***Challenge #95 - TELL US YOUR STORY ***

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Kathryne Senior Member • Posts: 1,824
***Challenge #95 - TELL US YOUR STORY ***

I am honoured to have had my photo chosen by Alex as the winner of the last challenge. There were many wonderful photos entered and I feel humbled to have one of my images chosen as the winner by such an accomplished photographer.

I haven't been on DPR for a while, so hopefully this theme is not too repetetive. The deadline for this challenge is Friday, February 12th. I will be away from the 5th to the 9th, so if there are any questions in that timeframe, I will try to answer them when I return and before the deadline.

The challenge, as the title says, is TELL US YOUR STORY. Much of the time, budding photographers take images of very interesting things, but those things don't really tell a story. Imagery, to me, is about connecting emotionally with the subject. Every photograph has a story. Many stories are boring. Let's not fall into that in this challenge.

I want to know something about you, the photographer. What your passions are, where your fears lie, heck, even what your day is like. Let me give you an example. Here are three images that have meaning to me, not because of the places in particular, but simply because the ocean is where I find my center, where I go to meditate, how I stand back and reflect on my life. I also travel quite a bit, and these three images are taken in very different parts of the world (Mexico, Hawaii and England). The common theme is the ocean and you can surmise from this series that there is a personal connection there.

You don't have to make this deeply personal, it can simply be about how you spend your day. However, it must tell me something about you beyond the fact that you are a photographer.

VERY IMPORTANT I do not want any narrative to accompany your submissions outside of your title. I want your images to speak for themselves and give me some insight into who you are. I'll take my best guess at your message for the top ten at judging time.

Good luck! I'm looking forward to your excellent entries!


Submit one to three photos as your single entry to this challenge. If you are submitting one photo, it needs to be a very strong one. If you are submitting two to three, there should be a discernable theme to the images. If you submit more than one photo, your images will be judged as a set and will succeed or fail based on the strength of the entire set, so please don't throw in a cr*ppy photo just to make a set.

...and some basic RULES:

The host gives you a topic of interest and you get going. The host chooses a winner after closing. The decision of the judge (the Host) is final. The judge is not eligible. The winner then chooses the next topic, runs the challenge, judges the winner and passes on the baton to that person. If the winner fails to post a new challenge within 72 hours of being declared the winner then the runner-up should post the new challenge within a further 24 hours.

Any picture you’ve taken is eligible regardless of time taken and camera it was taken with.

You can do all the post processing you want. However, it is most helpful if you list your camera, lens and exposure info along with your photo. Feel free to comment on other contestant’s images. If you want someone to leave you a piece of constructive criticism, put (CC) next to the title of your image [e.g. Sunset with Canada Geese (CC)].

VERY IMPORTANT!!! - Please reply to the FIRST (ORIGINAL) post if you are submitting an entry and please RENAME THE SUBJECT TO INDICATE THE TITLE OF YOUR PHOTO ENTRY.


Please embed your image in the thread. Try to resize your photos prior to posting so they’re sized appropriately for viewing without having to scroll (800 to 1000 pixels on the longest side works best.)

Instructions for embedding a photo:

Basically putting http: your-hosting-site/ your-photo.jpg will show your photo here. This means you can:

1. While your photo on Pbase (or any other web site) is open, copy the URL address from the address box on your tool bar, then paste it into your reply thread. Add a .jpg extension to get the photo to show up. Click on preview to make sure it’s what you want.


2. Right click on the image in Pbase (or where ever you’ve hosted it), click on “Properties”... highlight the link with the .jpg extension on it and paste it into your message text.

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