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winsomeglimpse ADMIN December 23, 2017
Don't forget to tag your images with "Dogwood2018" or "Dogwood2017". Let's see if we can trend on Flickr!Welcome to the 52 Week Photography Challenge for 2018 (and 2017) by Dogwood Photography. Please post challenge specific images in the weekly thread. After adding your image to the weekly thread, be sure and add it to the group pool.

This group discussion is for members only.

Group Description

Dogwood Photography Challenge for 2017

The complete list for 2018 is available at 52 Week photography challenge for 2018

The complete list for 2017 is available at 52 Week photography challenge for 2017

The original Dogwood Photography 52 Week Challenge was a huge success, with tens of thousands of photographers participating from around the world. In celebration of those who have completed the first challenge, a new challenge is now here!

The challenge for 2017 has a higher difficulty level than the original challenge. While this challenge is a follow on to the original challenge, it is also suitable to be completed as a stand alone challenge. There is no specific start date for this challenge. Each photographer is on their own journey, and only competing with themselves from week to week. If you wish to form a challenge group and compete with each other based on this list you are welcome to do so! If you form a challenge group drop me an invite I would love to watch the progress.

Weekly Challenge Categories:

Each week, the weekly assignment will be in one of 3 categories:

Story Telling: Good photographers can take beautiful images of something. Great photographers can take an image that tells its story. This category makes use of compositional rules and directed prompts to push you towards not just looking at the beauty of something, but to find a way to tell that something’s story.

Technical: Technical Aptitude is just as important as creative inspiration in photography. With that in mind this category is a mix of in camera and post processing techniques designed to expose you to new technical skills and techniques.

Artistic Impression: When this category comes up, you really have room to express yourself. You can interpret the assignment literally or figuratively. Unlike the other two categories that are more focused, the idea of this category is to let your creativity shine.

The following tags are used by the challenge:
dogwood52week[NUMBER] (ex: dogwood52week1, dogwood52week2).

Group Rules


1: BE NICE. No personal attacks. Criticize the photo, not the person.

2: CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM (CC): If you want CC on your images, ask for it. If someone doesn’t ask for CC please don’t give it. A simple comment if you like it is fine, but not deep CC without the photographer asking for it first.

3: See Rule 1.

Please Only Post work that was shot for this challenge. This is a shooting challenge, not a dig through your catalog and post old work challenge. I also ask that you only post one image per challenge. Posting multiple images may result in them being removed.
When providing CC, I ask that you use the 'sandwich' method. Start with what you like in an image, follow with what you think could be improved, and finish with positive encouragement. In a large online community like this one, this approach works the best. Save the brutal art school type CC for the academic world (unless someone specifically asks for it).

A note on being offended: Art is often thought provoking, and at times, may offend. If an image is offensive to you, step back and ask why. Is it thought provoking? Does it challenge your way of thinking? Maybe that is the point. If something is offensive enough that you feel it needs attention please report to the Admins so that we may ultimately decide.

Nudity. The group level is safe, and all images should meet Flickr's guidelines for the Safe Content Level. No exposed genitalia or female nipples (except in breast feeding). We have had some fantastic images though that had very strong artistic merit come through, but simply fell outside of what those guidelines allow. If you have an image that you feel has artistic merit, but just not suitable for the Safe Content Level, you are welcome to post a censored version of it to the group and link to the uncensored image in the description. Just add a disclaimer that the image is NSFW. Controversial images with no artistic merit, or those deemed to be pornography, will have the links removed by admin with no warning.

This is a journey, not a competition. There is no start date. You decide when your week one is and start working through the list. Each of us is on our own journey in this, and you are only competing against yourself.

No "like ladders" or posts promoting your business page/website/IG/Flickr etc please. These will be deleted without notice. You are welcome to mention your social networks/website in the description of your weekly submission images. Watermarks are also acceptable.

Additional Info

  • This group will count toward the photo's limit (60 for Pro members, 30 for free members)
  • Members can post 4 things to the pool each week.
  • Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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