People are getting creative during these challenging times. As a result, a few top camera companies and creators are acknowledging homebound ingenuity. Freelance photographer Jeremy Cohen already won the ultimate reward, the cover shot on a recent edition of the New Yorker after his 'quarantine cutie' TikTok clip went viral.

It isn't just about sharing, or winning. It's also about community. This is why major companies, from GoPro to Leica, are launching challenges and offering free educational resources as well. The key is to stay inspired and even learn a few new skills. The opportunity to gain exposure, without being exposed, is going to be an ongoing theme these next few months. Here are 5 photography and videography challenges worth checking out.

GoPro #HomePro Challenge

GoPro recently launched the #HomePro challenge to reward photographers and videographers confined to their abodes with prizes. From now until April 30th, creators are encouraged to upload their most imaginative homebound content to Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, Youtube, or Facebook with the #HomePro and #GoPro hashtags. 5 submissions will be selected every day and the winners will receive their choice of a HERO8 Black or MAX camera plus 5 years of GoPro PLUS.

‘The GoPro community captures the most amazing videos that wow billions of viewers around the world. Now, we want to tap into their creativity to inspire others to find magic in their home-bound experience,’ said GoPro founder and CEO, Nick Woodman. ‘We launched this challenge to see what creative radness, inventiveness or weirdness people are getting up to at home. And so far, we've been stoked with what we have seen.’

Download the FREE GoPro App to get started. You don’t need to capture footage with a GoPro device to qualify. Entries taken with any type of camera, including a phone, will be considered. If you’re looking for a soundtrack to accompany your footage, GoPro offers up free music on their contest page.

Stay Home with Leica Photo Challenge

Leica recently announced a series of free Akademie educational talks to help the photography community stay active and inspired while safely social distancing. To coincide with the courses, they’re also offering weekly Instagram challenges to reward community members who are making the most of their time indoors. Courses with Ruddy Roye and award-winning documentary photographer Doug Menuez are starting this week.

Any camera can be used to capture submissions to the contest. Simply tag your posts with the hashtag #StayHomeWithLeica to be considered for a prize that includes a Leica Akademie bespoke class (a $150 value) and a feature on their social profiles including Instagram. The winner of the current challenge will be announced on Saturday, April 11th. Here are the rules:

#StayHomeWithLeica Photo Challenge Rules

  1. Follow us on Instagram
  2. Post an image that shows a daily ritual performed or a moment with your family
  3. Tag #StayHomeWithLeica & @LeicaCameraUSA in the caption
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Sigma #shotathome

Starting April 6th through June 26th, Sigma is encouraging participants to submit their best photos and videos depicting life in quarantine. A $500 American Express gift card will be awarded weekly. At the end of each month, weekly winners will be pooled and the overall best submission will be awarded with a $1,000 American Express gift card. At the conclusion of the contest, the grand prize winner will receive
a Sigma fp camera plus a 45mm F2.8 DG DN contemporary lens. A second-place contest winner will be awarded with any Sigma lens valued at $1000 or less.

‘We are in the midst of an unprecedented moment in history that has dramatically impacted the heart of the creative imaging community,’ says Mark Amir-Hamzeh, President, Sigma Corporation of America. ‘#sigmashotathome is our humble attempt to bring inspiration and creativity to a difficult situation and to remind creators, regardless of stylistic choices, field or gear preferences, that we are in this together.’

Entries can be captured with any type of camera though Sigma encourages entrants to let them know if their brand was used. Up to 10 photos or videos are permitted per week and can be submitted here. The contest is currently open to U.S. residents only.

Files uploaded must:

  • Have the file naming convention: DATE_LAST NAME_DESCRIPTIVE TITLE
  • Be under 25MB and .jpg format with 3000x2000 maximum resolution
  • If any discernible person is in your film, you must be able to provide an image release form
  • Must be original work in which you own all creative rights

Entrants can also:

  • Like and Follow Sigma Corporation of America on Facebook and Instagram
  • Upload the photo submission to Facebook and Instagram, tag Sigma Corporation of America and include the hashtag #sigmashotathome

Getty Museum Recreations of Famous Artwork

While there aren’t any prizes awarded, the opportunity to be featured on the Getty Museum’s
Twitter feed, which currently boasts 1.3 million followers, makes it worth the effort to enter their current stay-at-home challenge. To qualify, the Los Angeles-based museum has invited people to recreate famous works of art using three objects found in the home with these simple requirements:

  • Choose your favorite artwork
  • Find three things lying around your house
  • Recreate the artwork with those items
  • And share with us (by replying to their Twitter posts)

The contest looks to be ongoing. The Getty staff has shared the following resource for inspiration.

The Art of Photography Challenges

Ted Forbes, who runs the popular instructional YouTube channel The Art of Photography, has returned with much-anticipated new challenges for 2020. Free bi-weekly classes are designed to change how photographers see things while enhancing their skills.

In the spirit of staying home, and mostly indoors, Forbes is encouraging people to make the most of the light that is available. The lessons for his first assignment can be found below: