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Photo Challenge

April 15, 2014
by Kirsty Garland

A World of Pure Imagination

It’s me! No, don’t worry, I haven’t hacked the site to take it over before taking over the rest of the internet and then the rest of the world; Jonathan kindly asked if I wanted to try setting a challenge this week! If you’re fairly new or just in a permanent state of dopeyness (I can relate), I am Kirsty, I have lost track of exactly when I started doing the challenge- I know it was in an October within the last couple of years… Anyway, I’m 18 with the curiosity and mind of someone ten years younger and therefore hoping to do Animation at Uni!

Boring and confuzzlement aside, the Challenge this week is, if you didn’t get it by the title, A World of Pure Imagination, as inspired by the beautiful song of the same name. I’m thinking of a photo in collaboration with your imagination, whether it’s a cloud that looks like something, or going a bit crazy on photoshop (an example possibly being my travel photo from a few weeks ago). Have fun with it, and don’t worry if your vision doesn’t come across blatantly- that’s what imaginations are for!

As always, the deadline is next Tuesday 22nd at noon. Enjoy, and I hope to have maybe figured out how to post the results by then! =^.^=

April 15, 2014
by Jonathan

Catharsis – Results

There are some extremely powerful entries this week – well done to everyone who entered. I’ll now hand you over to Kirsty for this week’s new challenge :)

April 8, 2014
by Jonathan


Thanks to Kirsty for suggesting this week’s challenge, catharsis.



  1. the process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions.

Photography has always been an emotive subject for both the photographer and the viewer. Your challenge is try to capture cathartic emotions in a picture.

Please send your entries in by noon on Tuesday 15th April. Good luck!

Spring – Results

April 8, 2014 by Jonathan | 2 Comments

Happy Spring to everyone who entered this week – including first-timers Jade and Mary. Welcome! :)

April 1, 2014
by Jonathan


As promised, this week’s challenge is going to be a bit more straightforward than last week’s!

For those of us in the northern hemisphere (I think that’s all of our regular contributors at the moment) the season is turning to spring. The weather is getting warmer and the flowers are coming out, so I want everyone to capture a little piece of what spring means to them.

If you’re in a location south of the equator or that doesn’t have a concept of spring, then improvise! :)

Please send your seasonal entries in by noon on Tuesday 8th April. Have fun!

Colour cues – Results

April 1, 2014 by Jonathan | 6 Comments

It turns out I wasn’t lying when I said this one would be tricky! Just three entries this week – so very well done to those people who managed to untangle the strange idea that I came up with :) I promise this week’s challenge will be a bit less insane…

March 25, 2014
by Jonathan

Colour cues

I thought we’d try something a bit more tricky this week. I want everyone to take a photo of a coloured object in black & white and use false visual cues to fool* the viewer into thinking that it is a different colour.

Let me explain. You could take a picture of a red car, convert it to black & white and attempt to use context to fool the viewer into thinking it is a blue car. Avoid using subjects where the colour is well-known, e.g. red London buses or green leaves, but consider using background props of a well-known colour to give visual cues, e.g. blue sea or sky, or red bricks.

You could also use coloured filters or play with the colour channels while editing to make your black & white version look different.

I have no idea if this will actually work – the idea came to me a few weeks ago, so let’s find out – this should be interesting!

Please send your entries in by noon on Tuesday 1st April*. Good luck!

* Happy April Fools’ Day!

Look up – Results

March 25, 2014 by Jonathan | 6 Comments

Apologies for the slightly late results again today. All the computers at work conspired against me and getting them to work again was like herding kittens so I stayed late. Unlike mischievous kittens, it’s best not to spray computers with water, though!

Here are this week’s vertically-inclined entries. Please give a warm welcome to Dinos who has entered for the first time, and a welcome back to HelenOllie and James, whom we haven’t seen for a while :)

The variety of shots this week is enormous, so I hope we will have lots to talk about in the comments ;)

March 18, 2014
by Jonathan

Look up

This week the theme is look up, and was suggested some time ago by Helen B, whom we haven’t seen for a while.

Take a picture looking up at the sky, at the clouds, at a tall building or something else entirely.

Please send your entries in by noon on Tuesday 25th March. Have fun!

Then & Now – Results

March 18, 2014 by Jonathan | 9 Comments

Fantastic set of entries this week, thanks to everyone who explored their local area and maybe even indulged in a little local history. Most of these pictures don’t have place names or dates on them, so if anyone fancies giving a little background to their picture, that’d be great :)