As a response to those concerns, I present to you the Project 52 Photography Challenge.
Challenge your artistic skills and commitment to your craft and walk away with a year worth of memories and experience that will last a lifetime.
The basic gist is this: Find a theme, subject, photography genre, and style that you want to explore for a year. Take a photo a week and post it every Tuesday for a year and whoever rocks the most in the end, wins!
Start DateJanuary 1, 2010. You have a month grace-period (to give everyone a chance to hear about this), so the latest you first start posting is actually February 1st.
If you start a bit later, still start posting in Week 1. You have to have a photo in every folder by the end.
End DateDecember 31, 2010
RULESThere are only a couple of rules, but they're important to keep this challenge both fair and interesting.
Pick a theme
The first requirement is a tough one. You have to pick a theme for your 52.
The theme can be can be ANY genre/subgallery, style, and subject matter in photography. The only requirement though is that it has to involve some type of "progression".
Need a better idea of what this means? Just imagine... if you were to make a book of photos, what theme and/or subject would that book have?
This probably sounds vague, but it's easy.. the 52 just have to be related somehow to one another. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- A year of your life - the things you did, places you saw, things you ate
- Life of a plant - capture a photo of your favorite plant once a week to show how it lives, dies, is reborn through the seasons
- Emotion/color/parts of the body/etc - a different emotion, color, part of the body, etc featured every week
- Experiences of a stuffed animal - we throw our stuffed animals around all the time, take a photo of exactly where your favorite one is at noon on saturday.. every week for a year.
Hardest part of the challenge is the time commitment you have to make.
You MUST take a photo roughly a week... can't take 20 shots in a single month to get ahead or catch up if you've taken a break.
I will actually check the exif data of the images if I need to validate that you've been actually taking photos throughout the year.
How/Where to Post the Images
The best and most recommended way to post your images: post in Community Relations - Project 52 Folder. When you post to the group, you can also post to your own gallery. Kill two birds with one stone. If you need help, just ask me or any of the Gallery Moderators. You have to be a member of #communityrelations to post in the group, so click "join" in the group. Most communication on this project will be through the group.
An image must be uploaded roughly every week. A few days lapse is ok, but I will check to make sure the winner was posting weekly to prevent someone showing up in November and "catching up".
I recommend setting the goal of posting an image every Tuesday. It's right after the weekend and easy to keep track of.
Every Tuesday, I will post a reminder in my journal to remind you that it's time to post.
The grand prize is:
dA camera bag
A coffee table photography book of your 52 photographs.
Before you get too excited and later lynch me, I just want to be up-front that this will be a book that I design and create for the winner through a self-publishing website like lulu press or blurb (or whoever has the highest quality product at the time).
After you receive your book, I will send you the project file for it. That means that you can then post it for sale and hopefully sell a few copies of the book! Of course, you get to keep all the profits from it.
More InfoIf you have any questions, need any clarifications, or want more info... don't hesitate to note, email, or skype me. (all contact info is on my front page)
so... common.. you're in, right?!