Thanks for visiting PhotoChallenge.org. I set out in late 2007 with the first of these challenges, and it has grown into an awesome learning tool for photographers of all levels.
The current goal is for you to commit to one of many photo challenges that will stretch your photographic skills. You won’t find tutorials in aperture and shutter speed. You won’t find tutorials on using Adobe Photoshop. What you will find is a constant community of interacting photographers. Learning all of that is important. However, where many photographic learning falls short, is with hands-on experience. That’s why going to a real art school is so good. You get to use a lot of good equipment, and you get to constantly interact with other photographers.
The Flickr-experience is good, but not great. Many have set unfair expectations for their experience at photo-sharing websites, like Flickr. Then, when they don’t get the contstructive criticism they expected, they loose hope.
PhotoChallenge.org is the link between you the photographer, and your photo-sharing site. This is where many of us can join together, and commit to view and critique each other’s photography.
Now, unless otherwise stated, each of the photo challenges here will follow a common set of guidelines. These are not hard rules. They exist mostly to help us all know what to expect. Breaking the guidelines will have no consequence, other than a diminished experience for you.
- Each submission should be shot during the time frame of the specific photo challenge.
- Each participating photographer should be involved in an online photo-sharing website. At the very least, you should be blogging your photography. This will allow us all to interact with you, in a “public” place. We can then comment, encourage, and critique your work. The most common site is Flickr. Participating in the Flickr community will also allow you to submit your photos the official PhotoChallenge.org pool, making it even easier for us all to find and enjoy your work.
- Each submission must follow the stated tagging requirements. All submissions should have the “photochallenge” tag. However, each challenge will also have its own assigned tags. (for example: The April Challenge, of 2008, had “aprilchallenge” and “aprilchallenge2008″ as tags.)
- Make every effort to keep up with the challenge’s schedule. The 2008 Challenge has a weekly submission. The April Challenge has a daily submission. If you miss a submission, just pick up where everyone else is, when you return. Don’t worry about shooting multiple shots, for each day you’ve missed.
I hope these guidelines help clarify what is expected of us all, during the challenges. Take a closer look at each photo challenge’s announcement post, for any additional recommendations.