Indoor House Plant Challenge

Photographing House Plants can be quite a challenge to get right, especially due to the often poor light coming into your home. However there are a few things you can do to improve this.

  • Move the plant near a natural light source, eg a window sill
  • Use a light deflector to evenly spread the light across the plant
    • Use a white card or piece of white paper
    • Use tin foil – tape it to a old cereal box for rigidity
  • Use a light box or a home made light studio to ensure an even light across the plant
    • Use a background that compliments the plant
    • If you don’t have a background make your own
  • Try to avoid direct sunlight because the bright light will give too much harsh light and dark shadow
  • Use a tripod to make use of a slow shutter speed
  • Make a black background to create a more striking image of the plant
Home made House Plant Studio

The Challenge:

Take an image of a plant in your home.

Please message me on Instagram if you wish to take part in this challenge. Please study the picture and posting rules below very carefully to make sure your image counts.

Picture Rules:

  • The plant must be an indoor plant that is growing in a pot in your home, and should not be a plant brought in from your garden for the challenge.
  • You may include more than one plant in your picture.
  • You may use a light box of other studio type background.
  • You must include at least part of the pot(s) in your picture.
  • The picture must be taken by you, and you may not use someone else’s image.
  • The image must have been taken from the start date of the challenge, not before.
  • You may not enter a picture of a plant from outside of your home.
  • You may not enter a picture of an artificial plant.
  • The picture must be taken inside your dwelling and not from an office or shopping Mall etc.
House Plant on a coffee table
House Plant

Posting Rules:

  • You must post the picture to your own account.
  • You must message me on Instagram for the challenge hashtag, also let me know if you would like to be added to an Instagram challenge group.
  • You must message me to let me know when you have posted your entry.
  • Do not send the picture to me directly.
  • Your picture must have a title.
  • The challenge starts at 12:00pm EST Wednesday 18th March 2020.
  • The challenge ends at 7:00pm EST Monday 30th March 2020.
  • 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.


  • Three Choices will be made.
  • Each of the three choices will be given a picture shout.
  • The winner 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.
Cactus plant on a windows sill
Cactus on a Window Sill

About the challenges:

This is our 12th challenge and we have had 100s of instagrammers participate. Although the window for taking and posting the picture 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 if you wish to take part in the challenge you will be added to a group. If this is not for you, you can drop out at any time.

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!

One thought on “Indoor House Plant Challenge

  1. Dorota Dziewulska

    I’m starting to work on a photo and I will put it in today.😌

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