Daily, Weekly, and 30 Day Photography Challenges

As both blogs and digital photography become more popular, so do online photography challenges. For anyone who enjoys photography, sharing work online, and taking on new challenges, photography challenges may be a fun experience. There are numerous challenges out there, many of which fall into three categories: daily, weekly, and 30 day or month challenges. I have included some general information about challenges before I get into the list of some of the best challenges out there. I divided them by type of challenge and then within the daily challenges, by the day of the week.

Please note: I personally verified all of the challenges during June 2012. Blogs and challenge details are subject to change at any time without notice.

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I shot all of these photos during the spring and summer of 2012 for various photo challenges.
I shot all of these photos during the spring and summer of 2012 for various photo challenges.
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Why participate in a photography challenge?

  • Stretch your skills. That may seem obvious, but a good photography challenge will present a real challenge that may push you out of your comfort zone.
  • Experiment with new subjects and techniques. It can be easy to use what you already know and do well. Many challenges will get you to consider new subjects and to try new techniques.
  • Get feedback on your work. For any good challenge, the host and most of the participants will check out the other entries and leave comments. Challenges can be a great way to get a new audience for your photography.
  • Build your photo database. Whether you're interesting in building your personal photo collection for writing articles, blog posts, etc. or are simply trying to capture more moments of your every day life, photo challenges can be a huge asset.
  • Network with other photographers. Many people who participate in challenges have active blogs and/or a strong web presence elsewhere online. Participating yourself can be a good method for meeting some of these people.
  • Have fun. The best photo challenges are a lot of fun. You'll enjoy getting out and looking for new inspiration that fits specific themes.

Photography Challenge Etiquette Tips

  • Follow the directions for the challenge. Different challenges have different rules. Pay attention to what the particular host wants.
  • Leave a comment for the host. Hosting a good challenge is a lot of work. If you enjoy participating regularly, take the time to leave your host some feedback and thank them for hosting.
  • Visit and comment on other challenge entries. One of the best ways to get comments and to keep a good challenge going is to take the time to visit other entries. Make sure to leave a few comments, too.

2009 Oscars Interactive Photo Challenge

Beach - 15 Minute Photo Challenge

  • That's My World!: Give a little tour of your local area.
  • Sweet Shot Tuesdays: Post your best/favorite shot from the past week.
  • Perceptive Perspective: Use the weekly theme to take a new perspective on a familiar subject or to branch into a new subject area.
  • Tutorial Tuesday: A couple great photographers have teamed up to present a different photography tutorial each week. Complete the tutorial and link up your result.

  • Alphabe-Thursday: Like ABC Wednesday, this is not strictly a photo challenge, but many people choose to use it this way. Each Thursday, you write a blog post or share a set of photos around a word that starts with the letter for that week..
  • Motion Thursday: Share all of your action shots.
  • Photo Theme for Thursday: Link up your photos for a specific theme each week.
  • Theme Thursday: Another themed link up for Thursday.

  • Scavenger Hunt Sunday: This challenge is what first got me into photo challenges. Ashley is an awesome host, and the prompts are always interesting. There are 5 prompts each week.
  • The Simple Things: Link up a photo of something simple from this past week.
  • Sunday Snapshot: You can win prizes from awesome blog sponsors by linking up your snapshot.
  • See It Sunday: Link up your photo for the given theme each week.
  • SOOC Sunday: Share a photo that is Straight Out Of the Camera (SOOC).

Great Photography Museums

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A markerInternational Museum of Photography and Film -
900 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607, USA
[get directions]

B markerGriffin Photography Museum -
67 Shore Rd, Winchester, MA 01890, USA
[get directions]

C markerCalifornia Museum of Photography -
3824 Main St, Riverside, CA 92522, USA
[get directions]

Brighton Pier - 15 minute photo challenge

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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

You have so many awesome hubs. Full of great information! who knew there were so many photo contests! Photography is something I really need to work on. I think I need to start with a good camera, maybe take a class. I just don't have great pics (except maybe in my guac and pico de gallo hub!). Anyway, you are inspiring. You're so good at so many things. I really like that picture of the stairs! Awesome. The cat is cool, too. Great job. Many votes!


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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

Cool! I love photography, but had never heard of photo challenges. Thank you for all the information! Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks so much, Victoria! There are so many great ones out there, and they really can be an excellent way to build your skills. I really appreciate all of your feedback! I still feel like a complete amateur when it comes to photography, but I'm excited to keep seeing improvements with my photos.

What kind of camera do you have right now? You don't need something expensive to get started, but I do recommend a solid Nikon or Canon point and shoot like the Canon PowerShot. Summer is a great time to work on your skills, as there is so much more daylight. It gets a lot tougher to photography anything that I can't fit in my light box during the winter.

Natasha, thanks! I just got into participating in a couple of them this past year. The selection is always changing, but as you can see, there are a lot of great ones to choose from these days.


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Jean Rogers 4 years ago

This sounds like a lot of fun. I am definitely an amateur photographer with a lot to learn. I just really enjoy snapping shots. I like the array of challenges you listed.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks, Jean! It is a lot of fun. I'm pretty much the same way with photography. I have learned a lot these past few years, but there's always so much more out there, you know? There is definitely something here for everyone.


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krsharp05 4 years ago from 18th and Vine

Brilliant hub random! This is very clever, well presented and so nice to read. I just received a new camera as a gift and I feel so inspired! Love it. -K


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks, krsharp! I'm so glad that you enjoyed this. Enjoy your new camera!


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catchadream 4 years ago from Lakeland, Florida

Great blog, thanks for the info. Photo challenges sound like so much fun, can't wait to jump right in. Love photography and sounds like a fun way to find others to love it as much.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks! They are a lot of fun. You're right that they can be a way to meet people who also love photography. Enjoy. :)


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Dang, Rose you gave me a great idea! I might have to start a blog - I just got a new camera (to improve the quality of my photos and working elsewhere online) and do these exercises. Bookmarked and shared!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks, Cyndi! I say that you should go for it. Your photos are already gorgeous.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

I love to snap photos and would like to learn more about photography. I've thought about taking a class. Maybe I'll check out some of these challenges.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

There are so many great tutorials and free classes available online. A number of photography challenges are hosted by photographers who frequently share tips and tutorials, too. Some of these blogs can be great photography resources.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

I have never heard of photo challenges and can't wait to check these out!

Many thanks and voted up


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks, Movie Master! Enjoy.


kelleyward 4 years ago

I didn't know about this either. I'll check it out when I get a minute. Since becoming a hubber I've really started to learn more about photography. Thanks for sharing this! Kelley


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

It seems like that is true for a lot of hubbers. The more you can learn about photography, the better!


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Ellie McHale 4 years ago from Menlo Park

Thank you so much for posting this! Concise, enjoyable to read, and inspiring! Cannot wait to get started...


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

You're very welcome! I'm so glad that you got so much out of this. Best of luck with the challenges!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

Rose, this is really interesting! I can't believe I have never heard of these photo challenges. I love taking pictures and some of these sounds like so much fun. Thank you for sharing all of these wonderful links!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks, Jamie! A lot of these challenges can be really fun. This is a great activity for anyone who enjoys photography.


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savingkathy 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Wow! I had no idea there were this many different photo challenges to choose from. Thank you for putting together this great list. I will definitely participate in some of these.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Yep, it's quite a comprehensive selection! I'm glad that this is helpful for a number of people. Enjoy. :)


thechronicler 4 years ago

What an awesome hub! I only wish I had the time to try all of these photo challenges. This ties into one of my latest hubs on ways to find paid work as a digital photographer, so I created a backlink to it.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks, thechronicler! There just isn't enough time to do all of them. You have to find a few that work for you, your interests, and your schedule. Thanks for linking this to your hub! That sounds like a great topic.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

Wow, I didn't know there that many! I have seen Wordless Wednesday on the blogs I frequent. I participated in the 365project.org, although when I looked it up to remember the name, it looks like there are several others with similar names. They host the photos there, not on your blog, and they have a nice layout for the photos. You don't have to do it every day, and you can go past a year without any problems.


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livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Thank you for this brilliant information!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Wow, so many links here! I love it! I haven't done a photography challenge in years. This reminds me of how much fun it was. Bookmarking this hub, will have to try one of these very soon! Great job! Voted up and more! :)


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Shasta, yes, there are so many photo challenges out there! It's great that 365project.org has been such a great opportunity for you.

Thanks, livingsta!

That's great, sgbrown. I hope that you get the opportunity to participate in a challenge again soon. :)


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

I wish I was better at photography. I need to get a new camera and really take the time to learn what I am doing. Entering some sort of contest may be just the right push to do it. Thanks for this very informative hub Rose!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Participating in some photo challenges the past year has played a major role in helping me take my skills to a new level. It's something that I'd recommend to any photographer. Best of luck!


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

I love taking pictures! I'm still very much the amateur but I do enjoy it! I started a challenge back in May but had to stop because we disconnected our internet...I plan to start again soon...great information!!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

That's great! I hope that you're able to start up a challenge again soon.


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daisydayz 4 years ago from Cardiff

I've done a few photo challenges online and via Instagram its always lots of fun. Great hub


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

That's great, Daisy! Thanks.


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

I came across this again...I'm bookmarking it this time so I won't lose it!


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GoodLady 3 years ago from Rome, Italy

Thanks. This is so great and I love taking photos. This is going to be fun!


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

That's great, justateacher!

Awesome, GoodLady. :) Have fun!


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cclitgirl 3 years ago from Western NC

Fantastic hub - I think I just got like a whole YEAR'S worth of awesome photo material for my blog. I know you shared this before, but NOW I'M COOKIN! Thank you so much!


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

That's awesome, Cyndi! I know that you'll have so much fun with your photography this year. Looking forward to seeing what you do. :)


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superkates 3 years ago

Many thanks for this! I have long been searching for a photo challenge that I would like to accomplish and this hub provided a wide array of choices!


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

That's great, superkates! Best of luck. :)


kelleyward 3 years ago

Thanks for the tips Rose! I'll use this to get me motivated again:) Take care, Kelley


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

It's great to hear that, Kelley! Best of luck.


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Jeff Gamble 3 years ago from Denton, Texas

This is great Rose! I am going to hit up a bunch of these, thanks for putting it all together! Looks like my Canons will be getting a workout -


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

That's awesome, Jeff! Have fun.


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Gail Meyers 3 years ago from United States

Wow, this is great information and a lot of links! This sounds like a lot of fun for those who enjoy photography. Voted up and bookmarked.


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks so much, Gail! Yes, for sure.


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Life of an Artist 3 years ago from Huntsville, AL

I've never participated in a photo challenge, but I'm going to join in on fatmumslim's - looks fun! I'll be posting on instagram @Corinna_Nicole


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

That's great! I look forward to seeing what you do.

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