Frame of Mind

Challenge series hosted by Dutch Newchurch. Challenges start on Tuesdays.
This series _mostly_ emphasizes topics in which photographs have context, conveying a "message" or "story" to the observant viewer.
Announced (1 challenge)
70. Slab
Submissions start day: 20th November, 2018 GMT
Or slabs.
Open for submissions (1 challenge)
Entries: 41
Voting starts: 20th November, 2018 GMT
A celebration of women wearing whatever clothes they want, with their arms uncovered. (This is another challenge with a human rights sub-text. In some parts of the world women are not allowed to show bare arms in public.) Make sure it is a photograph for which you have her consent; no grabbed shots in which she's looking irritated, or not looking at the camera.
Open for voting (1 challenge)
Entries: 62
Votes: 623
Winners announced: 20th November, 2018 GMT
"Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives...on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam." Carl Sagan
Finished (67 challenges)
Entries: 70
Winners announced: 13th November, 2018 GMT
Winner: Blue Hour Trona Pinnacles-5111
Be creative, make inspired connections. You don't have to interpret this title in an obvious way.
Entries: 58
Winners announced: 6th November, 2018 GMT
Winner: Victory in the Swamp
Please don't go for the obvious interpretation of this theme. Be creative; make inspired connections.
65. Boomtown
Entries: 45
Winners announced: 30th October, 2018 GMT
Winner: Hi-Rise
Please be creative and interpret this theme widely.
64. Parklife
Entries: 67
Winners announced: 23rd October, 2018 GMT
Winner: Sunday Skaters
If you enter a shot of a squirrel or duck it will have to be something special to win this. Be creative and imaginative. Interpret the theme widely.
63. No 6
Entries: 67
Winners announced: 16th October, 2018 GMT
Winner: Reflections
Interpret this creatively!
Entries: 70
Winners announced: 9th October, 2018 GMT
Winner: To live another day
Be creative with this theme.
Entries: 70
Winners announced: 2nd October, 2018 GMT
Winner: Endless trees
Interpret this theme creatively. For example, photos from the 2000 Trees music festival will be 100% on topic.
Entries: 70
Winners announced: 25th September, 2018 GMT
Winner: My Garden
When voting, please reward creative interpretations of this theme.
Entries: 67
Winners announced: 18th September, 2018 GMT
Winner: Forever Stalled
If a process or person has reached the end of the road, they are unable to progress any further. When voting, please reward photographers who have found a metaphorical interpretation of the theme.
Entries: 32
Winners announced: 11th September, 2018 GMT
Winner: Roskilde Airshow-8160078-Edit-2
A celebration of women singing. (This is another challenge with a human rights sub-text. In some parts of the world women are not allowed to sing on stage.)
Entries: 70
Winners announced: 4th September, 2018 GMT
Winner: Mevagissey Harbour
Open challenge - any subject - but you must have used a phone camera to create the image.
Entries: 46
Winners announced: 28th August, 2018 GMT
Winner: Payphones
A telephone must be a significant element in the image. Modern smartphone or traditional telephone with a cord, or even just a traditional British red phone box. All are eligible. You can include people in the shot too.
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 21st August, 2018 GMT
Winner: Blowing in the Wind
One or more women, with their hair uncovered. In many parts of the world, women are not allowed the choice to do that. So there is a human rights element to this theme, inspired by Masih Alinejad's book.
Entries: 37
Winners announced: 14th August, 2018 GMT
Winner: Skullery
Black, demonic, horrific, supernatural, brutal, evil? Shoot a striking album cover for a 12" LP, CD jewel case and black t-shirt. No text on the cover! Nor should it be a re-shoot of an existing cover. Images of people or animals must match the 'metal' genre. The image must be square, to fit a standard album sleeve and jewel case. The band is loud. This goes to 11.
53. Sand
Entries: 70
Winners announced: 7th August, 2018 GMT
Winner: Sensuous Sands
Entries: 42
Winners announced: 31st July, 2018 GMT
Winner: steam roller
A force or machine that's mercilessly destructive and unstoppable? A heavy lorry? A machine of war? A Hindu temple car reputed to crush devotees under its wheels? A P47 Thunderbolt? Interpret the title creatively!
51. NATO
Entries: 9
Winners announced: 24th July, 2018 GMT
Winner: Blackhawk Landing
Celebrate NATO - keeping the peace since 1949 - an alliance of western democracies. Only once has it invoked its mutual defence clause, on 13 September 2011, when the allies of the United States pledged to come to its aid.
50. Fungi
Entries: 69
Winners announced: 17th July, 2018 GMT
Winner: Fairy garden
Where would we be without fungi? Wine, beer, blue cheese and bread make a fine meal, and all are made with the aid of fungi. Photos of those would be off-topic though! This is a natural history challenge. I hope the winning image will be a shot of fungus growing in its natural habitat.
Entries: 4
Winners announced: 10th July, 2018 GMT
Winner: At the Hospital yard
The UK's National Health Service is turning 70 on 5 July 2018. Celebrate 70 years of national health care, free at the point of need. Ideas: health workers, hospitals and clinics, ambulances, medical technology.
Entries: 69
Winners announced: 3rd July, 2018 GMT
Winner: iceland's diamond beach
Details spotted along the coast. No grand landscapes, please.
Entries: 61
Winners announced: 26th June, 2018 GMT
Winner: Lagoon
For many years Hiroshi Sugimoto has photographed the sea and its horizon. Each black and white photograph is of the same size and cut through the centre by the horizon.
Entries: 48
Winners announced: 19th June, 2018 GMT
Winner: Green roots
Lichen is a composite organism made up from fungi and algae or cyanobacteria. Mosses are small flowerless plants that typically grow in dense green clumps or mats. Either or both must be a main compositional element in your shot. Enter a landscape, or a macro or micro shot, or anything between. As long as the picture wouldn't work without the moss or lichen in it. Churchyards are a good...
Entries: 83
Winners announced: 12th June, 2018 GMT
Winner: Dinner In Sarlat
One definition of impressionism is a concern with depicting the visual impression of the moment, especially in terms of the shifting effect of light and colour. Another is an artistic style that seeks to capture a feeling or experience rather than to achieve accurate depiction. (Sharp photos and pure abstracts are likely to be disqualified.)
Entries: 16
Winners announced: 5th June, 2018 GMT
Winner: Chardy
This challenge is open to challenge hosts only. You are not eligible to enter unless you can provide a link to at least one challenge that you have hosted under your user-name. Please enter up to four (4) images you have not previously entered into a challenge. It is an open theme. Voting is open to all (not just challenge hosts).
Entries: 25
Winners announced: 29th May, 2018 GMT
Winner: Kelly Hall Tarn, Cumbria, England.
Pointillism is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of colour are applied in patterns to form an image. Photoshop one or two of your images to replicate the technique. Tutorial on how to do it:
42. Frame it!
Entries: 70
Winners announced: 22nd May, 2018 GMT
Winner: Saint Andrews - The cathedral
Show one or two photographs where you have used a frame as a compositional device. The frame need not be a man-made structure (a window, doorway, or mirror). It may be a natural part of the composition, such as leaves, branches, rocks or a wall. The frame must emphasise the main subject. Expect to be disqualified if you submit a picture: - where you have simply added a border; or -...
Entries: 47
Winners announced: 15th May, 2018 GMT
Winner: Grand kids you never know!
Show your post-production skills. Show a photograph where your photoshop (or similar) skills have been essential to its creation. It's likely to be a composite image (but need not be).
Entries: 27
Winners announced: 8th May, 2018 GMT
Winner: Morning dreaming
Earth Day is an international annual event celebrated on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Enter one or two photographs about Earth Day events, or environmental protection. The photograph must have been captured on 22 April (in any year from 1970). Photographs of posters or other text will be disqualified as lacking creativity. Read the additional rules for ideas.
Entries: 35
Winners announced: 1st May, 2018 GMT
Winner: Reeperbahn Station
Choose a literal or a creative interpretation of either of these titles. Both are inspired by songs by The Jam. Links to the lyrics - for more inspiration - are in the additional rules. Scroll down! Constructive comments welcomed - on any entry - at any time after the challenge has opened for submissions.
Entries: 70
Winners announced: 24th April, 2018 GMT
Winner: _DSC2936_DxO
Show one or two great photographs of one or more butterflies or moths. The winning photograph will be technically excellent, without burnt highlights or blocked shadows (probably shot in soft light). The creature will be sharp, with a clean background, without distractions. It will show the animal in its natural habitat, perhaps engaging in behaviour typical of its species. (By happy...
Entries: 36
Winners announced: 17th April, 2018 GMT
Winner: Escalators
This is an open, curated challenge. Enter whatever you like, and I will disqualify the weakest entries before voting starts. You may enter up to three images, but should then expect me to disqualify at least two (to give others the chance to enter). I hope to have time to tell you briefly why I think your disqualified entry has been eliminated.
Entries: 29
Winners announced: 10th April, 2018 GMT
Winner: The last 75 years
One century ago, on 1 April 1918 the Royal Air Force came into being as the world's first independent air force. Enter one or two images to mark the 100th anniversary. This is a creative challenge but if you are entering a creative interpretation of the theme, please consider saying a few words in the description to help voters understand the relevance.
Entries: 26
Winners announced: 3rd April, 2018 GMT
Winner: Light in dark universe
Today, Pi Day, Stephen Hawking died in his home city of Cambridge. This challenge is intended to a tribute to him, his life, his ideas (which will surely live on) and his love of science. Please give a title to each image you enter (one or two entries), and explain its relevance.
34. Equinox
Entries: 13
Winners announced: 27th March, 2018 GMT
Winner: Sunrise-Sunset
The length of night and day on 20/21 March are equal. Use your imagination and creativity to show a photograph to mark the equinox.
Entries: 52
Winners announced: 20th March, 2018 GMT
Winner: "The Bones of Plenty" a novel by Lois Phillips Hudson
This is an open theme. Your photographs must have titles (you may enter one or two). The title must be the title of a (real) book (you can name the author). Your photograph will be judged on its relevance to its title, as well as its artistic and technical qualities.
Entries: 69
Winners announced: 13th March, 2018 GMT
Winner: Rest in peace
Post one or two of your best surreal photographs. Show us an image of something unreal and bizarre, fantastic, disorienting, hallucinatory or dreamlike. Photoshop (or similar) is encouraged. Yes, the camera lies...
Entries: 28
Winners announced: 6th March, 2018 GMT
Winner: Rundāle Palace
Enter one or two photos of the home of an eminent person (woman or man, living or dead). The image should be judged by how striking and interesting it is (not the fame of the occupant of the building). Be creative, be imaginative, show something that's more than a tourist's snapshot.
Entries: 28
Winners announced: 27th February, 2018 GMT
Winner: Tree of Life Magic Colors
Octarine is, of course, the colour of magic. (It's generally described as a sort of greenish purple. Cats and wizards can see it, but probably not digital cameras.) Perhaps you have a photo or two of a witch or wizard? Or part of the Unseen University? Or L-space? A librarian with a banana? Use your imagination and creativity to interpret the theme.
Entries: 89
Winners announced: 20th February, 2018 GMT
Winner: The memory of trees
The title of Enya's 1995 album. What does it mean? You decide! Be creative, and show a photograph to illustrate - in some form - The Memory of Trees. Please reward creativity, in interpreting the theme, and making the image, when you vote. You may enter two (2) images.
Entries: 42
Winners announced: 13th February, 2018 GMT
Winner: Nature's Balance
International Darwin Day, on 12 February (the day voting closes in this challenge) is a celebration of science as a tool for the common good of humanity. Mark the anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth with one or two photographs for Darwin Day.
Entries: 70
Winners announced: 6th February, 2018 GMT
Winner: _DSF6794 Wat Phanancheong 2018-01-24 17.01.02
Show us something or someone religious, but not Christian. Perhaps a holy man or woman, a place of worship (current or historic) or other holy place. Or a holy object or symbol. Photograph a deity if you can! Those are examples, feel free to show something else. Be respectful, be critical, be creative. Don't simply record the art of others, bring something more from your own soul.
Entries: 70
Winners announced: 30th January, 2018 GMT
Winner: Gliterring Lake
Visiting an 'open' photographic exhibition, I was struck by how popular this title is. So, show your photo that could be called 'Serenity'. Kudos from the host if you have a decent shot of a Firefly class ship. Be creative; when you vote, reward creativity in filling the theme and in the photography.
Entries: 47
Winners announced: 23rd January, 2018 GMT
Winner: Bishop Creek IR-5321
Infrared photos either taken with a converted camera, or photos converted to mimic infrared with post-processing software.
Entries: 70
Winners announced: 16th January, 2018 GMT
Winner: splat
Your brief is to shoot a striking album cover suitable for a 12" LP and a CD jewel case. The band's promoter does not want any text on the cover. Nor should it be a re-shoot of an existing cover. No shots of people or animals (although they may be in the shot, they must not be the main subject). The image must be square, to fit a standard album sleeve and jewel case. The band is loud,...
Entries: 69
Winners announced: 9th January, 2018 GMT
Winner: Forrest Gump Stop-3666
Show a picture that tells a story about a road trip, journeying by road. Ideas: hitchhikers, bands on tour, vehicles, their drivers or passengers, breakdowns, dramas, happy moments, sad memories, loves found and lost. The road trip must be obvious from the image.
Entries: 70
Winners announced: 2nd January, 2018 GMT
Winner: Mono Chrome
This follows the abstract challenge two weeks ago. The challenge host is looking for photographs that are almost abstract but for a small detail that gives the context and makes the image complete.
Entries: 70
Winners announced: 26th December, 2017 GMT
Winner: Epcot Geodesic Dome
This is related to last week's abstract challenge. The challenge host is looking for images that contain repetition. There may be a break in the pattern, or it may be continuous. The picture will not have qualified for the abstract challenge as the subject - the things in the pattern - are identifiable.
Entries: 70
Winners announced: 19th December, 2017 GMT
Winner: Light interference
A recent abstract challenge was very popular, so this one might be too. Don't let the challenge host recognise what you pointed your camera at, or your entry may be disqualified. The next two challenges in this series will be 'pattern pictures' and 'minimalistic pictures' so consider entering those instead if they are more appropriate.
Entries: 75
Winners announced: 12th December, 2017 GMT
Winner: Morning frost
This is an open themed challenge. Shoot whatever you like, just as long as you present it in a letterbox format. Your image must be at least twice as wide as its height. Or at least twice as high as its width. So get cropping or stitching!
18. The Wall
Entries: 70
Winners announced: 5th December, 2017 GMT
Winner: Wall Art under Moonlight
Here on DPR we're famous for our shots of brick walls, demonstrating the edge-to-edge sharpness of our favourite lenses. That's not important for this challenge! Tell a story, make some art, be creative, trigger some emotion. With a photo of a wall.
17. Religious
Entries: 99
Winners announced: 28th November, 2017 GMT
Winner: Basilica Di Santa Maria in Aracoeli
Show us something or someone religious. Perhaps a holy man or woman, a place of worship (current or historic) or other holy place. Or a holy object or symbol. Photograph a deity if you can! Those are examples, feel free to show something else. Be respectful, be critical, be creative. Don't simply record the art of others, bring something more from your own soul.
Entries: 32
Winners announced: 21st November, 2017 GMT
Winner: Douaumont Ossuary
11 November is when we remember the end of the 'War to end all wars'. 100 years ago there were momentous events, the Russian Revolution, the end of the Battle of Passchendaele, the first major success of tanks in the Battle of Cambrai, and the mobilisation of the US army for its depolyment in the spring of 1918. Find an image that for you marks Armistice Day and the history from 100 years ago.
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 14th November, 2017 GMT
Winner: Welcome to the Future...
The Shape of Things to Come was the title of H.G. Wells science fiction novel published in 1933. Interpret the theme creatively. For example, it could be your view of the future, or your view of what H.G. Wells thought the future might contain when he wrote his work. Or, you might have a different interpretation.
Entries: 108
Winners announced: 7th November, 2017 GMT
Winner: Sunrise at the old pier
Your brief is to shoot a striking album cover suitable for a 12" LP and a CD jewel case. The band's promoter does not want any text on the cover. Nor should it be a re-shoot of an existing cover. No shots of people or animals (although they may be in the shot, they must not be the main subject). The image must be square, to fit a standard album sleeve and jewel case.
Entries: 38
Winners announced: 31st October, 2017 GMT
Winner: Slender Schlachthof
The winner will be announced on Halloween (31 October). Show images of the supernatural. Magic and supernatural creatures. Exercise the Dark Arts of photoshop (no straight out of camera JPEGs, please). Witches, vampires, werewolves, ghosts... Fairies, wizards, unicorns, mermaids...
Entries: 82
Winners announced: 18th December, 2012 GMT
Winner: The Pod
What might the year 2112 look like if it were all doom & gloom? Submit an image that could make us believe that we're peeking into the future... a very dark, hopeless future.
Entries: 29
Winners announced: 11th December, 2012 GMT
Winner: Space Station
What might the year 2112 look like if it became a utopian world? No more war, no more crime, no more poverty, everyone's happy and healthy. Submit an image that could make us believe that we're peeking into the future... a very bright, optimistic future.
10. Inkblot
Entries: 89
Winners announced: 28th September, 2010 GMT
Winner: Whispers
What do you see in the sample inkblot image?
Entries: 55
Winners announced: 20th July, 2010 GMT
Winner: Gondola maneuvers
Photos of gondolier(s) at work/rest in Venice, Italy.
Entries: 100
Winners announced: 6th April, 2010 GMT
Winner: Now I Just Have To Sit And Wait...
The Far Side is a comics series created by the warped mind of Gary Larson. The surrealistic humor in these comics is "often based on uncomfortable social situations, improbable events, an anthropomorphic view of the world, logical fallacies, impending bizarre disasters, or the search for meaning in life". This challenge isn't so much about *reenacting* one of Larson's strips (though it's ok if...
7. Mood
Entries: 300
Winners announced: 23rd March, 2010 GMT
Winner: Anguish
Simple... submit photos that you think convey a certain mood to the viewer (PS - disregard the sample images)
Entries: 23
Winners announced: 16th March, 2010 GMT
Winner: Bus Stop Shocker!
"Character assassination" is something like, "information about a person that is *technically* true but presented in a misleading manner or is presented without the necessary context". This challenge is about images rich with *context* but in which the context isn't necessarily conveying "the truth" of a person's actions in a photograph. While this theme allows for a wide variety of "misleading...
Entries: 139
Winners announced: 9th March, 2010 GMT
Winner: Steel Slivers
Let's get a couple possible assumptions out of the way first... 1) maximalism is not necessarily the opposite of minimalism, and 2) maximalism is not necessarily about clutter. This is a difficult and somewhat obscure genre which has many definitions (a popular, but not a de facto one by Daryush Shokof's "Maximalist Manifesto" describes it as (quoted from, "1. Figurative, 2....
Entries: 500
Winners announced: 2nd March, 2010 GMT
Winner: dune
From "Minimalism describes movements in various forms of art and design, especially visual art and music, where the work is stripped down to its most fundamental features". Sounds simple, no? ;). Let's see what you come up with. Minimalist art is not as easily definable as one may think, so nothing will be disqualified except for those entries which break any of the additional...
Entries: 173
Winners announced: 23rd February, 2010 GMT
Winner: Rain Dance
It's easy to form or find a repetition of a series of same objects perfectly lined up, but this topic is about found repetitions of not so obvious or formal-looking patterns found in urban environments. Please read the 'additional rules' for details and entry restrictions.
Entries: 250
Winners announced: 16th February, 2010 GMT
Winner: Static Wheel
Like certain humans, certain bicycles too have a personality or interesting features/designs. Show one bicycle in such a way as to give it character or purpose. All "ages" (new/old/antique/etc) and "genders" (touring/racing/city/terrain/etc) are acceptable.
Entries: 127
Winners announced: 9th February, 2010 GMT
Winner: Rice farmer
Submit photos depicting agriculture, whether by showing people at work on a farm or showing rural land/structures. At least one item of farming machinery must be present in the scene that clearly affirms that the image was indeed taken in a "farming" environment.