Life is like a box of chocolates

Challenge series hosted by LeeStar. Challenges start on Fridays.
... and so is this series. Each challenge will be different. I hope to create challenges that are just a bit different from the usual fare, with rules that are as simple and easy to understand as I can make them. My focus is on having fun, and learning and improving our craft. Questions and comments are always welcome, and will be answered asap. There will be a thread on the Challenge Forum for that, and you can also contact via PM and in the specific challenge comments.
Announced (1 challenge)
43. SUSPENDED
Submissions start day: 25th April, 2014 GMT
Sorry to all, having issues suspending my series. It says "suspended" yet the challenges are still showing up.
Open for submissions (1 challenge)
42. Suspended
Entries: 0
Voting starts: 25th April, 2014 GMT
Due to life commitments, this series has been suspended temporarily. I have been unable to edit or cancel this already announced challenge.
Open for voting (1 challenge)
41. Sunrise
Entries: 100
Votes: 551
Winners announced: 25th April, 2014 GMT
We see tons of sunset images, so lets see your sun RISE photos.
Finished (40 challenges)
Entries: 17
Winners announced: 18th April, 2014 GMT
Winner: Franken-sink
Go right now and take a photo of your kitchen sink, and whatever is in it. Don't be shy. Maybe it's full of dirty dishes, maybe it's spotless! Try to make it look interesting and/or artistic.
Entries: 60
Winners announced: 11th April, 2014 GMT
Winner: Webcam + Telescope
Submit your shots of the moon. Daytime, nighttime, doesn't matter. City, country, any where. Full, half, or quarter.
38. Pollution
Entries: 40
Winners announced: 4th April, 2014 GMT
Winner: Pollution for Power
Images of examples of pollution.
37. Bathrooms
Entries: 49
Winners announced: 28th March, 2014 GMT
Winner: Time Bubble Bath 2
You read that right, I want to see images of bathrooms. Something with a sink and/or toilet and/or shower/tub. Luxurious or decrepit, whole or part. They can be colorful, interesting subjects. Let's see yours.
36. Factories
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 21st March, 2014 GMT
Winner: Bethlehem Steel Mill
Factories, manufacturing, places that make or have made something for our society. Are they ugly? Beautiful? Good? Evil? Show us in your image.
35. Stairs #2
Entries: 100
Winners announced: 14th March, 2014 GMT
Winner: stairs
Everyone loves stairs. Who knew? So, another stairs challenge. Enter your stairs shots.
Entries: 83
Winners announced: 7th March, 2014 GMT
Winner: Sometimes its a Struggle to hold my head up.
Have fun with all those crazy filters in your pp software or camera. Make it look fake but awesome!
Entries: 75
Winners announced: 28th February, 2014 GMT
Winner: petite fleur coeur
For Valentine's Day.
32. Chocolate
Entries: 46
Winners announced: 21st February, 2014 GMT
Winner: alfajores
The title of this series, so I thought I'd just make it a theme. Show us your amazing images of chocolate. Any kind, any way.
Entries: 48
Winners announced: 14th February, 2014 GMT
Winner: Muskoka Chairs
What is YOUR easy chair? Maybe it's a Lazy Boy recliner, maybe it's your bed, or a floor pillow in a reading nook. What's your favorite place to "take it easy"?
30. Fences
Entries: 99
Winners announced: 7th February, 2014 GMT
Winner: Lichen encrusted fence
Any fence, any where.
29. Stairs
Entries: 100
Winners announced: 31st January, 2014 GMT
Winner: Red Stairs
Upstairs, downstairs, in stairs, out stairs. Any stairs.
Entries: 100
Winners announced: 24th January, 2014 GMT
Winner: daisies
I want to see vignetting, crazy colors, watercolor, anything created with those fun effects/filters in your image processing software or in camera. I want it to look fake.
Entries: 75
Winners announced: 17th January, 2014 GMT
Winner: White Sands Footprints
Footprints. Anywhere. In sand, snow, mud, etc. Human or non-human. Try to make it interesting.
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 10th January, 2014 GMT
Winner: cold starry night
On a cold winter's night, it's great to warm up by a roaring fire. Indoors or out, your choice. Or, maybe it's summer in your part of the world, and it's a bon-fire on the beach.
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 3rd January, 2014 GMT
Winner: Young Cones
Pine Cones
24. Acorns
Entries: 23
Winners announced: 20th December, 2013 GMT
Winner: Holm oak
We still have some "fall" time left, so lets use acorns as our subjects.
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 6th July, 2012 GMT
Winner: Sad
Choose a mood and a photo to go with it. Title the entry with the mood you are aiming to create.
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 29th June, 2012 GMT
Winner: Relaxation
Sometimes we have an image we're really proud of that we think is excellent...then, enter in a challenge only to find it did poorly. We may wonder, am I wrong and it's not really as good as I thoughtt? Or maybe it just didn't fit as well as we thought in the particular challenge. Or perhaps that challenge was filled with such excellent images that the competition was very tough. Here's a...
Entries: 73
Winners announced: 22nd June, 2012 GMT
Winner: peek
Images of flowers that have not bloomed/opened up yet, are still buds. Can also include flowers that are closed up at night. Since flower photos are so popular, entry limit for this challenge has been extended to 75.
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 15th June, 2012 GMT
Winner: !!!
Okay, this time I want to see old abandoned buildings that look spooky, eerie, scary, mysterious -- the spookier the better! Eerie, strange... the kind of building you just expect must be haunted/ full of ghosts! Maybe it *is* haunted.
Entries: 49
Winners announced: 8th June, 2012 GMT
Winner: Alone
Your assignment: Pick up your camera and go downtown today. Find a few minutes in your busy day at some point, and go to wherever passes as the center of your town, city, etc. Take a photo. Come back and post it to this challenge. Do not do more than 5 minutes of quick basic pp -- if any. This is just an exercise to see how we can do on spur-of-the-moment photo taking.
Entries: 48
Winners announced: 1st June, 2012 GMT
Winner: Parallel worlds
Create a double-exposure and enter it here.
17. Enchanted
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 25th May, 2012 GMT
Winner: P1020088
Submit a photo that says 'enchanted' to you. Interpret however you want, artistic vision encouraged.
16. Tea Time
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 18th May, 2012 GMT
Winner: Sunset tea meditation
It occured to me that some people don't like coffee, and I left poor tea unrepresented. So this is a challenge for the subject of tea. A cup of tea, a china tea set... Any representations of tea and tea related, and as always creativity is encouraged. I don't mean in extreme pp, I'm talking about avoiding the same type of photos we've seen a million times. Be unique, be yourself.
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 11th May, 2012 GMT
Winner: Tangerine Light Paint
Show us your best painting-with-light photos.
Entries: 16
Winners announced: 4th May, 2012 GMT
Winner: 13 .... Lucky number
Today is Friday the 13th. What does that mean to you? Submit a photo that you think fits the Friday the 13th theme. Creativity encouraged. I'm taking about the superstition, a day believed to be bad luck. It's mainly a belief in the West, and some countries use other days (in Spanish speaking countries it's said to be Tuesday the 13th). If confused, you can start with the Wiki entry: ...
Entries: 33
Winners announced: 27th April, 2012 GMT
Winner: Old Chucks
Here's one to really exercise your creativity and hopefully be a lot of fun. Pretend you've just written that great novel you've always wanted to write. Now you need a photo for the cover. Take one and enter it here. Title the photo with the book title.
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 20th April, 2012 GMT
Winner: Broken window
Can be any kind of glass: window, drinking glass, etc. Creativity encouraged.
Entries: 52
Winners announced: 13th April, 2012 GMT
Winner: Eilean Donan Castle
Real life settings that were used in movies or television. In my examples below I used the Whistle Stop Cafe from the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes" and the field in Iowa where the movie "The Field of Dreams" was filmed. You must tell us in the description or title WHAT movie/TV show it's from.
Entries: 75
Winners announced: 6th April, 2012 GMT
Winner: Ruins at Westerdale bridge
Repeating the popular challenge. Any sort of closed or abandoned building.
9. Booze
Entries: 75
Winners announced: 30th March, 2012 GMT
Winner: rosé
Anything to do with liquor, alcohol, beer, wine, spirits, etc. Creativity is encouraged.
Entries: 74
Winners announced: 23rd March, 2012 GMT
Winner: Greek Coffee
Coffee is the theme, photo can be anything to do with coffee. Subject to your own interpretation and creativity.
Entries: 41
Winners announced: 16th March, 2012 GMT
Winner: Dear John
Submt a photo that represents this phrase to you. Interpret however you want.
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 9th March, 2012 GMT
Winner: Forgot bathroom
What the title says. Any type of building is okay.
Entries: 25
Winners announced: 2nd March, 2012 GMT
Winner: I see you with all my eyes ...
Your assignment: Take a photo of something you dislike, and try to see it in a different way. Or try something entirely new. Some examples: If you're a nature photog who doesn't do people photography, take a portrait. If you don't like cats, photograph one. Hate spiders? Well...if it's a phobia talk with your doctor before attempting to use them as a subject, and if they're poisonous...
Entries: 46
Winners announced: 24th February, 2012 GMT
Winner: this one might be closed (1 of 1)
Take a photo of a store that's closed. Can be from inside, outside looking in the window, a shot of the storefront from the street... Any kind of store as long as it's obvious the store is closed. For the evening or forever. Restaurants are okay too.
Entries: 60
Winners announced: 17th February, 2012 GMT
Winner: We're Being Followed!
Enter a photo that has a film noir 'look' to it. Noir is stark contrasts, dramatic shadow patterning, side or from-below lit subjects, perhaps dark dirty alleys, gloomy rain, venitian blinds and other straight lines & shadows emphasized. If you like movies of the 40's and 50's you're probably familiar with the style. Although traditionally b&w, moody noir-images can also be shot in color,...
Entries: 149
Winners announced: 10th February, 2012 GMT
Winner: Abstract Vulcano
Definition from Wiki: "Abstract art uses a visual language of form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world." Anything goes, whatever you think is visually appealing. Many samples can be found by googling 'abstract photography' images. I've provided a few quick samples, but I'm sure most entries will be much...
Entries: 40
Winners announced: 3rd February, 2012 GMT
Winner: peaches and cream...-2
It's about the song from "The Sound of Music." Pick a 'favorite thing' from the song, and capture a photo of it. Extra kudos to you if your subject is one of the more unique ones rather than shots we've seen many times (it would get boring if every entry was dew on a rose). You don't have to look up the lyrics, here's the list to pick from: Raindrops on roses -- Whiskers (on kittens) --...