WPC – WEEK 460 – BLACK & WHITE

Today is going to be a long one, so buckle up and get your popcorn ready!

Today is Jay’s birthday, so I need to start by wishing him a happy birthday.


Day 70 - March 11, 2022
Happy birthday Jay!

I hope your birthday is magical in the nothingness you attempt to do!

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It is that time of year when a little yellow card shows up in the mailboxes of many a photographer in the state of Iowa. The yellow card that tells you if you had any pictures accepted into one of the hardest photo contests in the country. The Iowa State Fair Photography Salon. A contest that only displays 25% of the pictures submitted. It is the only photo contest that I enter (for a wide variety of reasons) and as such I did get my yellow card in the mail last week. It looked a little something like this:



You might be wondering what pictures I entered this year. I’m the only person that currently knows what pictures I entered. But, you can go down to the Iowa State Fair and see them for yourself. I will reveal what pictures I entered and what pictures got in on the last day of the Fair. As is my custom.

But I wasn’t the only regular contributor to THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE that got pictures accepted to the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon. Angie, Logan, and Nathanial all got pictures accepted! WooHoo! Which makes sense, because when THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE was birthed into existence as THE RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIMENT all those years ago by me and Mike Vest, the idea was (to be honest more his idea than mine) that at the end of the year, you would have 52 photos you could consider for entering in photo contests. Maybe in 2025 there will be MORE than 4 people from THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE displayed at the Iowa State Fair. I have an eye on a few of you.

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Must be time to see the submission for BLACK & WHITE, right? Not yet. As you may know, it is about 10 weeks out from the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest. So it is past time that I published the rules for this year’s contest. They are identical as last year.

Have a look:



I hope many of you enter again this year! Now I need to get to work!

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BLACK & WHITE! A great theme! But did enough people see the world in monochrome to make it a popular theme? You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, July 1, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore everything in parentheses):

1-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL)
2-Willy McAlpine – 1 week (IA)
3-Amy Peterson – 1 week (IA)
4-Deanna McClain – 3 weeks (IA, MN)
5-Mary Green – 4 weeks (MI, IA, IN, IL, PR) <2>
6-Sara Lockner – 4 weeks (IA, BHS, MN)
7-Suzie Brannen – 8 weeks (IA, MD) <2>
8-Mike Vest – 7 weeks (IA, MO)
9-Alexis Stensland – 10 weeks (IA) <2>
10-Sabas Hernandez – 12 weeks (IA, OH) <2>
11-Adam Gordon – 19 weeks (IA, MS, MO) <2>
12-Lowell Davis – 26 weeks (IA)
13-Michelle Haupt – 26 weeks (IA, MO, KS, LA)
14-Brandon Kahler – 27 weeks (IA, MN)
15-Scott Degeneffe – 45 weeks (IA, FL, UT, CO, KY, IN, IL) <2>
16-Sheri Fakhouri – 55 weeks (IA, NE)
17-Logan Kahler – 55 weeks (IA, MN) <2>
18-Nathanial Brown – 57 weeks (IA, SD, GA, TN, IRL, UK, FL)
19-Jesse Howard – 56 weeks (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW, MN)
20-Tamara Peterson – 68 weeks (IA, MN)
21-Mindi Terrell – 72 weeks (IA) <2>
22-Linda Bennett – 101 weeks (KS, IA)
23-Sarah Toot – 102 weeks (PA, NY, VT, NV, NJ)
24-Angie DeWaard – 106 weeks (IA, IL) <2>
25-Dawn Krause – 110 weeks (IA, IL) <2>
26-Kim Barker – 116 weeks (IA, CO, LA) <2>
27-Joe Duff – 117 weeks (TX, NY)
28-Teresa Kahler – 128 weeks (IA, NE) <2>
29-Carla Stensland – 128 weeks (IA, MO, SD)
30-Micky Augustin – 130 weeks (IA, IL, FL)
31-Andy Sharp – 131 weeks (IA, NE, AR, MS, MO, TN, LA, IL) <2>
32-Bill Wentworth – 132 weeks (NE, MO)
33-Cathie Morton – 135 weeks (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA) <2>
34-Elizabeth Nordeen – 137 weeks (IA, OH)
35-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 139 weeks (IA, CA, NV)
36-Kio Dettman – 141 weeks (IA)

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 460 - BLACK & WHITE - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Boone, Iowa) – 20 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Madrid, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Boone, Iowa) – 11 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Prescott, Wisconsin) – 132 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Plymouth, Minnesota)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 107 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 133 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Story City, Iowa) – 28 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Devil’s Tower National Monument – Wyoming) – 129 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Arkansas River – Salida, Colorado)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Ankeny, Iowa) – 136 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Boone, Iowa) – 111 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - DEANNA MCCLAIN
Deanna McClain (Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - ELAINIE HERNANDEZ
Elainie Hernandez (Boone, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 138 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Ames, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (New York) – 118 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (New York)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - JOHNATHAN STENSLAND
Johnathan Stensland (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Nevada, Iowa) – 117 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 142 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Boone, Iowa) – 102 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 56 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Bone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Kansas City, Missouri) – 27 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Kansas City, Missouri)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Iowa) – 27 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Colo, Iowa) – 131 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Grove, Oklahoma) – 8 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Bentonsville, Arkansas)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Mitchellville, Iowa) – 73 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Johnston, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Boone, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Tampa, Florida) – 58 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa) – 13 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Pennsylvania) – 103 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa) – 46 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Honey Hollow – Summerset, Iowa) – 140 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 56 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa) – 9 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Perry, Iowa) – 103 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 129 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa)

37 participants this week! A pretty good week!

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Arkansas (1)
+ Colorado (1)
+ Florida (1)
+ Iowa (41)
+ Minnesota (1)
+ Missouri (2)
+ Nebraska (1)
+ New York (2)
+ Oklahoma (1)
+ Pennsylvania (1)
+ Wisconsin (1)
+ Wyoming (1)

Thanks to Carla’s travels, we were able to add Wyoming to the map!

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

+ Arkansas (16.5)
+ Aruba (1)
+ Bahamas (2)
+ California (3)
+ Curacao (1)
+ Colorado (7)
+ Florida (13)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (11)
+ Indiana (4)
+ Iowa (943)
+ Ireland (3)
+ Kansas (36)
+ Kentucky (1)
+ Louisiana (8)
+ Maryland (1)
+ Michigan (5)
+ Minnesota (10)
+ Mississippi (2.5)
+ Missouri (18.5)
+ Nebraska (34)
+ Nevada (4)
+ New Jersey (1)
+ New York (17)
+ North Ireland (1)
+ Ohio (2)
+ Oklahoma (2)
+ Pennsylvania (19)
+ Puerto Rico (4)
+ South Dakota (4)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (38)
+ Utah (1)
+ Vermont (1)
+ Virginia (1)
+ Wisconsin (2)
+ Wyoming (1)

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

+ Andy Sharp (IA, NE, MO, AR, TN, MS, LA, IL, MN, WI) – 10
+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL) – 8
+ Scott Degeneffe (IA, FL, UT, CO, IN, KY, IL) – 7
+ Nathanial Brown (IA, SD, TN, GA, IRL, NIR, FL) – 7
+ Jesse Howard (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW, MN) – 7
+ Christopher D. Bennett (IA, MO, NE, IL, IN, LA) – 6
+ Cathie Morton (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA) – 5
+ Carla Stensland (IA, MO, SD, WY, CO) -5
+ Mary Green (MI, IA, IN, IL, RP) – 5
+ Sarah Toot (PA, NY, VT, NV, NJ) – 5
+ Michelle Haupt (IA, MO, KS, LA) – 4
+ Mike Vest (IA, MO, AR, OK) – 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
+ 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
+ Dawn Krause – (IA, IL) – 2
+ Joe Duff (TX, NY) – 2
+ Lowell Davis (IA, MO) – 2

Andy now has a commanding lead to be crowned “The Most Travelled THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE Photographer!” Jen, Jesse, Scott, and Nathanial remain in striking distance though.

There were no major milestones reached this week. And unfortunately a few streaks bit it. Willy and Amy couldn’t build on their submissions from last week. Their streaks are over before they began. Then worst of all, Jesse’s 56 week streak is over! It lasted over a year, but now it is over. The humanity!

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:


WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT
FACELESS PORTRAIT

FACELESS PORTRAI! 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 FACELESS PORTRAIT in this place that isn’t afraid to show its face next Monday.

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