Oh Snap! November Photo Challenge

It seems impossible that it’s almost been a month since I hosted the 30 Day Photo Challenge. But…it’s true. And I’ve had a lot of people asking for the next one. SO HERE YOU GO! This challenge will last a month but we’ll only have FOUR submission dates. Below are the submission dates and themes:

I wanted this challenge to be drastically different than the first. Each week’s theme is a bit more abstract and will let you all interpret it however you’d like. Below are the specific guidelines:

  • You will only be submitting 4 photos. One photo per week. This is not a 30 Day Challenge.
  • This is a digital/film camera challenge. That means: no photos from your cell phone
  • You must shoot within the week prior to the due date. That means starting Sunday, October 30th you can start shooting for Photo #1.
  • The photo must be submitted Sunday by 8pm EST.
  • Photos will be posted on my blog by the following Wednesday at 9am EST.
  • To bring more focus to each photo, you must include the following when submitting: type of camera, type of lens (if applicable), & location. You can include this information in the “Your Message” portion of the submission page.
  • Make sure your photo is 700 px wide, .JPG format, & include your website if you want anything linked back to you.
  • Starting October 30th, you will find a submission button here on my blog (in the sidebar). You must submit through my blog for your photo to be published.
  • If tweeting about the challenge, use the hashtag #NOPHO
To make it even more fun (and maybe bring in a little motivation), on November 30th, Dabito from Old Brand New will be choosing his FAVORITE photo from the entire month. I’ll be placing all the submissions in a Flickr set with all the photo information and letting him choose. The winner will be announced here on my blog on Wednesday, December 7th at 10:30am EST. The prize? A Diana+ 35 mm camera from Lomography.com! To win this prize, you must submit a photo for each week.


  1. Claire Helene on October 26, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Oh fun! I think I’m going to try and participate this month!

    • Allison on October 26, 2011 at 4:11 PM

      Claire I would love that!

    • LesserOfTheTwo on October 30, 2011 at 12:22 PM

      Maybe this is a stupid question but where, if any place, do you sign up? Because I actually wanna do this.

      • Allison on October 30, 2011 at 12:57 PM

        Hi! You don’t have to sign up but later today there will be a button on my sidebar that will allow you to upload your submissions along with the shot information!

  2. Brandie on October 26, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    I sure hope I complete this one! It sounds fun!

    I’m hoping in subsequent months we might also see a cell phone only challenge. I’m so pumped about my iPhone 4S camera!

    • Allison on October 26, 2011 at 4:15 PM

      Yes a phone camera challenge would be fun. I just use my iPhone all the time and I like doing these challenges to bring me out of my comfort zone. But there is definitely an interest in a phone camera challenge. Preference on when hosting one would be the best?

  3. Martín on October 26, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    I’m not gonna be able to participate. My mother’s taken the camera for her holidays and I’m only left with my cellphone camera. :(

    I also hope there will be a challenge of Cellphone cameras only, even though my cell is far from an iPhone but I’m confident some Photoshop can help compensate its lack of quality.

    I’ll be following this challenge as a viewer anyways. It sound like fun!

    • Allison on October 26, 2011 at 4:16 PM

      We’ll miss your participation this time!! Definitely keep track of it. I always love your input.

  4. Chris Walker on October 26, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    The no “camera phone” rule is lame… A camera is a camera no matter what.(someone had to hate on this rule)

    But anyways I’m going to try to do the challenge and I’m looking forward to it.


    • Allison on October 26, 2011 at 4:17 PM

      Haters gonna hate :)

      You should host a camera phone challenge on your blog!

  5. Joshua Cook on October 26, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    LOVE IT.

    And I love stipulations and limitations. Looking forward to it !


    • Allison on October 28, 2011 at 11:57 AM

      So glad you’re participating Josh!!!

  6. Jon Schelander-Pugh on October 28, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    I’m super excited about this. A couple questions just for clarity and peace of mind:

    -Is it fine to switch between film and digital throughout the challenge?
    -I may want to use some Polaroid instant film for one or two of these. That’s not a problem, right?
    -Do you have any expectations/reservations about making edits to scanned film photographs in Photoshop?

    Like Joshua, I like the limitations/rules. I just don’t want to break any. :)

    • Allison on October 28, 2011 at 11:59 AM

      Hi Jon!! Thanks for asking. Yes you can switch between film and digital (I probably will) and definitely can use Polaroid.

      And I don’t have any issues with any editing. Edit away!!! Can’t wait to see your shots!

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  8. Sasha on October 29, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Hi, I just found this site, this sounds really cool. I’m excited to enter :D

    • Allison on October 29, 2011 at 8:13 PM

      Awesome! I’m glad you’ll be submitting, Sasha!

  9. Leash W on October 30, 2011 at 3:25 AM

    awesome i’m in! (despite having to google ‘negative space’). not sure of the time difference but i figure if i submit before 8pm sunday my time i should be fine :o) we’re first to see the sun down here.

    • Allison on October 31, 2011 at 8:22 PM

      Leash- I think you should be good with the time difference. Glad you googled ‘negative space!’ Google pretty much answers all my questions :)

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    I’m in! :)

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  13. Chris Walker on October 31, 2011 at 10:55 PM

    I just want to clarify the only restrictions are that images just to be shot in the week of the theme and they cant be shot with a camera phone.

    Am I’m missing anything?


    • Allison on October 31, 2011 at 11:02 PM

      Correct!!! :) And you have to include the type of camera, lens (if applicable) and location in the message portion of the upload page. Thanks for checking, Chris!

      • Chris Walker on October 31, 2011 at 11:16 PM

        Awesome, I tend to look over details often so I thought I would clarify.


  14. Rosalie Andrea on November 1, 2011 at 2:37 AM

    I just came across this blog and I’m really excited to see what other projects you’ll be posting. I hope to be a part of this one too!

    • Allison on November 1, 2011 at 7:55 PM

      Aw thanks :) I hope you will too Rosalie!!

  15. dabito . old brand new on November 1, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    I’m so excited to be part of this month’s photo challenge. Thanks, Allison for reaching out to me. I’m looking forward to everyone’s beautiful photos.

    • Allison on November 1, 2011 at 7:56 PM

      SO excited, Dabito!

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