Group Info Group Founded 7 Years ago 150 Members
14,949 Pageviews157 Watchers

Intro & Rules

The--Cutting--Edge is committed to showcasing the finest photographs DeviantArt has to offer.

Our mantra is: If this photo deserves to be displayed in a magazine, museum or art gallery, it belongs here.

:invisible: We are a minimalist group. No flooding your inboxes with journals, updates, polls etc. Just very important information such as guideline updates, contest material, and features for winners. If you receive a message from us, please, be a good member and have a look, it's important to us!

:bulletgreen::bulletgreen: If your work is requested for inclusion, or is accepted, great job! You should be very proud! It's an inspiration to us and our watchers. We hope you feel a sense of accomplishment knowing that.

:bulletred::bulletred: If your work is not accepted, don't worry. Many won't be. We offer advice on what could be improved, while highlighting the strong portions of the photo. Use our advice, if you wish, to edit your photo, and you're always welcome to resubmit.

Photomanipulations are not accepted. This is strictly a raw photography group.

:star::star: Admin photo submissions are subject to the same level of criticism as everyone else.

:camera: Your photos will be dissected and critiqued by a minimum of two judges. All admin are qualified and proven qualified to properly and thoroughly critique photographs, with years of experience in composition, lighting, and other fundamentals. Rest assured your photos are being judged as objectively as possible, without personal taste interference.

:lightbulb: We offer complimentary critiques on denials. If you don't wish to receive our advice, simply ignore it. If constructive criticism bothers you, heed this warning before submitting. We want to emphasize- constructive criticism- from admins with seasoned photographic experience. We treat your photos as if they're our own. We are only here to help, so feel free to use our suggestions to improve your work.

:bulletred: No submissions until further notice.

:bulletblue: Please only submit your best work. We place an emphasis on strong compositions. Technical details will be assessed as complement adjuncts of the composition.

:bulletblue: Nudes folder: Tasteful only.

:bulletblue: The larger the resolution, the better.

We believe larger is better when it comes to stunning photography. Small / compressed photos will probably be declined due to blurring and pixelation.

:bulletblue: Please submit to the proper folder, otherwise it will be declined. We take our responsibilities seriously; so should you.

:lightbulb: Folder guidelines:

If a photo fits into multiple folders, use your best judgement:
:bulletgreen: Most importantly - Type of photo (macro, scape)
:bulletred: Least importantly - Subject matter

For example, if the photo is a close-up of a ladybug, it belongs in the Macro folder, not Animals. If the photo is a distance shot of many trees, it belongs in Landscapes, not Plants & Trees. If the photo mainly isolates a subject, then it belongs in the subjects' suggested folder.

:deviation: Watermarks: Photos with the DA watermark are generally not accepted. If you use a watermark, please make sure it is placed discreetly, tastefully, and does not interfere with the composition of the photo.

:bulletblue: Month-long contests, continuous.
:bulletblue: A great critique feature for the winning photo. We feel offering rewards and prizes goes against the nature of our group. We are more about the photography and giving recognition, deservedly, as incentives.

More details will be available in the contest blog.

We're looking for a couple more people to join our admin staff. Things we look for in a qualified admin:

:bulletpurple: Good eye for photography.
:bulletpurple: Understanding of composition and lighting.
:bulletpurple: Can make arguments for good vs. bad photography.

Wish help us out? If you enjoy deep photo discussions and can spare a few minutes per week, feel free to send Smurfage or the group, a note.








Group Info

Showcasing excellence in contemporary photography.

We accept top-quality photography, and offer insightful feedback for denied submissions.
Founded 7 Years ago
Feb 25, 2015


Group Focus
Art Collection

Media Type

150 Members
157 Watchers
14,949 Pageviews


How is everyone?

Just checking in to rate your satisfaction and experience with the group thus far. Feel free to leave any comments about what you like, what you don't like, things you would like to see, etc, so I (we) know what we can improve on!

Now I have a favor to ask from you...
We're looking to increase our membership and do more challenging and fulfilling activities here, but we need more members. So, if any of you know anyone who might be interested in our groups' offerings, whether it's for following/viewing, submitting their own works, or learning more about photography, please invite them to join us! We would like to do more contests and unique events, but it's hard with so few people. I understand the nature of the group lends itself to less members, but even budding photographers can surely appreciate what we have to offer, plus contests and such would be open to everyone of all skill levels of course. So, if you could, ask your dA friends/family if they are interested in joining. Us admins are trying to spread the word like crazy, since our group seems relatively unknown.

Thanks everyone, and keep the great photos coming! :camera:

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Gallery Folders

Tint by jussta
Cherry Baroque by VinaApsara
Kingfisher in the rain by JMrocek
Christmas ride by abuethe
Abstract - Surreal
The sunrise that fell into the water by NB-Photo
Melitaea cinxia by rajaced
The Dark Gate by OlivierAccart
Double by OlivierAccart
Everybody gets their turn by NB-Photo
Worries of a lioness by NB-Photo
Learning to pose by JuhaniViitanen
Hummingbird by JuhaniViitanen
Split by AnthonyPresley
In the Distance, Seeing the Whole Picture by AnthonyPresley
Late Night Scene by AnthonyPresley
Made To Stray by vonovid
Rozenhoedkaai by Stefan-Becker
Before The Storm by AnthonyPresley
Futurism by AnthonyPresley
Gardens by the Bay by Stefan-Becker
With You by AnthonyPresley
Of Tide and NightFall by justeline
Das Gesicht Im Wasser by 300kilohertz
electronic rain by BelcyrPiotr
Land - Water scapes
Evening by InfinityPH
Shining midnight by Trichardsen
Big Island by Stefan-Becker
Sunday by Trichardsen
Softness by FrancescaDelfino
Feeding Common Carder Bee by dalantech
Juvenile Centipede (Scolopendra sp.) by melvynyeo
Phidippus tigris by ColinHuttonPhoto

Mature Content

Bali by DanHecho

Mature Content

Nicolo by DanOstergren

Mature Content

The Secret Sensuality by ArtofdanPhotography

Mature Content

12873637 by Anezka123
Objects - Still Life
Midas touch by arefin03
cycle by augenweide
IMG 0690-Edit by absentiae
About walnuts, and not only ... by Daykiney
Plants - Trees
Red Garden by Catlaxy
People - Portrait
Arrival by MissSouls
Street - Documentary
This Way by AnthonyPresley
DB1 by ajonsaas
Contest Winners
Abandoned by MarcoHeisler


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OlivierAccart Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2018  Professional Photographer
Thank you ! :sun:
ajonsaas Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the request!
vw1956 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank You very much for requesting new year's walk by vw1956 !
jennystokes Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016  Professional General Artist
I have absolutely NO interest in a Group which declines images without a reason!
Don't ask for comments if you don't wish to hear them.
Smurfage Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
:confused: I just saw this... what's going on? I have no interest in that kind of group either which is why I started this one. 
jennystokes Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016  Professional General Artist
An image which I had a LOT of Fav's on was's a good image. NO reason at all?
I read the message on the Profile page and you very thoughtfully suggested that Members should write if they see things that should/could be improved. This is what I did.
Smurfage Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
Interesting! I'm going to take a look at the image in question and get back to you. To be really honest, it's extremely rare to not get feedback at all. Someone probably forgot (it's been known to happen!) But really, we leave feedback 99% of the time, so I apologize for the weird fluke. Also having lots of fav definitely totally does help, but we really seek images that are "cutting edge" more than popularity (though popularity does dictate cutting-edginess much of the time...) :blush:
Again sorry for the weird circumstance, and hope you join again though I can totally understand your hesitation :D
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DaisyDinkle Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi, Jenny.

I can assure you that we very strictly follow the rule we leave a response for  the artist when we decline an image.
We do this without exception.

However, it's very possible that one of us declined and simply forgot to leave a response, for which we apologize if that were the case.
This rarely, if ever, happens in our group as we greatly value every artist and we do not take declining images lightly.
Every artist deserves a reason for the decline and we go out of our way to make sure that feedback is as helpful and explanatory as possible.
Again, we are truly sorry if we did not supply you with proper feedback for this latest submission.

I believe this is likely the first time you have ever be declined without feedback from our group.
We thank you for the suggestion as to what can be improved, but this was simply an error.
We go out of our way to leave feedback for all artists, but mistakes happen.
We truly appreciate your understanding and hope that you will continue to submit your art to our group.

I will go look at the image you are referring to and get back to you with feedback as to why we declined.

Thanks, Jenny.
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Pajunen Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the request!
Pierre-Lagarde Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016
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