Challenge series hosted by OldArrow. Challenges start on Tuesdays.
The largest part of our Planet surface is covered by water. This element appears in numerous forms and occupies a photographer's mind in amazing ways. Out-of-control torrents or whisps of fog, brisk crystal-clean brooks or polluted quagmires, massive waves rolling over the ocean or tiny sparkling dewdrops... all aspects of water are, in a word, fascinating. So let's look at Water in as many ways as we possibly can.
Finished (22 challenges)
22. Water & Creation
Winners announced: 1st May, 2012 GMT
What would be your photographic expression inspired by the mentioning of Water in the earliest document about Creation? | 1. Then was not non-existent nor existent: there was no realm of air, no sky beyond it. What covered in, and where? And what gave shelter? Was water there, unfathomed depth of water? | 6. Who verily knows and who can here declare it, whence it was born? The Gods are...
21. NO WATER...
Winners announced: 24th April, 2012 GMT
Winner: dead vlei
The ultimate threat to all life... a threat that we of the Responsible Race so often like to juggle with! The harsh reality of that threat can be seen everywhere - and photographed, of course. Show us places and situations of alarming water scarcity, deprivation or consequences in your picures. PLEASE READ ALL THE RULES CAREFULLY. I hate having to disqualify an otherwise goo photo just...
20. Water: Drinking
Winners announced: 17th April, 2012 GMT
Springs, wells, piped water, bottles, drinking and supply installations & utensilia, people and/or animals drinking water… Whatever is used to get the life-giving water for drinking purposes on a daily basis may be our theme. Your approach should be photographically pleasing and not merely documentaristic: give your topic the respect it deserves, be it a simple glass, canister, cupped palms,...
19. Water Pollution
Winners announced: 10th April, 2012 GMT
Winner: Salamina wrecks
An extremely widespread and actual theme, especially photographically. Its appearance comes from various sources. To name just main ones, there is lack of education and/or responsibility (unawareness of consequences), criminal negligence ("not my job" or "it's cheaper than recycling"), intentional (as in "For Fun & Profit) and natural (as a result of some cataclysm or other). Add your 100...
18. Water Extremes
Winners announced: 3rd April, 2012 GMT
Winner: Superior Fury
Extreme water behavior or quantities have always caused great problems, and despite enormous efforts to solve them, still do. Show us one hundred views of untamed water: waves, tides, floods, rain, and any other kinds of water aspects that Man can not control. PLEASE OBSERVE ALL THE RULES. It is the best way to avoid disqualification.
Winners announced: 27th March, 2012 GMT
Winner: Doggone Hydromechanics
Whether personal, industrial, human or animal, machinized or by hand… The most common use of water besides drinking should be in our focus in this Challenge. Be inventive and fill the frame with the process, excluding all kinds of advertising elements from our view. God knows there is more than way too much of that on the telly… PLEASE OBSERVE ALL THE RULES. It is the best way to avoid...
Winners announced: 20th March, 2012 GMT
Recreational or competitive, extreme or leisurely, from whitewater canoeing, rafting or tubing, to swimming, diving, sailing or jet-skiing, even some types of caving or canyoning… Whatever fits the title and presents good photography and not merely snapshots might be an entry to this Challenge. Show your best! PLEASE OBSERVE ALL THE RULES. It is the best way to avoid disqualification.
Winners announced: 13th March, 2012 GMT
Winner: Whitewater Rainbow
Torrents, rapids, waterfalls... their danger and beauty have hypnotic values of their own. Those are our theme in this Challenge. Whole scope range is allowed, from close-up or telephoto trough panoramas to extreme wide-angle… whatever pleases you. NOTE: although there may be people in your photos, save the watersport takes for the next Challenge which will be aimed at that topic. PLEASE...
14. Water Birds
Winners announced: 6th March, 2012 GMT
Winner: Swan over calm water
Those are waterlife-dependent birds. They are adapted to seek food and nest near the seashores, marshes, lakes, rivers and other bodies of water. Some can swim and dive (for instance cormorant or coot), other will swim but can't dive (a seagull), yet anothers can do neither; those will wade, stalk and spear their prey (like stork or heron). The wide variety of all those fascinating bird sorts...
Winners announced: 28th February, 2012 GMT
Winner: Tiny frog in a plant
Those cold-blooded animal sorts that live in the waters but visit dry land, or vice versa... Ubiquitous and well-known, some are relatively easy to photograph, the others not quite so easy. People will generally try to sneak upon some dreamy froggie, but quietly mount a telephoto lens to shoot a snake! Let's see some among your beautiful shots of snakes, frogs, lizards, tortoises, or maybe...
12. Water Animals
Winners announced: 21st February, 2012 GMT
Winner: Green Turtle
Mention water life - and fish automatically comes to mind. Well, there’s more. In this Challenge we’ll be seeing other kinds of water animals… all except fishes! Brine divers might enjoy this one, since every sea-living organism bar grasses and algae, is an animal. One might wonder whether waterbirds of amphibious creatures might be included? No. These will have a special Challenge of their own...
11. Over & Under
Winners announced: 14th February, 2012 GMT
Show us pictures containing both sides of the water surface. There are several ways to do it. You can carefully position the amphibious or waterproof-cased camera in such a way that the waterline halves the lens. Or you can sink a glass box into the water and take pictures through its side. There is, of course, aquarium photography. Lastly, you might consider skillfully composing the scene from...
Winners announced: 7th February, 2012 GMT
People invent all sorts of ways to outsmart and catch fish; individually or industrially. This activity seems to exist from the First Man to this day. Even Jesus Christ was a fisherman, also used fish to feed the hungry. Nowadays it's quite impossible to say whether fishing rates more important as food-producing or as a hobby, sport and recreation; we can only sense the immensity of overall...
Winners announced: 31st January, 2012 GMT
"I think over again my small adventures, | My fears, | Those small ones that seemed so big, | For all the vital things | I had to get and to reach; | And yet there is only one great thing, | The only thing, | To live to see the great day that dawns | And the light that fills the world." The emotions awakened by this beautiful poem of an anonymous 19th century Inuit author; how would...
Winners announced: 24th January, 2012 GMT
Winner: Why Am I Not Moving?
... Challenging you to show your vision of underwater scenery. It may be real or surreal - as you wish. You may add to, or subtract from an underwater photo, create imaginary views of life and places that belong more to your dream than to the real World under the surface. We are honoring the usual 2nd day proceedings of a typical Underwater Photo Contest (1st part was dedicated to Photo Fish...
Winners announced: 17th January, 2012 GMT
Reflecting upon this very popular, highly ecological and attractive diving contest which lets people hunt without killing, let's see the beauties of "live free and unrestricted fish photographed in its natural habitat", as the PFH rules define the task. And "natural habitat" is not an aquarium, mind! The fish may be presented whole or in a portrait, as defined in Additional rules below. This...
6. The Shallows
Winners announced: 10th January, 2012 GMT
Winner: Seal Lions
The best lit waters are the shallows, the layer where most changes occur. The temperature changes and waves interact strongly with biological diversity. The sunlight is also at its fullest there, for even one meter deeper the water will filter out the red from the spectre! All of this makes the shallows the richest aquatic zone in every aspect. That includes photography. Accessible by the...
Winners announced: 3rd January, 2012 GMT
Winner: no winner
Shallow water photos taken through the surface. Only your theme has to be 100% submerged. Show what you have seen and photographed in the shallows, whatever that was; fish, shells, crustaceans, vegetation... or perhaps some objects that the uncouth have carelessly thrown where such don't belong... PLEASE READ ALL THE RULES! I hate having to disqualify a photo just because of an oversight...
Winners announced: 27th December, 2011 GMT
Winner: Blue Moon Walrus
One of the most fascinating water states; the ice. It can fly with the winds, it can float, it can form bergs. It can freeze life or it can keep life from freezing. It can conserve, crush rocks, move hills. People fear it, use and enjoy it in many ways, too. Show us the most beautiful and interesting ice form you have photographed. PLEASE OBSERVE ALL THE RULES. I hate having to disqualify a...
Winners announced: 20th December, 2011 GMT
Winner: Fibonacci Forest
"Water is amazing. Its tiniest droplet can contain the Sun"... This motto brings us to the smallest noticeable water quantities. In this Challenge, let's explore those ubiquitous water globules trough the best optical range you can set your camera to register: from macrophoto of a single drop trough the fog-adorned gossamer web to the seaspray riding the waves, or a simple rain... PLEASE READ...
2. Water Colors
Winners announced: 13th December, 2011 GMT
Water will prevalently reflex the colors of the surrounding (including skies), but sometimes it will seem to have color of its own. Coloring can be caused by some biochemically natural or from some human-induced content... What color of water impressed you the most, regardless of the color source? It can be just water in the glass reflecting the sunset, or it can be the ocean surface under...
Winners announced: 6th December, 2011 GMT
Winner: multiple winners
The object of this Challenge is to include both transparent and reflective view of the water surface in the same frame. It can be done in various ways, and it's up to you to pick your own way to present it - but it has to be one-shot photo, NOT a composition. The transparent part of the picture has to show some underwater detail. The reflected part may or may not reflect anything special,...