Being a startup ourselves, we at 500px know not to underestimate the impact of small businesses in any community. From food trucks to florists to independent bookstores to artisan coffee shops—these small businesses have created jobs, contributed to economic activity, and have shown support for empowering their own communities. To honor their innovators, entrepreneurs, and workforce, we recently posed a photo challenge to you in our Small Business Photo Quest. We asked you to photograph natural, realistic images portraying the small business owners in your neighborhood. The result? You came back to us with hundreds of striking photo submissions shot in unique locations—cafes, food trucks, microbreweries, organic farms, food markets, artisanal food shops, barbers, bookstores, bicycle shops, pop-up shops, artist’s studios, mills, and many others.

Read on to see 11 notable images that made it to our shortlist of favorites! Then scroll down at the end of the collection to find out who won the Photo Quest—the winner of our Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 film camera with extra film prize.

2-1-5.jpg by Content Team on 500px

The garage by Content Team on 500px

Pharmacy owner by Content Team on 500px

fairy spinner by Content Team on 500px

Nothings is impossible by Content Team on 500px

Small restaurant at street by Content Team on 500px

© Zoltan Papdi 2015-3255.jpg by Content Team on 500px

Crowd of walking people on street with local shops by Content Team on 500px

Madagascar, travel portrait. by Content Team on 500px

Making decorative vases by Content Team on 500px

Shop in Mahabalipuram by Content Team on 500px

All of your photo entries have left us inspired, but there can only be one winner of the Photo Quest! And that winner is…

Flower vendor waters the flower by Quang Vu on

Congrats, Quang Vu! You captured this hardworking flower vendor in your Hanoi, Vietnam neighborhood so beautifully. We will be in touch with you soon, so we can send out your prize.

Didn’t get a chance to submit your photography to our Small Business Quest? We have other new fun Photo Quests for you to enter with more incredible prizes!