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Last month, we told you all about our new-look monthly challenge, featuring incredible photography taken on Xperia smartphones.

And needless to say, you didn’t disappoint us, submitting incredible imagery taken on devices including the XZ3 – with its 19MP Motion EyeTM camera – and the XZ2 Premium with its standout low-light capabilities.

The theme for January’s challenge was ‘Lifestyle’, and among the images we chose to feature was this stellar shot, showing the historic yellow trams of Lisbon and the city’s unique architecture.

The ‘Lifestyle’ theme saw plenty of calm, soothing images come through, with this shot using clever composition to add to a feeling of rest and relaxation. Taken in the Philippines, the picture encompasses beach, forest, sea and sky, but doesn’t feel over-complicated.

This interesting play of light and shadow was taken in Dresden, Germany. If you’re taking photographs in a place that has been pictured thousands of times before, you need to be inventive with your shots. Here’s our guide on how to make your images stand out on Instagram if you need some tips.

We hope that’s given you some inspiration, because the February challenge is now open for entries!

The theme for February is ‘Day and Night’, so get thinking about the pictures you could submit over the next month to feature on Xperia’s Instagram and Facebook channels, as well as right here on the blog!

The brief is open to interpretation, so there’s no excuse not to take part. All you need do to participate is to take an image using your Xperia device, upload it to Instagram, and tag it with #Xperia so we get to see it.

If you’re struggling with ideas of what to capture or how to use your Xperia to the very best of its capabilities, then take a look at Xperia Lounge for hints and tips, as well as keeping a watchful eye on our social channels for extra expert advice.

If you’re looking to capture moody night-time shots or glorious daytime snaps, then our guide on taking Monochrome and Bokeh imagery could prove useful too.

What do you make of our January selection? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to upload your own image for this month’s ‘Day and Night’ spectacular!

*Lead image captured using Xperia by @m__sumi