500px users do a lot more than take pictures. Sure, many are professional or semi-pro photographers whose income is dependent on their camera, but more often than not they have day jobs that keep them busy between shooting sessions.

For our latest Photo Quest, we wanted to get a peek at those jobs; we wanted to slam those two worlds together. And so we told you to take your camera to work and show us what it is you do when you’re not shooting.

A few thousand submissions later, one thing has become very clear: you are all incredibly creative. Whether you work in an office or a studio, a cubicle or the great outdoors, you’ve managed to capture your day-to-day work in beautiful images.

So, as the quest prepares to wrap up in a few days time, we thought we’d collect some of our favorite submissions and share 30 cool and creative things 500pxers do for their day jobs.

There are woodworkers…

High-speed woodwork by Daniel Patterson on 500px.com

metal workers…

Welder by Jos Zwart on 500px.com

stone workers…

Untitled by Raymond Reiten on 500px.com

plastic workers…

3D Printing Mess by Jonas Leonas on 500px.com

glass workers…

The Pickup by Lola Portraits on 500px.com

and craftsmen (and women) of many other types.

Making of decoration by Maryna Khomenko on 500px.com


Fathers Day IV by Stanislav Novak on 500px.com


Hands of Laotian woman working on loom by Tropicala Photos on 500px.com

and airmen.

The office, Boeing 737-800 by Martijn Kort on 500px.com


The Potter


Reading by Anton Dovgalyuk on 500px.com


Back to work by David Charouz on 500px.com

sketch artists…

backtowork by Bernd Vonau on 500px.com


The Terminal by Shamim Shorif  Susom on 500px.com

and even a cobbler among us.

The Tools VIII by Ingo Juergens on 500px.com

Was this captured by a barista?

Coffee Turkish by Inna Brick (Etnarovich) on 500px.com

And this one by a bottle maker in her factory?

Making glass bottles by Olivier Sorondo on 500px.com

Some of you work in offices…

Hard Work by Dino Ng on 500px.com

others in factories…

Control Console 2 by Jason Shields on 500px.com

and others in a traditional hutong in Beijing.

Back To Work: Beijing by Marc Pastor on 500px.com

Some people climb on beer tanks…

Screwing the Sky by MiRmiGi  on 500px.com

others climb into a desk chair in the morning with a cup of coffee.

Coffee mug in hand. Woman working in the office regarding accounting by Oleksandr Boiko on 500px.com

There was a geologist…


a seamstress…

the seamstress_01 by Alberto Suárez on 500px.com

a student…

SFU Surrey by Mohsen Kamalzadeh on 500px.com

and a watchmaker.


Some of you work high up in the sky…

Office Job by Dany Eid on 500px.com

and others work deep underwater.

At Work by Luka Popadi? on 500px.com

We’ve even got a baker!

Baking bread by jelena jovanovic on 500px.com

And, last but definitely not least, we’ve got … you guessed it … photographers.

Capturing the right Moment by Srdjan Vujmilovic on 500px.com

If you haven’t submitted YOUR favorite work shot to our Back to Work Photo Quest yet, what are you waiting for!? You’ve got until midnight Eastern time on Tuesday February 16th, and there’s a cool prize on the line. Find out more at this link and then go out and get shooting.