Winter has been kind to Northern Folks this year. Barely a few days of extreme cold and snow is barely visible in many places where it should be abundant. Even Switzerland is having a hard time keeping a snow cover in the valley areas. Meanwhile our neighbors to the south, in the Southern Hemisphere are experiencing summer in a more stable way.

No matter what’s going on outside, you’re still looking for ways to keep warm in COLD weather and cool in HOT weather. Often this brings about a contrast we can capture and document on our cameras.

If you’re lucky enough to live in Northern Canada, you may even have the opportunity to find ways to keep warm indoors in the ice cold rooms of an ICE HOTEL.
Cold and Hot

With the milder winter, attendance seems to be up when it comes to winter activities. There’s no better way to warm up than by a bonfire after a long day of winter activities.

Snowshoe and Bonfire by Mt Hood Adventure

This challenge is open to interpretation. It should remain an outdoor challenge but exceptions such as an ICE HOTEL are more than acceptable as they pretty much bring the outdoors, indoors. It’s also open to metaphorical interpretations. The contrast of this “HOT SPOT” awning with the  COLD snow and icicles is a perfect example…


//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsIn stark contrast, those experiencing HOT Summer Days in the Southern Hemisphere will be looking for sources of COLD. During those HOT summer days you may just be resorting to extreme measures to keep cool.

too damn hot

Sometimes we just can’t find two individuals who agree if it’s HOT or COLD. In that case we just dress accordingly.


This challenge is meant to be fun without having to focus on specialty techniques. Since you won’t be distracted by complicated photographic techniques, we want you to focus on the basics of photography.

  1. COMPOSITION: Take the time necessary to compose your image.
  2. SHUTTER SPEED: Your subject may be still or moving. Use the proper speed to communicate movement or freeze motion.
  3. APERTURE: You may want to shoot at a wide aperture to better isolate your subject or close thing down to display wide areas in full focus.


The rules are pretty simple:

  • Post one original photograph (Your Image) shot each week per theme posted on this blog to Google+Facebook, or Flickr (or all three). Tag the photo #photochallenge.org and #photochallenge2016.
  • The shot should be a new shot you took for the current weekly theme, not something from your back catalog or someone else’s image.
  • The posted image should be a photograph, not a video.
  • Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2016 Photo Challenge is fun and easy.



About Steve Troletti

I'm a Location Scout, Editorial, Nature, Wildlife and Environmental Photographer based in Malibu, California. I specialize in Nature and Urban Nature photography including Infrared Landscapes. The Bulk of my work takes place in the Los Angeles, California area, Greater Montreal Region, Canada, Switzerland, France and Varese in Northern Italy. Ethical wildlife photography is the main priority and focus of my work. A minimum disturbance of the animals, their habitat and the environment is my top priority. This applies as much to total wilderness areas as it does to urban nature environments. Ongoing education of environmental issues and building awareness for the protection of wildlife and wilderness areas around the world is what drives me to document the beauty that surrounds us.