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2019 - 2020 Challenge Topics

There are no Challenge Topics for the year 2020 - 2021. Below are the ones we did for 19-20.

Instructions:  The major focus of the photo must incorporate the Challenge, rather than being just a small element of it. Shots must have been taken since June 10, 2019 when the list was distributed. Upload your entries to Dropbox or bring prints to the appropriate meeting.


  • Patterns in Nature – Look for repeated shapes that create a pattern; in scenics, flowers, animals, rocks etc.


  • Long Exposure – Shutter speed no faster than 1/20th of a second. Good for night shots, (scenes, stars etc) to get enough light. For moving objects, water, fireworks etc to soften vs getting sharp detail. You’ll need a tripod for most approaches to this challenge, and darkening filters to accomplish it in strong light.


  • Panning; a Sense of Motion – Follow a moving object with your camera, blurring the background. The slower the shutter speed, the blurrier the background will be.


  • Holiday Show


  • Silhouette – An image of your subject represented as a solid shape of a single color (usually black). Try to capture the subject in a way that communicates the idea of it, without any interior details.


  • Creative Lighting – Light the subject with something other than ambient light. Think colored light, light placed from an unusual angle to create a different atmosphere or find subjects lit by something other than the sun; neon lights, the moon, headlights on a car ...


  • Ugly is Beautiful – Make a beautiful photo of an object or scene that is inherently ugly or despised. Could be a homely animal, garbage, wreckage, environmental destruction – use your eyes and your imagination.


  • Far from the Madding Crowd – A place of solitude where one can recuperate from the stresses of life.


  • Just Another Roadside Attraction The tourist draws that small towns boast of, or something along the road that attracted your attention, whether it was intended to or not.