Challenge series hosted by Andy Westlake. Challenges start on Mondays.
Finished (17 challenges)
Winners announced: 27th April, 2009 GMT
Camera shops often try to sell you compact cameras purely by the numbers - megapixels, zoom ratio, scene modes, screen size and so on. In this challenge, we want you to take pictures of numbers using a compact camera - the more related to your camera's specification the better (for instance, if your camera has a 10x zoom, the number 10 could be an appropriate subject). Think about composition,...
16. In the red
Winners announced: 20th April, 2009 GMT
Winner: Cycle of life
A simple theme, let's see pictures where the only strong colour is red. But red must be the natural colour of your subject - no filters, gels or colour swapping allowed, and no toning or selective colouration either. Also, images must be shot after the announcement of the challenge.
Winners announced: 13th April, 2009 GMT
Vignetting is often seen by the unimaginative as an optical defect to be avoided at all costs. But it can be a powerful method of drawing attention to your subject, by reducing the visual impact of the surroundings and background. Show us pictures which use vignetting to help make their point.
14. The Lone Tree
Winners announced: 6th April, 2009 GMT
Winner: Minimal Landscape
A perennial favourite in landscape photography, the single tree on its own can lend scale to the vastness of the landscape around it, or convey a sense of bleakness and isolation. In this challenge, show us your favourite tree and how it fits into it's surroundings.
Winners announced: 30th March, 2009 GMT
Winner: Invasion of privacy.
A simple challenge, let's see the view from your window. It could be where you live or where you work, just show us something interesting about your surroundings.
Winners announced: 22nd March, 2009 GMT
Winner: Cracking Up
Interpret the word 'compression' in any way you choose. Telephoto lens 'perspective compression' is the obvious contender, but you're not limited to this approach. To encourage you to go out and shoot, images must be taken after the announcement date of the challenge.
Winners announced: 14th March, 2009 GMT
Winner: Drop Shot
Following on from our 'People and Balls' challenge, here's your chance to show us the other side of sport. It could be the spectators, the coaches, the equipment, or even the stadium architecture - anything to do with sport aside from the players or the action itself.
Winners announced: 11th March, 2009 GMT
Winner: Oaks by the Road in Pinhole mode
A challenge for compact camera users only. We've been known to poke gentle fun at the plethora of scene modes which adorn modern compact cameras, here's your chance to prove us wrong. Show us a picture which illustrates the unique advantages of a scene mode, either using it for the purposes for which it was designed, or using it creatively for special effect. Whether it's 'White Dog' or...
Winners announced: 3rd March, 2009 GMT
Winner: Full Spectrum
Interpret the word 'repetition' in any way you see fit. But it must not be by post-processing, for example cloning or mirroring, but in a single original shot. And, as usual, no borders.
8. Song Titles
Winners announced: 25th February, 2009 GMT
Winner: Bizarre Love Triangle
A simple concept, but not necessarily all that easy in execution. In this challenge you have to interpret a song title in a single image. But that interpretation has to stand up on its own - no additional explanation is allowed. Anything goes in post processing - montage, selective colouring, you name it (but no borders) - and you can raid your full back catalogue. But let's see something more...
Winners announced: 21st February, 2009 GMT
Winner: Classy Lady
One for the ladies. Let's see pictures of, well, bags and shoes of course. But not any old picture - the style should be one of advertising or promotional photography, such as you might see in a magazine.
6. Small Falls
Winners announced: 7th February, 2009 GMT
Winner: Carpatian Falls
Landscapes are a popular photographic subject, and some of the most appealing landscape features are undoubtably waterfalls. So in this challenge we want to see your waterfall pictures, but with a slight twist. The big, obvious attractions (Niagara, Victoria etc) are banned from this challenge; let's see smaller, less well-known, and more intimate views.
Winners announced: 2nd February, 2009 GMT
Winner: Une Table, Une Chair
The title says it all - go out and take pictures of tables and chairs. It's a subject in abundance all around you, and equally easy to shoot indoors or outdoors and all seasons round. So look for a new perspective, or try to tell a story - use your imagination and come up with something a bit different.
Winners announced: 28th January, 2009 GMT
Winner: Blue Venice
This challenge is all about colour, more specifically one colour only. We want to see pictures in which the only strong colour is blue. Aside from that, anything goes - just try to be a bit more creative than pictures of the sky. However as with many of our recent challenges, entries must be taken during the submissions period - we want the challenge to inspire you to pick up your camera and...
Winners announced: 15th January, 2009 GMT
This one's about shapes; we want to see squares, triangles, circles and the like, all arranged in perfect order. Any camera may be used, but to encourage your compositional skills no cropping is allowed - you've got to get it right in-camera the first time.
Winners announced: 15th January, 2009 GMT
Winner: Pillars of lights
The higher level version of landscapes. This is about huge, dramatic skies, or small delicate cloud formations. You can put small strip of land or sea at the bottom of the picture, but the primary subject must be the sky. And to level the playing field for compact users, we're limiting the focal lengths allowable; nothing wider than 28mm or longer than 105mm (35mm equivalent).
Winners announced: 12th January, 2009 GMT
Winner: another green world
A tricky one, to get you thinking creatively and nudge you out of the 'need an SLR for anything creative' mindset. We're looking for purely abstract compositions, the less recognizable the subject the better. And compact cameras only - you're not allowed to use an SLR. Turn on that macro mode and start looking around you.