52 Week Challenge 2018

December 28th, 2017
Hi everyone - I hope you’ve all been having a lovely holiday season.

Well, the 52 Week Challenge is back for 2018, and better than ever 😊

Just like last year, I’ll be posting separate theme reminders on the Sunday evening before each theme starts (so the next reminder with 2018’s Week 1 theme will be due on New year’s Eve) – but just like last year, below is the master list with all of the themes for the year, their dates and tags, so you can all have a little preview and start thinking of ideas…

As before – if you’d like to receive a weekly theme notification, comment below and I’ll add you to the list.

For those of you who are new to 365 (welcome!), new to photography, or just new to this challenge, it’s a great way to get inspired and learn new techniques. It’s not a competitive challenge, so there won’t be any judging or winners at the end of each week, and if you feel like skipping a week or just doing the themes that take your interest, that’s totally allowed 😊

The 52 Week Challenge has been developed by the wonderful community at Dogwood Photography – please do take the time to click through for full information about this and previous year’s challenges, more tags and ways to share on various social media platforms, and more info about the challenge’s creators.


The information below comes directly from the challenge page – and I’ve added our own tags in the format we’ve followed for the last few years here on 365 (again, click the link above for additional tagging options)


Each week, the weekly assignment will be in one of 5 categories:

• Vision: This category is designed to push you to go beyond sight, to insight; to take inspiration and make it a reality. Vision exists in your imagination and is revealed your photographs; expressing something otherwise invisible. Developing a Vision for your work is showing to others what you see in your mind’s eye.

• Composition: Composition refers to the way the various elements in a scene are arranged within the frame. Challenges will focus on setting up the shot and developing our personal composition styles; styles which can become our trademark. Developing your composition will allow you to set the stage to generate a reaction from your audience.

• Technical: Technical Aptitude is just as important as creative inspiration in photography. This year's technical category is primarily focused on in camera processes, however, there will be some post processing techniques included.

• Creative: When this category comes up, you really have room to express yourself. You can interpret the assignment literally or figuratively. Unlike the other categories, the idea of this category is to let your artistic impression shine.

• Wild Card: Consider this a Show-and-Tell for grown-ups. You have freedom do shoot what and how you wish. Let us know if you're trying a new technique, composition, style, subject, working on a specific project, or just exercising your freedom. Have fun!

Week 1 - January 1st
Vision: Look Ahead
New year. New beginnings. New you. Look ahead. Interpret as you wish.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w1

Week 2 - January 8th
Composition: Colour Harmony
Get out your colour wheel. Do opposites attract? Can there be harmony with opposite colours? Does the Hulk wear purple pants? Mix warm and cool colours.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w2

Week 3 - January 15th
Technical: Full Manual
While the camera often determines shutter speed and aperture for the photographer, it doesn't know your creative intent. This week, challenge yourself to assume creative control over the camera by using full manual mode. Select a subject where varying the aperture and / or shutter speed helps enhance the composition and visual qualities of the image.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w3

Week 4 - January 22nd
Creative: Quiet Moment
Peace. Serenity. Tranquility. Convey a quiet moment.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w4

Week 5 - January 29th
Wildcard: Photographer's Choice
Capture an image on your terms; who, what, where, when, why, how … it's all up to you. Caveat: You must tell us your intent.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w5

Week 6 - February 5th
Vision: Alternating Rhythm
Alternate patterns of light to bring depth and rhythm to the photograph.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w6

Week 7 - February 12th
Composition: Fill the Frame
Fill the frame with your subject, no background. You will need to get up close and personal, or use a good zoom lens.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w7

Week 8 - February 19th
Technical: Zoom Burst
By changing the focal length during long exposure you can add movement to your frame, producing leading lines within your frame.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w8

Week 9 - February 26th
Creative: Forsaken
Abandoned and Forgotten were favourites in the past. Let's revisit the idea the idea this year with forsaken.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w9

Week 10 – March 5th
Vision: Selective Colour
I know, I know. Yuck. Selective colour can be cringeworthy, however, when done right, it brings compelling focus to the subject.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w10

Week 11 – March 12th
Composition: Negative Space
Minimize the composition to isolate your subject. The composition should be simple, thereby drawing your viewer to the subject.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w11

Week 12 – March 19th
Technical: Macro
Life is in the details. Get in close and show us the details we usually miss. You don't need a macro lens to shoot a macro shot.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w12

Week 13 – March 26th
Creative: Leading Lines
Back by popular demand, use lines to lead the viewer to your subject.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w13

Week 14 – April 2nd
Vision: Diptych or Triptych
Connect 2 or 3 images together, creating one image, to provoke a thought or tell a story.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w14

Week 15 – April 9th
Composition: Rule of Space
Your subject should be facing the frame, walking into the frame, this keeps your subject "in" the frame and engaging with it. Give your subject room to move.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w15

Week 16 – April 16th
Technical: Portrait Lighting
Whether Butterfly, Rembrandt, Split, or Loop Lighting, choose the technique which best flatters your subject.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w16

Week 17 – April 23rd
Creative: Humor
Laughter is the best medicine. Make us laugh.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w17

Week 18 – April 30th
Wildcard: Photographer's Choice
Capture an image on your terms; who, what, where, when, why, how … it's all up to you. Caveat: You must tell us your intent.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w8

Week 19 – May 7th
Vision: Edge Cut Sun
Having an edge cut through the sun looks nice, or having the sun rising over a line or diagonal within the photo. Stop down the aperture to create a starburst.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w19

Week 20 – May 14th
Composition: From Below
Get down low; below 2 feet, and change your perspective. Look out or look up.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w20

Week 21 – May 21st
Technical: Product
Imagine your image in a catalog or a magazine. It's not as easy as it sounds.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w21

Week 22 – May 28th
Creative: Door
A symbol of transition, a door or a gate provide a passage way.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w22

Week 23 – June 4th
Vision: No Peeking
Shoot as if you were using a film camera. That means that you will not look at the photographs you've taken until they are downloaded on your computer.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w23

Week 24 – June 11th
Composition: Contrast
An easy way to make a photo more interesting is to introduce some form of stark contrast: liquid/solid, hard/soft, delicate/brash.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w24

Week 25 – June 18th
Technical: Starburst
Create a very strong focal point and add an entirely new dimension of interest to your image using a starburst.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w25

Week 26 – June 25th
Creative: High or Low Key
You don't have to do both this year; choose your favourite and shoot that.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w26

Week 27 – July 2nd
Vision: Flattery
They say imitation is the highest form; so, past or present; choose your favourite master photographer and imitate their art or technique.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w27

Week 28 – July 9th
Composition: Left to Right Rule
Compose an image in the way we read; most countries read from left to right. Compose your shot to follow this direction.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w28

Week 29 – July 16th
Technical: Twilight Zone
While golden and blue hours bring beautiful lighting, shooting in twilight opens up a new way of seeing the world. Capture a "scape" that isn't dominated by darkness. Show the light and textures that can be found under the stars, in city lights, or a moon filled sky.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w29

Week 30 – July 23rd
Creative: Circles
The circle is a universal symbol with extensive meaning; it represents the notions of totality.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w30

Week 31 – July 30th
Wildcard: Photographer's Choice
Capture an image on your terms; who, what, where, when, why, how … it's all up to you. Caveat: You must tell us your intent.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w31

Week 32 – August 6th
Vision: The Alphabet
Alphabet photography involves taking photographs of existing or created objects to create a word.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w32

Week 33 – August 13th
Composition: Figure to Ground
If camouflage is designed to make things disappear, Figure to Ground is designed to make the subject stand out. Light on dark, dark on light.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w33

Week 34 – August 20th
Technical: The Wild Side
Capturing a captivating wildlife photograph requires knowledge of your camera settings and the behaviour of the animal. Capture a compelling wildlife photograph that has proper subject alignment (e.g., no "bird butts") and exposure. For an easy introduction, urban critters (e.g., squirrels) are easy targets. For an advanced challenge, a bird in flight could be considered.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w34

Week 35 – August 27th
Creative: Loneliness
One is the loneliest number.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w35

Week 36 – September 3rd
Vision: Ordinary
Find beauty in the ordinary.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w36

Week 37 – September 10th
Composition: Eye Lines
Eyes draw attention to certain parts of the frame, your subject will direct your audience's eye. Where is your subject looking? What are they seeing or not seeing?
Tag: 52wc-2018-w37

Week 38 – September 17th
Technical: Focus Stacking
A technique which combines multiple images taken at different focus distances to give a resulting image with a greater depth of field. Especially helpful in macro.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w38

Week 39 – September 24th
Creative: Abstract
Photograph a common object in an abstract manner.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w39

Week 40 – October 1st
Vision: Classic Novel
Create an image that identifies a classic novel or story.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w40

Week 41 – October 8th
Composition: Rule of Odds
Compose and image highlighting an odd number of subjects; some see this as natural and more pleasing to the eye.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w41

Week 42 – October 15th
Technical: Shutter Drag
Used to balance fill light with ambient light or add motion-blur to images.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w42

Week 43 – October 22nd
Creative: A Song
Create a photo from the title of a song.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w43

Week 44 – October 29th
Wildcard: Photographer's Choice
Capture an image on your terms; who, what, where, when, why, how … it's all up to you. Caveat: You must tell us your intent.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w44

Week 45 – November 5th
Vision: Show Half
Tell a complete story by only showing half of it.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w45

Week 46 – November 12th
Composition: Golden Triangles
A diagonal line divides the frame from corner to corner, two more lines are added from the other corners, intersecting the diagonal line.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w46

Week 47 – November 19th
Technical: Step Back
Edit your image to where you think it's perfect and let it sit for two days. Then return to it and see if it works. Print a picture and review it from a different perspective before finalizing.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w47

Week 48 – November 26th
Creative: Split Tones
Another favourite; last year's technical, is this year's creative. Have fun with it.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w48

Week 49 – December 3rd
Vision: Look Back
We need to look back to see how far we've come. If you were Captain Ahab, which skill would be your whale? Post a comparison.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w49

Week 50 – December 10th
Composition: Golden Ratio
Often called Fibonacci, the spiral leads the viewers eye to the squares (the subject), compose your image using the Golden Ratio.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w50

Week 51 – December 17th
Technical: Exposure Compensation
While high dynamic range pictures can help capture challenging lighting situations, there are times when you need a single frame. Use exposure compensation mode on your camera to capture backlit or other challenging lighting situations
Tag: 52wc-2018-w51

Week 52 – December 24th
Creative: Self Portrait
Not popular, but it's good for us to get on the other side of the lens. This year it's in a creative category, so be creative.
Tag: 52wc-2018-w52
December 28th, 2017
Tx Mel... looking forward to it! Here’s hoping I can stick with it this year 🙃
December 28th, 2017
Thanks Mel. Some interesting challenges included. Definitely up to giving it a go again next year.
December 28th, 2017
Hi Mel, thanks for putting the 365 community into this very instructive all-year-long challenge. I have been participating to some of the weekly challenge in 2017 (since i joined the site in August), and I will try to follow it up in 2018. Could you add me in the list, so that i could receive the weekly notification.
Thanks! Vincent
December 28th, 2017
Mel, please add me to this
December 28th, 2017
@vincent24 @susanharvey You're both now on the list for a weekly reminder - welcome on board!
December 28th, 2017
Mel, thank you very much again for taking this on. I am in for 2018. I truly appreciate the calendar dates listed with the weeks for the year.
December 28th, 2017
Thanks Mel! I've definitely been operating more at a 52 week level than a 365 day level. I did a few weeks last year and petered out, but would like to hit it a little better in 2018! Thanks for keeping me on the list!
December 28th, 2017
Thanks, Mel. I will definitely try to complete more of these this coming year.
December 28th, 2017
Hi -- I might join in this year. Put me on the list! thanks, fn
December 28th, 2017
Thanks for putting this together again Mel, I'd like to carry on getting the weekly reminders, hopefully I'll be able to participate a bit more in 2018 :-)
December 28th, 2017
Wow, thanks Mel for doing this. It looks interesting for 2018. Please keep me on the list and I will see if I can do more this year.
December 28th, 2017
thanks Mel, i have looked on for two years but now i will commit myself!
December 28th, 2017
Thank you. I watched last year and hope to try it this year!
December 28th, 2017
Thanks again Mel, I am looking forward to next years challenge :)
December 28th, 2017
Can you add me please to the list. I need a bit of a push and inspiration. Thanks!
December 28th, 2017
I would like to be added to the list please. Thank you :)
December 28th, 2017
I want to be included -- is it OK to post daily photos?
December 28th, 2017
add me to the list please Mel - I would love to try and give it a go
December 29th, 2017
Not sure if I will be able to keep up, but would like to be added to the list to receive a weekly theme notification. I like that it is just for inspiration and to challenge myself rather than being competitive. Thanks!
December 29th, 2017
I'll try to play along as often as I can.. I have 3 photo projects in workshops that will be going on at the same time.. So no promises :D
December 29th, 2017
I'm stoked, please add me to the list
December 29th, 2017
Hi Mel,
Can you add me to your weekly list please. I'd like to see if I can have a go at this.

December 29th, 2017
You're now on the tag list @overalvandaan @bella_ss @annied @dsp2 @christinabengephotography @nvisn @deborah63 @rdjrneace - and yes it's fine to post daily images for the themes, lots of people created several images per theme during last year's challenge so the more the merrier.

Delighted that you'll all be joining in :)
December 29th, 2017
@m2016 I'd like to participate, could you add me to the reminder list?
December 29th, 2017
after a three year hiatus, going to try this again, and would like to participate
December 29th, 2017
@m2016 I think I need the push that this challenge would give. Please add me to the list. And thank you for creating the challenge.
December 29th, 2017
@lsquared @caroli @randystreat I've added you guys to the list :)

Kathy I'd love to take the credit for creating this challenge, but it's all the work of the Dogwood Photography community - link to their website is in the main post above, it's well worth checking out.

The challenge is followed by various groups online, and this time last year I posted the theme list to see if anyone would be following along on 365 - which sort of evolved into me posting a weekly theme reminder to help keep us all (and myself) motivated :)
December 29th, 2017
Please add me to your notifications.
December 29th, 2017
Please add me
December 30th, 2017
Hi, I’m new to this forum and really excited to explore my creativity and see if I can push my boundaries and maybe also meet new people. Will ease my way in but if you could please send me the notifications for each weeks theme I’d really appreciate it ❤️
December 30th, 2017
thanks, mel, for organizing this. i did the first year from beginning to end but with the really technical ones in the second year, i sort of got lost. i think this year will be do-able for me even the hard technical ones so hopefully i won't get sidelined again.
December 30th, 2017
Please count me in. :D

Looking forward to this.
December 30th, 2017
Sounds great - I hope I will actually finish this time! Topics look really cool so please add me in as a good reminder. Thank you for taking the time to do this.
December 30th, 2017
I'm looking for inspiration and a way to improve .. I'd like to try if circumstances allow. So please add me in .. thank you.
December 30th, 2017
Sounds way out of my comfort zone - can I please join in?
December 30th, 2017
I'll give this a try too, please count me in!
December 31st, 2017
add me please
December 31st, 2017
Yes please, add me!
December 31st, 2017
Please add me! Thank you so much!
December 31st, 2017
Hi Mel, I am really looking for inspiration this year and I need a bit of a push to try new things so please add me to the list.
December 31st, 2017
I'd like to give it a try this year as well!
December 31st, 2017
Please include me...looking to push myself technically and creatively.
December 31st, 2017
Please add me...I'm brand new on this site and I'm not sure how everything works.
December 31st, 2017
@ruth316 Hi Ruth - welcome to 365 :) I've added you to the list, and the first theme notification, which I posted earlier tonight is here: https://365project.org/discuss/themes-competitions/30853/52-week-challenge-week-1-jan-1st-vision-look-ahead

If there's anything you're not sure about, ask away!
January 1st, 2018
Thanks Mel. I'm new to this & struggling to find inspiration so this is great. Please add me to your list :)
January 1st, 2018
Please add me -- It is new for me too !
January 1st, 2018
Hello! Back at 365 once again in need of inspiration, accountability, and a challenge. Please add me to list happy new year! Just to clarify when is the capture to be posted and tagged on due date i.e. January 1 st or this wk we add our photo?
January 1st, 2018
@mrsvanpatten Hi - the theme reminder for week 1 can be seen here - https://365project.org/discuss/themes-competitions/30853/52-week-challenge-week-1-jan-1st-vision-look-ahead and you can take and post your image at any time during this week, then week 2 will start next Monday :)
January 1st, 2018
Thanks for the clarification!
January 1st, 2018
Please add me to the list! Thank you!
January 1st, 2018
Hi Mel - thanks for organizing this. Could you please add me to your list. Thank you Rob
January 1st, 2018
Count me in!
January 2nd, 2018
@mimi365 @fr1da @juliedduncan @robz @kt8ird Thanks for joining in :) Just in case you missed it, week one is underway, details are here https://365project.org/discuss/themes-competitions/30853/52-week-challenge-week-1-jan-1st-vision-look-ahead
January 2nd, 2018
I would like to be added! Question though, do we have to do it on the Monday of each week or just sometime before the last day of the week?
January 2nd, 2018
@dogmomlo Hi Lauren, you can take and post your photos at any point during the week - a new theme begins each Monday but you have until the following Monday when the theme changes again. Also, that's not a hard and fast rule - if you don't get around to completing a theme you can always catch up in your own time, there's no penalty for being late :)
January 2nd, 2018
Please add me to this.
January 3rd, 2018
Please me add me to the list! Thank you! :)
January 3rd, 2018
I'm not sure if I'll be able to do them all, but I'd like to try. Please add me to the list to receive notifications, and thank you for organizing this!
January 4th, 2018
Please add me to the list. Thank you!
January 5th, 2018
Thanks for keeping me on the list. I will try to complete it this time. The weekly reminders are a big help so thank you for updating this.
January 5th, 2018
@m2016 this is so much work, but well appreciated! Love all the challenges and I'd be happy to be included this year as well.
January 5th, 2018
I would like to be added to this challenge! The weekly prompts are fantastic and will push my creativity and increase my knowledge for sure. Thanks!
January 5th, 2018
I will certainly try this and would really appreciate a subject reminder.
January 5th, 2018
Hello! I'd love to join this and would appreciate a weekly prompt reminder. Thank you!
January 6th, 2018
I'll have a go.. thanks for the reminder and please keep them coming
January 6th, 2018
please add me to the list. thx.
January 17th, 2018
Hi Mel, Please add me to the list for reminders. Wont manage them all but will put in an effort when I can. Thanks
January 28th, 2018
@m2016 Hi Mel, Can you send me a reminder on sunday @ Fr1da
January 28th, 2018
Hi @fr1da - I seem to have you on the list already - have you received any notifications so far? The last one was for the Creative: Quiet Moment last Sunday evening? http://365project.org/discuss/themes-competitions/30965/52-week-challenge-week-4-jan-22nd-creative-quiet-moment

The next one will be posted this evening - if you could keep an eye out for it and let me know if you've been notified :)
March 12th, 2018
Please add me to the list.
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