Taking a look around town from the hardware store to the grocery store, I find there’s quite a bit of empty space on the shelves.

The news is kind of supporting the fact that many ports have an abundant amount of ships accumulating at the entrance of ports. Over 45 ships are in waiting at the Port of Los Angeles in Long Beach, CA.

red and blue cargo ship on body of water during daytime
Photo by william william on Unsplash

It goes beyond the shipping vessels themselves. Freight trains are affected by a lack of containers to ship and the trucking industry is apparently finding it difficult to acquire empty trailers to get loads delivered to our local warehouses.

orange and black auto rickshaw
Photo by Petrebels on Unsplash

The reasons for this are not very clear and it’s affecting people around the world from what I hear.

For our photography challenge, I want to focus on editorial photography. News Photography, just unaltered well-balanced color images that reflect our real-world as a documentary image.

green and white wooden board
Photo by Claudio Schwarz on Unsplash

I want you to focus on how the impact of the current logistics and supply chain issues are affecting your local community. That leaves a very broad spectrum of possibilities from shipping vessels to the food you serve on your table.

dog on top of person's lap while sitting on ground at daytime
Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash

It may be that things have actually trended to being a better situation with no supply chain issues in your area while some other areas will have a more obvious negative impact.

The final image has to tell a story. If you have images you’ve taken in the past, use them for comparison like a before and after scenario. Since this is storytelling, accompany your image with a little text that sets the narrative for your image.


  • Identify a subject that documents the current state of our supply chain and how it impacts your community
  • Take an editorial true to life color image. No altering or artistic renditions
  • You can use an old existing image to accompany your new image for comparison
  • Post your image with a small text to set the context for your image
  • Post your photo during the week of Sunday, September 5 and Saturday, September 11

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.