For the “‘What Lies Beneath’ Exhibition” Quest, we asked the 500px community to submit their most impactful conceptual photography—photos that would spark an imaginative streak in anyone who saw them. As usual, our community came through, with nearly 20,000 submissions from talented photographers out of 44 different countries around the world, such as Tanzania, Georgia, Norway, Mozambique, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Greece, and Cuba.

Inspired by Allison Morris‘ unsettling and provocative imagery, which will be shown at 500px HQ this May as part of Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, these are the winning images in our ‘What Lies Beneath’ Quest.

Each of the winning photos will be printed and showcased as part of our complementary exhibition to Allison‘s work, in our gallery show titled “What Lies Beneath.” The exhibition of the 500px community photos below will run alongside Allison‘s gallery at our headquarters throughout the month of May, where locals, tourists, and creatives from around the world will discover them as part of CONTACT 2019.

Explore the most captivating and curious photos we’ve seen in a while, below.

First place: $1,000 USD + exhibition

Borders#2” by photoborodina

Borders#2 by  on

Second place: $500 USD + exhibition

Stronger” by milos nejezchleb

Stronger by milos nejezchleb on

Third place: $250 USD + exhibition

Going Up” by Aaron Ricketts

Going Up by Aaron Ricketts on


Check out a sampling of our runners-up below, whose work will also be exhibited in our CONTACT 2019 gallery show. See the full list of exhibitors in our official 500px Gallery.

Coming through by Svein Skjåk Nordrum on

Dancing Soul by Kristina Ponomareva on

Reaching Out by Tiina Weckman on

SOUL by Inna Mosina on

Time and Place  by Andrew Curry on

Cigarette by the window by Edgaras Vaicikevicius on

Cardboard by Kirill Golovan on

the great below by Nicki Panou on

Being Little Bono by Pritush Maharjan on

Elixir by Ante Badzim on

everything that kills by Tyler McAuley on

?????????Our portrait of blue? by Jey_X  on

Ignacio by Antoine Martin on

Ship to wreck by Alexandra Bochkareva on

For more on our official exhibitions for CONTACT Photography Festival, check out