Challenge series hosted by emccrory. Challenges start on Saturdays.

The Unpretentious series invites people to use the most basic photographic equipment. Photographers with simple point-and-shoot cameras are strongly urged to participate. Serious photographers are encouraged to use their least sophisticated equipment and most basic techniques.

The aim is to encourage the young (or not-so-young) beginner who wants to be a great photographer. Experienced photographers know that the "eye" is usually a LOT more important than the equipment.

Since the voter cannot easily see the equipment that was used, the entrant is asked please to respect the integrity of the challenges.

Finished (6 challenges)
Entries: 70
Winners announced: 7th January, 2012 GMT
Winner: Christmas Cooke Tree
It seems to me that the Christmas and Hanukkah season oftentimes devolves into ostentatious displays of wealth, gifting, over-the-top decorations and selfishness. In my humble opinion, the unpretentious aspects of the holidays--family, friends, coziness--are the best parts.

Submit you best shots of an unpretentious holiday.

Voting Please select the entry that best...

Entries: 100
Winners announced: 31st December, 2011 GMT
Winner: A Dream for Guyana

My Canon EF-S 18-55 IS kit lens is the epitome of "unpretentious"! It does not have a red stripe, it is small, it is (essentially) free, and it takes entirely acceptable (and sometimes beautiful) pictures.

Submit your best picture taken with a consumer-quality kit lens. I define "Kit Lens" as your manufacturer's lowest-price, consumer quality zoom lens that includes the "normal"...

Entries: 81
Winners announced: 24th December, 2011 GMT
Winner: It's in her eyes

The most unpretentious SLR lens is, in my opinion, the "Nifty Fifty."

Most of the major SLR manufacturers have a relatively cheap, great quality 50mm lens. Canon has the EF 50mm f1.8 for about $100, and Nikon has the similar Nikkor 50mm f1.8D for about $120, and the Sony SAL-50F18 for $150 These are the Nifty Fifty lenses that everyone should own!

(There must be...

Entries: 50
Winners announced: 10th December, 2011 GMT
Winner: The Little World

They have been making SLR lenses for decades. Nikon owners are particularly lucky since the SLR lens made for the Nikon SLR's of the 1950's and 1960's still physically fit on the newest DSLR's (with some compromises). Canon, Sony, Pentax and others are not so lucky. But there are adapters for you to fit almost any lens on almost any modern camera.

This challenge is for...

Entries: 95
Winners announced: 3rd December, 2011 GMT
Winner: no winner

How many times have you been in a situation that you can't put both hands on your camera to get the picture you want? This happens to me a lot! For example, driving through a scenic area, you stick you camera out the window to (hopefully) get a great shot. Or, you are in a crowd and you need to get a high vantage point. Or you are holding something precious in one arm, and you only have...

Entries: 9
Winners announced: 26th November, 2011 GMT
Winner: Barnegat vs Southern 126
Submit your photographs of night-time High School sports, taken with inexpensive equipment. If your home country does not have sports in conjunction with secondary education, league sports that are limited to teenagers are OK--make your case in the "description" part of the submission. Any outdoor sport (American Football, European Football/Soccer, Cricket, Baseball, etc.) is OK. Any...