Monthly Photograph Challenge

The purpose of a monthly photograph challenge is to make the theme of that specific month to be the “main theme” of your photograph. It is not okay to merely add the theme topic to your photograph that already has another primary theme. The “monthly challenge topic” must be the primary theme of the entire photograph. One should work at all photography principles – composition, balance, focal point, creative lighting, exposure, and storytelling.

  1. Each month at the Guild’s regular meeting, time is set aside to review the photographs members have taken for that specific month’s challenge topic.
  2. The challenge topics are chosen before the beginning of each year and the photographs can be taken at any time after they have been announced.
  3. All photographs brought for the challenge critique and review shall be submitted electronically – on a flash drive or camera card. (Paper prints may be submitted at a member’s discretion.)
  4. A member is allowed to bring two photographs each month for viewing and critique.
  5. Challenge photographs are not to be submitted for the photo-of-the-month contest.

The challenge topic was created to give Guild members a challenge of demonstrating their best photography skills and using photography principals. It is okay to be a beginner, but one should, no matter at what level, give thoughtful consideration how to best present their given skill level.


  1. The Guild also offers an “Open Review” time slot for any photograph a member wishes to bring in.
  2. The monthly photo-of-the-month contest has specific rules that are posted on the Guild’s web site.

2018 Topics

JANUARY –  iPhoneography / point and shoot, simple Camera.
FEBRUARY – Macro / Close up Photography.
MARCH – Multiple exposure / compositing to create image.
APRIL – Shooting up, down or Straight on.  Same Image different angles.
MAY – Monotone images.
JUNE – Street Photography.
JULY – Motion Blur to add artistic effect.
AUGUST – Long exposure approx. 1 sec or more.
SEPTEMBER – Panning to capture runners, fast moving vehicles, etc.
OCTOBER – Night Photography (if your adventurous light painting).
NOVEMBER – Conceptual Photography.
DECEMBER – Abstract Photography.    

Making a zine.  A zine is a low cost self-published collection of your work.  Created from as little as one piece of paper.  (maybe a goal for the year)

Monthly General Photograph/Portfolio Review

 A member may at any given monthly meeting bring a photo or series of photographs for showing and discussion. The photographs may be in electronic or print format.