Everyone likes a good challenge now and again. Sometimes those challenges are against ourselves, working to accomplish a goal. Sometimes they are against a situation that seems insurmountable. Or they might be against others, trying to make it to the very top.
In photography, it is always a good idea to occasionally challenge yourself in order to push your creativity and skills to a new level. Not to mention, it can be a lot of fun. So if you are looking for a good photography prompt or two, and some like-minded, friendly people to do it with, check out these 10 Flickr groups.
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The photographers in this group refer to themselves as “blood-thirsty,” always looking to provide the very best photo in a challenge and make it to the coveted Champion’s Pool. Despite this, the people are nice and the challenges are a ton of fun. But it is the resulting collection of photos that really impress the viewer with some really great shots.
While there are more than 2,000 members in this group, there are less than 400 photos in their group pool, despite being an incredibly active group with hourly updates. This should set the tone for the challenges presented here. The winning images are incredibly detailed and beautifully done, which you can see in the description where they show a few of the uploads in the group. If you are joining this Flickr pool, be ready for some serious competition.
Created back in 2005, this group has been consistently active and provides a number of excellent prompts for users who want to have regular challenges with plenty of feedback and encouragement. They do two challenges at a time that run for 10 days each. Voting, comments and decisions are then made, and the winners have their work featured on the group’s front page. There are only 107 members, which is a benefit because the contests are much more focused than with many other groups.
This group is supposed to do a monthly challenge, but they can be kind of lax on keeping up. However, they have done a ton of challenges in the past and they welcome members to go through them and post their attempts. So if you don’t mind a more casual environment and are more interested in prompts than competitions, you should join up with this one.
If you want something fast paced, this is the perfect group pool for you. They post daily challenges and have a voting time of 12 hours to make the process even more rapid fire than it used to be when the time was 24 hours. They require everyone taking part to vote on photos every time they join in a challenge, so you can be sure of plenty of feedback, whether your shots win or not.
With a duel purpose to act as both a challenge and a way to gain comments on its users’ photos, this is a nicely active group. You can check for currently open challenges, and there are usually several open at a time. They ask that everyone vote, comment and invite people when possible to keep things growing. There are some beautiful photos here to check out in the group’s main pool.
A large number of challenges are always open in this group, sometimes up to a dozen at a time. They are open to anyone to try, and the group is so active that you will always have someone to talk to about the challenges, get or give advice or receive feedback. They occasionally have “special challenges” that you should look out for. To see the last winners, check out their front page.
This group does challenges built entirely around nature, as their “beautiful world” prompts. Landscapes, pictures of natural phenomena like storms and animals are among the accepted topics. They are very specific and a little fussy on what is and isn’t allowed. You can see a complete list on the front page. But these strict rules help to enhance the difficulty of the challenge, which could be considered a plus.
A ton of members and a ton of challenges are both boasted in this group. Well established and extremely active, you can find something here for you no matter who you are. They put an emphasis on being friendly here, and no catty or rude behavior is allowed, which is a nice touch on a site where people can easily get into stupid fights.
Professionals who want a challenge can enjoy this group. It isn’t very active but there are a large number of members who are in the industry. So it is a great way to network, as well as take part in the many past challenges currently in the group.
Flickr members can really enjoy the many challenge groups that they have to offer on their site. What are some of your favorite challenge groups? Let us know in the comments.