Our World and Beyond

Challenge series hosted by JamesD28. Challenges start on Tuesdays.
The wonders and curiosities of our world and the next.....
Open for submissions (1 challenge)
Entries: 4
Voting starts: 5th August, 2014 GMT
The sky can sometimes show some beautiful colours and lights through various optical phenomena. Some of the most common and well-known ones are the Aurora (Northern/Southern lights) and Parhelia (Sundogs), but there are many others which can occur. Use this challenge to present your best photo(s) of these fascinating optical events.
Open for voting (1 challenge)
Entries: 72
Votes: 174
Winners announced: 5th August, 2014 GMT
This sub-series is based around entering images of high quality; this week's subject is motion blur. Submit your best photo with intentional motion blur, which is of high quality. This includes high resolution, rich yet realistic colours, low noise, low distortion/vignetting, and good composition. Please refer to the sample image and read the rules carefully before entering. Note: Whether the...
Finished (15 challenges)
Entries: 100
Winners announced: 22nd July, 2014 GMT
Winner: Bangladeshi smile
This sub-series is based around entering images of high quality; this week's subject is portraits. Submit your best photo(s) of a portrait which is of high quality. This includes high resolution, rich yet realistic colours, low noise, low distortion/vignetting, and good composition. Please refer to the sample image and read the rules carefully before entering. Note: Whether the image is of high...
Entries: 100
Winners announced: 8th July, 2014 GMT
Winner: _DSC3750
This sub-series is based around entering images of high quality; this week's subject is landscapes. Submit your best photo(s) of a landscape which is of high quality. This includes high resolution, rich yet realistic colours, low noise, low distortion/vignetting, and good composition. Please refer to the sample image and read the rules carefully before entering. Note: Whether the image is...
Entries: 60
Winners announced: 1st July, 2014 GMT
Winner: Myall lakes night sky
Last week's challenge was based around keeping the ISO speed on our cameras low when it gets dark, now, show me your best photos which were captured at a high ISO setting. Be creative and have fun.
Entries: 99
Winners announced: 24th June, 2014 GMT
Winner: Lakselv in the night
When the sun goes down, most of us will ramp up the ISO speed on our cameras to gather as much light as possible. However, we all know that the best, cleanest results come from keeping the ISO down to a minimum. So grab a tripod, set a slow shutter speed, and capture a low light/night scene with a low ISO setting. Be creative and have fun.
Entries: 100
Winners announced: 17th June, 2014 GMT
Winner: Cat on a Shelf
A simple challenge: just submit your best photo(s) of any domestic animal/pet, such as cats, dogs, parrots, rabbits etc. The animal should be visible in a domestic environment. More than one animal may be present in the photo. Be creative and have fun.
Entries: 15
Winners announced: 13th May, 2014 GMT
Winner: Milky Way behind Little Sable Lightouse
The night sky is full of many wonderful, fascinating constellations. Some of the most well-known ones are Orion, Ursa Major (The Big Dipper), and Sagittarius, but there are nearly 100 overall to explore. Submit your best photo(s) of a constellation, or several. Be creative and have fun. Please read the rules carefully and refer to the sample photos before entering.
Entries: 60
Winners announced: 29th April, 2014 GMT
Winner: Mesa Arch at Sunrise
The subject matter is open, but submit your best photo of something which was shot at a small aperture. It could be vast landscapes, close-ups, absolutely anything. Be creative and have fun. Please read the rules carefully before entering.
Entries: 13
Winners announced: 15th April, 2014 GMT
Winner: Diatoms in darkfield illumination, 400x, Lomo microscope
Most of us are familiar with macro photography and how it reveals details which may not be visible with unaided eyes..... But let's go further. Submit your best photo of a subject which was taken at extremely high magnification. Even the most dull subjects can reveal a wealth of fascinating structures under close scrutiny, so be as creative as you can, and have fun. Please read the rules...
Entries: 100
Winners announced: 8th April, 2014 GMT
Winner: Jirisan in Fall
Submit your best photo(s) of something which was shot at a large aperture. It can be absolutely anything: Birds, people, landscapes, still life..... you name it. Try to use the large aperture to blur the background creatively, and more importantly, have fun. Please read the rules carefully before entering.
Entries: 4
Winners announced: 1st April, 2014 GMT
Winner: no winner
The night sky is full of thousands of Nebulae. Most of them aren't visible to the naked eye, but our cameras and lenses are able to capture the beautiful details and colours that lie within them. Use a long exposure to capture a photo of either 1 Nebula, or several if you can. Some of the better-known ones are the Orion Nebula or the Lagoon Nebula, some of the less popular but equally...
Entries: 78
Winners announced: 25th March, 2014 GMT
Winner: Paris
Last week's challenge was based on using extreme telephoto to draw the subject in from far away. Now, show me your best photos of scenes & subjects taken at a very wide-angle setting. Be creative; use looking up/looking down perspectives, take advantage of the barrel distortions to create near/far effects..... do everything you can to make your photo a fascinating wide angle. Fish-eye photos...
Entries: 60
Winners announced: 18th March, 2014 GMT
Winner: Red-tailed Hawk Portrait
Sometimes our subject is just too small and/or too far away to photograph. Sometimes we might choose to move closer to it, but most of the time we will, instead, use the telephoto lenses. Use this challenge to present your best photo which was taken at an extreme telephoto setting, preferably of something which would not be possible to photograph by other means. Macro shots are welcome provided...
Entries: 100
Winners announced: 11th March, 2014 GMT
Winner: A perfect Sun
The Sun is the closest star to our planet, and is the largest, brightest thing in the Solar System. Use this challenge to present your best photo of this prominent wonder. Be creative and have fun.
Entries: 98
Winners announced: 4th March, 2014 GMT
Winner: Mantis catching a bee
Last week's challenge was based around non-living things, so now show me your best photo(s) of living creatures. It might be a Bee, Spider, or some other, more fascinating insect. Or you might take a different approach and get a close-up shot of a mammal's eye. Keep in mind that plants are also living things. Be creative and have fun.
Entries: 100
Winners announced: 25th February, 2014 GMT
Winner: Needle and thread
There are many wonderful little creatures around us which can produce some fascinating pictures. But the intricacies of still-life objects can also be very interesting to photograph. Use this challenge to present your photos of non-living things up close. It might be the coarse tip of a pencil, the glass-like structure of sugar crystals, or the endless variations of colours and shapes found in...