The Great Monsoon Smartphone Photo Challenge 2014

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Skies are overcast, thunder rumbles and lightning crackles. Rain patters, then pours, drenching the landscape and bringing out its earthy, rain-soaked colours. Flowers bloom against the rain-spattered grass, birds court, winged termites take to the air. It's all too much to keep photographers locked up indoors. They emerge in droves and, with their smartphones, click away!

If you're an SLR buff snobbish about smartphone photography, it's time to rethink. Smartphones have produced this collection of stunning images and what you can do is only limited by your creativity.

Our call for entries to The Great Monsoon Smartphone Photo Challenge - Flickr App only drew such an enthusiastic response that our editors spent a few weeks sorting out the most interesting entries.

So here they are. If you own a smartphone, download and use the Flickr smartphone app (available for Windows, Android and iOS) as you go out and shoot the glory of the monsoon while the skies are still dark.

REMEMBER: SMARTPHONE PHOTOS ONLY. Photos taken with any other kind of camera will be removed from the group. Please keep your EXIF intact. Photos without EXIF data will be removed.

Submit your best entries here. We'll continue to update the gallery with the best new pics.

Kolkata<br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/9385732@N02/with/6933852854/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Jitesh Rohra" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Jitesh Rohra</a>
Monsoon Smartphone Challenge
Kolkata
by Jitesh Rohra
Bangalore on a rainy evening<br>By <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/com4tablydumb/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:com4tablydumb" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">com4tablydumb</a>
The Great Monsoon Smartphone Photo Challenge
Bangalore on a rainy evening
By com4tablydumb
Web water harvesting<br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/22958308@N05/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ayush2008" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ayush2008</a>
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Web water harvesting
by ayush2008
Red rain: Rains and traffic jams go hand in hand in Namma Bengaluru!<br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/naming-omkar/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:illusions-den" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">illusions-den</a>
Monsoon Smartphone Photo Challenge
Red rain: Rains and traffic jams go hand in hand in Namma Bengaluru!
by illusions-den
<br><br>Untitled <br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/53633116@N05/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:chetan.kankad" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">chetan.kankad</a>
The Great Monsoon Smartphone Photo Challenge


Untitled
by chetan.kankad
Monsoon<br>By <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/53633116@N05/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:chetan.kankad" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">chetan.kankad</a>
The Great Monsoon Smartphone Photo Challenge
Monsoon
By chetan.kankad
Untitled<br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/78723121@N03/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:vsandeepraju" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">vsandeepraju</a>
The Great Monsoon Smartphone Photo Challenge
Untitled
by vsandeepraju
Between two showers<br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/53295420@N05/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:benoyjacob" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">benoyjacob</a>
Monsoon Smartphone Challenge
Between two showers
by benoyjacob
<p>Bridge across the sky <br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/com4tablydumb/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:com4tablydumb" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">com4tablydumb</a></p>
The Great Monsoon Smartphone Photo Challenge

Bridge across the sky
by com4tablydumb

<p>Electric atmosphere<br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/com4tablydumb/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:com4tablydumb" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">com4tablydumb</a></p>
The Great Monsoon Smartphone Photo Challenge

Electric atmosphere
by com4tablydumb

<p>Rain trees in the rain<br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/com4tablydumb/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:com4tablydumb" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">com4tablydumb</a></p>
The Great Monsoon Smartphone Photo Challenge

Rain trees in the rain
by com4tablydumb

rain drops<br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/97150151@N06/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Rajesh Sood" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Rajesh Sood</a>
The Great Monsoon Smartphone Photo Challenge
rain drops
by Rajesh Sood
In the name of love - when it rains in Technopark, Thiruvananthapuram<br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/lostalbum/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:sonam kumar" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">sonam kumar</a>
The Great Monsoon Smartphone Photo Challenge
In the name of love - when it rains in Technopark, Thiruvananthapuram
by sonam kumar
Beautiful clouds with a plane<br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/78723121@N03/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:vsandeepraju" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">vsandeepraju</a>
The Great Monsoon Smartphone Photo Challenge
Beautiful clouds with a plane
by vsandeepraju
Have a seat<br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/63519343@N05/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:LOKESH@2011" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">LOKESH@2011</a>
The Great Monsoon Smartphone Photo Challenge
Have a seat
by LOKESH@2011
Rain-washed street<br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/52642861@N02/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ankushgupta87" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ankushgupta87</a>
The Great Monsoon Smartphone Photo Challenge
Rain-washed street
by ankushgupta87
One more drop<br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/97269040@N04/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nimmi Dhami" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nimmi Dhami</a>
The Great Monsoon Smartphone Photo Challenge
One more drop
by Nimmi Dhami
Pre-monsoon panorama over Wayanad <br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/com4tablydumb/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:com4tablydumb" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">com4tablydumb</a>
The Great Monsoon Smartphone Photo Challenge
Pre-monsoon panorama over Wayanad
by com4tablydumb
Unlocking the monsoon?<br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/97599149@N04/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Dj Boy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Dj Boy</a>
The Great Monsoon Smartphone Photo Challenge
Unlocking the monsoon?
by Dj Boy
Water body<br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/30598596@N08/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Jo$hU@ FeRn@NdE$" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Jo$hU@ FeRn@NdE$</a>
The Great Monsoon Smartphone Photo Challenge
Water body
by Jo$hU@ FeRn@NdE$
Monsoon landscape<br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/30598596@N08/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Jo$hU@ FeRn@NdE$" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Jo$hU@ FeRn@NdE$</a>
The Great Monsoon Smartphone Photo Challenge
Monsoon landscape
by Jo$hU@ FeRn@NdE$
Valley of rain<br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/30598596@N08/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Jo$hU@ FeRn@NdE$" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Jo$hU@ FeRn@NdE$</a>
The Great Monsoon Smartphone Photo Challenge
Valley of rain
by Jo$hU@ FeRn@NdE$
Awesome monsoon :)<br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/97615867@N07/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Rahul Chhibber" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Rahul Chhibber</a>
The Great Monsoon Smartphone Photo Challenge
Awesome monsoon :)
by Rahul Chhibber
Beauty of nature<br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/78723121@N03/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:vsandeepraju" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">vsandeepraju</a>
The Great Monsoon Smartphone Photo Challenge
Beauty of nature
by vsandeepraju
Rainy day<br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/93137752@N07/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ranjanabane" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ranjanabane</a>
The Great Monsoon Smartphone Photo Challenge
Rainy day
by ranjanabane
Trip to Wayanad<br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/47948992@N08/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:melvin mathew" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">melvin mathew</a>
The Great Monsoon Smartphone Photo Challenge
Trip to Wayanad
by melvin mathew
Soccer time<br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/47948992@N08/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:melvin mathew" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">melvin mathew</a>
The Great Monsoon Smartphone Photo Challenge
Soccer time
by melvin mathew
Wet balcony <br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/punks25/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Pankaj Sikri" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Pankaj Sikri</a>
The Great Monsoon Smartphone Photo Challenge
Wet balcony
by Pankaj Sikri
Sunset<br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/78723121@N03/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:vsandeepraju" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">vsandeepraju</a>
The Great Monsoon Smartphone Photo Challenge
Sunset
by vsandeepraju
Rain clouds gather over the high-school basketball court <br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/anishaoommen/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Anisha Rachel Oommen" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Anisha Rachel Oommen</a>
The Great Monsoon Smartphone Photo Challenge
Rain clouds gather over the high-school basketball court
by Anisha Rachel Oommen

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