Still life has long been a favorite style for artists of all mediums, and photography is no exception. Most often, a still life depicts inanimate subject matter, usually everyday items, things like human-made objects, food, or flowers, for example. We recently challenged the 500px community to submit their takes on still life photography in our Art of the Still Life Quest.

Inspired by today’s still life photography trends of flat lays, styled food scenes, and the popular hashtag #handsinframe (can’t forget that human element!), we asked you to submit your best still life shots for the chance to have that photo purchased by 500px. What were our judges looking for? Composition is always a key consideration to take note of when framing a photo that will sell on the 500px Marketplace. Additionally, striking color and a unique perspective of everyday objects, are what made these photos so impressive to our judges.

Scroll down to experience the art of the still life and discover the winning photo from the 500px community!

Healthy Breakfast by Alexey Beltsov

Healthy breakfast by Heather Balmain on 500px

Envelopes by Bogdan Dreava

Envelopes by Heather Balmain on 500px

Tired by Maryna Khomenko

Tired by Heather Balmain on 500px

Orange Juice on a Green Background by Anshu A

Orange Juice on a green background by Heather Balmain on 500px

Looking Down by Wei San

Looking down by Heather Balmain on 500px

Shwe Yan Pyay, Myanmar by Chris

Shwe Yan Pyay, Myanmar. by Heather Balmain on 500px

Turkish Tea by Hadeel Kharashi

Turkish Tea by Heather Balmain on 500px

Colored Pencils on a Wooden Board by Quang Mau Thanh

Colored pencils on a wooden board by Heather Balmain on 500px

Still Life With Apple by Olga Akulinina

Still life with apple by Heather Balmain on 500px

Blueberry Cupcake by Florian Kunde

Blueberry Cupcake by Heather Balmain on 500px

Damned Writer’s Block by Florian Kunde

Damned Writer's block by Heather Balmain on 500px

Patches by Lorincz Eszter

Patches by Heather Balmain on 500px

Raspberries by Abe Wischnia

raspberries by Heather Balmain on 500px

Delicious Morning Coffee by Anastasia Ness

Delicious morning coffee by Heather Balmain on 500px

No Tools No Craft by Eldin Hasanagic

no tools no craft by Heather Balmain on 500px

Flowers Evolution by Prach Huadmai

Flowers evolution by Heather Balmain on 500px

Spread by Franz Weber

Spread by Heather Balmain on 500px

A Rain of Love by Monica Duran

a rain of love by Heather Balmain on 500px

Alluring Pattern by Pradeep Krishnan

Alluring pattern by Heather Balmain on 500px

Teatime Fantasy by Maryna Khomenko

Teatime fantasy by Heather Balmain on 500px

Under the Dome by Baptiste de Izarra

Under the Dome by Heather Balmain on 500px

Do I Have to Eat the Green Stuff by James Shields

DO I HAVE TO EAT THE GREEN STUFF by Heather Balmain on 500px

Sticks in Blue by Chiara Antisi

Sticks in blue by Heather Balmain on 500px

Colorful Ice Cream Cones by Anna Ivanova

Colorful ice cream cones of different flavors. Melting scoops. Top view,  steel metal background by Heather Balmain on 500px

Ready for the winning photo? Congratulations to . . .

Flowers and Floorboards No.1 by Frederick Ardley

Flowers and Floorboards No.1 by Frederick Ardley on 500px.com

Thank you to everyone who participated in this Photo Quest, and congratulations to our winners! We’ll be in touch soon to get your prizes to you. In the meantime, don’t forget to check out our active Photo Quests for a chance to win other incredible prizes.