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Weeklies & Assignments

(includes contest series: “Weekly Wednesdays” and extended-weekly contests with Cash Prize Pools!)

This is where you’ll find the week-based photo challenges, many one week long (plus the extended-weekly contests and Cash Prize Pools). Shorter time periods put the pressure on, which can boost your creativity. And be sure to check out the latest Winners Showcase and the PhoozL Points rankings scoreboards. The more you participate, the more chances you have of moving up the rankings!

SEE BOXES BELOW: Different contest themes to challenge and motivate you. Showing 2012 and 2013 contests below with new contests coming or being planned!

SEE BELOW: At bottom are the longer Photo Assignments (only 2 showing), which are fanciful photo challenges modeled on traditional assignments that art directors, editor, and publishers have always given photographers. These are more sporadic.
 

Toy Story

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Toys feature prominently in many cultures during the time of winter holidays. Do you have toy stories to tell with your photographs? Let the fun begin!
(NOTE: last Weekly contest of 2013!)

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Nighttime Nature

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Nature is a favorite subject of photographers and always has been. Usually thought of in the context of daylight hours, we’re flipping the subject around to nighttime. Show us your nighttime nature!

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Interiors

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

A room, a house, a museum… concentrate on the feeling of interiors with their compositional elements and especially the light. Light on Forms in Space; in a manner that defines an interior.

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La Mer

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Our subject is oceans, seas, and any partly landlocked portions of the ocean (and anything related to that which covers 71 percent of the earth’s surface). And yes, our judge is French!

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Portal

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

A portal invites you into a different place. It might be an impressive gateway or an ordinary door. Take us to your favorite portals with your eye and your camera.

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A Part of the Whole

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Your challenge is to show only part of a whole: a piece, a section, a component, a partial view. But leave visual hints as to what the whole is. Show the Piece but hint at the Whole.

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Street Shots

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Street photographs are mirror images of society; images of buildings, people, animals or objects that fill our daily street life, whether urban or not. Show us your best Street Shots!

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Couples

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

The focus in on two people (or animals or both) who are exhibiting a special relationship or connection. Show us your cool couples!

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Fall Color Magic

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Fall (aka Autumn) is that wonderful season when days are cooler, air is crisper, and colors turn to magic. Show us your own Fall Color Magic!

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Abstracts

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Abstract photography communicates primarily through: form, pattern, line, and shape. Show us your best abstracts!

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Bugs, Bees & Butterflies

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Ready for creepy-crawly-flying things?
Bees, butterflies, insects, spiders…
Let’s see your best bugs!

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Smile

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Smiling is a universal facial expression, but it wasn’t common in early photographs. Let’s change that. Show us your best smile photos!

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Mobile Floral

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Think flowers, whether blooming, died or dried. New or archived. But mobile-only, please. Fall is also for Flowers. Show us!

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Solo

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Welcome to Solo. Think: uno, solitary, alone, isolated, or unique. Go beyond the mundane or the obvious on this one. Show us your best in singularity.

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Drinkography

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Following on our Foodtography contest, let’s see what you’ve got for beverages. Formal drinks, casual toasts, rowdy bars… alcoholic or not... all is fine as long as the focus is on the drinks, not food. Drink up!

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Mono Landscape

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Look to the land and show us your best B&W (includes monochrome, toned, or selectively toned) landscape images.

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The Story: In 3 Acts

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Extended-entry, free contest
Your assignment is to tell (show) a complete story in 3 images. The photo story should have a beginning, middle, and end (and indicate the order).

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Architectural Details

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Extended-entry, free contest
Architecture has lots of details that are stories in themselves. Show us your best architectural details in this extended (2-week) contest.

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Floral Magic Macro

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Your challenge is to focus on the magic of flowers. Intimate details, colors, textures… surprise us with your close-up or macro views. Let your camera speak the language of flowers.

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Mobile-icious

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Any FOOD is fair game for this contest, whether at mealtime, raw, packaged, in the ground, fast food, et al. (but focus on food, not drinks). And list the mobile device and any apps used to process the image.

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Oui !

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Ah, la France. To honor Bastille Day, say “Oui” (yes) to France the country, culture, food, people, etc. Even if you’ve never been, show us your interpretations of la République francaise. Be French for a week!

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Pets in B&W

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Extended-entry, cash-prize weekly contest.
We love our pets! And we love classic B&W (or toned) photos. Now is your chance to combine both. Show us your best B&W pet photos!
NOTE: Progressive, Cash Prize Pool

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4th of July - Celebration

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

In honor of the July 4th holiday in U.S. but even going beyond that, consider summer celebrations in all their forms: fireworks, parades, concerts, BBQs, picnics, etc. Show us your best celebration captures!

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The Four Elements

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Show us images that COMBINE as many of the FOUR Classic Elements (Earth, Water, Air, Fire) as possible WITHIN the image. The minimum requirement is two, but three, or all four, will weigh in your favor.

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Summertime

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

The Summer Solstice is upon us (in the Northern Hemisphere), and it’s time to mark the high point of long days and short nights. Show us your best interpretations of Summertime!

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The Elements - Fire

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Continuing our series of the four classic “elements”: Earth, Water, Air, and Fire… this week is Part IV: FIRE. Show us your Quest for Fire!

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The Cats Meow

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

What is it about Cats? So independent, so inscrutable, so... well, cat-like. Show us Felis Catus in all her (or his) glory. Whether yours or someone else’s, show us your cats!

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Forgotten & Abandoned

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

People, things, and places that are forgotten or abandoned still have power, even if they are now inhabited only by ghosts. Show us what time has left behind. Show us what has been cast off or neglected.

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The Elements - Air

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Continuing our series of the four classic Elements: Earth, Water, Air, Fire... this week is Part III: AIR. What does Air mean to you? Show us!

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Architecture Nights

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

If Architecture can be defined generally as buildings and other physical structures, and if we define Night here as between sunset and sunrise, then show us your best Architecture Nights images!

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B&W - Curves

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Curves can be smooth and sensual, or icily perfect. Curves can make you smile. Show us your best curvy B&W images—what comes to mind when you think of Curves?

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The Elements - Water

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Continuing our series of the four classic \"elements\": Earth, Water, Air, and Fire... this week is Part II: Water. What does “Water” mean to you? Show us!

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Trio

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Trio... three of anything, either showing similarity or harmony, or contrast or opposition. Show us your best triple threats, your best threesomes.

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Small Is Beautiful

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

What are your most interesting up-close or macro shots? The views that invited you to explore the beauty of a whole new (small) world?

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The Elements - Earth

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

The four Classic Elements are: Earth, Water, Air,
and Fire. We are starting here with Earth. What
does it mean to you? Show us!

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Foodtography

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Home-cooked meals, dining out, fast food, studio shots... all are fair game for this contest about food (focus on food, not drinks). And the bonus is that you can eat the subject!

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Color Blind

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

The traditional black-and-white (B&W) photo. Show us your best monochrome (grayscale) images that focus on composition, tone, and form. No selective color or color tints; just B&W like the good old days.

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Spring Fever

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

To mark the change of seasons, let us celebrate the spring equinox (North Hemisphere) with your visions and interpretations of spring’s best qualities: rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, and regrowth. It is spring!

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Bending Reality

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

We leave reality behind this week for an excursion to a place where Surrealism meets Abstraction, and Photorealism is left behind to wander the corridors of your creativity.

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Me, Myself & I

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

This week\'s theme is YOU. Show us some or all of your physical being (tastefully, of course!). Self-portraits, close-ups, reflections, fleeting impressions... Show us U!

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A Still Life

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

This week’s theme is ‘A Still Life,’ which basically means: any intentional grouping or depiction of inanimate objects. Could be of single or multiple subjects. We’re leaving this wide open to your interpretation, but remember: composition is important.

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Circles

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

This week\'s theme is \"Circles\" - anything that contains circular forms OR contains a subject that folds back on itself OR suggests a cyclical nature. The judge is intentionally leaving it wide open for you.

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Minimalismo

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Minimalist photography is a style that has at its core the famous phrase: Less is More. And Minimalismo recognizes our judge in Barcelona. Show us your best/less minimalist photos!

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The Shadow Knows

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Make (or find) compelling images where the shadow is the star, but it gives hints about the identity of its “parent.” These should be well-thought-out images. Have fun, and be creative!

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The Rural Life

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Country life, agriculture, small towns, villages; definitely NOT the Big City... Show us your rural visions.


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Duo

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Duo... two of anything, either showing similarity and harmony, or contrast or opposition. Let’s see your double vision (prefer solo images, not diptychs).

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Show that Song - The Beatles

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

2013 STARTS... It’s music appreciation time! Take ANY Beatles song title or lyric and represent or illustrate it with your photography, new or old.

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Dream

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

2012 CONTESTS END HERE! Martin Luther King, Jr. had one. You have them. You see them with your eyes closed on the big screen in your mind. Now show us how they look through the lens of your camera. Show us your dreams.

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New Beginnings

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

A new year represents new beginnings. What do you see as a new beginning? Show us. (new or archived images OK)

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Photo Hunt - Celebration

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

A new photo scavenger hunt to celebrate the winter holidays and more. But new captures only! (Dec 8 - Jan 2, 2013) Extended 2-week Contest.

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A Skewed View

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Cameras are normally held either horizontally or vertically. Not in this contest! Instead, show us your Skewed Views where the camera is rotated or twisted to create a compelling photo.

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Signs of the Times

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Think about the signs all around you and show us your best visual takes on them. Consider not just road signs, but any sort of display of utility or wayfinding information.

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Pattern & Form

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Lines, shapes, and patterns are an important component of photographic composition. What do they reveal about the world and you? What do you see?

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Photo Hunt - At Home2

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

A photo scavenger hunt to find or capture the target subjects at or around your home. Don’t just record it; interpret and be creative/artful.
Extended 2-Week Contest.

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White

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

The color of everything or nothing, depending on how you look at it. Clouds, snow, starched shirts... let your creativity loose on the mother of all color.

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To Abstraction

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Going beyond visual recording, abstract photography can use distortion, multiple-exposure, photo montage, blur, and more to create from the realm of the mind.

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Headshot

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Mug shots, head-n-shoulders, portraits, self-portraits... formal or informal. Humans or not.

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Close-Up on Nature

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Close-up photography of the natural world. Includes Macro. Get up-close and personal with nature!

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The Blues

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

We’re not talking about melancholy but the color: Blue. Show us images that prominently feature our favorite section of the visible light spectrum.

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Pet Art Show

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Photo Assignment: Pet food company creating gallery at its head- quarters. Art consultant seeking pet images for gallery walls. Photos to be of “companion pets,” not wild animals. And not only dogs and cats,
but snakes, turtles, tarantulas...

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After Dark

CATEGORY: Weekly Photo Contest

Photo Assignment: Art director working on revamp of old magazine (24HOURS) seeking photos of nighttime scenes (indoor or outdoor) for cover and inside stories. The more artistic, the better.

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For “Pet Art Show” and “After Dark” ABOVE: Not weekly, these are longer photo assignments that are photo challenges modeled on traditional assignments that art directors, editors, and publishers have always given photographers. There is a task, a limited time period, and a final selection by the person giving the assignment.

 

Sam Abell
Photography produces pleasure by simplicity. I see something special and show it to the camera. A picture is produced. The moment is held until someone sees it. Then it is theirs.Sam Abell

 

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