Sevens

Challenge series hosted by Dutch Newchurch. Challenges start on Tuesdays.
Sets of either 7 challenges with related topics or single challenges related to the figure 7.
Announced (1 challenge)
Submissions start day: 29th May, 2018 GMT
This is the seventh and last in the series: ‘Shrinking the world in seven stages’. Imagine you have been asked to provide one or two creative and inspirational illustrations for a series of lectures. This is on how mobile phones and the internet can bring people together instantaneously, across oceans and continents. Possibilities include: - people communicating with modern devices. -...
Open for submissions (1 challenge)
Entries: 5
Voting starts: 29th May, 2018 GMT
This is the sixth in the series: ‘Seven Story Plots’. Submit one or two creative and inspirational illustrations for a story with an unfortunate end for our hero or heroine. They are brought low by a great mistake, or a major character flaw. Examples of Tragedy stories include: Macbeth, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Carmen, Bonnie and Clyde, Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, Romeo...
Open for voting (1 challenge)
Entries: 62
Votes: 403
Winners announced: 29th May, 2018 GMT
This is the sixth in the series: ‘Shrinking the world in seven stages’. Imagine you have been asked to provide one or two creative and inspirational illustrations for a series of lectures. This is on how powered flight has revolutionised travel and communication around the world. No birds (or other flying creatures), or unpowered aircraft (balloons and gliders) please. Possibilities...
Finished (41 challenges)
Entries: 10
Winners announced: 22nd May, 2018 GMT
Winner: Blue in love
This is the fifth in the series: ‘Seven Story Plots’. Submit one or two creative and inspirational illustrations for a light or humorous story with a happy or cheerful ending. The central motif is the triumph over adverse circumstance, resulting in a successful or happy conclusion. Booker says comedy is more than humour. It is a pattern where the conflict becomes more and more confusing,...
Entries: 38
Winners announced: 15th May, 2018 GMT
Winner: VW engine
This is the fifth in the series: ‘Shrinking the world in seven stages’. Imagine you have been asked to provide one or two creative and inspirational illustrations for a series of lectures. This is on how the internal combustion engine replaced wind, steam and animal power. No aircraft please. They will be eligible for next week’s challenge. Possibilities include: - historic road...
Entries: 12
Winners announced: 8th May, 2018 GMT
Winner: Old Airport of Greece
This is the fourth in the series: ‘Seven Story Plots’. Submit one or two creative and inspirational illustrations for a story about how our heroine or hero goes to a strange land and, after overcoming the threats it poses to him or her, returns with experience. Examples of Voyage and Return stories include: Odyssey, Alice in Wonderland, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Orpheus, The...
Entries: 9
Winners announced: 1st May, 2018 GMT
Winner: The telegraph
This is the fourth in the series: ‘Shrinking the world in seven stages’. Imagine you have been asked to provide one or two creative and inspirational illustrations for a series of lectures. This is on how the telegraph - the Victorian internet - facilitated international government and commerce. Possibilities include: - a landscape with telegraph cables. - telegram or telegraph...
Entries: 17
Winners announced: 24th April, 2018 GMT
Winner: Crossing the water
This is the third in the series: ‘Seven Story Plots’. Submit one or two creative and inspirational illustrations for a story about how our heroine or hero and some companions set out to acquire an important object or to get to a location, facing many obstacles and temptations along the way. Examples of Quest stories include: The Pilgrim’s Progress, King Solomon's Mines, Watership...
Entries: 39
Winners announced: 17th April, 2018 GMT
Winner: Christmas Express
This is the third in the series: ‘Shrinking the world in seven stages’. Imagine you have been asked to provide one or two creative and inspirational illustrations for a series of lectures. This is on how steam power made possible new ways of transport around the world. Possibilities include: - stoker or fireman firing a boiler. - early or late steam locomotives. - early or late steam...
Entries: 10
Winners announced: 10th April, 2018 GMT
Winner: The flying ship
This is the second in the series: ‘Seven Story Plots’. Submit one or two creative and inspirational illustrations for a story about how our poor heroine or hero acquires power, or wealth, or a loved one, before losing it all and gaining it back upon growing as a person. Examples of Rags to Riches stories include: Cinderella, Aladdin, Jane Eyre, A Little Princess, Great...
Entries: 35
Winners announced: 3rd April, 2018 GMT
Winner: Spirit of Dana Point -17
This is the second in the series: ‘Shrinking the world in seven stages’. Imagine you have been asked to provide one or two creative and inspirational illustrations for a series of lectures. This is on sailing across the oceans and how wind power opened up transport around the world. Possibilities include: - a viking long ship. - a tea clipper. - a replica of a 15th century caravel. -...
Entries: 8
Winners announced: 27th March, 2018 GMT
Winner: Overcoming the monster: the minotaur
This is the first in the series: ‘Seven Story Plots’. Submit one or two creative and inspirational illustrations for a story about having to defeat an antagonistic force (perhaps evil) which threatens our hero or their homeland. Stories about Overcoming the Monster include: Dracula, The War of the Worlds, The Magnificent Seven, James Bond, Star Wars: A New Hope, Harry...
Entries: 30
Winners announced: 20th March, 2018 GMT
Winner: An Unchanged World
This is the first in the series: ‘Shrinking the world in seven stages’. Imagine you have been asked to provide one or two creative and inspirational illustrations for a series of lectures. This is on animal power. Possibilities include: - a mule train. - a caravanserai on the silk road. - a packhorse bridge. - a stagecoach or horse-drawn waggon. - horse mill or donkey tread wheel. -...
Entries: 22
Winners announced: 13th March, 2018 GMT
Winner: Img2010-12-27-150631
This is the last in the series: ‘Seven Scientific Theories’. Imagine you have been asked to provide one or two creative and inspirational illustrations for a textbook, on the periodic table of the elements. Blue fireworks (copper)? Orange neon signs? An exhausted runner panting at the end of the race (oxygen)? A meteor (iron)? The surface of the sun (hydrogen)? A stoker shovelling coal...
Entries: 61
Winners announced: 6th March, 2018 GMT
Winner: Chaotic Light Bulb
This is the sixth in the series: ‘Seven Scientific Theories’. Imagine you have been asked to provide one or two creative and inspirational illustrations for a textbook on chaos theory. Complexity comes from simple mathematical rules. Minor variations in the starting position may result in very different results. Chaos theory may describe unpredictable events. Storms? Fractal patterns in...
Entries: 68
Winners announced: 27th February, 2018 GMT
Winner: Nature's Balance
This is the fifth in the series: ‘Seven Scientific Theories’. Imagine you have been asked to provide one or two creative and inspirational illustrations for a textbook on the theory of evolution by natural selection. A spider in its web? A cheetah bringing down its prey? A zebra outrunning a lioness? Stags locking antlers in the rutting season? A wasp paralysing a caterpillar? A camel in...
Entries: 28
Winners announced: 20th February, 2018 GMT
Winner: Canon Firing
This is the fourth in the series: ‘Seven Scientific Theories’. Imagine you have been asked to provide one or two creative and inspirational illustrations for a textbook, on the laws of thermodynamics. A fighter jet climbing, on full reheat (first law)? A forest fire (second law)? Liquid helium (third law)? A fireman shovelling coal into a steam engine's boiler (first law)? (The whole...
Entries: 37
Winners announced: 13th February, 2018 GMT
Winner: Opposing Gravity
This is the third in the series: ‘Seven Scientific Theories’. Imagine you have been asked to provide one or two creative and inspirational illustrations for a textbook, on Newton's laws of motion. A spacecraft in free fall (the first law)? A dragster burning rubber (the second law)? A heeling yacht (the third law)? An interceptor with flaming afterburners (the second or third law)? A...
Entries: 49
Winners announced: 6th February, 2018 GMT
Winner: Smoke Waves
This is the second in the series: ‘Seven Scientific Theories’. Imagine you have been asked to provide one or two creative and inspirational illustrations for a textbook on the physics of waves. A Marshall stack turned up to 11 (sound waves)? The colours in a film of oil (light waves)? A rainbow (the wave theory of light)? The destruction of an earthquake (primary, secondary and surface...
Entries: 70
Winners announced: 30th January, 2018 GMT
Winner: Espresso
This series is ‘Seven Scientific Theories’. Imagine you have been asked to provide one or two creative and inspirational illustrations for a textbook on the theory of gravity. An apple falling from a tree? A musket ball and a cannonball dropped from the leaning tower of Pisa? A satellite in orbit? A rocket blasting off? Gravitational lensing around a black hole? Illustrate gravity! (The...
Entries: 28
Winners announced: 23rd January, 2018 GMT
Winner: Isaac Newton - British Library - by Eduard Paolozzi
The last in the series 'Seven Secular Sermons'. Show human achievements. Perhaps abstract achievements, like democracy, free speech, the rule of law, liberty, learning, respect and truth. Perhaps personal, individual things like kindness, friendship. Be creative and show human progress. Read the additional rules below!
Entries: 58
Winners announced: 16th January, 2018 GMT
Winner: Madagascar1
The sixth in the series 'Seven Secular Sermons'. Show people working with things, creating. They may be making art; they may be making something practical. You don't need to show any people in the photograph. Put a piece of your own soul into your entry; a simple record of someone else's art is unlikely to attract a high score. There is a link to the whole series in the additional rules.
Entries: 65
Winners announced: 9th January, 2018 GMT
Winner: Seuss Christmas Magic
The fifth in the series 'Seven Secular Sermons'. Show human learning and ingenuity. Perhaps a child lost in a book. Or an amazing human construction; an aircraft becoming airborne, an impressive piece of architecture. Or an artist performing in front of an audience. Be creative and show human intelligence working or being passed on. The whole series is listed here:
Entries: 46
Winners announced: 2nd January, 2018 GMT
Winner: Mother and Children
The fourth in the series 'Seven Secular Sermons'. Show human relationships. Show how love makes the world go round. Couples, parents, children, families. Friends, neighbours. Weddings, straight and gay. Show human compassion for strangers. Be creative and show people who need each other or helping others. The whole series is listed here:
Entries: 70
Winners announced: 26th December, 2017 GMT
Winner: qualifications
The third in the series 'Seven Secular Sermons'. Show human diversity. Show how people are not all the same. Show people doing different things, perhaps co-operating, perhaps working together. Be creative and show human diversity. The whole series is listed here: https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4229266
Entries: 68
Winners announced: 19th December, 2017 GMT
Winner: Time effect
The second in the series 'Seven Secular Sermons'. Show how time changes people (and their work), places and things. Read the examples in the 'additional rules'. The whole series is listed here: https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4229266
Entries: 47
Winners announced: 12th December, 2017 GMT
Winner: Boulders and the Milkyway-4483
The first in the series 'Seven Secular Sermons'. Show the place of humanity in the universe. Perhaps a photograph from the eclipse, or of the aurora, or the milky way, or the instruments used to observe the universe; telescopes and spacecraft. Be creative and show our place in space and time.
Entries: 16
Winners announced: 5th December, 2017 GMT
Winner: Along the Seine River, Paris France.
Show us how to use a pinhole lens! You must have used a pinhole lens for the photo. Make sure you describe the lens accurately when you enter. This is the last challenge in the theme 'Seven Lenses'.
Entries: 77
Winners announced: 28th November, 2017 GMT
Winner: _DSC8715
Show how to use a telephoto! You must have used a telephoto, but the image need not be a 'typical telephoto subject'. Do describe the lens accurately. This is challenge 6 in the Seven Lenses theme. Next week's is last in the theme - Pinhole lens.
Entries: 77
Winners announced: 21st November, 2017 GMT
Winner: Silhouette at sunset
Show us how to use a portrait lens! You must have used a lens of portrait focal length for the photo, but the image need not be a portrait. (The lens may be a zoom, as long as the focal length used is within the permitted range.) Make sure you describe the lens - and focal length used - accurately when you enter. This is a challenge in the theme - Seven Lenses. Later challenges will be...
Entries: 77
Winners announced: 14th November, 2017 GMT
Winner: multiple winners
Show us how to use a standard lens, a ‘nifty fifty’! You must have used a standard lens for the photo. Make sure you describe the lens accurately when you enter. This is a challenge in the theme - Seven Lenses. Later challenges will be these: - Portrait lens (75mm to 135mm - full frame equivalent). - Telephoto lens (150mm or more - full frame equivalent). - Pinhole lens (a photograph...
Entries: 77
Winners announced: 7th November, 2017 GMT
Winner: Pigeon Point Lighthouse
Show us how to use a wide angle lens! You must have used a wide angle lens for the photo. Make sure you describe the lens accurately when you enter. This is a challenge in the theme - Seven Lenses. Later challenges will be these: - Standard (40mm to 60mm - full frame equivalent). - Portrait lens (75mm to 135mm - full frame equivalent). - Telephoto lens (150mm or more - full frame equivalent)....
Entries: 77
Winners announced: 31st October, 2017 GMT
Winner: Ship Wreck
Show us how to use an ultra wide angle lens! You must have used an ultra wide angle lens for the photo. (Or a 'de-fished' fisheye). Make sure you describe the lens accurately when you enter. (And the software used to de-fish it, if it was a fisheye lens.) This is a challenge in the theme - Seven Lenses. Later challenges will be these: - Wide angle (21mm to 35mm - full frame...
Entries: 64
Winners announced: 24th October, 2017 GMT
Winner: The Oculus, NYC
Show us how to use a fisheye lens! You must have used a fisheye lens for the photo (and you must not have 'de-fished' it). Make sure you describe the lens accurately when you enter. This is a challenge in the theme - Seven Lenses. Later challenges will be these: - Ultra Wide (20mm or wider - full frame equivalent). - Wide angle (21mm to 35mm - full frame equivalent). -...
10. Pick 7
Entries: 490
Winners announced: 16th November, 2010 GMT
Winner: Alone
Time to call it quits with hosting. Submit up to seven photos of whatever you want (who reads rules or bothers to put any effort into their work anyway, right?).
Entries: 26
Winners announced: 9th November, 2010 GMT
Winner: Grocery shop around the corner in Paris
Post a photo of the exterior or interior of a corner store in your neighborhood. The photo must clearly suggest that we're looking at a typical corner/variety store such as the 7-Elevens found all around N. America or the "quick stop" shops that are prevalent at many gas stations nowadays. Closeup shots of products will be disqualified as they could have been taken anywhere. Shots of...
Entries: 17
Winners announced: 2nd November, 2010 GMT
Winner: It's home from work we go , Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho
Submit a portrait of a person (either male or female, formal or candid) who exemplifies one of Walt Disney's (a.k.a. Grimm Brothers') Seven Dwarfs personalities: "Grumpy", "Dopey", "Doc", "Sleepy", "Sneezy", "Happy", and "Bashful". Be sure to state which of the Seven Dwarfs your photo is based on (either as part of the title or description), otherwise your entry will be disqualified.
Entries: 30
Winners announced: 26th October, 2010 GMT
Winner: Seeemply -- The Best!
The 7 Deadly Sins, used since the advent of Christianity, are the most objectionable vices which beckon humans to sin (more info at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_deadly_sins). This challenge explores "superbia" (also known as "pride"), its most basic definition being "a desire to be more important or attractive than others, failing to acknowledge the good work of others, and excessive love...
Entries: 18
Winners announced: 19th October, 2010 GMT
Winner: no winner
The 7 Deadly Sins, used since the advent of Christianity, are the most objectionable vices which beckon humans to sin (more info at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_deadly_sins). This challenge explores "invidia" (also known as "envy"), its most basic definition being "the resentment caused by a person having something that the other does not have". There are numerous ways to interpret this...
Entries: 30
Winners announced: 12th October, 2010 GMT
Winner: Ya talking to me ?
The 7 Deadly Sins, used since the advent of Christianity, are the most objectionable vices which beckon humans to sin (more info at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_deadly_sins). This challenge explores "ira" (also known as "wrath"), its most basic definition being "inordinate and uncontrolled feelings of hatred and anger". There are numerous ways to interpret this with imagery and it is now...
Entries: 40
Winners announced: 5th October, 2010 GMT
Winner: Malt Liquor at 9 AM
The 7 Deadly Sins, used since the advent of Christianity, are the most objectionable vices which beckon humans to sin (more info at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_deadly_sins). This challenge explores "acedia" (also known as "sloth" or "despair"), its most basic definition being "the failure to utilize one's talents and gifts; laziness; indifference". There are numerous ways to interpret...
Entries: 36
Winners announced: 28th September, 2010 GMT
Winner: Greed
The 7 Deadly Sins, used since the advent of Christianity, are the most objectionable vices which beckon humans to sin (more info at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_deadly_sins). This challenge explores "avaritia" (also known as "greed"), its most basic definition being "an extreme pursuit of wealth, status, and power". There are numerous ways to interpret this with imagery and it is now up...
Entries: 48
Winners announced: 21st September, 2010 GMT
Winner: Monster Burger
The 7 Deadly Sins, used since the advent of Christianity, are the most objectionable vices which beckon humans to sin (more info at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_deadly_sins). This challenge explores "gula" (also known as "gluttony"), its most basic definition being "the over-indulgence and over-consumption of anything to the point of waste". There are numerous ways to interpret this with...
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 14th September, 2010 GMT
Winner: Feel Me Heaven
The 7 Deadly Sins, used since the advent of Christianity, are the most objectionable vices which beckon humans to sin (more info at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_deadly_sins). This challenge explores "luxuria" (also known as "extravagance" or "lust"), its most basic definition being "unrestrained excess (eg. the frequent purchase of luxury goods, forms of debauchery, etc)". There are...