Challenge series hosted by upuaut. Challenges start on Thursdays.
The goal in this series is to present challenges that expand our photographic horizons; that entice us to grab the camera and experiment. Each challenge will be different. The topic could be of something popular, odd, or ordinary. The rules could be very simple for some challenges, but specific and exacting for others.
Finished (58 challenges)
Winners announced: 18th June, 2015 GMT
Winner: Wood winter home for birds
Submit an image showing bird(s) in or about a home or shelter, made for the birds, by humans.
57. Insect Homes
Winners announced: 11th June, 2015 GMT
Winner: Praying Mantis ootheca and nymphs
Submit an image showing one or more insect in or about its natural home or shelter, or in or about a home made for it by humans. Please indicate the name of the insect in the notes upon submission.
Winners announced: 4th June, 2015 GMT
Winner: Great Egret and Chicks
Submit an image showing the home of a bird in its natural habitat. Please indicate the name of the bird in the notes upon submission.
Winners announced: 28th May, 2015 GMT
Winner: Raccoon Hideout
Submit an image showing the home of a warm-blooded land animal (but not a bird - a separate challenge for that is coming) in its natural habitat. Having the animal and its home in the image is a plus. Please indicate the name of the animal in the notes upon submission.
54. Flower Shop
Winners announced: 21st May, 2015 GMT
Winner: In Vienna
Submit an image of your local flower shop's interior or exterior. The goal is to capture the beauty of collections of flowers at such establishment.
Winners announced: 14th May, 2015 GMT
Winner: New Port dawn
Submit an image that has a horizontal horizon that's unobstructed by any other object in the image. In other words, you can draw a line on top the horizon without touching any other object in the image. If the horizon is crooked, image will be DQ'd. Horizon definition in this challenge: the apparent intersection of the earth (or sea) and sky as seen by an observer. Also called apparent horizon.
52. An Image
Winners announced: 7th May, 2015 GMT
Winner: morning coffee
Please read Additional Rules for challenge title and description. Rules: Image must be in B/W. I will DQ an image if I suspect fraudulent votes at any time, up to and including the last second of the voting phase. I will DQ images that I feel do not comply with the theme and rules. Complaints: I will read them, but may take no action. Image has not been submitted in a previous DP...
Winners announced: 30th April, 2015 GMT
Winner: Snow Monkey
Please read Additional Rules before entering this challenge. Submit an image that exhibits an effective and aesthetically pleasing blown out background (see sample.) Subject is open. Please read Additional Rules fully.
50. An image
Winners announced: 23rd April, 2015 GMT
Submit an image. Any image. Subject is open. Limit per user: 10 images. I will not disqualify a single image. But I will disqualify all images that receives any kind of an arbitrary complaint.
49. Still Life HDR
Winners announced: 9th April, 2015 GMT
Winner: Tasty and beautiful still life
Submit an image of still life in HDR. Location could be indoor or outdoor. Before you cast your vote on an image, please view the image in full size, and avoid voting based on the thumbnail. Please read the rules fully.
48. Tulip Mania
Winners announced: 2nd April, 2015 GMT
Submit an image of tulips in any context, whether in the field, at home, in a vase, or any other context. Please read the rules fully
Winners announced: 26th March, 2015 GMT
Winner: Brighton Pier
Submit an image of an item in a state of dilapidation and broken-ness. The dictionary defines dilapidated as: reduced to or fallen into partial ruin or decay, as from age, wear, or neglect.
46. Severe Weather
Winners announced: 19th March, 2015 GMT
Winner: Storm Picture
Submit an image conveying severe weather; weather people do not experience often.
Winners announced: 12th March, 2015 GMT
Suspense: a state or feeling of excited or anxious uncertainty about what may happen. Submit an image that evokes a sense of suspense.
Winners announced: 5th March, 2015 GMT
Winner: no winner
Submit an image in the style of Neo-noir. Wiki defines it as: a style often seen in modern motion pictures and other forms that prominently use elements of film noir, but with updated themes, content, style, visual elements or media that were absent in films noir of the 1940s and 1950s. An excellent example for such style is the Sin City movie franchise. Please refer to sample. Voting criteria:...
Winners announced: 26th February, 2015 GMT
Winner: Yallingup Western Australia
Submit an image of a body of water (lakes, rivers, and the like.) with a pedestrian bridge over it. The body of water and the bridge should have about the same prominence. I'm looking for a balanced effect (even though in the sample the water figures more prominently - I don't have a better sample). The bridge could occupy as little as it does in the sample. The body of water could be frozen....
Winners announced: 19th February, 2015 GMT
Winner: Forest jewelry
Submit an image of mushrooms in natural habitat. The goal of this challenge is to show the different environment and natural setting mushroom grow in.
41. Last Position
Winners announced: 12th February, 2015 GMT
Winner: Towards Mt Buffalo 2
Submit an image you entered in a DP challenge that got the last position in the challenge.
40. Greeting Card
Winners announced: 5th February, 2015 GMT
Winner: Christmas Card
Have you ever wondered if an image you took would be the perfect greeting card? Submit such an image
Winners announced: 15th January, 2015 GMT
Submit an image the conveys the word 'force'
38. Faux Old
Winners announced: 1st January, 2015 GMT
Winner: A photo sent home from the eastern front in 1944
Photography evolved through the times. The overall look and feel of photos was governed by many factors: the medium, development process, overall culture, etc. Share an image that depicts a specific era in photography, showing the dominant look and feel of photos of the era. The topic is open. The goal is to apply post processing that depicts the era. The best photo should be the one that...
Winners announced: 4th December, 2014 GMT
Winner: Stampede in Blue
Submit an image of animals congregating.
Winners announced: 27th November, 2014 GMT
Winner: Tunnel vision
Submit an image that conveys the keyword 'underground', literally or figuratively.
Winners announced: 13th November, 2014 GMT
Submit an image with an aperture of 2.8 or larger (numerically smaller than 2.8) taken with a 35-mm-equivalent focal length of 50mm. Subject is open.
Winners announced: 6th November, 2014 GMT
Submit an image showing extremely thin depth of field. Subject is open. Please read additional rules.
Winners announced: 30th October, 2014 GMT
Winner: Sea Mirror
Submit an image that is 'done' with a reflective surface.
Winners announced: 23rd October, 2014 GMT
Winner: gliding friend-1
Submit an image of any number of turtles in nature or in captivity, of any size. Humans in the image are not allowed
Winners announced: 16th October, 2014 GMT
Winner: Lamp post, Pont Alexandre III, Paris
Submit an image where lighting fixture(s) (chandelier, etc) is the main focus.
30. Children Drawing
Winners announced: 9th October, 2014 GMT
Winner: Drawing in the dark
Submit an image of a child or two, but not a group of children, involved in the activity of drawing.
Winners announced: 2nd October, 2014 GMT
Winner: Mandarin Duck
The first Birds on Water challenge filled up fast. Here is a second chance Submit an image of bird(s) on water. The rules are slightly different.
28. Palm Trees
Winners announced: 25th September, 2014 GMT
Submit an image of palm tree(s) in any lighting.
Winners announced: 18th September, 2014 GMT
Winner: No more Trading
Submit an image that conveys the message that "we're closed for business"
Winners announced: 11th September, 2014 GMT
Winner: Mortar and Pestle
Submit an image of kitchen ware. Refer to sample.
Winners announced: 4th September, 2014 GMT
Winner: IMG_0582 copy
Submit an image of wave(s) with no other objects in it (surfers, beach, people, boats, etc) in it. Refer to sample.
24. Pier on a Lake
Winners announced: 28th August, 2014 GMT
Submit an image of a pier on a lake. Refer to sample. Title to your submission should be the location/town where image was taken.
23. Birds on Water
Winners announced: 21st August, 2014 GMT
Winner: No words needed
Submit an image of birds on water. Refer to sample
Winners announced: 7th August, 2014 GMT
Winner: My little supplication - Notre Dame de Paris
Submit an image of candle(s)
Winners announced: 31st July, 2014 GMT
Winner: Yakutat Harbor
Submit an image that you took that disappointed you when you viewed it in color. But then you turned it into B/W and viola.. much better. Then you applied some B/W tweaks to give it more oomph. Your submission should contain both the original color, and B/W-transformed images split evenly either vertically (if original is horizontal) or horizontally (if original is vertical.) Refer to sample....
Winners announced: 24th July, 2014 GMT
Winner: The Last of the Mohicans
Submit an image that you took that disappointed you when you viewed it in color. But then you turned it into B/W and viola.. much better. Then you applied some B/W tweaks to give it more oomph. Subject is open.
19. Home Garden
Winners announced: 17th July, 2014 GMT
Winner: Our Private Garden
Show off your home garden. If you don't have a home garden, submit an image of a home garden.
Winners announced: 10th July, 2014 GMT
Winner: Syr Darya
Submit an image of a geological or a natural formation (mountains, glaciers, volcanoes, rivers, waterfalls, rocks, and the like) shot from a plane. The goal is to have you share the best image you took from a plane you boarded especially to capture such scenes.
17. 10 Years Ago
Winners announced: 3rd July, 2014 GMT
Winner: St.Kilda Pier
Submit an image you took at least 10 years ago. The subject is open.
Winners announced: 26th June, 2014 GMT
Winner: Hmmmm, Very Interesting . . . . .
Imagine, what would your car's break pedal see if it had eyes? How about your keyboard? Submit an image of an unusual point of view. The goal is to have your camera in an uncommon position or location. Please add a note in the title or below the image briefly stating or explaining what object would your image be the point of view of. That note is required. Show us your creativity.
15. Thorny Cactus
Winners announced: 19th June, 2014 GMT
Winner: Thorns and flowers
Submit an image of cactus that conveys thorniness. See image for sample.
Winners announced: 12th June, 2014 GMT
Winner: Praying Mantis
Remember when you got your first camera? Remember the first shot that gave you that WOW? or that which you were proud of? Your first WOW might be long gone. If so, choose your oldest WOW image. It might be in print format from the days of film. If so, it'd need to be scanned. this is not about how awesome the picture is, but about how it made you feel in your beginning days of photography,...
Winners announced: 5th June, 2014 GMT
Winner: Koto ©
Submit an image of a musical string instrument. The instrument must be the focal point of the image. Please indicate the name of the instrument in the title.
Winners announced: 29th May, 2014 GMT
Winner: Morning Sun
Submit an image of a sun ray burst where the sun is low in the horizon. Any object causing the burst is acceptable (coulds, trees, etc) See sample for example. Such image taken in the morning hours or late afternoon is accepted.
Winners announced: 15th May, 2014 GMT
Winner: Kalanchoe Soft
By taking two identical shots of the same scene; one in focus, and another out of focus, we can produce a dreamy representation of the scene. The subject is open; people, landscapes (or any -scape), flowers, etc. The one strict rule is: the final soft-focus image must have been shot to produce one image. A minimum of 2 exposures is required. More is ok. Please state the number of...
10. Moon Halo
Winners announced: 8th May, 2014 GMT
Winner: Sequoia Moon
Moon halos occur because of refraction in tiny hexagonal ice crystals in the air. Submit a picture of the moon with a halo surrounding it. The moon could be anywhere in the sky (low in horizon, or straight up). It's allowed if the moon or its halo are partially blocked (by a mountain, a house, etc.) It's preferable that the features of the moon actually show to some degree such that the disk...
Winners announced: 1st May, 2014 GMT
Winner: Golden Hour
Submit an image of Na Pali Coast, Kauai, HI, USA. Image shot from land or sea is ok.
Winners announced: 24th April, 2014 GMT
They're probably easier and more fun to shoot while humming - especially with high continuous shooting mode. The rapid click-click-click-click of a shutter is so soothing. Find a lazy hummingbird and capture the moment. Rapid clicks will be just as fun to capture them.
Winners announced: 17th April, 2014 GMT
Winner: Mellifont Steel Wool
Let's have some fun with long exposures of burning steel-wool. At the end of submission phase, please open your profile and note your challenge statistics, then read Additional rules.
Winners announced: 10th April, 2014 GMT
Winner: Splash! ©2014LThomson
Show us one or more horses frolicking in or around or close to water, ideally by the beach. The horse(s) can be with a person riding them or not, with people close to them, or not. The water must show in the picture. The horse(s) can be still or moving at any speed. Any bread of horse is OK. At the end of submission phase, please open your profile and note your challenge statistics, then read...
Winners announced: 3rd April, 2014 GMT
Winner: Valve Amplifier
Printed Circuit boards (PCB) are in every device and machine we use nowadays. PCBs are quite analogous to neural connections in our brains. Do you think PCBs are dull?, intimidating? boring? fascinating? beautiful? Convey in an image what you see in a circuit board. An image of a PCB or a collection thereof belonging to any device or machine is acceptable. A PCB must occupy a major part of...
4. Small Planet
Winners announced: 20th March, 2014 GMT
Winner: On the mountain top
Submit an image that employs the small planet technique. All subjects are welcome. Refer to sample image for example. The goal is to experiment with the technique from a photographic point of view with only the minimum photoshop or equivalent work needed to generate the planet, and, to have a reasonable panorama to work with. A 360 degree panorama is preferred. Panoramas of less than that are...
Winners announced: 13th March, 2014 GMT
Capture a landscape, water-scape or any-scape with a rainbow. But no city-scape shots please. At the end of submission phase, please open your profile and note your challenge statistics, then read Additional rules.
Winners announced: 6th March, 2014 GMT
Lips of a human being; male or female; infant or Centenarian or any age in between; with makeup or without; with mustache or without. Showing the entire face is not allowed. It is acceptable to show the nose, but the lips should be the subject focus. A frontal or side image is allowed. Before entering this challenge, please open your profile, note your stats, then read Additional Rules
Winners announced: 27th February, 2014 GMT
Winner: Portland Head Chilled
Capture any day-time or twilight outdoors scene with any ND (Natural Density) filter where you expose for at least 15 seconds. Any subject is acceptable. Please refer to Additional rules. The limit is set to 50 initially. If the challenge fills up fast, I'll consider bumping it up to 75. In your submission, please state if an ND or a Grad ND was used, and which one (e.g. ND3-1000X) Have fun.