As I so often ask you to come up with suggestions or even contribute to a guest challenge of your choice, Stephanie Adams suggested we bring back a Puzzle-Like theme. I went back in our archives and I really liked a Challenge from Peter Randall, 2020 Week No 18 Jigsaw Collage.

2020 Week No 18 Jigsaw Collage – The 2021 Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge (tempusaura.com)

I’m using Peter’s challenge as an example, I however want to keep this more of a freestyle Puzzle, Jigsaw, Happiness mix of creativity and photography. The techniques Peter demonstrates in his challenge are totally fitting to this challenge.

woman in white long sleeve shirt holding white printer paper
Photo by Raj Rana on Unsplash

The first element of this challenge is to capture happiness or something that brings you happiness. These images of happiness can be as much a smiling child just like they can be of an object or natural place like a waterfall, as long as that subject portrays happiness for you.

black and white heart shaped textile
Photo by Mel Poole on Unsplash

The jigsaw aspect can be loosely interpreted from inspiring yourself on techniques brought forward by Peter Randall in his challenge. If you choose to stick literally with the Jigsaw Puzzle idea, here’s a little tutorial to inspire you.

Create a Jigsaw Puzzle Collage in Photoshop

You can approach this challenge with digital images, instant camera images like a Polaroid, or even fabricate your final image putting together good old fashion film.

man in black jacket smoking cigarette
Photo by Matt Moloney on Unsplash

I like the approach of using real-life tangible printed images or film to create your final image. Be creative, this is as much about the philosophical approach to the jigsaw puzzle of happiness in life as it is about creating a jigsaw montage/collage. So let your creativity run wild with that specific idea in mind…use your images to create shapes of happiness like a heart as illustrated in the image below.

girl in pink shirt and blue skirt standing beside girl in pink shirt
Photo by Danila Hamsterman on Unsplash


  1. Capture multiple images of a single or multiple subjects that bring happiness to you
  2. Assemble the images in a creative jigsaw puzzle inspired fashion (Physically or digitally)
  3. Sum up your final image with a bit of storytelling

The friendly community guidelines are pretty simple:

  • Take a new photo for the current weekly theme, not something from your back catalog or someone else’s image.
  • Post your photo each week to our active communities on Facebook or Flickr (or both). Tag the photo:  #2021photochallenge #photochallenge #tempusaura
  • Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2021 Trevor Carpenter 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.