Getting Hooked on Photo Challenges

hooked on photo challenges

Photo Challenges Hooked Bloggers- Content & Community

Readers and writers get hooked on photo challenges. Photo challenges provide themes and an example response to prime your writing or photography pump. Bloggers look at your work to get ideas. Some of them stick and become part of your community. In this post, you will find an updated list of photo challenges and some tips for participating in them.

“Photography is the only language that can be understood around the world” Bruno Barbey

hooked on photo challenges
Mom, Jaime’s lying … AGAIN! I didn’t take those berries!
  • There’s no more wasted time thinking of a topic!
  • You have time to plan and schedule posts.
  • Now you can be consistent.
  • Fewer unused photographs languish abandoned in your files. Why:
    •  There are not enough of them to create a post, or
    • they are silly,
    • bad,
    • or just too purple. 

Getting Hooked on Photo Challenges Supports

  • The bloggers who host them,
  • The blogging neophyte who makes an instant friend.
  • Regular blog challenge followers form communities.
  • Others’ posts inspire more ideas.

WordPress author Michelle W. posted about the importance of community and listed several sites to join. However, if you want to create your own photography community, realize that it takes a lot of time and thought to host a blog challenge. Host bloggers:

  • are regular and consistent as the need for food
  • create an icon for each published challenge
  • publish themes for each challenge
  • read the posts of those who respond
  • sometimes/usually recognize them on their blog
  • write comments on participant’s blog

“A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.” Eudora Welty

hooked on photo challenges
Obviously the perfect defense.

Thoughts on Photo Challenges 

Terri Webster Schrandt writes in her blog, Second Wind Leisure,

“I love photography and I take tons of photos with my Samsung phone and my digital camera! There are a variety of photography challenges available and most are open to everyone.”

Here are some of the challenges that have hooked Terri’s and me.

Cee Neuner suggests the WordPress page of event challenges. There are tons of challenges of all types, and they are searchable. I clicked on some of them to test them out. One went to a private blog and did not have information. This page includes one-time challenges which have ended.

Yvette Prior also has a master list of challenges she enjoys on her blog. Here is a link to the Photography and Visual Arts page. You can sort by how often they occur as well. However, some of them are outdated from as far back as Sept. 2015.



  • Cee Neuner’s Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge I like this one because it uses photographs that do not fit anywhere else. Cee hosts different challenges for different days of the week. Check her site for the many challenges she hosts.
  • Jennifer Nicole Wells‘ One Word Photo Challenge She has seasonal challenges as well. See below for the most current seasonal challenge.
  • Sandra from Wild Daffodil posts a calendar of themes for the entire year on her Photo Challenge. She and Cathy share the duties of monitoring the challenge.
  • Here’s a new photo challenge that Terri Webster Brandt found, Dutch Goes the Photo. Each Tuesday Frank posts a new theme.



  • Norm 2.0’s Thursday Doors 
  • Paula’s  Thursday’s Special. Click on her link to see her scheduled challenges.
  • Leanne Cole’s Thursday post is Monochrome Madness Entries must be emailed to her by Tuesday @ 6:00 pm Melbourne, AU time. Additional instructions are at the bottom of the post.
  • Check out Nancy Merrill’s A Photo a Week Challenge. Take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday.



  • Cate has a Six Word Saturday challenge I like. It’s sort of like writing a haiku or a tweet for your picture. It’s a challenge to pack bang into your word bucks.
  • Jennifer Nichole Wells Weather Challenge Break from January – April. The themes are posted ahead of time.


Any Day Photo Challenges

  • Facebook had its Photo Challenge called #7DayNaturePhotoChallenge Hashtags get you all kinds of groups and communities – a topic for another post.
  • One more #photochallenge on Facebook.
  • Cardinal Guzman has an artistic challenge. He wants only new material each month. Check out his page, and you’ll understand what he wants.
  • Photo a Day from Mat Mum Slim, who looks beautiful, BTW. #FMSphotoaday
  • Carol, from my home state of IN shares an interesting challenge if you want flowers all year at May Dreams Gardens
  • Dawn from the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, an hour outside of Washington DC, two hours away from the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay hosts Lingering Looks at Windows. You can post anytime during the month.
  • Photo Rehab Lucille opened the Photo Rehab Event in this blog, a ‘healing clinic,’ for all of us who love photography (hobbyists, amateurs, pro-shooters, and enthusiasts) who missed the course and daily interaction with other photo bloggers.

Seasonal challenges

People who got hooked on photo challenges

Finally, most, if not all, challenge bloggers post a link to all the bloggers who enter their challenges. Follow the clicks to get instant friends. Sticky friends are the ones you enjoy and revisit frequently.

If you find other challenges, post a link to your post answering that ongoing contest in my comment box.  🙂

Please share if you enjoy photo challenges.

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Author: Marsha

Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. For thirty-five years, I lived in the most beautiful area in Central Valley of California in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains minutes from the Sequoia National Park. As a child I moved from Indiana to Oregon. With my first husband I moved from Oregon to Colorado to California. Every time we moved, it hurt so much to leave friends. I never wanted to move again. After Mark passed, I married again. I told Vince that I could never budge from my roots in California. He said he loved the high desert. I don't think he ever thought he would realize his dream. In November, 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

34 thoughts on “Getting Hooked on Photo Challenges”

  1. Awesome post, Marsha! And thank for the link and shout out! I would like to feature this post in a few weeks (we can make it a guest post). I’ll PM you wilth my idea. I am going to check out some of those other challenges. It can really be fun to combine challenges!


  2. I see all these challenges and love looking at them and reading about them – one day I might just join in when I’m not so busy (and far more organised) 😀


    1. You are so busy. Working, writing, blogging. I’m retired, and I can’t catch them all regularly. Sylvia is one of the few I have found that does them all regularly. Terri Schrandt is starting to do this as well. It’s one way to build community. You build community a different way, Dianne. 🙂 Thanks so much for being part of mine! 🙂


    1. When I go back and look through many of my friend’s blogs, I notice that I met most of them through Photo Challenges., and I don’t even consider myself a photographer in the truest sense of the word. 🙂 I do love the challenges, though! You’re welcome for the shout out. 🙂


  3. Glad to know that you are getting hooked by the photo challenges. Glad again that you joined MM challenge. The expressions in the pictures are cute! Hope to see your entries again. Sorry I missed to add your entry in the previous week. I’ll do it on the coming week’s post.


  4. This is a great list of photo challenges. It not only gets you to post often (and the sense of community), but it also helps you work on your own photography skills and style. Since the photos aren’t for anything thing specifically, you can play around with photoshop and have fun!


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