Frame of Mind
This series _mostly_ emphasizes topics in which photographs have context, conveying a "message" or "story" to the observant viewer.
Announced (1 challenge)
Submissions start day: 23rd January, 2018 GMT
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.
Open for submissions (1 challenge)
Voting starts: 23rd January, 2018 GMT
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.
Open for voting (1 challenge)
Winners announced: 23rd January, 2018 GMT
Infrared photos either taken with a converted camera, or photos converted to mimic infrared with post-processing software.
Finished (24 challenges)
Winners announced: 16th January, 2018 GMT
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,...
23. Take to the Road
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.
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.
21. Pattern picture
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
16. Armistice Day
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.
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.
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.
13. The Supernatural
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...
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.
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.
Winners announced: 28th September, 2010 GMT
What do you see in the sample inkblot image?
Winners announced: 20th July, 2010 GMT
Winner: Gondola maneuvers
Photos of gondolier(s) at work/rest in Venice, Italy.
8. The Far Side
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...
Winners announced: 23rd March, 2010 GMT
Simple... submit photos that you think convey a certain mood to the viewer (PS - disregard the sample images)
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...
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 wikipedia.org), "1. Figurative, 2....
Winners announced: 2nd March, 2010 GMT
From wikipedia.org: "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...
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.
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.
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.
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