Telling the Story
Challenge series hosted by CharlesB58. Challenges start on Sundays.
Photojournalism, or Editorial Photography, covers a broad range of photographic styles. The most important aspect is communicating an event through the picture. Technique and composition are important, but sometimes "just getting the shot" is a priority. Narrative content and impact, more than technical details, is what is important. However, the very best photos in this genre combine excellence in technique, composition and narrative to present the most effective story-telling image. Images can be simple or complex, subtle or "over the top". As long as they communicate a message, even a very personal and subjective one, they are successful Editorial Photographs. This series will focus on editorial style photographs. The themes will emphasize strong emotions, ideas or events. Alternately, a famous photographer's style may be the theme.
Finished (85 challenges)
Winners announced: 25th March, 2012 GMT
"Strobists" use portable "hot shoe" flashes instead of studio type lighting equipment in several ways. One is to imitate natural light as much as possible. Another is to duplicate studio style lighting without the big lights. A third is uniquely "strobist", by using the small flashes to create effects not always possible with other types of lighting. Enter your best strobist style photos. Be...
Winners announced: 18th March, 2012 GMT
Enter photos of objects or people that are very different, but close together. The difference can be in size, type, color or other ways. The idea is for the relationship to be as unusual, ironicl or humorous as possible
Winners announced: 11th March, 2012 GMT
Enter photos which evoke or display the concept of simplicity
Winners announced: 4th March, 2012 GMT
This word has multiple definitions. Any photo which fits any of the definitions is acceptable.
81. Live on Stage
Winners announced: 26th February, 2012 GMT
Winner: Tango on stage
Enter photographs of musicians, actors, dancers or other performers on stage. NOTE: They must be on a stage or performance platform of some sort. The stage must be evident in the photograph in some way. See examples.
Winners announced: 19th February, 2012 GMT
Enter photos which truly give a sense of how tall a person or thing is.
79. Motion (no blur)
Winners announced: 12th February, 2012 GMT
Enter photos which give a sense of motion WITHOUT RESORTING TO BLURRING from long exposure. A small amount of blur due to fast subject movement is acceptable. Obvious long exposure blurring will be disqualified.
Winners announced: 5th February, 2012 GMT
Winner: Only in your mommy's hands
Enter images of people or animals in a truly relaxed state.
Winners announced: 29th January, 2012 GMT
Winner: nepalese logistics
Enter images which convey the concept of being overloaded, whether physically, visually, emotionally, mentally et al.
Winners announced: 22nd January, 2012 GMT
Enter images which embody or symbolize the idea of freedom
Winners announced: 8th January, 2012 GMT
Winner: Between life and death
Enter images which show the intensity of concentration.
Winners announced: 1st January, 2012 GMT
Winner: One love..
Enter photos which portray or embody love.
Winners announced: 25th December, 2011 GMT
Winner: one man, two women
Enter images which show people expressing jealous, or symbolize jealousy in some way.
Winners announced: 18th December, 2011 GMT
Enter photos which show expressions of Joy.
Winners announced: 11th December, 2011 GMT
Winner: Delhi AUG 2011 - 332a
Enter photos that tell a story about Pride and people who are displaying it.
Winners announced: 28th August, 2011 GMT
Winner: A leaf?
Enter photos which protray deception of some sort. Camouflage, masks, or simply something that looks different from what it actually is.
Winners announced: 21st August, 2011 GMT
Winner: Love Police
A Poseur is someone who tries to act like he/she is cooler than she really is (the term started with Punk/Goth groups). Enter photos of people who appear to have style but no real substance.
68. Cruel Summer
Winners announced: 14th August, 2011 GMT
Winner: Too dry this summer
1983 hit song by Bananarama makes for a good challenge theme right now. Open to interpretation, enter photos you feel are appropriate to the title.
Winners announced: 7th August, 2011 GMT
A famous quote by George Bernard Shaw. Enter images which offer your interpretation of "Youth is wasted on the young".
Winners announced: 31st July, 2011 GMT
Winner: work and leissure
Some of the most effective photos have several things going on at once, all of which seem unrelated, rather than a single subject. Enter photos which balance out multiple subjects that have nothing to do with each other but still make for an effective image.
65. Against the Flow
Winners announced: 24th July, 2011 GMT
Winner: Against the fury
Enter photos of someone or something going "against the flow". Be creative and imaginative.
Winners announced: 17th July, 2011 GMT
Winner: "Let's Stick Together"
Enter photos of mis-matched or odd pairings: the more unusual or incongruous the mis-match, the better.
Winners announced: 10th July, 2011 GMT
It's said the the eyes are the mirror to the soul. Enter photos of HUMANS ONLY that show this to be true. Striking photos in which the eyes are the main subject or focus.
62. Upside Down
Winners announced: 26th June, 2011 GMT
Winner: Crab Apple Blossom Shower
Photos of people, animals or objects that are upside down. The subject must actually be upside down-DO NOT SIMPLY FLIP THE PHOTO!
Winners announced: 12th June, 2011 GMT
Winner: The Big Hand
Enter photos of historical places WHICH WERE TAKEN FROM AN UNUSUAL ANGLE OR POINT OF VIEW. You may have focused on a detail other people overlook, or found an out of the way corner of a historical site that was worth capturing. Just don't enter standard "post card" photos.
Winners announced: 5th June, 2011 GMT
Enter photos in which people are saying "Oh" whether in surprise, concern, realization...
Winners announced: 29th May, 2011 GMT
Enter images which show a sense of class...style...penache. Whether elegant, cool, debonaire or just plain boldly independent.
Winners announced: 22nd May, 2011 GMT
Winner: no winner
Enter photos involving education: teachers, students etc.
Winners announced: 15th May, 2011 GMT
Winner: Father, Mother & Baby to be.
Enter images which show people forming some of bond or connection. It can be as simple as a couple holding hands or a parent playing with a child, or more involved such as a group meeting or sports fans cheering their team. The important thing is to show a strong connection or bond between the subjects.
Winners announced: 8th May, 2011 GMT
Winner: Healing Hands
Enter images which show any aspect of healers or the healing process-physical, emotional, spiritual.
Winners announced: 1st May, 2011 GMT
Enter photos in which plants or animals manage to survive in man made environments or other unlikely circumstances.
Winners announced: 24th April, 2011 GMT
Winner: Eilean Donan Castle
Enter an image of anything, large or small, living or inanimate, that you find truly impressive.
Winners announced: 17th April, 2011 GMT
Winner: never the same
Everyone experiences an event or circumstances which stand out from everything that has happened in their lives up to that point. Whether positive or negative, the impact of these events define our lives from then on. For this challenge, enter photos which show the defining moment or event in your own or someone else's life.
Winners announced: 10th October, 2010 GMT
Winner: Together Forever
"Telling the Story" has run for an entire year. Many thanks to all who have participated. I've learned much from all the entries, often finding people who came up with unexpected interpretations of some of the themes. However, the time has come to discontine this series to concentrate on my "Breaking Glass" series. For this last challenge, enter photos of people saying their goodbyes or departing.
Winners announced: 3rd October, 2010 GMT
Winner: Sunset sandstorm
Enter a photo you have made that was intended to emulate a photo or the style of a photographer you admire. Please identify the photographer in the notes.
Winners announced: 26th September, 2010 GMT
Winner: Forgot Fill Flash
Enter photos in which technical concerns such as poor framing, bad exposure, lack of focus, blurring, shifted dyamic range et al are secondary to having just captured a moment or subject. This does include the idea of introducing intentional "flaws" for "artistic" reasons. More importantly, it's about images in which the subject is so compelling viewers should be willing to overlook the flaws.
Winners announced: 19th September, 2010 GMT
Winner: photographer's portrait
Enter a posed portrait of a friend or acquaintance who is a photographer. Important rule: the person cannot be holding any equipment, but MUST be holding a print of his/her own work.
Winners announced: 12th September, 2010 GMT
In many modern societies, life rushes by at a pace which can be overwhelming. For this challenge, enter photos which tell the story of how people can feel overwhelmed by the pressures of keeping up with the "Rat Race".
Winners announced: 5th September, 2010 GMT
This challenge is the opposite of the previous 1/1000 of a second challenge. Exposure must be longer than 1 second. Break out your tripods and remote releases! Remember there is a capture date restriction on this challenge as well.
Winners announced: 29th August, 2010 GMT
Simple theme, but also challenging because there is a date restriction. Capture a slice of life @ 1/1000 of a second, taken after the announcement date of this challenge.
Winners announced: 22nd August, 2010 GMT
Sebastio Salgado is a master of telling the story of the human condition under even the most trying conditions. His combination of technical mastery, precise timing and insight into his subjects has made for numerous iconic images. For this challenge, submit photos which evoke Sebastio Salgados style.
Winners announced: 8th August, 2010 GMT
Winner: leap into the unknown
In many countries, summer camp is almost a right of passage for children and teens. Anyone who has ever gone to summer camp has at least a few good stories to tell. Enter photos which tell about adventures in summer camp, OR, which evoke the spirit of summer camp.
43. Beating the Heat
Winners announced: 1st August, 2010 GMT
Winner: dark waters
Dog Days of Summer-when it's so hot you do just about anything to keep cool. Tell the story with images that show people dealing with summer heat.
Winners announced: 25th July, 2010 GMT
Winner: Air Display explosion
In honor of Independence Day in the United States, let's see photographs of EXPLOSIONS of any size. Not just skyrockets, but other things that go KABOOM.
Winners announced: 18th July, 2010 GMT
George Hurrell's photos of movie stars and other celebrities defined "glamor" and "star" for decades. His unique use of lighting instantly together with careful posing identifies his photos as well as provided the inspiration for countless other photographers. So this is a true challenge: submit portraits which capture the essence of George Hurrells lighting style. Yes, I know this will...
Winners announced: 11th July, 2010 GMT
Winner: The last Place I Look
The Theme of my series is about "Telling the Story". So this particular challenge may in fact be challenging to some extent. Enter photos which portray either the desparation of looking for something and/or the "AHA" moment of finding it. Try to tell the story of the search with the photograph as effectively as possible.
39. Faces and hands
Winners announced: 4th July, 2010 GMT
Winner: With these Hands I Pray
It's been said that hands reveal as much about a person as the face. Have both hands and faces togther in a photograph and what results can be a unqiue and evocative portrait. For this challenge, both the face and one or both hands of a SINGLE SUBJECT must be visible in the frame. The hand(s) can partically obscure the face as seen in the example, but not completey cover the face.
38. Endless Summer
Winners announced: 27th June, 2010 GMT
Winner: Cut Back
One of the best movies about surfing ever made is Bruce Brown's "Endless Summer". SO READ THIS DESCRIPTION CAREFULLY PLEASE!!!! This challenge is NOT about summer. It's about SURFING! I appreciate that not everyone has the ability to take photos of actual surfers, so I will allow the "step kids" of surfing, skateboarders, to be included in this challenge. So there it is, pretty simple. Enter...
Winners announced: 20th June, 2010 GMT
Winner: Running foot
Jerry Uelsmann was a pioneer in using multiple exposures, composites and other darkroom effects to create surreal photographs. Here is a chance to offer images which reflect or evoke Uelsmann's style. To make the tribute a bit more challenging, all photos must be in BLACK and WHITE.
36. I Don't Agree.
Winners announced: 13th June, 2010 GMT
Winner: 2 Peas in a Pod
People can have widely differing opinions or responses to the same thing. In this challenge, show 2 or more people whose expressions show very different reactions or opinions. IE: One person laughing while another is crying. Or sone person smiling while another is frowning. One person paying attention while another is yawning or asleep. Etc. Try to avoid so many faces and responses that the...
Winners announced: 6th June, 2010 GMT
Winner: Personal Freedom
Poet Robert Browning penned this famous quote. The meaning is debated, but for the most part is thought to mean that we must always have an unseen goal, some lofty purpose to strive for. Some would say that if we have no purpose, we have no reason for living. This challenge is about portraying lofty ideals, goals, purposes which someone may reach for all their life but never attain. Whether...
Winners announced: 30th May, 2010 GMT
Winner: Akha woman - Thailand
Nearly every nation or culture has an indigenous or aboriginal ethnic group that is often in the minority. Native Americans, the Ainu of Japan, Aboriginals in Australia, Moari in New Zealand, the Sami in Scandanavia etc. Enter photos showing the indigenous culture of your country.
33. Mr. Mom
Winners announced: 23rd May, 2010 GMT
Winner: Jump Papa
The movie "Mr. Mom" is a comedy about a man adjusting to life as a stay at home dad while his wife goes to work. For this challenge, submit photos which show men in what some societies consider "traditional women's roles".
Winners announced: 16th May, 2010 GMT
Winner: The pond : Modern Architecture
"I don't belive in photography for photography," Hass said. "I believe that a photographer has to be linked to all the other arts." Ernst Haas was famous for his feel for color. While he photographed in a straight documentary style, his vision led to producing wonderful semi-abstracts in which color itself was the subject. He took seamingly mundane subjects and presented them with a painterly,...
Winners announced: 9th May, 2010 GMT
Winner: Cool Joe Boxer
"Now go out and get yourself some big black frames With the glass so dark thay won't even know your name And the choice is up to you cause they come in two classes: Rhinestone shades or cheap sunglasses Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah." from the ZZ Top song, "Cheap Sunglasses. That's right, sunglasses are the subject. Whether outrageously cool or just plain outrageous. PLEASE SEE ADDITIONAL RULES.
Winners announced: 2nd May, 2010 GMT
Winner: Heavy tree
Minimalism is a style of art and photography in which the elements of composiition and subject are kept as simple as possible. There are several ways to achieve this look. It can be the original capture of a minimalist subject, such as a high key shot of a lone bird against the sky. Or it can be done with lighting or post processing, where the elements of an otherwise complex subject such as a...
Winners announced: 25th April, 2010 GMT
Winner: Pie in the face fun
At one time, a "Pie Fight" was a sure way to get laughs in a movie. To many people, there is something inherently funny about a person being hit in the face by a pie (the sloppier the better)! For this challenge, take a picture of someone being creamed (or about to be creamed) by a pastry! Pie, cake, streudel, baclava. Whatever your favorite pastry, capture some aspect of it being used to smack...
Winners announced: 18th April, 2010 GMT
Many photo contests have a "Personal Work" category. The images are usually ones done strictly as personal, artistic expression. They reveal much about the photographer. Submit two separate images which are markedly different in style and/or subject matter. Show us two sides of yourself as a person and photographer. Just make sure they are the best examples you have of your chosen styles or...
Winners announced: 11th April, 2010 GMT
Winner: Tribal Traditions
Women at work. All ages. All types of jobs. (including "Domestic Engineers")
Winners announced: 4th April, 2010 GMT
Winner: the painter in his studio
Arnold Newman's environmental portraits offer the world unique images of famous-and not so famous-people. His images show people within an environment that says much about them. Often a very personal aspect of the subject is revealed by the surroundings and the decisive moment in which Mr. Newman captures his subject. This challenge for images which reflect Arnold Newman's style of...
Winners announced: 28th March, 2010 GMT
Winner: both of me
From beginners to seasoned professionals, photographers like hanging prints of their favorite photos on the wall. Whether it's the subject, the quality of the images, or both, people take pride in displaying their photos. For this challenge, submit a self-portrait that includes at least one photo of yours on display. Tell us a visual story of who you are as a photographer! Please see additional...
Winners announced: 21st March, 2010 GMT
Winner: The Apology Tour Continues
In many countries, there are the "Tabloids". Weekly publications which periodically feature composite photos on the cover. Aliens meeting with the president. Elvis still alive and dating Marilyn Monroe. That sort of thing. Have fun producing images that are fakes, composites..."photoshopped", but intended to make the naive think they are true to life. The more improbable the subjects the...
Winners announced: 14th March, 2010 GMT
A redux of a previous challenge. The idea is simple. Some people believe that over time, pets and their owners come to be alike in personality and even looks. So, enter photos which show this. Pets and OWNERS together in the same picture. Not just posing for a portrait unless it shows how they are alike. Please read additional rules. Thanks.
Winners announced: 7th March, 2010 GMT
Winner: First Kiss
Falling in love is wonderful. Show us your photos which tell the story of what you think the "First blush of love" is like.
Winners announced: 28th February, 2010 GMT
Winner: I am born on the stage
Many people like to "ham it up" if given the chance. Here's an opportunity for people you know to play the actor for your camera. Enlist your friends, relatives (or even yourself) as models and let them "play act" however they want, whether it be a carefully posed and lit studio shot or an impromptu bit of staging. (In the later case, please try to avoid cheap looking snap shots). Events such...
20. F 8 and Be There
Winners announced: 21st February, 2010 GMT
Winner: Fire Attack
The anecdotal story goes that a budding photojournalist asked his senior editor how to handle an assignment. "Shoot at F8 and be there!" was the advice he received. The rules of this challenge are simple. Shoot at F8. The image must be of an active or potentially active subject. No landscapes, flower macros, architecture, still lifes etc. They don't have to be action shots, but there must be...
19. "Dead Space"?
Winners announced: 14th February, 2010 GMT
"Music is the silence between the notes"-Claude DeBussy. It's not always necessary to fill the frame with the subject to create a powerful image. Sometimes, the "dead space" reveals as much about the story behind a photo as the main subject. However, there can be a subtle, yet profound, difference between ineffective dead space and "silence" which adds to the impact of the photo (just as...
Winners announced: 7th February, 2010 GMT
Winner: Stick Work
Gjon Mili was one a Life magazine "photographer emeritus". He used the budding technology of strobe lighting to amazing effect, combining technical and artistic genius. This challenge is all about photos made in one or both of Mili's trademarks. Use of flash to stop action, and/or painting with light. As in the examples below, both techniques can be combined. Gjon often worked with Harold...
Winners announced: 31st January, 2010 GMT
Winner: Guinea pig and the owner.
It's said that pets grow to resemble their owners in personality and eventually, appearance. In this challenge, show us photos of pets and their humans in which this similarity in personality and especially appearance is evident. Please read and follow additional rules. Thanks.
Winners announced: 24th January, 2010 GMT
Winner: Cambodian Monk
Photographers such as W. Eugene Smith and Margaret Bourke-White were masters of portraying the dignity inherent in their human subjects. They could do this in even the worst circumstances and surroundings. In this challenge, present photos which portray the dignity of a person or people as the main subject, especially if it's under difficult-or even undignified-circumstances. Please read and...
Winners announced: 17th January, 2010 GMT
Winner: I Never Drink Before Breakfast
People in those countries which celebrate New Years Eve on December 31st have a downside: waking up the next morning, suffering the effects of too much partying. This challenge is for those shots that the victims of a hangover (or gluttony, or even just staying up way past bedtime to party) would probably rather no one else ever see. Show us the bloodshot eyes, the bleary expression, the...
Winners announced: 10th January, 2010 GMT
Winner: Happy Chinese New Year
This time of year, those from historically Christian cultures and countries celebrate Christmas. There are, however, a number of other holy days from other faiths which occur around the same time of year. Channukah, Kwanzaa. St. Lucia's day, Eid-al-Adha, Bodhi Day. Tet and others are all observed during the winter months. For this challenge, submit photos taken during any holy day or holiday...
13. My Favorite Spot
Winners announced: 3rd January, 2010 GMT
Winner: Me and the Bridge
Everyone has a favorite spot. It may be someplace they only visit on occasion. Or their favorite spot to eat breakfast every morning. Or a haven they go to any time they need a place to just relax or unwind. Show us your favorite spot in a way that is uniquely yours. Try to portray what it is about that spot that you love most.
Winners announced: 27th December, 2009 GMT
Winner: Unsettled Portrait
Diane Arbus was noted for her particular take on the human condition. It was certainly revealing, honest and at times disturbing. She had a knack for finding and revealing the absurd or bizarre aspects of seemingly ordinary subjects. She produced images which could make a child at play frightening, or a portait of siblings unnerving. In this challenge, offer your images which evoke Diane...
Winners announced: 20th December, 2009 GMT
Winner: Fishing Bald Eagle
In this challenge, enter photos in which the SUBJECT, "missed it by THAT much". A missed catch or botched play in a sporting event. Someone who just missed a train or bus. A person not noticing a curb or step and then tripping. That sort of thing. Please read and follow the additional rules.
Winners announced: 13th December, 2009 GMT
Winner: no winner
Everybody has photos where they juuuust missed the perfect moment. A blink that spoils a portrait. Someone turns away right as the shutter is tripped. A capture made just after the peak of action. Sometimes, however, these "failures" can be more interesting than the "keepers". Show us your "just missed" shots that you find are more interesting than if you'd "nailed it" as you originally...
Winners announced: 6th December, 2009 GMT
Winner: Personal Space Violation...
Simple challenge: photos in which something is going on "behind someone's back", or otherwise unbeknownst to them. Either they don't know it's happening, aren't paying attention or maybe don't even care. Or maybe it's about to happen TO THEM and they don't suspect a thing! A chance for some humorous, spontaneous and surprising images. If there are people in the shot (which is likely) try to...
Winners announced: 29th November, 2009 GMT
November 11 is Veteran's Day in the United States. Wherever you are from, post photos honoring military personnel and veterans.
7. "Hump Day"
Winners announced: 22nd November, 2009 GMT
Winner: Key West Storm Front
In the United States, Wednesday is called "Hump Day" by many people. It's the day in the week when workers "get over the hump" of their workload and begin looking foward to the weekend. This challenge is pretty specific: enter a photo taken on one of the two Wednesdays after the announcement date of the challenge. That is, they must be shot only on Nov. 4 or 11. Any subject. Only restriction is...
Winners announced: 15th November, 2009 GMT
Winner: Siera as Doll
Cosplay involves people dressing up like their favorite characters from a movie, video game, comic book or anime. Enter your best photos of someone participating in Cosplay. Don't rely simply on the costume to make the shot. Go for technical and artistic quaity as well. Be imaginative and have fun! Include a description to identify the character(s). Also, if the photo was taken at a...
Winners announced: 8th November, 2009 GMT
Winner: Woman in Train
W. Eugene Smith was noted for his ability to tell stories through a series of photographs. According to many photography historians, he is arguably the originator of the "photographic essay". He was certainly a master of that genre as seen in his collections such as "Country Doctor" and "Minamata" He found ways of protraying the nobility of people regardless of the circumstances. His images are...
4. The Faithful
Winners announced: 1st November, 2009 GMT
Everyone has faith in someone or something. Even atheists have faith that their beliefs are valid. In this challenge, share photos which portray faith or belief in a Higher Power or Powers (or even the lack thereof). Images must include people: symbols, artwork or buildings alone will be disqualified. Please read the additional rules for more details.
Winners announced: 25th October, 2009 GMT
Winner: no winner
There are times when a sequence of photos does a better job of telling the story than a single image. This is a very specific challenge requirement for a "triptych". Combine a sequence of three images into a single submitted image that tells more of the story than a single image would. See additional rules for more details.
2. Crowd Shot
Winners announced: 18th October, 2009 GMT
Winner: I don't think so...!
Sometimes, the best stories during an event or performance are found somewhere other than the event itself. Video directors covering events regularly call for a "crowd shot" to show reactions to what is happening. Share your own "Crowd Shot" from an event or performance (it doesn't have to be an organized event. It can be something like people watching a housefire or other newsworthy event)....
Winners announced: 11th October, 2009 GMT
Winner: no winner
We live life one day at a time. Daily events can sometimes become so routine we don't think much about them. This challenge is about finding the unique or extraordinary in your daily routine or activities. Keep in mind that what may be boring or ordinary to you may be fascinating to someone else. So, try to create a unique image of something you or someone you know does every day, whether...