or iPhone5 for that amount!  People who are on the fence really need to take a look at the 920.      

  • @tsrblke - that is the best I've seen!  GREAT shots!!  Other than the floors, I only spotted one alignment problem... WAY better than I've been able to pull off...

  • It works just fine on my Lumia 920. Have you gotten the Portico Update yet? Perhaps it's somehow connected to that not being installed on your device.

  • @ Scuba...

    You got an L920?? But, I thought you hated the WP8 start screen so much that you refuse to upgrade.. Had to give in,, I feel ya...

  • Photosynth on Lumia 920 appears to be broken.  Half the time I end up with a flashing Tap-to-Start screen followed by an all-green Tap-to-Start screen.  Camera becomes completely unusable until soft reset.  

  • tsrblke
    327 Posts

    Ah finally a contest I have something for.

    I doubt I'll ever top this: (which I took with my Gen 1 Samsung Focus back in October.)

    Yes I read the rules, yes I emailed it, I just figured I'd post it here too. (BTW, I ran out of time finishing the floors.  And by that I mean, just started to feel awkward standing there.)

  • This is not good!