Hi Everyone.

I wanted to bring your attention to some issues that have been coming to light here at The PhotoChallenge

Some members have been communicating their discontent with the theme’s not being followed. I’m not talking about creative interpretation, just the basic defined elements.

As an example, I will use my latest Challenge, WEEK 47: LOOKING UP

At the end of the majority of our challenges, we usually have a small section that defines the challenge. It is usually right before the Friendly Community Guidelines…

I have 3 points, the first one reads as follows:
“Create one image of a subject captured pointing the camera directly up at a right angle from the ground.”

This was also mentioned in my introduction video. However, we are seeing images that don’t fit the basic requirement of the challenge.

That is but one example, it occurs on almost every challenge and it occurs more often than it used to.

I know we are a community made up of members from around the world and I understand that at times there are language and cultural barriers.
I also understand that with COVID-19 guidelines, many of us are restricted in our movements. That’s why we try and make our challenges as COVID-19-friendly as possible. We can’t always guess ahead of time all of the challenges our members will meet in their particular area.

This is why I personally allow a great deal of creative freedom with every theme this year. However, if you are creatively veering off from the theme, please define your artistic vision so we understand why…

There’s also a question of respect for the contributor that put together the challenge. There’s an effort put forward every week to bring to you a new Photography Challenge. Please read the challenge, not just the title. If you can’t sleep, you’re suffering from insomnia, push it one step further and listen to my introduction video in its entirety.

Joking apart, if you have any questions, we want to hear from you. You can ask the question in the comments when we post a new challenge. This will help clarify everything not just for you, but other community members and the contributors who created the Challenge.

We’re an open group publicly visible on FaceBook. If you’re going to share a member contribution to your wall or some other group or page, please use some old fashion etiquette. Communicate with your fellow community member here at The PhotoChallenge, comment on their work and let them know of your intentions to share their work.

We want to keep the Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge a Safe Place to challenge yourself and have fun with photography. We don’t want to over police the group, we want it to grow as a place where responsible adults share a common passion for photography.

The Friendly Community Guidelines help us create some functioning order to bring to you a fresh theme every week and have you contribute a fresh new picture for that specific theme every week. We simply move on to a new theme every Sunday. If you miss that specific week and you still want to participate, add it to the comment section of your current week’s image. Same if you want to contribute a second image to the challenge. Add it in the comment section.

We’re moving into the 2021 Challenge, we’re preparing a brand new year with brand new contributors and we want to start the New Year on the right foot and hopefully put behind us the 2020 woes.

Thank You for being part of the Trevor Carpenter PhotoChallenge

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.