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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.

:bulletblue: 1 photo per day, 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 4 Years ago
Feb 25, 2015


Group Focus
Art Collection

Media Type

154 Members
163 Watchers
12,577 Pageviews
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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:

More Journal Entries

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
In the Distance, Seeing the Whole Picture by AnthonyPresley
Late Night Scene by AnthonyPresley
Made To Stray by vonovid
Frontal Sights by Draken413o
Futurism by AnthonyPresley
Gardens by the Bay by Stefan-Becker
Singapore Skyline by Stefan-Becker
New York City by Stefan-Becker
Of Tide and NightFall by justeline
Das Gesicht Im Wasser by jant-photo
electronic rain by BelcyrPiotr

Mature Content

Superfluid by MichaelMagin
Land - Water scapes
Mount Cook - New Zealand by Stefan-Becker
the Jewel Box by OlivierAccart
Obersee, Berchtesgaden by Stefan-Becker
On a serene escape by OlivierAccart
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

Falling Inside the Black by AnnaBelial

Mature Content

Nicolo by DanOstergren

Mature Content

The Secret Sensuality by ArtofdanPhotography
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
Rebelle Bettie by luciekout
Street - Documentary
Phone Booth No 9 by thelearningcurve-da
DB1 by ajonsaas
Contest Winners
Abandoned by MarcoHeisler


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TripleHearts Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Professional Photographer
Thank you for the invitation! I hope this group proves to be successful. So many groups are dying these days :( best wishes and thank you for including me :)
Smurfage Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
That's exactly why we started this. So many groups are abandoned and unorganized, and mediocre. :( Thanks for being a part of this! We're giving it our best to be successful! :D
TripleHearts Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Professional Photographer
when will the folders be open? I tried this morning but everything was closed. :shrug:
Smurfage Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
really soon. we're dealing with advertising and getting our affairs in order so we're all on the same page. we don't want submissions adding up if we're not totally ready for it yet :) I'll probably open them this evening if the other admins agree~
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Pierre-Lagarde Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
Thanks a lot for your request :D Feel free of sending me an invitation to the group, I'd be glad to be in ;).
DaisyDinkle Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
An official request has been sent to you! Welcome the the group :cuddle:
Pierre-Lagarde Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
Ok, sorry for delay, I check that ;) Thank you :D
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015   Photographer
Thanks so much for inviting me and sharing my work :thanks:
The group looks very promising. Good luck and count me in!
Smurfage Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
No problem! We're still getting set up, but hopefully it's a quick start. I appreciate the kind words! You're probably very busy, but we might need another helper down the line if you're ever interested. :) :thumbsup: If not, still great having you with us!
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