Themed Challenge

This challenge is aimed at individuals as well as the group. There will be three challenge themes which will be spaced out over a number of weeks to give you the chance to participate in a challenge, though also take some time to enjoy your own type of photography.

Round one and Round two will be completed as a normal monthly challenge in which you post your picture using the hashtag provided and at the end of the challenge an award for being picked is provided. Any individual can take part in these two rounds and the winner and runner up will receive a shout from my account.

In addition to the individual prize any teams participating can submit photographs to be awarded points in round one and round two, with 6 pictures from each group being judged.

Round three will be for the group only, and only those competing in the group challenge will be eligible for the final round. For this round the group must take a picture of the published theme and their members must post their pictures using the hashtag as normal and the group chooses 6 pictures from the posted pictures to be judged.

The Challenge: Round 1

Take an image of a Dwelling.


Picture Rules:

  1. Your picture may be taken outside and be of the outside of the building.
  2. The Dwelling must be clearly visible in the picture.
  3. Part or whole of the building may be shown.
  4. Other buildings may be included in the picture though the main subject of the image must be the dwelling.
  5. A dwelling is a building that has or has had people living in it.
  6. The image must have been taken from the start date of the challenge, not before.
  7. Your picture must have a title.
  8. Your picture must not be manipulated by adding parts that were not on the original image.
  9. You may use editing software to change contrast, exposure, white balance of clone out unwanted parts, though not to add.

Posting Rules:

  • You must post the picture to your own account.
  • You must message me on Instagram for the challenge hashtag; if you are in a challenge group you do not need to message me.
  • You do not need to message me or tag me in your challenge post.
  • Do not send the picture to me directly.
  • Round 1 starts, September 15th 12:00pm EST.
  • Round 1 ends at September 28th 12:00pm EST.
  • You may only enter one picture to the challenge
    • No Carousels
    • No Galleries
  • Your entry will not count for the challenge if you have posted more than one image.
  • You must be part of a Challenge Group for your picture to be accepted in the challenge

The organiser reserves the right to decline any picture for the challenge.

Group Rules:

  • Each team must nominate their group or subgroup that is taking part in the challenge prior to each round.
  • You must part of a participating challenge group to gain group points.
  • You must be a member of the group prior to the start date of the round.
  • You picture can not be nominated for team points if you were not in a participating group prior to the start of the round.


For Rounds one and two

  • Two Choices will be made.
  • Each of the two choices will be given a picture shout.
  • The winner will get a picture and a story shout.

For Round three – Group:

  • The winning group will select 3 accounts for a shout.
  • Each account will get a picture
  • One nominated account will get a picture and a story shout.
  • My decisions are final, no appeals.
  • If you do not follow the rules your picture will not count.


What do you gain, other than kudos –

  • The spirit of taking part and being included in one of the best communities on Instagram.
  • An opportunity to learn from other Photographers and develop your skill.
  • Do not do anything unsafe or dangerous when taking part in this challenge.
  • This challenge does not accept any responsibility for loss or damage, you take your pictures at your own risk.
  • By entering a photo into the challenge, you agree to allow your photo to be shared and re-posted for the purposes of advertising and documenting this and future challenges. When used, photo credit will be given to the posting Instagram account.

About the challenges:

This is our 19th monthly challenge and we have had 100s of instgrammers participate. Although the window for taking and posting is short, there is enough time for everyone get a shot in.

All participants see an increase in their engagement from real and interested instagrammers, and all new challengers receive additional followers just for getting involved.

We set-up groups to make the challenge more personal and for better engagement, and please let me know if you want to be added to a group.

Give it a go, you’ll be surprised how well it works, and of course if it’s not for you then you don’t have to participate in the next one!

Points awarded for all 3 rounds will be added up and the team with the highest points at the end of round 3 will be the winners, and will be able to select accounts to receive a shout.

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