WPC – WEEK 458 – CAMERA

It is the last Monday of the month and on the last Monday of the month I like to revisit our Frequently Asked Questions. Who asks these questions? I mostly ask them of myself. But that isn’t a Frequently Asked Question. These are:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE

What skill level photographer can participate?

THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE is open to photographers of all skill levels. From award winning photographers to professionals to the highly ranked amateurs to those that are just beginning to those who don’t even know how to focus a camera. All skill levels are encouraged and welcome. You can’t be too bad and you can’t be too good! Everyone has room to learn and be challenged!

Award winning photographers? Really?

Yes. I can think of at least 10 photographers that participate regularly that have won a photography award of some kind.

Is this a competition?
NO. It is a challenge. There are no winners and losers. Well the people that don’t participate are losers.

Is there a limit to the number of submissions I can have each week?

Yes. That limit is 2. If you send me more than 2, I will post the first 2 that you send. I’m not trying to harsh your photography buzz, but any more than that starts to overwhelm the other submissions and it takes me about 5 minutes to take a picture from my inbox to code it on the website. So I have to manage my workload.

If you are going to submit more than one picture, I strongly urge you to choose completely different subjects for each submission. If you are submitting multiple pictures of the same subject, make sure that each picture is saying something unique.

If I start to average like 45 participants a week, I will lower the limit to 1.

Can I send you several pictures and have you pick the best one?

No! No! NO! If those words come out of your mouth or your keyboard, I consider that to be a non-submission.

Do you ever question whether somebody’s submission fits the theme?

Meh. Only if I think somebody is clearly confusing this week’s theme with last week or next week’s theme. Otherwise, if the submission makes sense in your head, that is good enough for me. However, I would urge you to not try to fit your favorite subject into the theme every week. This isn’t a challenge to share a picture every week of your kid or your business or your pet. It is a challenge to take pictures of different things every week. Which isn’t to say subjects can’t be repeated, but you shouldn’t become reliant on the same ones.

Why can’t I submit after 11 AM on Mondays if the post doesn’t publish until 12:01 PM?

I go to lunch at 11 AM. I leave my office. I’m not near a computer. At 11 AM I hit “Schedule” and then I go throw food down my throat. 167 hours is more than enough time to send a submission. Okay, 166 hours and 59 minutes. You got me.

Do I have to wait until Monday morning to submit?

Absolutely not! In fact (AND CAN’T EMPATHIZE THIS ENOUGH) I appreciate the submissions that make it to me by Sunday evening. Makes the job of putting this together on Monday morning much easier!

Are there resolution requirements for submissions?

I won’t turn down submissions that are too small. I will probably ask you for a picture of greater resolution if it is really small. The typical 4 x 6 image posted to my website has a resolution of 1280 pixels x 853 pixels. While a 400 x 300 image might look okay on your phone, it looks like trash on a computer monitor. I prefer images that are at least 1000 pixels at their widest point, but don’t ban smaller pictures at this point. But don’t tempt me!

What format should my submission be?

.JPG but .PNG also works.

If I write a description of my image will you include that in your post?

No. Photography is art that should stand on its own. Only exception is the SLICE OF LIFE theme. But if you let me know where the picture was taken, I will include that. In fact, I appreciate you letting me know where a picture was taken. If you don’t let me know, I will assume the picture was taken in the state you live in.

When will you start accepting suggestions for next year’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE themes?

I will take suggestions only and ONLY in the comments sections of the THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE posts the last week of October and the 1st week of November.

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CAMERA! A great theme! But did enough people pick one up to make it a popular theme? You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, June 17, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore everything in parentheses):

1-Deanna McClain – 1 week (IA, MN)
2-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 2 weeks (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL)
3-Mary Green – 2 weeks (MI, IA, IN, IL, PR) <2>
4-Eliainie Hernandez – 2 weeks (IA)
5-Sara Lockner – 2 weeks (IA, BHS, MN)
6-Monica Jennings – 3 weeks (IA)
7-Willy McAlpine – 4 weeks (IA)
8-Suzie Brannen – 6 weeks (IA, MD) <2>
9-Mike Vest – 6 weeks (IA, MO)
10-Alexis Stensland – 8 weeks (IA)
11-Sabas Hernandez – 10 weeks (IA, OH) <2>
12-Adam Gordon – 17 weeks (IA, MS, MO) <2>
13-Becky Parmelee – 16 weeks (AR, IA, OK)
14-Lowell Davis – 24 weeks (IA)
15-Michelle Haupt – 24 weeks (IA, MO, KS, LA)
19-Brandon Kahler – 25 weeks (IA, MN)
16-Scott Degeneffe – 43 weeks (IA, FL, UT, CO, KY, IN, IL)
17-Sheri Fakhouri – 53 weeks (IA, NE)
18-Logan Kahler – 53 weeks (IA, MN)
19-Nathanial Brown – 55 weeks (IA, SD, GA, TN, IRL, UK) <2>
20-Jesse Howard – 55 weeks (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW)
21-Tamara Peterson – 67 weeks (IA, MN)
22-Mindi Terrell – 70 weeks (IA) <2>
23-Linda Bennett – 99 weeks (KS) <2>
24-Sarah Toot – 100 weeks (PA, NY, VT, NV, NJ) <2>
25-Angie DeWaard – 104 weeks (IA, IL)
26-Dawn Krause – 108 weeks (IA)
27-Kim Barker – 114 weeks (IA, CO, LA)
28-Joe Duff – 115 weeks (TX)
29-Teresa Kahler – 126 weeks (IA, NE) <2>
30-Carla Stensland – 126 weeks (IA, MO)
31-Micky Augustin – 128 weeks (IA, IL)
32-Andy Sharp – 129 weeks (IA, NE, AR, MS, MO, TN, LA) <2>
33-Bill Wentworth – 130 weeks (NE, MO)
34-Cathie Morton – 133 weeks (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA)
35-Elizabeth Nordeen – 135 weeks (IA, OH) <2>
36-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 137 weeks (IA, CA, NV)
37-Kio Dettman – 139 weeks (IA) <2>

Here is the list of rules for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:

1. The picture must be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch and take pictures challenge!
2. There is a limit of 2 submissions per person per theme. If you send me more than 2, I will use the first 2 that you submit.
3. Deadline to submit your submission is 11 AM next Monday.
4. To be considered the photographer of an image, you have to be the one that clicks the shutter. If you hand your camera over to somebody else to take a picture of you, you are NOT the photographer of that image.
5. No screen captures. This is a photography challenge. Not a “look at what I found on the internet” challenge.

There are still 2 ways to submit:
1. Email your submission to bennett@photography139.com.
2. Text your submission to my Google Pixel 8 Pro.

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates or streaks or the rules of the challenge or how to submit. You came to see the submissions and what streaks continued and what streaks flamed out:


WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - DEANNA MCCLAIN
Deanna McClain (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Manchester, Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa) – 7 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Madrid, Iowa) – 7 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Arnolds Park, Iowa) – 9 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Arnolds Park, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Arnolds Park, Iowa) – 11 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (St Matthew’s UMC – Madison, Mississippi) – 18 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Iowa) – 25 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Iowa) – 25 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Story City, Iowa) – 26 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Iowa) – 44 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (South Ankeny, Iowa) – 54 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA -LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa) – 54 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA -LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Jefferson, Iowa) – 56 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA -JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (RPW – Ames, Iowa) – 56 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Boone, Iowa) – 68 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa) – 71 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 100 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Pennsylvania) – 101 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 105 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 109 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Estes Park, Colorado) – 115 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 116 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas)

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 127 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Arnold’s Park, Iowa) – 127 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Florida) – 129 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Illinois) – 130 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 131 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Norwalk, Iowa) – 134 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 136 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole Foley (Cellar Winery – Madrid, Iowa) – 138 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) 140 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Boone, Iowa) – 561 weeks

34 participants this week. Not a popular week!

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Colorado (1)
+ Florida (1)
+ Illinois (1)
+ Iowa (32)
+ Kansas (1)
+ Mississippi (1)
+ Nebraska (1)
+ Pennsylvania (1)
+ Texas (2)

Thanks to Sarah’s travels, we’ve added New Jersey to the map WooHoo! Thanks to Nathanial’s travels we’ve added North Ireland to the map WooHoo!

Here is the Year 11 list of places where submissions have been taken (submissions taken in each places):

+ Arkansas (15.5)
+ Aruba (1)
+ Bahamas (2)
+ California (3)
+ Curacao (1)
+ Colorado (6)
+ Florida (9)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (8)
+ Indiana (4)
+ Iowa (902)
+ Ireland (3)
+ Kansas (35)
+ Kentucky (1)
+ Louisiana (8)
+ Maryland (1)
+ Michigan (5)
+ Minnesota (8)
+ Mississippi (2.5)
+ Missouri (15.5)
+ Nebraska (32)
+ Nevada (4)
+ New Jersey (1)
+ New York (14)
+ North Ireland (1)
+ Ohio (2)
+ Oklahoma (1)
+ Pennsylvania (17)
+ Puerto Rico (4)
+ South Dakota (3)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (38)
+ Utah (1)
+ Vermont (1)
+ Virginia (1)
+ Wisconsin (1)

30 states so far! 1 U.S. Terriorty! 5 foreign countries! Not bad! So far, the following people have submitted from multiple places:

+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL) – 8
+ Andy Sharp (IA, NE, MO, AR, TN, MS, LA, IL) – 8
+ Scott Degeneffe (IA, FL, UT, CO, IN, KY, IL) – 7
+ Jesse Howard (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW) – 6
+ Christopher D. Bennett (IA, MO, NE, IL, IN, LA) – 6
+ Nathanial Brown (IA, SD, TN, GA, IRL, NIR) – 6
+ Cathie Morton (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA) – 5
+ Mary Green (MI, IA, IN, IL, RP) – 5
+ Sarah Toot (PA, NY, VT, NV, NJ) – 5
+ Michelle Haupt (IA, MO, KS, LA) – 4
+ Kim Barker (IA, CO, LA) – 3
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley (IA, CA, NV) – 3
+ Adam Gordon (IA, MS, MO) – 3
+ Becky Parmelee (AR, IA, OK) – 3
+ Sara Lockner (IA, BHS, MN) – 3
+ Micky Augustin (IA, IL, FL) – 3
+ Susanna Funk (IA, CO) – 2
+ Brandon Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Logan Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Tamara Peterson (IA, MN) – 2
+ Carla Stensland (IA, MO) -2
+ Mike Vest (IA, MO) – 2
+ Teresa Kahler (IA, NE) – 2
+ Sheri Fakhouri (IA, NE) – 2
+ Angie DeWaard (IA, IL) – 2
+ Sabas Hernandez (IA, OH) – 2
+ Suzie Brannen (IA, MD) – 2
+ Elizabeth Nordeen (IA, OH) – 2
+ Linda Bennett (KS, IA) – 2
+ Bill Wentworth (NE, MO) – 2
+ Deanna McClain (IA, MN) – 2

Jen and Andy are now tied to be crowned “The Most Travelled THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE Photographer!” Jesse and and Scott and Nathanial are in striking distance though!

There were some big milestones this week! Brandon joined the Half Year Club! WooHoo! Linda joined the Triple Digit Streak Club! WooHoo! Andy joined the 2.5 Year Streak Club! WooHoo!

But it wasn’t all fun and games. There were quite a few streaks that bit the dust. Jen and Elainie’s streaks end at 2. Monica’s streak ends at 3. Willy’s streak ends at 4. Becky’s streak is over at 16!

But enough dwelling on the past. Time to look to the future. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future! This week’s theme:


WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT
ENTERTAINMENT

ENTERTAINMENT! What a great theme for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

I look forward to seeing your interpretation!

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will see your idea of ENTERAINMENT in this place that hopefully provides some next Monday.
AA

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