Photo Scavenger Hunt Ideas for Adults

Photo scavenger hunts for adults are awesome fun, as adult challenges can take things to a cheekier level.
Photo scavenger hunts for adults are awesome fun, as adult challenges can take things to a cheekier level. | Source

Getting together with friends and family is the highlight of many summer days that I can remember growing up. Typically it was all about the cookout at the park or even at one of the homes of a family member, but it always included some sort of fun games like dodge ball, “SPUD”, freeze tag, baseball, football, basketball and even Frisbee. One time I remember as a kid we had a scavenger hunt that had us going to the neighbors to beg them to help us with the items on the list. It sort of seems kind of strange right now, but honestly the neighbors were very happy with helping us out with the items that were added to the list by my aunts and uncles. I cannot remember the rewards for the teams that found the most, but that is besides the point, I do remember having fun and it was a good way to get us out of the house. In this article, we'll look at some fun scavenger hunt clues for adults and how to bring back the excitement you remember as a kid.

Summer months can be trying for adults as children are typically not in school and they are bored with the everyday routine by the second week of summer. A new way to get adults to have fun while getting the kids out of the house includes a photo scavenger hunt. That is right, a scavenger hunt that includes taking photos of items rather than collecting items found on list of clues. A photo scavenger hunt can be a lot of fun because you do not need that many things to get started and you can customize the clue list to whatever you want based on your location, or just confine it to things that you like. The best part is that you do not need to have a high end camera to play the game. Most people have a smartphone in the pocket that comes with a camera sensor on it and that will do just fine.

If you are not upgraded to a decent smartphone as of yet, the odds that you have some sort of digital camera in your house that works are pretty good. All it has to do is take photos of the items on the list. Preparing for the photo scavenger hunt is quite easy as well. Just make sure that you know how many people are going to be participating and you can easily go from there. If you have an even number of people, you can just have teams of two go out and find the items they need to photograph together. A photo scavenger hunt is easy because you can make it to fit any occasion like a birthday, anniversary or even a work related team building event. Most of the time those that are into photography are also very creative and that can add another element of fun to the game.

Selfie mode mean even small groups can play a photo scavenger hunt ...
Selfie mode mean even small groups can play a photo scavenger hunt ... | Source

You will know the type of photographers you have in the crowd and if there is someone that is not that into it, you can pair them up with someone that might know a little more about taking the right kind of photos if your clues are based on photography terms. Terms like bokeh, exposure and contrast might be things that the novice photographer might not know how to apply to the photo scavenger hunt. The adult scavenger hunt is a good way to get yourself out of the house and also to get a little break from the children. If you are having problems finding things that you can add to the clue list, a couple of sample clues could be a tall tree, crooked sidewalk, bird in flight, black railing, bench with kids on it, children playing baseball or even dogs chasing a tennis ball.

All of these types of items could be found at your local park and are easy enough to photograph, even if you have never even picked up a camera in your life. If you are surrounded by those that have higher end cameras and can understand photography terms then you can up the ante a little bit and use only terms they would understand. Clues for that scavenger hunt might include black and white portrait, out of focus bird flying, over saturated sunset or sunrise, long term exposure clouds moving through the sky or high contrast photo of puppy walking through the grass. These types of clues are focusing on different aspects of photography that take a little knowhow to complete the right way. Either way, you have a list, team members have at least one camera and you are expecting to see some photos by the end of the event.

You can add a little twist to the game by putting a time limit on it, or even by adding a photo judging contest at the end where team members judge the photos from other team members and not their own. Rewards could be anything from a gift card to a photo lab for the next time they want prints made, or it could be a piece of equipment like new camera bag. The photo contest part of the scavenger hunt could just be for bragging rights and is just used to add another element of fun to a game where the main goal is to get outside and do something you enjoy very much. If you are dealing with more advanced photographers, you could easily up the complexity of the scavenger hunt to accommodate the talent that you have in the group.

The main thing is to make sure that you know the type of people that are in the group and try to customize the hunt to be based on that information. The idea is to have fun, so you want to make sure that you are adding clues that involve everyone and be sure not to leave anyone out because of a clue on the list. The creativity will flow without any doubt and depending on the list of clues that you come up with, the scavenger hunt could produce some very nice photos in the end. There are different ways that you can pick a winner with a scavenger hunt like this. The easy way is to put a point value on each clue and then count up the points at the end of the day to see who has the most photos that qualify for points.

The top person or team could then be rewarded the prize. You could also base the points on difficulty and that way those that want to get through the easy ones can collect some points if there are going to skip the harder photo clues. Having the points based on difficulty should come with some urgency as well so that team members are not taking all day to get the hard ones completed as well as the easy ones. Put the scavenger hunt time limit to an hour and then you will really see who can work the fastest and produce the best photos based on the clues. If you are into photography then you know the types of things that a photographer would appreciate as a reward for winning. Just keep in mind that if you are doing a theme photo scavenger hunt for adults that you keep the prizes relevant to them.

Here you have a good amount of information that can get you started on creating a photo scavenger hunt event for adults. Now all you have to do is plan the location, time of the year and send out the invites to your friends and family that might be interested. This is a great way to get outside and enjoy the weather, meet new people and even have a little bit of fun just like we all used to do as children. Photo scavenger hunt ideas are open to customization very easily and do not think that this type of event cannot be for children, it can be changed to accommodate them as well. If you are having trouble coming up with relevant clue lists for this type of scavenger hunt, you could always search online for ideas or influence. Many photography groups online love to meet up and take photos, so if you are a part of one online, maybe it would be a good idea to meet new people that live in your area at the same time.

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MarleneB 19 months ago from Northern California, USA

What a clever idea! I really like the concept of taking photos of items instead of having to go door-to-door.

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