Whim & Chance
Challenge series hosted by upuaut. Challenges start on Fridays.
In this series, the main focus will be on topics or subject of no particular common thread. Rather, it'll be random.
Finished (47 challenges)
47. No Background
Winners announced: 12th August, 2016 GMT
When we take a picture, we attempt to include a mix of fore and backgrounds to give a sense of depth or dimension, among other reasons. It might be harder to capture an interesting picture with no background, such that most of the subjects are more or less the same distance to the lens. Submit a picture that lacks a background.
Winners announced: 5th August, 2016 GMT
The goal of this challenge is to demonstrate post processing applied on a winning picture. If a landscape submission of yours has won a spot in the top 3 positions in a previous challenge, resubmit it in this challenge along with the raw picture (out of the camera without any post processing in software.) put the raw and the post-processed picture next to, or on top of, each other.
Winners announced: 24th June, 2016 GMT
Winner: Kaleidoscope colour
Transform an image you took into a kaleidoscope look. For fun, everyone is encouraged to guess what the original picture was.
Winners announced: 13th May, 2016 GMT
Winner: Nineteen Twenties - Sunshine before the Gathering Storm
Submit a picture that signifies the 1920s.
Winners announced: 6th May, 2016 GMT
Winner: Powerful needle
Submit an image of A turntable
42. Retro: Jukebox
Winners announced: 29th April, 2016 GMT
Submit an image of a jukebox
Winners announced: 22nd April, 2016 GMT
Winner: The Long Night
Submit a picture of a rotary phone
Winners announced: 15th April, 2016 GMT
Winner: Holy Island
Pick an image you took that turned out very disappointing. Apply your post processing skills to salvage it. Submit both the original and post-processed, on top of or next to each other (see sample) as one, final image. Voting criteria should reflect the transformational effect of PP. With the submission, add a note explaining the major PP steps you took.
39. ND, 2
Winners announced: 3rd April, 2015 GMT
Winner: North Iceland seascape
Time for another ND filter challenge. Submit an image taken with a neutral density filter. The subject is open. Please refer to rules.
Winners announced: 27th March, 2015 GMT
Winner: Death From Above
Submit an image that captures the wild life of Yellow Stone National Park, USA.
Winners announced: 20th March, 2015 GMT
Winner: no winner
Submit an image of one or many of Dubai's skyscrapers shot at anytime of the day or night.
36. Petra, Jordan
Winners announced: 13th March, 2015 GMT
Winner: Petra--the Monastery site
Submit an image you took in the ruins of the historical city of Petra, Jordan. The image should illustrate the historical aspect, or the lifestyle of the Bedouins who currently live there. Time of shot is open.
35. Jaipur, India
Winners announced: 6th March, 2015 GMT
Submit an image taken in the Pink City of India, Jaipur
34. Taj Mahal
Winners announced: 27th February, 2015 GMT
Winner: Love gate
This is the first in a mini series of challenges covering themes of famous attractions; some well known, some more obscure. Submit an image of any part of the Taj Mahal monument in any context. The image should be of the actual building, not of an image or drawing of it. I will rely on users in weeding out fake images since I have not been to Taj.
Winners announced: 23rd January, 2015 GMT
Winner: Eiffel Tower
Submit an image such that the zoom was changed while the shutter is open. This naturally requires a slow shutter speed on a zoom lens.
Winners announced: 16th January, 2015 GMT
Winner: Mystical - Enchanted Valley
Submit an image that invokes the word 'mystical' in the viewer's mind's eyes. See sample.
31. Sense of Humor
Winners announced: 21st November, 2014 GMT
Winner: Dirty Granny
Submit an image conveying 'sense of humor.' No rules.
30. Night HDR
Winners announced: 14th November, 2014 GMT
Winner: between the towers
Submit an image of a scene taken at night using HDR technique
Winners announced: 7th November, 2014 GMT
Submit an image that capture a diorama of Halloween. Dioramas are accepted if they adhere to the definition of the word. Quick search gives me 2 definitions. (1) noun: A three-dimensional miniature or life-size scene in which figures, stuffed wildlife, or other objects are arranged in a naturalistic setting against a painted background. (2) noun: A scene reproduced on cloth transparencies with...
28. Stairs at Night
Winners announced: 31st October, 2014 GMT
Winner: Saint Francis Street, Jerusalem, Israel
Submit an image of stairs at night in any context. Stairs must be the main subject of image.
Winners announced: 24th October, 2014 GMT
In this imaginary scrabble, the rack holds 12 letters. Create a valid Scrabble word from those letters, and present it in an image. There are few hundred possible valid words. Show us your creativity.
Winners announced: 17th October, 2014 GMT
Winner: Tropical Treat
Submit an image of a human lounging. Image should convey the person resting and taking it easy, but not napping or sleeping.
25. Compound Words
Winners announced: 10th October, 2014 GMT
The goal in this theme is to have fun and creativity, and apply your editing skills if needed. Limit: 2 per user, provided each submission is of a different compound word. What is a compound word? a word that contains two distinct words that function separately but have been placed together. Joining these two independent words creates a compound word, which may have a new meaning or simply a...
24. No Lines
Winners announced: 26th September, 2014 GMT
Winner: oil and water
Submit an image with no straight lines whatsoever. Please avoid busy images for the simple reason that, if I find few pixels that form a line in any direction, it would be DQ'd. Examples of disqualifying lines: horizon (water, land, etc), buildings, boxes. Examples of grey areas (could cause DQ): trees. Subject is open.
23. Man of the Year
Winners announced: 19th September, 2014 GMT
Winner: Man of the Year
Submit a "Man of the Year" (ala Time magazine's Man of the year cover images.) Search Google for images of "Time man of the year" to get an idea of what would be acceptable.
22. The Scream
Winners announced: 12th September, 2014 GMT
Winner: nature screams copy
Submit an image interpretation of Edvard Munch's The Scream. See sample. Interpretation is open
Winners announced: 5th September, 2014 GMT
Winner: Namaste little sunshine
submit an image of a face with prominent shadows projected on it. The shadow can be of parts of the body (hair, nose, hands, feet, etc) projecting on the face, or that of any other object projecting on the face. The context of the image is open.
20. Farm Landscape
Winners announced: 29th August, 2014 GMT
Winner: Fields of Podravina
Submit an image of a farm landscape (farmscape). Search google for 'farm landscape' to get some ideas on what images would fit this theme (I personally have none)
Winners announced: 22nd August, 2014 GMT
Winner: Girl with Pearl Earring
The Mona Lisa of the North, Johannes Vermeer's the Girl With The Pearl Earring. This is a portrait challenge to recreate the famous painting. Imagine yourself with a camera, sitting next to Johannes Vermeer when he was painting the Girl. Submit a photograph that resembles as much as possible that famous painting. Elements to consider in the photograph: your subject's look-alikeness to the...
Winners announced: 15th August, 2014 GMT
Winner: Milla Lisa
This is a portrait challenge to recreate the famous painting. Imagine yourself with a camera, sitting next to Leonardo da Vinci when he was painting the Mona Lisa. Submit a photograph that resembles as much as possible that famous painting. Elements to consider in the photograph: your subject's look-alikeness to Mona Lisa, her costume, the pose, the background, the lighting, the chair,...
Winners announced: 1st August, 2014 GMT
Winner: polar bear looks out to arctic sea expanse
Up to 3 images allowed per user, provided each submission is of a different subject or scene. Please read entire text. Submit an image such that objects/points of interest are off center. The ideal submission complies with the following: (1) the objects/points that are off center are almost entirely in one half or less than half of the image. (2) the other half (or more) is almost almost...
16. At the Museum
Winners announced: 18th July, 2014 GMT
Winner: no winner
Most everyone has been to a museum. Museums usually have rooms or corners or spaces with sets that convey or depict something from an era. It could be a mock-up or model of any aspect (cultural, technological, religious, environmental, etc) of people who lived in the past. Such sets usually have human mannequins, but not necessarily, that are dressed and posed a certain way to depict a...
Winners announced: 11th July, 2014 GMT
Submit an image of a renaissance scene or setting, with people dressed to reflect that period in time.
Winners announced: 4th July, 2014 GMT
Winner: Moon over the Tower of the Maersk Discover
Submit an image of the moon in any phase at any day/night time in any setting (city, nature, sea, etc.) Refer to sample, and please read the rules
Winners announced: 27th June, 2014 GMT
Winner: Cathedral Spires - Yosemite Valley
Submit an image of morning fog in nature. Refer to image for sample.
Winners announced: 20th June, 2014 GMT
Winner: July 4th Fireworks
Submit an image of fireworks taken at night.
Winners announced: 13th June, 2014 GMT
Winner: Carmel Mission
Submit an image of flowers with a wall, and nothing else, as the background. Refer to sample for example.
Winners announced: 6th June, 2014 GMT
Winner: Observer in the window
Submit an image of a fenced window in black and white. Refer to sample for example.
Winners announced: 30th May, 2014 GMT
Winner: Common reef octopus (Octopus cyanea)
Submit an image of a living - and in (or partially in)-the-water - octopus, squid, or cuttlefish. The image can contain multiple of the same animal, or a combination of some or all. The animal could be in your neighborhood's aquarium, your private aquarium, or in the open sea. The image should portray clearly that the animal is alive (not on a dissecting table, in a pickle jar, nor...
Winners announced: 16th May, 2014 GMT
Winner: Great Grey Owl
Submit an image of a hooter; the bird known for its 'hooting' calls, a.k.a Owl. The image could be of any owl.
Winners announced: 25th April, 2014 GMT
Winner: Anna cooks linguini
Stays in the kitchen. Submit an image of things that happen in the kitchen, such as cooking, eating, washing, stacking the refrigerator, etc . Image should have a human or more in doing things in the kitchen.
Winners announced: 18th April, 2014 GMT
Winner: Forteresse de Salses, France
Submit an image of a fortress. An image of a fort is acceptable if it is locally called a fortress.
Winners announced: 11th April, 2014 GMT
Even after a ship wrecks, the wreck tells a story. Find a shipwreck nearby or far away, and post its image here. Any setting (land or water) is allowed. Using filters to dramatize the scene is allowed. No B/W, nor monotones.
4. Lush Green
Winners announced: 4th April, 2014 GMT
Winner: Endless Mountains , PA
Submit an image that captures the lushness of green in the forest. Wide angle or close-ups acceptable. Green should be the overwhelming color, and the image should convey: this is a forest (if shooting closeup).
3. Milky Way
Winners announced: 28th March, 2014 GMT
Winner: Delicate Arch under the Milky Way
Submit an image that captures the Milky way in any settings (Desert, City, Ocean, etc) If you have astrophotography tracking system (e.g. Polarie), feel free to use it. Please state your setup if your image is the result of a setup beyond the basic tripod/Bulb/End. Entrant can submit up to 2 images provided they're two reasonably different compositions in my eyes; no complaints about this part...
Winners announced: 21st March, 2014 GMT
Winner: Enter At Own Risk!
Dark. Depressing. Desolate. Apocalyptic. Post an HDR image of a location or an item that has been abandoned, where the effect of time is clear and it is no longer fit for human contact or interaction. Examples: a scene you'd find in a ghost town, abandoned industrial building, abandoned schools/hospitals/offices/barns, or the like. The image should convey that the scene has not had human...
Winners announced: 14th March, 2014 GMT
Winner: Viennese Reflections
Submit a shot of one or more mannequins that are dressed. Full body or any body part thereof are acceptable. Location could of a store front window, inside a department store, shopping mall, or other creative locations. Any distasteful image will be DQ'd. Before entering this challenge, please open your profile, note your stats, then read Additional Rules
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