If you are looking for a way to keep your skills honed, your eyes searching and the inspiration flowing, look no further than Digital Photography Review’s Challenges.
A challenge is a small photography competition that is created and sponsored by one of DPR’s active members. In fact, any active member is eligible to host a challenge. Each challenge has its own set of rules, guidelines and focus. Topics range from incredibly simple (“Light Houses“) to technical skills (“Selective Focus“) to just fun (“Pointless Scene Modes“). Members can then upload their entries to whatever competitions are open for submission through it’s easy-to-use interface in hopes to win some glory. Winners are determiend by popular vote. I’m sorry to say that there are not any prizes, but it’s still a lot of fun and it does earn some respect within the community. It’s also great to see and be inspired by the photos that get uploaded.
To give you an idea of the scale of this site, here’s a few details. At the time of this writing, there are currently 5 competitions open for submissions, 11 that are announced (opening for submissions within the week) and 5 that are open for public voting. Most competitions see between 200 and 500 submissions and around 7,500 votes (on average). It’s a struggle to be ranked among the top entrants, but it’s a lot of fun to enter.
Visit the site: Digital Photography Review: Challenges
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