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Picture Scavenger Hunt Lists and Ideas - Start a Treasure Hunt!

Updated on April 16, 2017

What do you do?

What are Photo Scavenger Hunts? Well, this is a slight adjustment of the traditional scavenger hunt (otherwise known as a Treasure Trail). With a standard hunt, you start with one clue and this clue will point to where the next clue is hidden. Sometimes this is with directions and sometimes it is a riddle that points at a set area/object. When you find this area/object, you find the second card (card 2) and card 2 points to where card 3 will be hidden. This simple process is then repeated until the last card points to where the treasure is hidden.

With a photo scavenger hunt, the challenge is to get photos of all these objects/places hinted at by the clues. The clues can also be directions or riddles, but normally can be completed in any order, instead of leading the participants along a trail of cards. The race is over when one person/team manages to get pictures of all the objects and return to the start area. With mobile phones, it has now become easier to manage these events over larger areas, adding even more excitement (and exercise) to the day. Of course, modern mobiles also normally have a camera! For really large areas, GPS guidance can also prove useful.

Fun ways to play

I will cover the different twists on photo scavenger hunts in more detail under the next hub, Photo Scavenger Hunt Activities. However, there are many great twists to holding a scavenger hunt.

If you don't have the time to create clues, you can literally write a list of things to find, such as a 'blue light', or photo challenges. You can also buy and download photo treasure hunts online. However, to make you hunt list more interesting, you can add random little extras to it, whether you bought it or painstakingly made it yourself. By random extras, I mean some very interesting photo challenges, such as:

Take a photo of you kissing a stranger on the nose in the high street.

Take a photo of you and a yellow bucket.

Take a photo of your foot on something alive and not human (without causing harm).

When creating these, think 'the stranger the better' as it all adds a real challenge and makes for a fun day.

Once you have all your clues, you should decide on a time limit. Some people like to have the whole day and just the first team to finish wins, but setting a time limit adds to the excitement. Why, because the pressure is on and anyone could be winning (remember, you are all chasing the clues randomly, so no one knows who is ahead!).

Scavenger hunts make a great day out for the family, friends, neighbors or pretty much anyone you are on speaking terms with. Photo scavenger hunts are easier to organize than traditional scavenger hunts though, and can cover a huge area with little preparation. So, next time you are stuck for something to do, consider a photo scavenger hunt for a day of exploration (and possibly adventure).

Try it, have a great time and I hope that you will come back to read my suggestions for using photo scavenger hunts for special events.

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      Debbie Roberts 5 years ago from Greece

      This sounds like great fun that even teenagers would 'lower' themselves into joining in with. I knew a time would come when mobile phones would prove to come in useful!!

      A fun hub Brett and socially shared.

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      alipuckett 5 years ago

      This is such a cool idea! It's a scavengar hunt where the memories will last forever. Love it!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      What a terrific idea, voting up and awesome!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Never thought of this and it sounds like it would be great fun. The best part of it would be to have everyone assemble after the time limit and compare all of the photos taken. I'll bet that there are some crazy ones! Will share this idea with others so that they can add a different twist to future party gatherings. Also up and useful votes. Also tweeted and FB'd. Thanks!

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      kevins blog52 5 years ago from southern Indiana

      Great Idea, voted up and awesome.

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      What fun and enjoyable ideas! This sounds like so much fun and could be enjoyed by young and old. Rated up and very useful! I will be SHARING this!

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      L.L. Woodard 5 years ago from Oklahoma City

      I used to greatly enjoy traditional scavenger hunts when I was a kid. I like this tweak on the traditional and can see where it could be great fun with a group.

      Voted up and SHARED.

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Thank you for your comments. It is a fun activity and all hunts are cheap or sometimes free.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This sounds like a great idea! Voted up an intereting! Thanks for SHARING! :)

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      mljdgulley354 5 years ago

      This is a great idea. I am sharing it with my daughters.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      I like this idea! I might try this on my next vacation!

      Voted awesome and up!

      Thanks for SHARING!

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Hi Alocsin,

      Thanks for reading and for the votes. It is definitely a fun activity for groups of all ages!

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Hi Millionaire Tips.

      Thanks for stopping by and your kind words. It is a fun activity, especially if you are going somewhere for the weekend and want to make 'popping to town/the beach' a little more interesting ... maybe you should give it a go :-).

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      What a great group activity. Voting this Up and Awesome.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      This is a great idea! I had seen how a group had done something like this in various cities, but somehow hadn't thought of the possibilities of doing it myself! Great hub. voted up.

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