Dogwood Photography 52 Week Challenge 2019 is here!!

December 29th, 2018
Hi everyone,

Have you all had a lovely holiday season? Good ๐Ÿ˜Š

The moment youโ€™ve all been waiting for is here โ€“ the brand new shiny list of themes for the Dogwood Photography 52 Week Challenge has been published, so weโ€™re all set for 2019โ€ฆ

If youโ€™re not familiar with the challenge, or youโ€™ve just joined 365 (welcome!) โ€“ this is a year-long challenge with a new theme each week, which has been put together by Dale Foshe and the most excellent community of photographers over at Dogwood Photography . The challenge is followed by lots of people on a variety of different groups and sites online, and Dale is happy to have our little band of intrepid snappers on board ๐Ÿ˜Š

The 52 Week Challenge is a fantastic way to try out new techniques, learn more about photography, and have a little fun along the way โ€“ itโ€™s not a competition so there wonโ€™t be any judging or winners for each week, and youโ€™re not obliged to complete every theme.

Iโ€™ll post a reminder for the coming weekโ€™s topic each weekend โ€“ if youโ€™d like to be tagged for a notification when I post these, drop me a comment and Iโ€™ll pop you on the list. Below is the full list of themes for the year, so that you can have a look at what to expect for 2019.

Iโ€™ve taken theme and category descriptions directly from the challenge page on the Dogwood Photography website , where youโ€™ll also find more information about other places to share online, and a variety of tags. I really recommend taking some time to check out the Dogwood website, to have a look at the gorgeous photography, find out more about the challenge creators, and even get some inspiration from previous yearโ€™s challenges.

On tagging โ€“ in addition to the general tags recommended on the site, we also use our own tags here on 365 which break the themes down by week as well as the year. These will be posted with the reminder each week.

This year, there are new categories! Each theme will be in one of the following categoriesโ€ฆ

Story Telling:
Good photographers can take beautiful images of something. Great photographers can tell a story with an image. In this category you will take a prompt and turn it into a photographic story.

Compositional Eye:
In past challenges we have explored the rules of composition. This year we push the rules even further by using them in specific ways to train your compositional eye.

In this wide-open category, we start with a simple inspiration. Use this inspiration as creatively as you can. There are no rules so feel free to think outside of the box.

So without further ado โ€“ here are the themes for 2019. Watch out for the Week 1 reminder on December 31st, and have fun!

Week 1 โ€“ 31st Dec
Story Telling: Self-Portrait
Take a picture that tells us who you are, without actually showing your face.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w1

Week 2 โ€“ 7th Jan
Composition: Rule of Thirds Motion
You already know what the rule of thirds is, now is the time to use it. Use Rule of Thirds to show motion in your picture.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w2

Week 3 โ€“ 14th Jan
Inspiration: Black and White
Your inspiration this week is to simply take an amazing Black and White photograph of any subject you want.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w3

Week 4 โ€“ 21st Jan
Story Telling: Warmth
Tell a story that makes us feel warm inside.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w4

Week 5 โ€“ 28th Jan
Composition: Symmetry Landscape
Landscape is one of the most practiced type of photography. Use Symmetry in a Landscape to create a new viewpoint for this week's image.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w5

Week 6 โ€“ 4th Feb
Inspiration: #NoFilter
No limit on what you shoot this week, as long as the image is pure. No filters, presets or other edits. Basic exposure corrections only this week.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w6

Week 7 โ€“ 11th Feb
Story Telling: Love Story
Make us feel the love in this week's photo. Tell a love story in one image.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w7

Week 8 โ€“ 18th Feb
Composition: Leading Lines
It is easy to use Leading Lines to show depth in an image or guide the eye to a specific spot in the image. Instead, this week use leading lines to show the concept of infinity.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w8

Week 9 โ€“ 25th Feb
Inspiration: Mood
Your Artistic Inspiration this week is the mood you are feeling today. Take that mood and use it to create art.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w9

Week 10 โ€“ 4th Mar
Story Telling: Hometown
Tell us the story of your hometown. It could be a famous landmark, something the town is known for, or even just your favorite place to relax.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w10

Week 11 โ€“ 11th Mar
Composition: Fill the Frame
Using Fill the Frame is a great way to isolate your subject and create interest in your photo. Can you do it with only one color in the frame? Fill the Frame with one color.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w11

Week 12 โ€“ 18th Mar
Inspiration: Trash
Trash is your inspiration. Tell a story or create something beautiful.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w12

Week 13 โ€“ 25th Mar
Story Telling: New Beginnings
Our world is full of circular patterns; as some things end, others begin. Tell us a story of a New Beginning.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w13

Week 14 โ€“ 1st Apr
Composition: Center Frame Portrait
Center Framed composition is a great way to isolate your subject. Use this knowledge to create a portrait that exhibits loneliness.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w14

Week 15 โ€“ 8th Apr
Inspiration: Anonymous
This week's inspiration is Anonymous. Interpret this how you wish.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w15

Week 16 โ€“ 22nd Apr
Story Telling: Shadow
Tell a story. Make it compelling while only using shadow.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w16

Week 17 โ€“ 29th Apr
Composition: Balance
Balanced composition is pretty straightforward, unless you are trying to shoot in the "Accidental Renaissance" style. So shoot a balanced image in the Accidental Renaissance style.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w17

Week 18 โ€“ 6th May
Inspiration: Weight or Mass
Heavy as a stone, light as a feather. Find inspiration and shoot an amazing photograph.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w18

Week 19 โ€“ 13th May
Story Telling: Aging
Love it or hate it, aging is something we all experience. So tell us the story of Aging in a single photograph.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w19

Week 20 โ€“ 20th May
Composition: Negative Space
Create a powerful landscape using Negative Space.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w20

Week 21 โ€“ 27th May
Inspiration: Serenity
What does Serenity mean to you?
Tag: 52wc-2019-w21

Week 22 โ€“ 3rd Jun
Story Telling: Stranger
It is easy to tell the story of someone you know. So for this week's challenge I want you to tell the story of a stranger.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w22

Week 23 โ€“ 10th Jun
Composition: Leading Lines
You have already used leading lines to show Infinity. Now try to use strong leading lines in food photography.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w23

Week 24 โ€“ 17th Jun
Inspiration: Who inspires you
Inspiration comes from many places. Tell us about who inspires you.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w24

Week 25 โ€“ 24th Jun
Story Telling: Freedom
Freedom means many things to many people. Tell us a story about what Freedom means to you.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w25

Week 26 โ€“ 1st July
Composition: Geometry
We live in a world surrounded by geometry. Use Geometry in your photo this week.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w26

Week 27 โ€“ 8th July
Inspiration: Gratitude
What are you grateful for? Show us.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w27

Week 28 โ€“ 15th July
Story Telling: Your Culture
Photographers participating in the challenge come from nearly every country and culture. Tell us the story of your culture.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w28

Week 29 โ€“ 22nd July
Composition: Depth of Field
Depth of Field is a great way to isolate your subject. Instead, for the challenge though I want you to use DoF to make a subject appear part of something larger.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w29

Week 30 โ€“ 29th July
Inspiration: Exit
"Every exit is an entry to somewhere else". Be inspired by the Exit this week.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w30

Week 31 โ€“ 5th Aug
Story Telling: Friends and Family
Telling the story of someone you know well is sometimes the hardest story to tell.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w31

Week 32 โ€“ 12th Aug
Composition: Frame within the Frame
Using only natural elements, frame your subject. No actual picture frames allowed.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w32

Week 33 โ€“ 19th Aug
Inspiration: Tell a Lie
It is said that the "Camera Never Lies". Prove it wrong.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w33

Week 34 โ€“ 26th Aug
Story Telling: Color without Color
Tell a colorful story, but do it in black and white.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w34

Week 35 โ€“ 2nd Sept
Composition: Symmetry Portrait
Symmetry is a strong compositional technique most often used in landscapes and architecture. So break the mold by using Symmetry in a portrait.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w35

Week 36 โ€“ 9th Sept
Inspiration: Your Habits
Some habits are good, and some are bad. Your inspiration this week is either.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w36

Week 37 โ€“ 16th Sept
Story Telling: Seasons
The weather is changing! Find inspiration in the seasons.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w37

Week 38 โ€“ 23rd Sept
Composition: Rule of Odds
The rule of odds is easy enough to understand and employ. So use the rule of odds in an Urbanscape/Architecture photo.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w38

Week 39 โ€“ 30th Sept
Inspiration: The Elements
Earth, Fire, Wind, Rain, and Spirit. Find inspiration in the elements of our world.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w31

Week 40 โ€“ 7th Oct
Story Telling: Modern Convenience
What modern convenience of 2019 can not you live without? Create an image that looks like an advertisement for your favorite Modern Convenience.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w40

Week 41 โ€“ 14th Oct
Composition: Color Theory
Color Theory is a huge part of composition that most photographers don't explore. So it is time to explore it. Use Color Grading to create an image that looks like it is a still from a movie.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w41

Week 42 โ€“ 21st Oct
Inspiration: Work Work Work
Work, let it inspire you this week.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w42

Week 43 โ€“ 28th Oct
Story Telling: Film Noir
Film Noir is a dark and moody type of photography well suited to storytelling. So tell us a story using Film Noir.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w43

Week 44 โ€“ 4th Nov
Composition: Viewpoint
Changing your viewpoint creates a different perspective and is often used by photographers to create interest. Shoot this week from the viewpoint of another person.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w44

Week 45 โ€“ 11th Nov
Inspiration: Musical
Music is part of the soul, so let it inspire you this week.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w45

Week 46 โ€“ 18th Nov
Story Telling: 7 Deadly Sins
The 7 deadly sins are Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Anger, Greed and Sloth. Tell us a compelling story about one of the 7 deadly sins.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w46

Week 47 โ€“ 25th Nov
Composition: Rule of Thirds Emotion
The rules of thirds is so popular because it is so versatile. This week use the rule of thirds to show emotion.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w47

Week 48 โ€“ 2nd Dec
Inspiration: Current Events
What is happening in the world today? Be inspired by current events.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w48

Week 49 โ€“ 9th Dec
Story Telling: Storms
Storms are a powerful force of nature. Show us weather at its best.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w49

Week 50 โ€“ 16th Dec
Composition: Patterns
Patterns/Repetition are another well known compositional rule, but have you ever tried to use it in Macro Photography? Well now you can!
Tag: 52wc-2019-w50

Week 51 โ€“ 23rd Dec
Inspiration: Food
Be inspired by Food. Yes, it really is that easy this week. You made it this far you deserve the break. A sweet, delicious break.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w51

Week 52 โ€“ 30th Dec
Story Telling: Self-Portrait
In the first week you took a self portrait and told us who you think you are. To finish this off take a self portrait that shows us who others think you are.
Tag: 52wc-2019-w52
December 29th, 2018
Thank you for coordinating this Mel!
December 29th, 2018
Thanks Mel. I haven't managed to completed 2018 yet. I hope that I will be able to complete the 2019 challenge.
December 29th, 2018
I am so excited, Mel! Thank you for doing this once again!
December 29th, 2018
Thank you so much. Going g to.pht the themes in my diary for the year that I use for month of words that @farmreporter Wendy sorts for us!!
December 29th, 2018
I'm new to 365 and would love to be on the list for the challenge!
December 29th, 2018
@m2016 So very grateful to you. You keep us dogwooders on our game. Hope you holidays are extra special.
December 29th, 2018
Mel, please add me to the list. This will be a busy year (again) and I need jump start to the new year. Thank you.
December 29th, 2018
[sigh!] something to fail at again. fine, i'll do it. :-)
December 29th, 2018

Hi Mel. Thanks for this! I like the categories for 2019.
Please keep me on your list for tagging.
December 29th, 2018
@northy @salza @farmreporter @30pics4jackiesdiamond @dfarrington @joysabin @featherstone26 @dibzgreasley @summerfield

You're all very welcome guys, I really enjoy posting the reminders each week even when I've fallen disastrously behind at actually taking the photos!

A big welcome to our new participants :)

@summerfield Um, yes I hear you... I undertook several challenges in 2018 most of which I didn't complete... may the phojo fairy smack us all with her magic wand this year lol
December 29th, 2018
Haha - I'd like the phojo fairy to wave her wand over me too!
December 29th, 2018
@m2016 Photo fairy- Bring it on, girl!
December 29th, 2018
Hi Mel, I like to join this challenge, can you put me on the list. Thanks
December 29th, 2018
@summerfield noooooooooooooooooooo don't say that, you're my mentor, motivator and guiding light!!! We'll do it together !!!
December 29th, 2018
Happy new year! Please keep me on the list
December 29th, 2018
Thanks Mel! My participation was spotty in 2018, I'll try and do better in 2019!
December 30th, 2018
I'm in!! Thank you for posting this again this year!
December 30th, 2018
Thanks Mel - I really enjoyed 2018 - so looking forward to 2019. Thanks for organizing it all! Cheers Rob
December 30th, 2018
Thank you for keeping me in the loop while I've been an absolute flake this year. Really need some things to focus on this year so would like to join in properly this year.
December 30th, 2018
I'm tempted to have a go at this. I've kinda of run out of steam with 365 so may be this will give me some added enthusiasm!
December 31st, 2018
I hope to do this challenge this year.
December 31st, 2018
Please tag me :)

Thank you for your hardwork ๐Ÿ’ช
January 1st, 2019
This sounds great - I look forward to giving it a try! Thank you!
January 3rd, 2019
@m2016 Hi Mel, I would love to play, can you put me on the list?
January 5th, 2019
Thank you for keeping me on this list despite my epic failure last year to participate - am in this year!
January 6th, 2019
Please add me to your list- thank you!
January 6th, 2019
@m2016 Happy to join in.. whats the tag? I don't see it.
January 6th, 2019
@yrhenwr The tag for last week's topic is 52wc-2019-w1 and the details are here

I'll be posting the new topic for the coming week shortly which will have the next tag included, and you'll be notified when I've posted :)
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