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Challenge series hosted by barb_s. Challenges start on Mondays.
This challenge series is ever changing and is now covering cell phones...
Open for submissions (1 challenge)
Entries: 31
Voting starts: 28th April, 2014 GMT
More than 1 flower and a vase must be present in the photo. Anything else is your choice to make your photo unique.
Finished (67 challenges)
Entries: 33
Winners announced: 21st April, 2014 GMT
Winner: The Chiminea
It's been a long cold winter. I'm running the pellet stove. How about you? Can you find a way to take an artistic photo of a typical home heat source? running or not is OK
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 14th April, 2014 GMT
Winner: Skutz Falls
The challenge is here to showcase what you can do with a long exposure where you see moving water in nature (usually streams, rivers and waterfalls, but rocky beaches may also work). This is not a challenge for macro water drops. It's a nature challenge. The time limit for the shutter speed is min .25 seconds, max 30 seconds.
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 31st March, 2014 GMT
Winner: Old pocket watch
Show us something you have come across or own that is very old. Tell us about it if you wish. And when you photograph it, try to be creative with lighting and composition so that you have made a photo of interest, not just a snap shot.
Entries: 26
Winners announced: 24th March, 2014 GMT
Winner: wasn't me!
Portraits of pets or people. Consider what a portrait is. Not just a snapshot but a a photograph where the face and its expression are predominant. Google images of 'portrait' or 'animal portrait' will provide ideas. This challenge encourages discussion for improvement. Enter early for constructive feedback. You, as well as any member are encouraged to critique entries. Add comments on how...
Entries: 29
Winners announced: 10th March, 2014 GMT
Winner: Natural light
This challenge requires something where light passes thru it, and lets you see a shadow with color from the object in the shadow.
Entries: 48
Winners announced: 3rd March, 2014 GMT
Winner: Slinky in box
Photo must contain 1 box, and not more than 1 box. Please do something with the setting and the lighting to present a well framed photo of interest. Other things may be in the photo and may be the focal point. If so, the box must be visible and associated with the focal object.
Entries: 65
Winners announced: 17th February, 2014 GMT
Winner: Orchid
Add some drama to a photograph of a flower (or flowers) by photographing with sunlight, sun sets, or your own lighting indoors as the background. This can create a silhouette with some detail within the flower, or Contre-jour affect. Both qualify for entry here. this challenge requires some shadowing, or detail , rather than a completely solid floral silhouette.
Entries: 28
Winners announced: 3rd February, 2014 GMT
Winner: Fuschia silhouette
Submit a color or B/W silhouette of a single flower or flowers. Other things can be in the picture but the idea here is to have a flower(s) prominently shown in your photograph.
Entries: 30
Winners announced: 13th January, 2014 GMT
Winner: White sky, white bird, red extremities
What can you create with a lot of white in the subject or the background? This challenge encourages discussion for improvement. Enter early for the most constructive feedback. You, as well as any member are encouraged to critique entries. Add comments on how you think images can be improved. If you love it as-is, say so. The entrant, after reading comments may update the photo with a modified...
Entries: 30
Winners announced: 30th December, 2013 GMT
Winner: bored girl--Mirik, India
Your subject should not be centered in the photo. Make use of framing and negative blank space. This challenge encourages discussion for improvement. Consider that the earlier you enter, the more likely your entry will receive critique. You, as well as any DP review member are encouraged to critique entries by adding comments on how you think images can be improved. The entrant, after...
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 29th July, 2013 GMT
Winner: Salisbury Cathedral Reflecting Fountain
Any interesting view of the inside of a church, temple, house of worship, etc.
56. Wall
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 22nd July, 2013 GMT
Winner: Kolmanskop wall and washbasin.
Photograph a wall. The wall must be an inside view. Go for a dramatic angle or play with lighting to add interest. Doorways, paintings, connected walls, other objects, can be in the photo but the focus should be the wall itself. No people, and no animals in photo.
55. A Floor
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 15th July, 2013 GMT
Winner: Dramatic light at a dramatic angle
Photograph a floor. Indoor only. Go for a dramatic angle or play with lighting to add interest. Objects, people or animals can be on the floor if that adds to the photo's interest but the focus should be the floor itself.
Entries: 49
Winners announced: 24th June, 2013 GMT
Winner: Dead tree
1) Take a dramatic photograph of one dead tree as the focal point and subject of your entry. 2) Title it "Dead Tree"
Entries: 40
Winners announced: 17th June, 2013 GMT
Winner: Three rusted trucks in a field
Anything goes but it has to be 3 objects. They can be the same, or all different. Close ups or landscapes with 3 of something evident to the viewer. Process as HDR or do some type of tone mapping to brig out the detail. Try not to over do it, but have fun please :)
Entries: 33
Winners announced: 20th May, 2013 GMT
Winner: IMG_0613
Not the whole dog You must get the dog's face. It can be a profile, or the dog looking at you, but make it a bit close up so we don't see the whole animal. I'm interested in the dog's expression.
Entries: 37
Winners announced: 1st April, 2013 GMT
Winner: Calm night
Cityscapes at landscape orientation taken with a cell phone. No attachments on the phone, no Ipads, just your cell phone.
Entries: 49
Winners announced: 11th March, 2013 GMT
Winner: Lake District Panorama
Landscapes at landscape orientation taken with a cell phone. No attachments, no Ipads, just your cell phone.
Entries: 6
Winners announced: 25th February, 2013 GMT
Winner: Bentley
If you use an Olloclip for the extra iphone lenses of macro, fisheye or wide angle, then this challenge is for you. Other lens attachments are acceptable also. Entry limit is 3, so if you enter 3, please enter using each of the 3 different lenses. If you are using an app along with the lens, please mention that in the description as well. You must state which lens attachment you used...
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 18th February, 2013 GMT
Winner: Dandelion
If you carry a cell phone, take an artistic photo of any object, but make it a close up. Please don't modify it beyond what the phone captured. This is not a test of uploaded Apps like Instagram. This is a comparison of what a photographer can do with just a cell phone.
Entries: 29
Winners announced: 4th February, 2013 GMT
Winner: IMG_0072
If you carry a cell phone, take an artistic photo of a fence. Please don't modify it beyond what the phone captured. This is not a test of uploaded Apps like Instagram. This is a comparison of what a photographer can do with just a cell phone.
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 24th December, 2012 GMT
Winner: autumn refractions
Enter a natural photo where one or more water droplets are clearly visible in your photograph. The actual drop(s) may be the subject, or may reflect a subject, or may just complement a subject. Your choice!
Entries: 49
Winners announced: 26th November, 2012 GMT
Winner: Ivy covered
In the garden, on the wall, climbing a building, leaves big or small. Close ups or far away, Ivy , Ivy is the way!!!
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 19th November, 2012 GMT
Winner: Restaurant Window, Roscoff, Brittany (F)
Blue: Fish, flowers, eyes, jewels, jeans, birds, water, etc… but do not enter a nature photo that uses the sky as the blue element. The sky can be in the photo, but something else must be the point of interest and it should be blue.
43. Moss
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 12th November, 2012 GMT
Winner: Fungi among the moss
Please submit an interesting view of "Moss". Mosses are small small plants having no flowers, no seeds, no cones. You may photograph a forest full, a close up, or a macro shot. general definition and examples are here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moss good luck!
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 5th November, 2012 GMT
Winner: squirrel between 2 birch trees
Your subject must be framed by 2 trees, one on each side. The trees are not the subject, they are there to add framing. The trees themselves do not have to be completely in the photograph, They can be partially seen, but I need to be able to tell that you did have 1 tree on the right and 1 tree on the left side on the photo.
41. Eyes
Entries: 70
Winners announced: 22nd October, 2012 GMT
Winner: The Composite Eyes
Focus on eyes: bugs, people, animals. The photo has to really emphasize the eyes.
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 8th October, 2012 GMT
Winner: Sharing
A detailed view of some part of an animal. A profile is OK. Get a little closer, find an interesting angle and shoot, or maybe do a creative job of cropping so we have an interesting photo of the subject.
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 24th September, 2012 GMT
Winner: Kids like to play
This is a Zoo picture challenge. If you have been to a zoo or wildlife park where the animals have room to stretch and they live in habitats that are natural, then submit something from that trip. Do not show the tortured faces of animals in cages too small.
Entries: 60
Winners announced: 10th September, 2012 GMT
Winner: An olde Pontiac
A detailed view of some part of a car or truck. It can be interior or exterior. No full side view, no full front or rear view. Get a little closer,find an interesting angle and shoot!
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 3rd September, 2012 GMT
Winner: pink dragon
Showcase the long reach on a compact superzoom camera with optical zoom able to reach 20X or more. My sample image captured a tiny ant on a flower ~15 feet away, at 150 mm focal distance. I'm interested in what you can capture at a high focal distance like that.
Entries: 49
Winners announced: 27th August, 2012 GMT
Winner: Two Windows
The photo should have both a good deal of orange AND a good deal of white. Other color, and black are permissible but orange and white should dominate.
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 13th August, 2012 GMT
Winner: riomaggiore 5 terre
Enter a photograph of a colorful building. The building can be a church, university, government building, a house, store, etc. Showing either the whole building or an interesting part of the building iis fine. But do not enter a close up where I can't tell that your submission is a building.
Entries: 40
Winners announced: 6th August, 2012 GMT
Winner: Clematis Flower
Please submit a photo containing white plus the color Magenta and the color Green. Magenta should be the dominating color. Other color may be present but Magenta is the primary color we should see, plus have some green and some white in the photo.
Entries: 47
Winners announced: 16th July, 2012 GMT
Winner: no winner
Color or B/W. Enter a side view of any person. It does not have to be a true profile, a glance looking at you or away from you is OK, as long as we do not see 2 eyes - that would be too close to a front facing view. All ages allowed.
Entries: 54
Winners announced: 9th July, 2012 GMT
Winner: Blue reflection
This is a 2012 color blue challenge. Please show us a blue subject or a strong blue background highlighting the beauty of your subject. Photo's from 2012 please.
31. Curves
Entries: 39
Winners announced: 2nd July, 2012 GMT
Winner: multiple winners
Show a curve, or curves. Roads curve, human bodies have curves, lettering on a Coca-Cola can is curved, springs, slinky's, handles, utensils, etc. Curves are everywhere. Find an appealing curve and give us your best shot!
Entries: 60
Winners announced: 11th June, 2012 GMT
Winner: Snowy Plover Chick
Spring has arrived. Have you been able to photograph any baby animals? At a farm? At a zoo? In your backyard? At the beach? No people, no bugs, just land or sea animals and birds.
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 4th June, 2012 GMT
Winner: Mars digger
bulldozers, backhoes, cranes, shovels, etc. This challenge is about the machines used at construction sites. If they are in use, great! If you stop after work at a site, and take a shot of idle equipment, that is also acceptable.
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 26th March, 2012 GMT
Winner: Climb On
People, pets, wild animals, caterpillars or ants are OK. Nothing with wings (no birds or flying insects or planes). It must look like the subject is climbing. Examples are: A rock climber, a child on monkey bars, an ant on a flower stem, a squirrel on a tree trunk. Please don't post your photo to facebook. Win with your talent, not your friends.
Entries: 25
Winners announced: 5th March, 2012 GMT
Winner: Fire
The main subject is: Matches: Match boxes, matchsticks, book matches, unlit, lit, lighting something, being put out, etc. Please read the extra rules before deciding to enter this challenge. The goal is to be selected as a favorite photo by one of the volunteer judges. The concept is meant to reduce the impact of friend vote solicitations. If you get DQ'd because you are not a "judges...
Entries: 7
Winners announced: 27th February, 2012 GMT
Winner: Man and his guitar
The main subject: A musical instrument being played, or photograph a close up. If we don't see the player, the picture should give the feeling that the instrument is being played (drumsticks hitting a drum, a hand strumming the guitar or fingers holding a flute in position). Please read the extra rules before deciding to enter this challenge. Your goal is to be selected by a panel of judges...
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 13th February, 2012 GMT
Winner: To Eternity
Easy! Anything other than people, that floats on a liquid. Find something or set something up, and take your best picture illustrating "Floating". Yes, people can be in the picture but should not be the "floating subject".
Entries: 55
Winners announced: 30th January, 2012 GMT
Winner: Exercise Your Body and Mind
Exercise! One or more people (kids are OK) doing something to stay in good physical shape. Pets can be in the picture but are not the main subject. Examples: Running, jogging, walking, swimming, using a treadmill, lifting weights, doing sit ups.
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 16th January, 2012 GMT
Winner: _
I did laughing, but smiling is different, and beautiful. Babies with no teeth, children with some teeth, adults with all teeth, older adults with missing teeth. I expect only people in this challenge, no smiling pets. This is about the smile, and about the composition. A portrait shot is fine, as is a child on a carousel. And yes, if you love your own smile , enter it!
Entries: 60
Winners announced: 9th January, 2012 GMT
Winner: sprint
Please show me and the viewers 'Racing'. It can be people racing bikes, cars, motorcycles ,toys, each other. This is not limited to people either. Animals on track are fine. I've seen parallel roller coasters race. But, if the viewers won't think of it as racing, and it's a good photo, just add something to the description explaining why it fits. If you are a racer and can put a 1st...
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 26th December, 2011 GMT
Winner: The Flying Fish
People , dogs , horses, ducks, maybe some insects, whales, otters, and of course fish... They can be swimming above water, in water, at the beach, a lake, a pool, the local pet store too. Anything in an aquarium is fair for this challenge.
Entries: 49
Winners announced: 19th December, 2011 GMT
Winner: master
Find an artist, a painter, a child doodling. Or capture the sense of using pens, pencils, crayons, paints, chalk, etc. It should not be a stationary photo of just an object. I would like to see a person using the instrument, or the instrument in motion. Play with the depth of field. The instrument to write should be clearly in focus, all the rest is up to you.
Entries: 45
Winners announced: 12th December, 2011 GMT
Winner: DSC_0069
How about making an amusing face as a new self portrait? Too self conscious? My family members are always making faces at me. If you bother people (like I do) with your camera, then you should have no problem finding a subject. And yes a group of people is OK. And if you can'y find kids, or family, friends or strangers, then, this is a perfect challenge to do an unusual creative, or artsy...
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 5th December, 2011 GMT
Winner: Massai Warriors Dance
Music box ballerina's, people in musicals, kids in their dance recitals, people dancing at a bar, a wedding, etc. Show us dancer(s) dancing! I am not interested in seeing a repeat of the recent theater and dance challenge. Those were beautiful photo's, but we have just seen them, so please enter something else. Thank you!
Entries: 45
Winners announced: 28th November, 2011 GMT
Winner: AVANT- GARDE
Please show an artful composition representing "Dining". Please try to be artistically pleasing. We don't want to see your date biting into a burger. It is not about the act of eating. Try to capture the mood and atmosphere whether you are in a sports bar or attending a wedding, make a nice composition with or without people.
Entries: 39
Winners announced: 21st November, 2011 GMT
Winner: Waiting for food
The photo has to have a leaning subject, people lean against something or each other, brooms lean against walls, cards in a card house, etc. So find something that leans or leans on something else. This challenge is for those who want to take a new picture , not use something from the archives. See the capture date rule then go make up a scene and take your best shot of it.
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 14th November, 2011 GMT
Winner: Ghost
True, its not really just a verb, but it's a fun part of the year..Have fun showing off your favorite trick or treaters, or those ghosts and goblins that come knockin' at your door. The spirit of this challenge is Halloween, so decorations, bowls of candy, all of it is OK. Have fun!!
Entries: 59
Winners announced: 7th November, 2011 GMT
Winner: Relax(sea)ng
Show the viewers some peaceful moments... be it a person, a pet, any animal, or.... many people, pets, fish, animals. I want to escape my hectic high strung reality and jump into your picture, if it says relaxing to me.
Entries: 60
Winners announced: 31st October, 2011 GMT
Winner: kangaroos
Boxers, wrestlers, hockey players, kids, or adults, birds fight over food, dogs do it over territory, other animals fight for a mate. Have you captured something like that?
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 24th October, 2011 GMT
Winner: Sufi Rituals
What spins? Coins, dancers, tops, kids, cars losing it on track, doing a burnout, most wheels, records, gears, spinning wheels, etc. Freeze the motion or show motion. Both work for this challenge.
Entries: 65
Winners announced: 17th October, 2011 GMT
Winner: Heather and Lex
Please show me and the viewers 'Riding'. It can be people riding bikes, brooms, amusement park rides , or riding in a car. Bugs riding on each other, kids on dogs or elephants, people on horseback, fish on other fish anything/anythings/anyone... as long as the picture's focus is about "Riding"
Entries: 70
Winners announced: 10th October, 2011 GMT
Winner: Just Do It!
It's time for a Jump shot. Kids jumping , Sports figures, maybe animals can jump too. If you can make a car look like it's made a jump,great. Perhaps a toy you have jumps. Hope you have fun.
Entries: 74
Winners announced: 3rd October, 2011 GMT
Winner: 2011_0916ValdAoste0125
Please show me and the viewers 'Standing'. It can be anything/anythings/anyone... as long as the picture's focus is about "Standing"
Entries: 75
Winners announced: 19th September, 2011 GMT
Winner: Julia
Please show me and the viewers 'Touching'. It can be people, pets, things that touch, but this week, the photo shouldn't be a great picture that happens to have things that touch in it. Instead, it should define touching. Let it say, "This is what touching is" to us.
Entries: 74
Winners announced: 12th September, 2011 GMT
Winner: Violet-green Swallow
Please show me and the viewers 'Flying'. It can be birds, insects, planes, kids pretending to fly, paper airplanes, kites, frisbees, etc. As long as the photo shows a dictionary definition of the verb, it qualifies for the challenge.
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 5th September, 2011 GMT
Winner: IMG_2734
Please show me and the viewers Laughing'. Usually it's people, and maybe some animals can look like they are laughing... Submit what you think shows "Laughing" to us.
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 29th August, 2011 GMT
Winner: holding
Please show me and the viewers 'holding'. As long as the photo shows a dictionary definition, it qualifies for the challenge.
Entries: 49
Winners announced: 22nd August, 2011 GMT
Winner: palazzo_b32950
Please show me and the viewers 'Balancing'. Kids, adults, pets on a fence, squirrels on a bird feeder, if you have the age old elephant on a ball , great! Use a scale, or use your imagination. As long as the photo shows a dictionary definition, it qualifies for the challenge.
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 8th August, 2011 GMT
Winner: Higher and higher
Please show me and the viewers 'Playing'. People playing games, pool, sports, guitars, with pets, with kids, with toys, etc. As long as the photo shows a dictionary definition, it qualifies for the challenge.
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 1st August, 2011 GMT
Winner: A700-002876
Please submit something that says 'Yawning' to the viewer. People, pets, etc. As long as the action is a dictionary definition, it qualifies for the challenge... Voters: see my note in the additional rules please.
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 25th July, 2011 GMT
Winner: the Candy dash
Please submit something that says 'Running' to the viewer. People, pets, car engines, etc. As long as the action is a dictionary definition, it qualifies for the challenge... Voters: see my note in the additional rules please.