Shutterbugs Challenge- 52 Week Photography Challenge


This version of the 52 week challenge is geared for our group of photographers. It will require our members to push themselves, learn new things, and explore different modes and settings on their cameras.

Each Week, The assignment will be one of four categories:

Vision: Show us how you see the world, express your views in your shots sticking to the theme. Take inspiration and make it reality. Think outside the box. Develop your vision to express what you see in your mind’s eye when you look at something.

Composition:  Simply put, composing an image is arranging elements within the frame to suit the idea or goal of the shot. It is a way of guiding your viewer to the most important elements of your work.  Set up the shot in a way that expresses you.

Technical: Explore your camera settings and modes to achieve the desired effect for the weekly challenge.

Wild/Creative: Push the boundaries, you have the freedom within these challenges to shoot whatever you wish. Explain the idea behind the photo, let us know if you’re trying something new. Have FUN!

This challenge is designed to use all these tasks to help you develop your style. Your style expresses itself in the way you see the subject (vision) compose photos (composition), use settings on your camera (technical).

I know it is the second week of March, so we will start on Sunday with March Week 3, and work our way back around. Each month has tasks that should fit into the holiday schedules.  If you are struggling, don’t forget to ask for help, we are here to help each other grow!

I encourage you to share your work and keep the rest of us who are attempting this challenge accountable. I have coined a couple hash tags for our group and our challenge. #WCShutterbugs #Shutterbugschallenge.

Share your work on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or any other hashtag friendly social media site. Of course, share your work in your favorite photography forum (Watford City Shutterbugs!J) and encourage others to participate.

If you are not already a member of our local photography club, feel free to join us!

If there is enough outside interest I can and will create a Shutterbugs Challenge group that would allow people outside of our geographical area to play along with us as well.

Created based on Dogwood Photography’s 52 week Photography challenge.  (


  1. Something you hate- challenge yourself to find a good way to feature things you dislike
  2. Bad Habit – illustrate poor technique on purpose
  3. Macro- Find some fine detail in the world
  4. Biggest Fear- Explore and push yourself to show your fears in imagery


  1. What Hope Looks like to you
  2. No Peeking – Don’t look at the photos until you download them
  3. Bokeh
  4.  Sensual- show us something sensual – please keep it PG, we don’t monitor the page for minors.


  1. Ordinary Objects – Make something every day seem extraordinary or find an abstract angle
  2. Metallic- Old Cars, new cars, a pop can, a fork, if its metal, it’s in.
  3. Black/White Background- Use your camera to create this effect
  4. Portrait- Tell someone’s story WITHOUT showing their face


  1. Illustrate a word- Compose a picture to illustrate a specific word
  2. New Life/Baby/Spring
  3. Leading Lines - use lines to lead the viewer to your subject
  4. Favorite Flower/Plant


  1. Alphabet- Find The letters of your name in the world around you and put them together
  2. Left to Right – compose a photo that reads like a book- left to right
  3. Black and White
  4. Product – sell us something with your image alone


  1. Humor- Make us laugh
  2. Contrast - stark contrast: liquid/solid, hard/soft, delicate/brash light/dark etc.
  3. Rule of Thirds
  4. Eyes


  1. Loneliness- Find something by itself and capture its story
  2. Edges and Angles
  3. High Perspective – Find a way to get up and look down on creation
  4. Shoot for the stars


  1. Doors- Embrace the symbolism, tell us a story
  2. Get Low – Change the angle, look up at the world from a small perspective
  3. Reflections
  4. Favorite Animal/Wildlife


  1. Fall Colors
  2. Sun/Lens Flare
  3. Long Exposure
  4. Quiet Moment- Find your Zen


  1. Musical – compose a photo that illustrates a song or brings a song to mind
  2. Fill the Frame - Fill the frame with your subject You will need to get personal, or use a good zoom lens
  3. HDR
  4. Halloween


  1. Big Screen- Compose a photo that brings a movie to mind
  2. Silhouettes/Shadow
  3. Rule of Seconds
  4. Holiday Traditions


  1. Nostalgia/Childhood Traditions
  2. Something New
  3. Movement
  4. Christmas Lights