Things we love

Challenge series hosted by They call me Hans. Challenges start on Thursdays.
Themes based on things that we love - people, pets, places, possessions and photography!
Announced (1 challenge)
Submissions start day: 6th August, 2015 GMT
Definition of Abstract is "relating to or denoting art that does not attempt to represent external reality, but rather seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, colours, and textures" Enter a photograph of something in nature that can be defined as abstract.. It could be water, or clouds or sand or whatever, so long as it causes the viewer to contemplate the image.
Open for voting (1 challenge)
64. Patterns
Entries: 80
Votes: 659
Winners announced: 6th August, 2015 GMT
Another staple of photographic theory is pattern, and we use it more often than we think. Submit your photos of a pattern you find in the world, or a pattern you created yourself. Subject matter is open ended.
Finished (63 challenges)
Entries: 80
Winners announced: 30th July, 2015 GMT
Winner: Antelope Phototour
We love, well, ourselves. Photographers. More than likely you've seen another photog out there in the wilds, so now is your chance to submit your best photo of another photographer. But please, no selfies.
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 23rd July, 2015 GMT
Winner: Midnight Train to Georgia
Here's an interesting one. Submit a photo of yours, but have it accompanied by a song you feel shows off the feeling or meaning of it. Whether it's a shot of the ocean accompanied with some "Beach Boys", a christmas scene with some Dean Martin, or a lonely soul strolling through the park with some Debussy. Subject matter is open ended. Be sure to provide a link to your song in the description,...
Entries: 61
Winners announced: 9th July, 2015 GMT
Winner: Abstracts in Nature
We all love a lot of things in photography. So with that in mind, I'm going to steal from an idea that was already used and let you, the community, pick the challenge! Submit your best photo of a subject you would like to see in the "Things we love" series. The winner will have said subject be showcased in the coming weeks.
Entries: 52
Winners announced: 2nd July, 2015 GMT
Winner: Kellen
They're sometimes referred to as the "Laziest generation", but they can be pretty interesting. Submit a photo of someone born (roughly) between 1980 and 2000. Subject matter is open ended.
Entries: 59
Winners announced: 25th June, 2015 GMT
Winner: 20141015-EM1A8924-2
Whether you're staying inside or getting soaked outdoors, rainy days tend to envoke a certain feeling. Whatever that feeling is, convey it in your submission this week. Subject matter is open ended.
Entries: 52
Winners announced: 18th June, 2015 GMT
Winner: Crash Landing
Space…the final frontier. Submit your photos of the stars, whether they be 4 minute or 40 minute exposures. Subject matter is open ended, but space must be the main subject.
57. Downtown
Entries: 60
Winners announced: 11th June, 2015 GMT
Winner: Moon Rise over Downtown Auckland
Some of us may prefer the outdoors and quiet, and some us prefer the hustle and bustle of the city. Submit a photo of a downtown metropolitan area. Subject matter can range from the buildings, to the streets, to the people living amongst them.
56. Morning.
Entries: 60
Winners announced: 4th June, 2015 GMT
Winner: Shaker Dawn
Sunrises, coffee, commuting to work, sleeping in, and everything in between; Submit your photo of morning time. Subject matter is open ended. Please see additional rules for more info.
55. Texture
Entries: 80
Winners announced: 28th May, 2015 GMT
Winner: Can you read this palm...what does is say?
It's time again to utilize on of the pillars of photography. Submit your work that has excellent texture; that is, one should be able to look at your image and almost be able to feel the subject, whether it's splinters from kindling, holes in volcanic rock, or fibers on a leaf. Subject matter is open. Texture must be the focal point of your image.
Entries: 60
Winners announced: 21st May, 2015 GMT
Winner: Sunset at Pigeon Point
Whether you love it or hate it, lens flare is something that affects most photographers. So, channel your inner J.J Abrams and use it to your advantage. Subject matter is open ended. Please read additional rules for more guidelines.
53. f/22
Entries: 60
Winners announced: 14th May, 2015 GMT
Winner: f22 challenge
This week I'm challenging you to showcase your work with the smallest available apertures, f/22 and f/32. Composition and location are open ended, but the photo must exhibit a definite fore, middle, and background.
Entries: 59
Winners announced: 7th May, 2015 GMT
Winner: A walk in the rain: Lisbon
Essentially the same challenge as last time, but now strictly monochrome images. Subject matter and film format is open ended once again.
Entries: 60
Winners announced: 23rd April, 2015 GMT
Winner: no winner
Let's venture back to the days when the norm was full frame and pixels were just a word that vaguely resembled that of Pixies, if you were inebriated. That's right, it's time to showcase your film work! Submissions must be color film only, in whatever format you choose. They can be recently shot or from way back in the day. Subject matter is completely dependent on you.
Entries: 60
Winners announced: 16th April, 2015 GMT
Winner: sea power
Submit a photo of our planet's oceans, emphasizing the power that they hold. What you deem as powerful is up to you, but try to focus more on the oceans themselves, rather than what dwells in them.
Entries: 60
Winners announced: 9th April, 2015 GMT
Winner: Alignment-Shop-Signage
Photograph something, well, out of place! Subjects can range from inanimate to human, and in any sort of environment; What constitutes out of place is up to the photographer. Bear in mind, however, that if you have to explain why your particular subject is occupying a space it shouldn't, it might be wise to simply leave it out.
Entries: 60
Winners announced: 2nd April, 2015 GMT
Winner: Doorways
Exercise your knowledge of this fundamental aspect of composition. Your work must have the subject outlined in some way to add emphasis and/or a better sense of depth of field. Use your surroundings to your advantage, whether it's tree braches, an archway, or a window. Subject matter is pretty open-ended.
Entries: 60
Winners announced: 12th March, 2015 GMT
Winner: Avaree at the tracks
Show an image of one of your favourite female family members striking a model pose. Subjects must be fully clothed. This is intended to be a lighthearted challenge and voters should give bias to good photography skills that make you smile above good modelling skills. Lets see some smiles.
46. HiSo
Entries: 79
Winners announced: 5th March, 2015 GMT
Winner: Light Streaks
Post your favourite image of any subject appropriate for a broad family viewership that was taken with an ISO of at least 3200. If your camera isn't great at high ISO, work it to your advantage. Stylishly noisy images are welcome... or clean them up - it's up to you. EXIF, showing ISO must be intact. Full colour only.
45. Your Car
Entries: 59
Winners announced: 26th February, 2015 GMT
Winner: My SUPRA
Show us a picture of your car in its best light. No human subjects in your images. Black and white only.
Entries: 60
Winners announced: 12th February, 2015 GMT
Winner: Duo
Photograph your favourite musical instrument. The image can be of a complete instrument, or something more abstract - perhaps a small part of it and can be shown in any setting BUT there must be no human subjects visible in the image (subtle reflections of you photographing the instrument are acceptable if it is a shiny object). Ensure the entry title or description includes the type of...
Entries: 80
Winners announced: 5th February, 2015 GMT
Winner: Anno 1850
Show your favourite abandoned building. Interior or exterior shots are permitted, and it can be any building, not just houses. Don't go anywhere you shouldn't attempting to get a shot for this challenge. The focal point can be the structure itself, or some left behind belongings, but your image must give us an impression the general state of the building.
Entries: 58
Winners announced: 29th January, 2015 GMT
Winner: Halfdome Moonrise
Show your favourite landscape shot (they can have buildings in them, but buildings must not be the main focal point) that was shot with a focal length of 105mm or longer (35mm equivalent).
Entries: 62
Winners announced: 22nd January, 2015 GMT
Winner: Vacuum Tubes
Show your favourite old home tech photo that is NOT of a camera. VCR's, reel-to-reel, cassette, original gramophones, your first calculator, first games console. No cameras, nothing made after 1985, no vehicles. Does not need to be in working condition, but must be completely assembled.
Entries: 42
Winners announced: 15th January, 2015 GMT
Winner: Kilian-do-it-now
Show the image you'd use on the front cover of your autobiography. It doesn't have to be a photo of you... just something that says something about your life. The photo must be taken by you, so if you're not into selfies and want a human subject in the picture, you may instead choose to use a photograph that you'd use on a family member's biography. You're selling a book... your photograph...
39. Chocolate
Entries: 38
Winners announced: 1st January, 2015 GMT
Winner: Belgian chocolates
Show your most creative photograph of chocolate. It can be in packaging or bare and can be in any context, as long as it is easily identified as chocolate and is the main focal point of the photograph.
Entries: 79
Winners announced: 25th December, 2014 GMT
Winner: I'm sorry....
Show your favourite picture of your dog, or dogs. Images must be processed in black and white. Colour images will be disqualified. Your dog doesn't have to be the only object in the photo, and in fact, doesn't even have to be in focus, but the image should say something to you about the dog's personality.
Entries: 51
Winners announced: 18th December, 2014 GMT
Winner: Autumn Morning Mount Cook Range
Show your favourite scenic image taken in the south island of New Zealand. The title of your image MUST included the location.
Entries: 59
Winners announced: 11th December, 2014 GMT
Winner: Eye'll bee seeing you
Show us an image where the focus is an object of nature that has many minute details. It can be a macro or regular shot of any focal length, but there must be a lot of complexity to the object. Flowers are ideal for this kind of thing, but if you've captured an interesting landscape that shows incredible detail, then it would also be a good candidate for this challenge. No manmade objects...
Entries: 60
Winners announced: 27th November, 2014 GMT
Winner: Niagara falls by sunny day
Everyone loves seeing slow shutter waterfall images. Lets shake it up - show your best fast shutter speed waterfall or rocky rapids image. Shutter speed must be 1/200th of a second or faster, and your image must have EXIF intact so that this can be verified. Your image should be something you'd be proud to use on a stock image web site. Waterfall (big or small) or rapids must be the focus of...
Entries: 64
Winners announced: 20th November, 2014 GMT
Winner: Sleepy Summer Sunday
Show your best image that depicts a sleepy, dreamy Sunday morning. Your image can be indoors or out, include people or not. Just make it something that you could use as a stock image to depict a sleepy Sunday morning. This challenge is intended to describe the title (Sleepy Sunday Morning) through an image. Your photo doesn't actually have to be dated as created on a Sunday!
Entries: 60
Winners announced: 6th November, 2014 GMT
Winner: After the Autumn Rain
As the leaves fall here in Canada, there are maple leaves everywhere. There are varieties of maple trees throughout the world. This challenge is to show a photograph of a maple leaf. It can be in any setting, on or off the tree), but must be a real maple leaf. Entrants and voters should place strong consideration to good photography and post processing as well as meeting the challenge theme....
Entries: 60
Winners announced: 30th October, 2014 GMT
Winner: Sun_and_Rain
Rain, snow, wind, or just those plain old ominous clouds that tell you something's on its way. Your photo can be taken during or after a storm, but must show a storm or its aftermath (or in the case of clouds, the expectation that a storm is on its way), and must be broadly classified as a landscape.
Entries: 60
Winners announced: 23rd October, 2014 GMT
Winner: no winner
Photograph one of your favorite things - maybe your camera, your car, your significant other, your kids, your dog... anything that makes you really happy to be near by. The emphasis should be on good composition, interesting lighting and a photo that makes us want to like your favorite thing too.
Entries: 3
Winners announced: 9th October, 2014 GMT
Winner: Cabot Tower
Show us your best image featuring Cabot Tower... either the one in Bristol, England, or the one in St. John's, Canada.
Entries: 60
Winners announced: 2nd October, 2014 GMT
Winner: Laughing Nepali girl
Show your best photo depicting laughter. Make it infectious, and make us all smile. Your image can show one or more people laughing.
Entries: 31
Winners announced: 25th September, 2014 GMT
Winner: Groenburgwal Reflections
Submit your images of Amsterdam. Anything from The Dam to a windmill. Maybe even some tulips. PLEASE IDENTIFY THE LOCATION OF YOUR IMAGE IN THE TITLE. Veel geluk.
Entries: 59
Winners announced: 18th September, 2014 GMT
Winner: The Black Sorrows _Euphoria.
Show us your images of musicians full of emotion. Whether it be anger, tenderness, passion or some other emotion. No lifeless musicians allowed! Live concert performances would be preferred, but rehearsals, street performances and recording sessions are also welcome. Your emotional musician must be the main focus of your image. The title MUST INCLUDE the emotion conveyed.
Entries: 60
Winners announced: 11th September, 2014 GMT
Winner: Vertigo
Don't you just love seeing shades of grey on a foggy day? Show us your best foggy scene that naturally renders itself in a monochromatic way. Your image can be any outdoor scene, and may include ONE additional main colour other than your monochromatic scene. For example, it could be a traffic jam, where the fog renders all cars in shades of grey, but where stop lights of bright red are also...
25. Weeds
Entries: 60
Winners announced: 4th September, 2014 GMT
Winner: Milkweed Burst
Weeds are natures graffiti. Give them some love - lets see your favourite photo of a weed or a bunch of weeds. We're talking about the garden variety (though your image need not have been captured in your garden), not the smoking variety - images of marijuana in plant or smoking form will be disqualified. It would be appreciated if you could add the species if you are able to identify it,...
Entries: 37
Winners announced: 28th August, 2014 GMT
Winner: The old Harbour in Reykjavik
Submit your images of Reykjavik. Anything from the Harpa concert hall, to the Hallgrímskirkja church. To add interest to this challenge, photos taken just outside, but in the general vicinity of Reykjavik are also acceptable. Photographs of objects, food and people/costumes that demonstrate the culture and tradition of Iceland are also acceptable as long as the photograph was taken in the...
Entries: 0
Winners announced: 31st July, 2014 GMT
Winner: no winner
Cancelled
Entries: 10
Winners announced: 24th July, 2014 GMT
Winner: Museo Soumaya, Mexico City
Submit your images of Mexico City. Anything from the La Feria de Chapultepec Magico, Zocala, the great Pyramid of Tenochtitlan, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Chapultepec Zoo, to the many local Mariachi Bands as examples. Anything Mexico City. Title your image identifying the location. Buena suerte!
Entries: 45
Winners announced: 17th July, 2014 GMT
Winner: no winner
Submit your images of Madrid. Anything from the Royal Palace of Madrid, Plaza de Cibeles, Buen Ritiro Park, Casa de Campo, Palacio de Crystal, to some of the worlds best jazz clubs as examples. Anything Madrid. Title your image identifying the location. Buena suerte!
Entries: 99
Winners announced: 10th July, 2014 GMT
Winner: Tiber River
Submit your images of Rome. Anything from The Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Piazza Novona, to a local pizzeria as examples. Anything Rome. Title your image identifying the location. Buona Fortuna!
Entries: 113
Winners announced: 3rd July, 2014 GMT
Winner: Galeries Lafayette
Submit your images of Paris. Anything from The Eiffel Tower, Palace of Versailles, Notre Dame Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe, Avenue des Champs Elysees to a charming roadside cafe as examples. Anything Paris. Title your image identifying the location. Bonne chance!!
Entries: 26
Winners announced: 26th June, 2014 GMT
Winner: Rideau Canal
Submit your images of Ottawa. Anything from the Capital Building, Laurier House, Rideau Carlton Raceway, Chateau Laurier, Peace Tower, to the Rideau Canal as examples. Anything Ottawa. Title your image identifying the location. Good Luck!
Entries: 141
Winners announced: 19th June, 2014 GMT
Winner: The British Museum
Submit your images of London. Anything from the Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, the double decker buses, to the many lively pubs as examples. Anything London. Title your image identifying the location/subject. Good Luck!
Entries: 56
Winners announced: 12th June, 2014 GMT
Winner: Jefferson Memorial at Sunrise
Submit your images of Washington. Anything from the White House, United States Capital, Lincoln Memorial, Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, to the Old Post Office Pavilian as examples. Anything Washington. Title your image identifying the location/subject. Good Luck!
Entries: 19
Winners announced: 5th June, 2014 GMT
Winner: On Golden Harbour
Your images spotlighting the natural beauty of Newfoundland and Labrador. People can be visible in your image as long as they are not the main subject of your image and don't detract from the main theme. No scenes of cities/buildings/towns or parts of in your submitted image please. People, as mentioned, and perhaps a man made object like a small bridge or pathway is fine as long as it doesn't...
Entries: 13
Winners announced: 29th May, 2014 GMT
Winner: Prince Edward Island
Your images spotlighting the natural beauty of Prince Edward Island. People can be visible in your image as long as they are not the main subject of your image and don't detract from the main theme. The final province of Newfoundland and Labrador to follow. No scenes of cities/buildings/towns or parts of in your submitted image please. People, as mentioned, and perhaps a man made object like a...
Entries: 31
Winners announced: 22nd May, 2014 GMT
Winner: Foggy Halifax Harbor
Your images spotlighting the natural beauty of Nova Scotia. People can be visible in your image as long as they are not the main subject of your image and don't detract from the main theme. Other provinces to follow. No scenes of cities/buildings/towns or parts of in your submitted image please. People, as mentioned, and perhaps a man made object like a small bridge or pathway is fine as long...
Entries: 10
Winners announced: 15th May, 2014 GMT
Winner: Bay of Fundy on Monday
Your images spotlighting the natural beauty of New Brunswick. People can be visible in your image as long as they are not the main subject of your image and don't detract from the main theme. Other provinces to follow. No scenes of cities/buildings/towns or parts of in your submitted image please. People, as mentioned, and perhaps a man made object like a small bridge or pathway is fine as...
Entries: 31
Winners announced: 8th May, 2014 GMT
Winner: Open space
Your images spotlighting the natural beauty of Quebec. People can be visible in your image as long as they are not the main subject of your image and don't detract from the main theme. Other provinces to follow. No scenes of cities/buildings/towns or parts of in your submitted image please. People, as mentioned, and perhaps a man made object like a small bridge or pathway is fine as long as it...
Entries: 33
Winners announced: 1st May, 2014 GMT
Winner: Sping along the Ausable
Your images spotlighting the natural beauty of Ontario. People can be visible in your image as long as they are not the main subject of your image and don't detract from the main theme. Other provinces to follow. No scenes of cities/buildings/towns or parts of in your submitted image please. People, as mentioned, and perhaps a man made object like a small bridge or pathway is fine as long as...
Entries: 8
Winners announced: 24th April, 2014 GMT
Winner: Fall Colour in Manitoba
Your images spotlighting the natural beauty of Manitoba. People can be visible in your image as long as they are not the main subject of your image and don't detract from the main theme. Other provinces to follow. No scenes of cities/buildings/towns or parts of in your submitted image please. People, as mentioned, and perhaps a man made object like a small bridge or pathway is fine as long as...
Entries: 4
Winners announced: 17th April, 2014 GMT
Winner: Canola Field
Your images spotlighting the natural beauty of Saskatchewan. People can be visible in your image as long as they are not the main subject of your image and don't detract from the main theme. Other provinces to follow. No scenes of cities/buildings/towns or parts of in your submitted image please. People, as mentioned, and perhaps a man made object like a small bridge or pathway is fine as long...
Entries: 53
Winners announced: 10th April, 2014 GMT
Winner: Columbia Icefield in September
Your images spotlighting the natural beauty of Alberta. People can be visible in your image as long as they are not the main subject of your image and don't detract from the main theme. Other provinces to follow. No scenes of cities/buildings/towns or parts of in your submitted image please. People, as mentioned, and perhaps a man made object like a small bridge or pathway is fine as long as...
Entries: 5
Winners announced: 3rd April, 2014 GMT
Winner: NWT top of Virginia Falls
Your images spotlighting the natural beauty of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. People can be visible in your image as long as they are not the main subject of your image and don't detract from the main theme. Other provinces to follow. No scenes of cities/buildings/towns or parts of in your submitted image please. People, as mentioned, and perhaps a man made object like a small bridge...
Entries: 9
Winners announced: 27th March, 2014 GMT
Winner: Marsh Lake Sunset
Your images spotlighting the natural beauty of the Yukon Territory. People can be visible in your image as long as they are not the main subject of your image and don't detract from the main theme. Other provinces and territories to follow. No scenes of cities/buildings/towns or parts of in your submitted image please. People, as mentioned, and perhaps a man made object like a small bridge or...
Entries: 44
Winners announced: 20th March, 2014 GMT
Winner: Howe Sound
Your images spotlighting the natural beauty of British Columbia. People can be visible in your image as long as they are not the main subject of your image and don't detract from the main theme. Other provinces and territories to follow. Yukon will be next followed by the Northwest Territories/Nunavut and so on until we reach the final of the series with Newfoundland and Labrador. So get your...
Entries: 14
Winners announced: 13th March, 2014 GMT
Winner: Evelyne Leu
Submit your best images of any event in present (Sochi 2014) or past Olympics -- summer or winter Olympics. You can even submit images from the Senior Olympics and Special Olympics. Edit: The Sochi games finished, of course, after the challenge was announced.
Entries: 78
Winners announced: 6th March, 2014 GMT
Winner: Painted Hills in Central Oregon
Submit your best images highlighting Oregon's natural beauty. People can be visible in your image as long as they are not the main subject of your image and don't detract from the main theme.
Entries: 51
Winners announced: 27th February, 2014 GMT
Winner: Try
Images of scoring points in any sporting event, whether it's from scoring a goal in hockey, soccer, a touchdown in football to a slam dunk in basketball. Any sport, any scoring play. Try to capture the goal itself and the excitement of the players involved. It doesn't matter whether its from a professional, amateur, or a local little league game.