Photo Challenges & Resources

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My dad started taking me on photo shoots when I turned interesting.  (to him at least – about age 10) That challenged me (and probably him, too!)  Photo Challenges on the Internet seem more like photo prescriptions.  Someone writes a prescription for the type of photo they want, and you fill the prescription from your pharmacy of photos. Photos you might never show, often fit the challenge perfectly.


A Challenge for Every Day



  • 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 Schrandt 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.
  • Four bloggers host Lens-Artists Challenge.  They’ve hosted a challenge every Saturday at noon since WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge was discontinued. It’s now been two years and it’s still going strong.



  • Facebook had its Photo Challenge called #7DayNaturePhotoChallenge Hashtags get you all kinds of groups and commu – 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 photobloggers.
  • Becky of Winchester hosts a photo challenge of Squares in which you take pictures according to a theme and add one a day for the month.


Free Photo Resources

Sometimes you don’t have time or have the right shot for your blog post. Here are some online sources for free photos.


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.

  • Photo Challenge Tip #1:  Sometimes you are asked to link forward.  I learned that if you put the address of their post into the url slot on their icon, rather than the automatic place it saves in you media file, then you direct people back to the originator.  Thanks Jakesprinter for teaching me that!!
  • Photo Challenge Tip #2:  If you can tell your story using a photo challenge, you can paste a link your story to their challenge page, and more people will check it out.  I spend time checking out their links too.
  • Photo Challenge Tip #3:  Writing photo challenges takes a lot more time and imagination than you think I thought.  Before you try writing your own, participate in someone else’s.  They will appreciate it, and you will learn a lot.  If you are like me, you’ll erase your own challenge page! (The contests you initiate hehehe)  🙂
More geometry

Here are a few photo posts I wrote early on as I experimented with my new camera, Photoshop and all the technical skills I didn’t know.

You can see my photos on Instagram, Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

4 thoughts on “Photo Challenges & Resources”

  1. I love your photos. We one with the fog is fantastic but we need a spring photo. My internet is so slow and I am impatient. I will give you an old fashion telephone call. Thanks Sally

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