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  1. Here we go, first time I get to pick a topic after shamefully taking advantage of people's misery with the photo of chernobyl gas masks in Colin's heartbreak-induced September challenge. But now for something completely different! I went for a colour theme again - autumnal and underrated, cheerful with a potential for gloomy: ORANGE Looking forward to what you make of the topic - with anything from autumn forests to pumpkins, sunrises to sunsets, tangerines to tigers, the orange menace to Jaso
  2. This is it, the final poll with 8 finalists chosen UNDER TORTURE from way too many way too good images (my "now that's the absolute best"-list was 25 of them, and I'm sorry for every image that didn't make it): 1) wiskerke's Oranje Dutchman 2) cbimages' Clownfish 3) Lars Madsen's Spooky Fruit 4) The Blinking Eye's Sky on Fire 5) Avpics' Colour Run 6) Bryan's Pantone Mug 7) NYCat'
  3. Hard work this challenge setting, picking a theme that hadn't already been covered but not so prescriptive as to cut down on possible entries. In the end I've decided on Fire, Water, Earth and Air, the four elements of antiquity. What I'm looking for are images that ccombine two or more of those elements together. The interpretation doesn't have to be literal. Fire could be actual fire - or merely a fiery colour. Water can be any liquid. Earth represents any solid, and Air can include skies, vapour, mists and rainbows. The important thing is to submit images that have at leas
  4. Pleas cast your vote for the January 2019 Challenge - Happy New DRWMFB - MariaJ - Happy traditional Chinese New Year in Vancouver J03C99 - Sally - Happy stepgrandson jumping on the beach with new carbon Turbo Brace G17X5H - TeeCee - Happy baby Lar Gibbon wrapped in fake fur to keep him warm FN9XPB - NYCat - Happy Grizzly Bear Spring Cub in Lake Clark National Park R38PW5 - gvallee - Happy endangered Mareeba Unadorned Rock Wallaby joey in his/her mother's pouch P9429T - orest - Happy new Eran
  5. Happy New Year everyone! Alan, thanks for a good challenging challenge! And thanks for voting everybody, not just for mine. This month's challenge is Happy New! It should be easy. But it's not just Happy New Year. It's about Happy New anything. Happy new puppy; happy new baby; happy with new girl/boy friend; happy with new house; teeth; hair; shoes; car; bicycle. And yes: happy new year too. Don't think just about people interacting with stuff; stuff and plants can scream Happy New as well. Washing powder / laundry detergent boxes maybe not so muc
  6. First, I want to thank you very much for participating to this challenge. A lot of great images again this month and of course, again, a very tough choice to make… I am sure many of you will be disappointed not to be listed in the final set and I feel sorry about that. Here are the eight finalists for the WORM'S EYE VIEW challenge (voting closes Saturday 4th June @ midnight - UK time): 1- Arterra - Flowerbed with red tulips and Japanese cherry tree 2- Colin Woods - Dandenong Forest in australia 3- Abiyoyo - Bilbao 4- Michael Ventura - Garden park in Montreal, Canada
  7. It seems like we need a tie-break between Paulette and Bill for the last challenge. Voting ends at midnight on June 10th (UK time). Please vote for your preferred image between these two: NYCat - Mama Grizzly and her Spring Cubs walking across the tidal flats of the Cook Inlet, Alaska Bill Brooks - Moraine Lake Banff Alberta Canada
  8. Hello everyone! First, I want to thank you all who participated to this contest. It has not been easy to choose the finalists but here is my selection. Voting ends at midnight on June 7th (UK time). Colin Woods - Fresh snow in Gaspesie NP, Quebec NYCat - Mama Grizzly and her Spring Cubs walking across the tidal flats of the Cook Inlet, Alaska gvallee - Lençóis Maranhenses National Park - Brazil wiskerke - Fiordland National Park Bill Brooks - Moraine Lake Banff Alberta Canada LarsMadsen - S
  9. First, I wish to thank Colin for the last challenge! This month, I would like to see pictures of our beautiful national parks landscapes. But only "pure nature" images, meaning by that no human interaction visible in the images (no human, human construction, signpost, road, vehicle or anything like that). Only footprints accepted . Each member may submit up to 3 pictures, the images must be available on Alamy. The challenge will end on 30th June @ midnight (Paris time). Below 3 examples. Denali national park - Alaska (USA) Ecrins national park (France)
  10. April 2018 Challenge: In or On the Water Water was a big component of my image from last month so it's my inspiration for this month's challenge. Your images must be taken of something or someone on the water. More specifically: It must be taken outdoors, on open natural water (e.g., lakes, ocean, rivers, not a swimming pool), and must be taken of something with people and/or animals in the water. Not of inanimate objects without people or animals. The photographer can be on the shoreline, but not the subject. Up to 3 images, must be on Alamy. Deadline mid
  11. The March 2018 poll ended with the grey squirrels by ColdCoffee and the toy monkeys by Steve Hyde in first place with each 25% and a very close third at 23.08% for the thirsty cat by MariaJ. So here's a short poll to decide this over the weekend. Again it will close automatically, now on Sunday at midnight, London time. Sorry for the ones who lost to cuteness: there were some really good stock images there. Anyways here again are the cat; the squirrels and the monkeys: KD1X2P - MariaJ - Cat drinking water from the tap. ETKN6N - C
  12. Remember voting ends one day earlier than normal. So only 24 hours left to vote for the March Challenge. Monkeys; cats; squirrels; books; flames; Christmas gifts all in or around the house. I wonder if people are voting for cuteness or stockness ? ;-) wim
  13. Thank you everybody who participated! It was extremely difficult. Everybody says so, but it really was. For people who want to see the whole challenge again: it's here. M68MM1 - British Gent - Happy girl in the snow on St David's Day. KD1X2P - MariaJ - Cat drinking water from the tap. ETKN6N - ColdCoffee - A pair of Eastern grey squirrels on a deck rail. D91YDM - LSP - Basil plants growing in a crate in the backyard. C2FMW1 - Marianne - Pile of books in a hammock in the garden. HNAB
  14. The March 2018 Challenge: A photo that was taken without leaving your house or garden. No studio images: that would be cheating. ( I have one too.) However an improvised one with a desk lamp on the kitchen table, or near a window is fine. And while you're at it, why not include an image of the set-up? Gardens are fine too, but just a portrait of a nice flower from one of you garden and flower specialists can also feel like cheating. Just like the in-house studio. For people who cannot think of photographing anything inside their house: you'l
  15. ACYC5A Winter hillwalking in the Scottish mountains, Lynne A61X1H Husky sledding in Lapland - Finland, gvallee CTJ4JY Kinderdijk (near Rotterdam) in winter, wiskerke BJMA3E Snow apprehension, Martin P Wilson JGEPCB Skier in Bormio, Brasilnut DKN56T Love is everywhere, Mihai Popa M4XAD8, spotting bored wildlife, Dave Nelson H8NTK5 Mulled wine, vpics
  16. This month’s Challenge theme is “Winter Activities”. With a good load of snow this year in Europe, I want to see your best shots of professional / amateur sportsmen or kids and families taking part in all sorts of winter activities. Usual rules apply: 3 pictures per person from your Alamy portfolio. The Challenge will close at midnight on 28th February. A few samples:
  17. Thanks everyone who voted for my photograph in the Festivals challenge. For this challenge I'm choosing one of my favorite subjects, Street Art Please submit up to three images from your Alamy collection of art in the street or other outdoor areas. The contest will finish at midnight 31st July. EDIT: My concept is to show street art in public space and if photographers choose, to show how people and others interact with it, or how the work interacts with the space within it exists. Not so much to simply document someone else's work, or show art intended to hang on a
  18. Thank you to everyone who voted for my photograph in the Transport challenge. The sunny days are here and for the June challenge I have chosen FESTIVALS as the theme. Music festivals, Food festivals, Art festivals all kinds of festivals. The atmosphere and people enjoying them. The only thing I would not like to see are close ups on musicians. Please submit up to three images from your Alamy collection. The contest will finish at midnight 30th Jun A few examples: Good luck.
  19. Thank you all for taking part! As usual you made it quite difficult: my lightbox holds 29 images. I have tried to balance images and meaning this time. It's a personal list of course, but there's something here for everybody: 01 - HKM299 - Rubens Alarcon - Walking on thin Ice 02 - H3A28G - GS-Images - One step at a time 03 - H5YY48 - Eden - Till the cows come home 04 - HYFXHA - Allan Bell - Cheap as chips 05 - HDXER2 - Spacecadet - A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush... 06 - GKRG2W - Jill Morgan - Anything you can do,
  20. New challenge: Popular sayings, proverbs and maxims. One to three images that depict or illustrate a proverb. Or is proverbial. It does not have to be an English proverb. (Read on below about that.) Now I don't want to see a tile on the wall with a proverb on it. - Show don't tell. But I do look forward to images that depict things like: My home is my castle. No man is an island. Forewarned, forearmed. If you got it, flaunt it. Penny wise and pound foolish. Never too old to learn. Actions speak louder than words. Prevention is better than cure. (stich in time; mieux vaut prévenir) Some re
  21. The quality of entries of this challenge was astounding. I had a really hard time selecting only 8, as I had double that number in my lightbox. So please don't feel left out if you're not on the list. My final choice is mainly based on a combination of composition and atmosphere. I'm thrilled to see such a great response. It's heart warming to see that people are still sensitive to nature. Voting ends Wednesday 7th, midnight London time Good luck! Johnnie5 - G0MY8N Colin Woods - C04NR9 Simon Evans - F080NK John Richmond - H7KAHH NYCat - DDTD72 MariaJ - DCC78G chrumu
  22. Thanks again Colin for setting April's challenge ! This month, I would like to see your images taken from a "WORM'S EYE VIEW". Pictures taken from below, from a low angle. Could be for composition purposes, to accentuate perspective or to make the subject look taller, or mighty… whatever. Here are 3 examples: Urban / architecture Concert / people Nature… Now the rules: Maximum 3 images per contributor, as usual Images must be available on Alamy Challenge will end on May 31st at noon (12:00 London time) The winner will start the new topic. I hope you will enjoy t
  23. I have to say that it has been very hard to select only 8 images. I would have liked to be allowed to add a few more but, after all, that is me who defined the rules… D'OH! (facepalm). So, here are the 8 finalists for the October challenge "the decisive moment". Voting closes wednesday 4th November at midnight (UK time). I want to thank you all who participated. Congratulations to the finalists! ARTERRA - Eurasian Eagle owl (Bubo bubo) landing with wings spread on wooden signpost in meadow, England, UK FUNKYWORM - Rio de Janiero Brazil 13th July 2014 World Cup final 2014 Argentina
  24. I'm happy to have the opportunity to give it a go with a monthly challenge topic. And thank you for that. After enjoying some celebrations with friends recently, I got thinking about what it means to be living or having the good life. And so that's what this month's challenge will be about. Looking forward to your interpretations! Topic: The Good Life Max entries per person: 3 Photos must be on alamy. Challenge closes on March 31, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. PST Eight finalists to be chosen by me for voting. Have fun! Maria
  25. So. It has fallen on me to sort out the February challenge. There were some fabulous entries last month & I know it's a cliché but I was genuinely surprised my image did so well. Thank you to Bryan for stepping into the breach and doing the business. Anyhow, I'm going for a rather nebulous subject for this month's challenge but I'm sure we all have images that fall into this category - "I don't know why I like it but I do". This may be a disaster or it may work out OK. That's up to you lot! Rules: 3 images max per entrant 8 will be shortlisted by me at the end of the mont
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