Language Of Light
Challenge series hosted by OldArrow. Challenges start on Thursdays.
… a.k.a. Photography, activates power of association to convey factual and emotional message between the Author and the Viewers. It is a subtle way of communication, without any need for cumbersome translations. The entries should provide the best possible transfer of both factual and symbolical contents related to the Challenge titles. Please read the Introduction and the rules of each Challenge carefully!
Finished (70 challenges)
Winners announced: 16th May, 2013 GMT
Winner: no winner
(I'm sorry - Entries will not be accepted)
Winners announced: 9th May, 2013 GMT
Winner: no winner
Pretty things made of wood. Any size, any wood, any purpose. As long as your object has been meticulously and carefully made into a beautiful thing, and of course, as long as your entry has been presented in accordance with the rules, it should fit this Challenge.
Winners announced: 2nd May, 2013 GMT
Winner: Officer's Sword
Pretty things made of metal. Any size, any metal, any purpose. As long as your object has been meticulously and carefully made into a beautiful thing, and of course, as long as your entry has been presented in accordance with the rules, it should fit this Challenge.
Winners announced: 25th April, 2013 GMT
Make a photo joke! Create a photograph-based work that is genuinely funny. The material you use has to be your own work throughout, i.e. you are not alowed to include anything that you yourself have not photographed or sketched-in. Yes, adding of drawn elements is allowed, as long as the entry is based on your own photograph. So: be witty, observe all the rules - and make us larf!
66. Tiny Things
Winners announced: 18th April, 2013 GMT
Winner: Odd Ball
Show us small, inanimate objects presented in an attractive way. Do what you must to fill the frame with such an object. More in the Rules - so don't skip them!
65. Change It!
Winners announced: 11th April, 2013 GMT
You are hereby challenged to pick either one of the two sample images below, and change it in any way that will please you - and the Voters, of course. You may download both, combine them, or use a part of one to modify the other one... Finally, submit the changed image as your entry. Mind the simple rules, please, and may the most imaginative version(s) win!
Winners announced: 4th April, 2013 GMT
The Sicilian philosopher Empedocles called these the four "roots". Plato was likely the first to use the term "element" for EARTH, AIR, FIRE and WATER. In Buddhism these four "great elements" are not viewed as substances, but as categories of sensory experience. In this Challenge, you should enter your images which show all Four Elements together.
Winners announced: 28th March, 2013 GMT
Show us the simplest photo you have made! Consisting of the least number of elements, it can still be attractive, informative, and self-explanatory. In other words, it should be simple at the moment of its creation, and not manipulated in any way. Our aim is to prove that Beauty IS Simplicity. Or vice versa.
Winners announced: 21st March, 2013 GMT
Winner: Carved Work Boot
Your friends and relatives have creative powers too, right? Show us what they made! It can be anything, from utensils trough adaptations to outright patents! But it can only be your photo of something they made (a document to the fact), NOT their photographic work as such. Object-wise, anything goes, so try to present it well - and PLEASE OBSERVE THE RULES!
Winners announced: 14th March, 2013 GMT
Winner: Golden waves...
Let's see more of your "mysterious" images! Take a photo of something unusual, or of something usual in an unusual way. Don't submit previously entered images; show us something we haven't seen yet. Present your object sharp and clear (blur is no "mystery", just hard on the eyes)! Then go see what the other Entrants' images show, and type your suggestion in the Comment field below their images....
Winners announced: 7th March, 2013 GMT
Winner: Homeless and Blind
Photographers are (or want to be regarded as) Artists, and artists usually tend to create in more than one field of expression. So let's connect our visual artistry to poetry. Create a LIMERICK - and use one of your pictures to illustrate it. Or do this the other way 'round, if it is easier for you. How to write a limerick? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limerick_%28poetry%29 , also here...
Winners announced: 28th February, 2013 GMT
Take a half of a human face image, flip it horizontally, and reconnect to itself, creating a new physiognomy. The example was once used to demonstrate how no face can be perfectly symmetrical without losing much of its expressiveness. For that purpose, best use a picture of someone who won't mind! Auto-portraits are fine... and MIND the Rules, please!
Winners announced: 21st February, 2013 GMT
Winner: crystal clear
This Challenge is about things we see every day, and hardly ever think about how beautiful these are! Consider coffee cups, tools, furniture, cutlery... all deceivingly simple, but someone somewhere produced all this, striving to make it useful AND nicely shaped! So let's look at our "everyday things" again, but from purely aesthetic point of view. PLEASE mind all the rules!
57. I Made This:
Winners announced: 14th February, 2013 GMT
Winner: Victorian House
What we see in your entry is what you have made with your own hands! It may be a work of art, it may be an utensil, it may be a work of repair or even an invention... - but it must not be a photo! It can only be a photo of what you made. MIND THE RULES!
56. Tricks & Treats
Winners announced: 7th February, 2013 GMT
No, not the Hallowe'en kind: think of something entirely different. In one of your pictures, subtly change the content in such way that it looks almost normal (that would be the Trick)... until you look again (that would be the Treat!). So, let your intervention be subtle... and then, it should be clear what has been changed. I'm sure you all dabbled in photo-montages and composites, it's fun....
Winners announced: 31st January, 2013 GMT
Winner: Survival of the fittest - Puffin bringing home the fish supper
The living have to eat to go on living. That single aspect is the most powerful motivation - equally to humans and to other beings. However, while we humans apparently see no end in complicating the issue, the animals use the most direct way to achieve the same goal. Whatever we call it, the ultimate truth remains: there is no life without death. Show us an animal with the prey it has caught.
Winners announced: 24th January, 2013 GMT
Winner: New Born
OK, definitions of what's "important" usually change, being influenced by personal conditions, age, and Winds Of Time, but let's suppose you have already discovered the utimate meaning of the word. To you, that is. What would it be?
53. What They Say?
Winners announced: 17th January, 2013 GMT
See the sample photo. The gulls look like they're having a conversation. Can you imagine what about? Post your photo of animals or inanimate objects, and type their imagined "conversation" in the Description Field. Then see the other Entrants' images and suggest possible "conversations" in the Comment Fields below there. Should be fun reading... :) ATTENTION: Please observe all the rules! If...
52. Best Of Doomsday
Winners announced: 10th January, 2013 GMT
Winner: shadow trees sunset 1 Resize
Show us what shook you up during Doomsday (Dec 21st, 2012). Any aspect of this unique catastrophic event will do, but PLEASE mind the Rules! (As if the End Of World isn't enough, you don't want to be disqualified too...)
Winners announced: 3rd January, 2013 GMT
Winner: BUBBLING OVER....
Let's have fun with mysterious images again. Take a photo of something unusual - or of something usual in an unusual way. Don't submit previously entered images, rather use something we haven't seen yet. Present your object sharp and clear (blur has a mystery of its own)! Then go guess what the other Entrants' images show. Type your suggestion in the Comment field below their images. At the...
50. Liquid In Liquid
Winners announced: 27th December, 2012 GMT
Winner: Magic Lamp
For my 50th Cjhallenge, find your inspiration in two interacting (kinds of) liquids! Present it attractively, and you may win this one. The rules are fairly standard and simple to observe, so PLEASE do it right the first time!
49. Shaped By Water
Winners announced: 20th December, 2012 GMT
Winner: white rocks
Natural forces are well-known for their sculpting. Waves, tidal movement, and biochemical agents have created (and still do) many of this World's wonders. Some of those are huge, the others just tiny shapes, but we find them beautiful regardless of their size. Show us the ones you have found! (Mind the rules!)
48. Shadow Story
Winners announced: 13th December, 2012 GMT
Winner: Saharan Shadows
Something makes an interesting shadow which reveals the circumstances of your image-taking. The images we take usually have object that are self-explanatory, but sometimes the shadows alone tell the story... Have you ever shot just the shadows? Let's see it!
47. Watch Face
Winners announced: 6th December, 2012 GMT
Winner: Steel oyster
This is a Close-up theme. Fill your frames with a watchface. Your object can be any wrist or pocket watch, but no clock, digital phone, camera, nor any kind of similar time display. Make sure the watch face covers most of the image. It's an everyday sight, so make it interesting in your special way. PLEASE NOTE: Those who don't want to read and/or follow the Rules will have to upload more than...
46. Crop Art
Winners announced: 29th November, 2012 GMT
Winner: Crop Art - [Puffin with Sandeels]- CROPPED
We often correct our images by cropping the originals. Sometimes it's because the optical characteristics were not ideal for the shot, and sometimes just to align the image with the composition rules. In this Challenge, show us your Original and the best Crop cut out of it. For this you'll have to make 2 entries. PLEASE SEE THE RULES FOR EXPLANATION how to present it! All the rules must be...
45. What Is This?
Winners announced: 22nd November, 2012 GMT
Winner: Hot Chocolate?
Let's make this one a bit different. Take a photo of something unusual, or something usual in an unusual way, but take care to present your object clearly! Then go see what the other Entrants' images might be, and write your guess in the Comment field below their image. At the end of Voting phase, each Entrant should explain their image, and we'll see who managed to guess correctly what their...
44. Hidden From View
Winners announced: 15th November, 2012 GMT
Winner: Golden Gate
Sometimes it's not in plain view, when other things happen to be between your theme and the camera. It may be a curtain, bushes, smoke... but you take a shot anyway. Show us your theme hidden or obstructed by something you weren't able to avoid. PLEASE read the rules carefully before submitting your entry!
Winners announced: 8th November, 2012 GMT
Winner: "22 dec 2012: finally some time for writing..."
A portrait of a person taken by the candle light only. Your lightsource should be one or several wax or stearin candles (NOT flares, oil or gas lamps, campfires, torches, and definitely not chemical or powered candle-looking devices). Observe the rules - to avoid disqualification!
42. Bread & Water
Winners announced: 1st November, 2012 GMT
Winner: Bread and Water
Our basic sustenance, that we so rarely think about in a properly respectful manner. Make it now visible in an interesting photo. PLEASE NOTE: Observe all the rules in your first attempt! There will be no additional warnings. Possible disqualifications will occur after the end of the Submitting phase, with no opportunity to re-submit.
Winners announced: 25th October, 2012 GMT
Winner: Sailor's Pocket Rigging Knife
An old synonym for pocket knife. It's another item (aside from lighters and watches) where designers never seem to get out of ideas! A pocket knife is one handy tool; it is not a weapon. Only more primitive among us tend to think about it the other way around, but then, those are hardly photographers. Anyway: show us one well-made pocket knife, and make the photo as interesting as can be. Think...
Winners announced: 18th October, 2012 GMT
Well, if not "officially" the best, then at least the most beautifully built lighter is our theme here. It can be any lighter you desire: from the modern gas lighters through ancient gasoline large-caliber-cartridge lighters to wind-resistant tinder or rope firemakers. Make it even better-looking by means of some extraordinary photo. Consider the ambient, angle, lightsource, focal distance... ...
Winners announced: 11th October, 2012 GMT
Winner: rogue wave
Image depicting an unusual view of serious nature, where the proceedings can have some unwanted consequences. Your entry has to show the risk involved, without any additional description. Please check the Rules carefully before submitting your entry!
Winners announced: 4th October, 2012 GMT
This beautiful song written by John Muir is placed (for space reasons) in the "Additional Rules". Use the song for inspiration! Here's more about the author: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Muir
Winners announced: 27th September, 2012 GMT
The most common insects, usually capable of pestering just about any human set of nerves... and in the same time, flies are invaluable source of nourishment for billions of other creatures... What are they, then: a blessing or a scourge? Someone said, when God was creating animals, Satan was under the table making flies! So, let's see your best shot of this ubiquitous buzzing creature. And...
36. Add Action!
Winners announced: 20th September, 2012 GMT
Pick an image and create some action in it, using the photographed elements of your topic. Add text, or even some object, which will change the original story in your image. Use the sample below as an animating example. Be witty, humorous, and imaginative - and have fun! Don't forget to check the rules BEFORE creating your Entry...
Winners announced: 13th September, 2012 GMT
Winner: Greetings from Iceland
Let's make some classsic postcards which were so popular before digital communications prevailed. OK, postcards are still being used, but by no means in any significant percentage, and our paper mail nowadays consists mostly of bills... So, use one of the pretty images you have taken, add "Greetings From (insert location name)" or "Welcome To...", and make us want to visit nice places. Do...
Winners announced: 6th September, 2012 GMT
Winner: jellyfish - national aquarium (1 of 1)
Natural things the light shines trough! These do not have to be transparent (those which let you see through), but have to be translucent (those which allow the light to pass). Your objects have to be natural in origin, organic or inorganic - but NOT water in any state, and NOT man-made! The rules in this one are fairly standard and simple. Ignoring those gets you disqualified, so do it right...
Winners announced: 30th August, 2012 GMT
Winner: Unconditional Love
Let the famous Beatles song inspire you. Show how a little love can turn the way we think about animals, plants, or humans - if only we try and think of them without prejudice. Please think about this one before you pick an image for your entry. It should be a bit more than documentary. Explain the circumstances if you feel it'll help. Give a proper title to your photo. And follow the rules to...
32. Clouded Sun
Winners announced: 23rd August, 2012 GMT
Winner: Wisła river
Taking pictures of the Sun has been generally warned against by camera manufacturers, because optics can very quickly concentrate too much heat on the film or sensor surface. But everyone keeps doing it! Sun behind clouds is one of the safer ways of doing it. And sometimes, this is a source of very beautiful images. Show some of yours!
Winners announced: 16th August, 2012 GMT
Winner: Arcs and Spikes
Titled after the unforgettable theme from "The Alamo" (1960, Paul Francis Webster / Dimitri Tiomkin), this Challenge is about the green leaves, which keep us breathing. Simple theme. Make it interesting, though. Find a nice lighting, find peculiar surfaces... and do not forget to observe the simple rules. Refresh your memory (or get some inspiration) here:...
Winners announced: 9th August, 2012 GMT
Wide-formatted photos of Underwater spaces. Open Water images only. Use wide-angle lenses, and/or widen the scenery by cropping to either among the four suggested frame formats. Let's see the clarity of water ambient, and what it contains. Pay attention to the rules, please!
Winners announced: 2nd August, 2012 GMT
Winner: Up In The Air
It's usually used in photographing stars, especially to register their "movement" and create startrails. But the process is also used in daylight photography, to achieve effects similar to long exposure. Show your best stacked images done in the daylight - and check the rules before you enter your work. Ignoring the rules will cause disqualification.
Winners announced: 26th July, 2012 GMT
Winner: Time to move on
Sometimes we play with our photos and compose new images using parts of different shots. Well, some of those do not amount to much, but others we like and save for "just in case". This Challenge is about those saved. What do you regard as your best composed image? As free as this theme is, DO NOT ENTER if you do not intend to observe the rules.
Winners announced: 19th July, 2012 GMT
Winner: Autumn night in crimean mountains
The title says all. This one is about the light sources in the darkness of the night: streetlights, highway intersections, harbor lights, lighthouses, etc. Please don't send in well-lit busy broadways and such. Those are easy. Let us see the images usually best done with a tripod and a bit of long exposure.
26. Flying Insects
Winners announced: 12th July, 2012 GMT
Winner: Cricket flying
In this Challenge the insects, bugs, flies and such should actually fly, and your entry must show them in the air, clearly and recognizably. That's about it. PLEASE, for once, do read and observe all the rules. There is no sense in getting disqualified and having to redo and upload again...
Winners announced: 5th July, 2012 GMT
Winner: Into the light
There are many ideas, visions, philosophies and beliefs about the afterlife existence. However, everyone has some sort of own imaginative concept about it. Can you visually suggest what you expect your Hereafter to "look like" - using photography as your means of expression? Your entry should present an imag(inativ)e approximation of what you expect to encounter between here & now, and the next...
24. Camera In Action
Winners announced: 28th June, 2012 GMT
Photos of cameras being used, that's the theme. The camera, hands holding it, face behind it. Not the whole photographer, though. Make the camera dominate the format. Any camera will do. Self-portraits in the mirror are acceptable. PLEASE do read the Rules before entering your work!
Winners announced: 21st June, 2012 GMT
The largest percentage of photos are taken from the eye height of an upright standing photographer. Generally, the percentage of photos becomes smaller as the point of view gets lower... which is normal to the most. But how many photos are taken down low, near the ground? There are many themes that deserve a bit of calisthenics! What have you photographed at ground level? NOTE: Please read all...
22. Stormy Weather
Winners announced: 14th June, 2012 GMT
Winner: Gold Coast Light Show
Being a photographer means having a camera with you at all times. It is quite usual to take beautiful pictures on a nice, sunny day, but many people just leave their cameras home when the weather turns gray and rainy. Our theme is about fine tones of surrounding color in diffused light of cloudy skies and waterlogged atmosphere. Show us what you took when conditions were wet and stormy -...
Winners announced: 7th June, 2012 GMT
Winner: SUBWAY 1349
Let's see what this means to you. Choice of theme is yours. The entry size is limited, but this does not limit the balance, layout and tasteful presentation. What should be seen and appreciated is photographic thought behind your interpretation. PLEASE read and observe the rules, these are simple enough to follow.
Winners announced: 31st May, 2012 GMT
Winner: Shower of light...
Shooting against the lightsource creates a lot of problems for any camera. Usual outcome is a silhouette of your subject, characteristically lacking detail. A common remedy in such cases is using a flash or a light reflector to add light where it is needed. Let's see some successful examples in your shots taken against the light! There are rules to observe, too - PLEASE read carefully before...
Winners announced: 24th May, 2012 GMT
Winner: lit by liquid glass
Take a picture in unusual light, i.e. other than Sunlight or Flash, which can be said to be "usual" or common. Experiment with Neon or Sodium light, use Candles, Gas lanterns, Lighter LEDs, Acetylene torches or Cyalume... Do not necessarily take a picture of the light source itself; rather use it to light your objects! Your light source may be a part of the picture, of course. Set the White...
18. Less Is More
Winners announced: 17th May, 2012 GMT
Winner: Alone in the fog
A minimalism is an art style characterized by the smallest number of components used, ideally only two: a background and a little something. Such a concept favors clear simplicity and pleasant layout, conveying visual statements which usually can be contained within a singe word. So say it with Light! (But before you do, PLEASE read the rules...)
17. Lies, Inc.
Winners announced: 10th May, 2012 GMT
Winner: multiple winners
This Challenge honors an all-time-classic SF written by Philip K. Dick. To sum it up: create something totally false. Connect impossible elements to generate a picture that exists nowhere but in your craziest dream! Add an equally deceiving description. Modify EXIF to your heart's content. In short, lie, cheat and manipulate all you want - in order to win! NOTE: ONLY THING THAT HAS TO BE 100%...
16. Long Exposure
Winners announced: 3rd May, 2012 GMT
Winner: Shooting star above Grytdalen, Telemark, Norway
Long exposure photography fascinates by its ability to create special effects from movement. The results are often more dynamically looking pictures than those where action was frozen by extremely short shutter times. Let's see your photos taken with exposure times of 1 sec and longer. There are another rules; please read carefully before entering your work!
15. Round & Oval
Winners announced: 26th April, 2012 GMT
Winner: Infra x1
Once popular, the oval and round pictures are all but gone from the modern presentation. Let's revive these for a moment. PLEASE read the Rules before presenting your entry!
Winners announced: 12th April, 2012 GMT
Winner: Statue at Jewish Museum, Turnov (Cz)
Sometimes you are just a tad late with a trigger. Or you forgot to switch back from Macro to Normal mode. Perhaps you shot something using wrong White Balance, or used an inadequate Program Mode. Maybe it was just badly framed... Let's see how you deal with botched photos to save what can be saved. Show us such pictures spliced together: the ORIGINAL and the REPAIRED. If you want, describe what...
13. Light & Shadows
Winners announced: 5th April, 2012 GMT
Winner: A glass of light
It is a deceivingly simple theme, but worth thinking about. How would you make it interesting? Would you know of a place where there are some special shadows, or would you arrange something to create it? Use any kind of light for your purpose. Even sunlight! :) There are additional Rules - don't forget to read them carefully.
12. Glorious Sunrise
Winners announced: 29th March, 2012 GMT
Winner: Shaker Dawn
Sunrise is probably the most spectatular show anywhere in the known Universe. Show the most beautiful sunrise you have seen! Don’t forget to name the location in the Description field.
11. Funny Me...
Winners announced: 8th March, 2012 GMT
Winner: Bird Brained!
This one is all about “something stupid that I did and was happy and thankful no-one saw me do it…” Well, it’s extremely rare and fortunate to have a camera handy in such a situation, but maybe you could stage a reconstruction as closely as possible… without hurting yurself or destroying something valuable?! Have a (voluntary) stand-in, if your situation demands it (and don’t hurt them...
10. Funny Twosome!
Winners announced: 1st March, 2012 GMT
Winner: Squirrel's New Friend
Put together two things one wouldn't normally expect finding together, in order to create a funny situation. You might decide to connect some odd things and take a photo of the funny resulting scene, or use themathic elements from different photos and combine them in photo-editing software. Note: whatever photos you use must be taken by you – do not use anything you have not photographed...
Winners announced: 23rd February, 2012 GMT
Winner: Beetle Toy Car
Show us something funny that you have created yourself, by using photo-editing tools to implement changes in your own photograph. Precisely, both the photo and all subsequent post-processing used to create that humorous effect we are looking at, must be your own work. Do not forget to check the Intro to the Series (click at Laugh@Life above) for additional information! Observe all the Rules –...
8. Funny NOW!
Winners announced: 16th February, 2012 GMT
Winner: Big Mouth
As Monty Python says, "And now to something completely different": This Challenge dares you to find and photograph something funny right now, process it, and submit to the Challenge WITHIN THE SAME DAY. So activate both your sense of humor and reflexes equally: 1. Spot the funny; 2. Shoot the funny; 3. Post-process the photo; 4. Enter the Challenge (watch the time!); 5. Win. Simple as that! :)
Winners announced: 9th February, 2012 GMT
There are times when the vegetable life around us produces something untypical. Trees grow funny-looking branches, roots develop curious forms, potatoes show faces... Other times, people will find themselves struck by an association and help a little, by carving or even „helping along“ with the growth to boost the initial forming into something they'd like to see. Well, browse through your...
Winners announced: 2nd February, 2012 GMT
Winner: Life Imitates Art
The Loudest Laughers on Earth are also the most laughable objects of universal humor. Quick to guffaw at someone else’s misfortune, Humans are also rarely willing to accept the same kind of salvos at their own account. People in funny situations. Funny dresses. Funny behavior. Knock yourselves out! See the Intro to the Series (click at Laugh@Life above) for additional information, and please...
Winners announced: 26th January, 2012 GMT
Winner: Oh dear!
We have all seen animals in funny situations, whether initiated by humans, or otherwise. Some people have animals that can do things on command… and vice versa, where some pets succeeded in training their masters! Some animals are victims of fashion which their "mommies" think is “nice” - or worse yet, “good for them”… Animals are an endless source of amusement, as long as they live close to...
Winners announced: 19th January, 2012 GMT
Winner: Garbage Astrophotography
There are situations where you simply have to invent a solution for your photographing needs. Many photographers will attempt to construct or adapt what they require; others will merely try to buy the missing piece and sadly drop their ideas if such a thing isn't readily available. Show us what you have built or adapted to aid you in your photography! Sometimes the „funny“ can also be something...
Winners announced: 12th January, 2012 GMT
Winner: Rusty has a Problem
Contraptions, mechanical adaptations or sloppily designed or kept things that struck your sense of humor. From do-it-yourself constructs, over hastily patched-up repairs, to plain dumb and often dangerous original solutions people so often arrive at… anything like that goes. Make us laugh! See the Intro to the Series (click at Laugh@Life above) for additional information, and please observe the...
2. Funny Signs!
Winners announced: 5th January, 2012 GMT
Winner: (Take) the road less gravelled
Sometimes somewhere some ideas collide. Other times, there was good intention, but not much more… All over the World there are public announcements or street signs clumsily designed or placed, maybe ridiculously outdated or contradictive, showing carelessness or illiteracy… out there, ignored or just unnoticed… until your camera discovers them! Let's see those... but please observe the Rules!...
Winners announced: 29th December, 2011 GMT
Winner: In Good Shape
How many times did you pass by some house wondering, “OMG, just what kind of mind can make such a thing?” Show us the weirdest dwelling creations you have seen. Intentional joke or just a plain ole tasteless flop; the whole or just a part... doesn’t matter - as long as it made you laugh… So share! See the Intro to the Series (click at Laugh@Life above) for additional information and please...