Photo challenges are a fun way to feed your love of photography and help out the Church at the same time. These challenges are given every two weeks. You can submit one photo or dozens—it is up to you. Feel free to participate in any of the past challenges.
Submit your photos through the Vineyard and include the challenge title in the description when you upload your photos.
Sign up and participate in our upcoming photo challenges.
4/22/2013 – 5/5/2013
The photo challenge for the next two weeks is “Emotions.” This time we’re interested to see how many emotions you can capture. There is a list below of over 200 emotions.
Use multiple people and multiple settings. Be creative. Is it possible to capture 10, 20, 30 emotions? You have two weeks to find out. Who can capture the most? The goal is 30.
Remember, they must be high-quality, meaningful photos. Let us know how many you get by making a comment on our Facebook page. Ready, set, go!
Don’t delay. Start now and be the one with the most—and with enthusiasm! Find the ones you want to try from the list below and get started.
Hands, hands, hands
4/8/2013 – 4/21/2013
The photo challenge for the next two weeks is “Hands, hands, hands.” There is always a need for shots of hands. See how many you can take in the next two weeks. It could be hands together, two people holding hands, hands stirring or preparing food, holding tools, writing in a journal, holding scriptures, turning scripture pages, saluting, raising a hand to ask a question, planting seeds, weeding, holding seeds, drawing, holding technology, typing on a computer, putting on a bandage, old hands holding baby hands or baby feet, or hundreds of other possibilities. There are hands everywhere and lots of things to hold.
3/25/2013 – 4/7/2013
The photo challenge for the next two weeks is “General Conference.” The Church magazines need photos of Church members around the world attending general conference, so photos from this challenge will go into a review where some may be selected to go into the May Ensign! As you prepare for and attend general conference, take photos of how you and your family participate. It could be photos of you or your family watching on TV, walking into the stake center, watching on the computer, or however you attend. More details and specific needs are on the create.lds.org page Church Magazines Image Guidelines. So, take a look at the details and look for opportunities to capture those general conference moments. Remember to not disturb any meetings when taking photos.
3/11/2013 – 3/24/2013
The photo challenge for the next two weeks is “Prepare Spiritually.” There are many events for which we need to prepare spiritually. It could be before going to the temple for our own or our ancestors’ ordinances, fast Sunday, giving a blessing, preparing a lesson, and so on. Try to capture those moments.
Managers or Leaders and Employees
2/25/2013 – 3/10/2013
If you have been looking for a real need for your photos, here it is. We have an immediate need for photos for a Church project. We need photos of people who look like Church employees and their managers or leaders. Photos are needed in the next two weeks, but sooner is better. Photos in the next few days would be ideal. They don't have to be real employees. We can use any models as long as they have the look of an employee.
- Managers and leaders interacting and mentoring employees
- Employees working in their environments
DETAILS – The goal in every photo is to strike a balance between photojournalism and art. Look for good composition, good lighting (natural lighting preferred), and good contrast between highlights and shadows.
DRESS – Business dress, white shirts and ties for men and dresses for women.
REAL / CANDID – Needed are photos that feel like they are candid and not posed, like we are seeing a glimpse of who they really are when they are unaware people are watching them. We want to capture happiness in their eyes and faces as much as possible.
SCALE – Don’t be afraid to zoom in and crop for the main image. There is power in scale, and it gives a focal point.
QUALITY – We need dozens of photos of employees and managers working with employees.
Get your creativity hats on and have fun!
2/4/2013 – 2/24/2013
The photo challenge for the next two weeks is “Love is...”. Love is the glue that holds everything together. It can be seen in the way a mother hugs her newborn baby, the way a father teases his little boys while they squeal and giggle, a parent explaining an important lesson to a child, children helping their parents cook, the way a neighbor helps an elderly woman by taking out her garbage cans, a husband taking a turn washing the dishes, and more. The little stories that show real love are all around. See how many you can find and capture.
The Morning Breaks and Called to Serve
1/21/2013 – 2/3/2013
The photo challenge for the next two weeks is “The Morning Breaks and Called to Serve.” This challenge is a little different. It is a combined challenge in which we are calling for photos, music, and video footage, so tell your friends who are photographers, videographers, and musicians.
We are creating a couple of short videos to showcase member-submitted media, and we need all three types of media that could be used in either “The Morning Breaks” or “Called to Serve” videos. You can submit for one or both. It’s your choice. You can submit multiple photos, video clips, or music arrangements. Find something that you think would represent one of these topics and start.
One musical arrangement will be selected for each slideshow. Each slideshow will contain multiple photos and videos clips from members who will be submitting media to the Church through create.lds.org.
The video clips should be 10-30 seconds long and contain no music. The music submitted for this challenge should be an instrumental arrangement.
Submit your media by Sunday, February 3. Please include the words “Morning Breaks” or “Called to Serve” in the description. For specific details on how to contribute, see the following pages:
Bucket Lists and Goals
1/7/2013 – 1/20/2013
The photo challenge for the next two weeks is “Bucket Lists and Goals.” At the start of a new year, many people evaluate and set new goals. Take photos that capture your new goals. If your goal is to travel, take photos of maps and keys. If you want to save money, take photos of your money jar. Be creative!
12/17/2012 – 1/6/2013
The photo challenge for the next two weeks is “Christmas Traditions.” This is the time of year that families and friends gather together to celebrate Christmas. Take photos of those holiday traditions that you have, whether it’s singing carols in your neighborhood, reenacting the Nativity, or baking treats with friends. Whatever you do for the holidays, capture the essence of the tradition and share it!
Missionary and Temple Work
12/3/2012 – 12/16/2012
The photo challenge for the next two weeks is “Missionary and Temple Work.” Getting ready for a mission is an exciting time. Capture those moments of senior couples or young missionaries opening the call and preparing for service. Also take photos of families and individuals walking outside the temple. The Church needs a variety of photos of members from every culture attending the temple.
I am thankful for...
11/19/2012 – 12/2/2012
The photo challenge for the next two weeks is “I am thankful for...”. Each of us has different life challenges and blessings. Show what you are thankful for by submitting photos that capture your blessings in all their forms.
Immediate Need: Temples
There is an immediate photo need for part of an upcoming Church project. We need dozens of photos of temples from around the world. We already have many beautiful temple photos submitted by members, but we still need more of a variety. Most, if not all, of the photos will be those submitted by members.
We need the best photos, not just the average photos taken in the middle of the day.
Meditation and Pondering
11/5/2012 – 11/18/2012
The photo challenge for the next two weeks is “Meditating and Pondering.” Part of studying the scriptures involves thinking deeply about what you have read and how it may apply to your life. Try using props such as manuals, smartphones, scriptures, or family members to get the shot.
Seasons of the Year with Family
10/22/2012 – 11/4/2012
The photo challenge for the next two weeks is “Seasons of the Year with Family.” Does your family do something together in a certain season of the year? It may be hiking during the summer, going on picnics, celebrating holidays, having big family gatherings, enjoying the snow or the beach, or just sitting quietly in the house reading together or doing crafts. Whatever you do as a family, capture the essence of the activity and share it!
10/8/2012 – 10/21/2012
The photo challenge for the next two weeks is “Mutual Activities.” We will continue to focus on the recent immediate need for photos showing youth and leaders participating in Mutual activities. Be sure to capture what they are doing as the activity. For this project we prefer landscape-format photos, not portrait.
Immediate Need: Mutual Activities
Please help if you can.
For an upcoming Church project we need several hundred photos of Mutual activities showing youth or youth and leaders participating.
When possible, make sure photos show what they are doing as the activity.
For this project we prefer landscape-format photos, not portrait.
The need for these photos will continue for the next two months, but sooner is better than later so you can include photos of outside activities with leaves on the trees.
As always, submit them through the Vineyard and include the words “Mutual Activities” in the description.
9/24/2012 – 10/7/2012
The photo challenge for the next two weeks is “Preparing for and Attending General Conference.”
For many members, the week prior to general conference is a time to get spiritually prepared for the General Authority talks. Some study the scriptures more intently, some spend time meditating on the deeper meanings of the scriptures, and others spend time with family discussing past conference talks. Then there are photo opportunities when attending general conference. It could be photos of you or your family watching on TV. It could be traveling to the stake center to attend the broadcast as a family or as a father and his sons, or it could be a group of friends or family members gathered around a computer watching the streaming broadcast. Regardless of how you and your friends and relatives prepare for and attend general conference, there are lots of opportunities for capturing your experience.
Lights, Camera, Action!
9/10/2012 – 9/23/2012
This week’s photo challenge is “Lights, camera, action!” The create.lds.org site needs photos of people using cameras and video cameras, setting up lights, and working with people during a photo shoot. We need shots of the whole process. Try taking photos of the person holding the camera with the people being photographed, people setting up the lights, changing the settings on their camera, getting the model situated, and everything else you can think of both in front of and behind the camera.
9/3/2012 – 9/9/2012
This week’s photo challenge is “Grandparents.” While grandparents can be serious, they also tease, joke, laugh, and give service and love. Capture grandparents' moments that show their personality coming through and let everyone know and enjoy who they are.
Back to School
8/27/2012 – 9/2/2012
This week’s photo challenge is “Back to School.” This is the time of year when many children, youth, and adults head back to class. Shoot some photos that show the excitement, the fun, the anticipation, and even the nervous times in the back-to-school process.
Photo Shoot Setup
8/20/2012 – 8/26/2012
This week’s photo challenge is “Photo Shoot Setup.” How do you set up your camera and lighting for a photo shoot? Capture your setup or multiple setups, and share with others the ideas that help you capture your beautiful photos.
8/13/2012 – 8/19/2012
This week’s photo challenge is “Water Fight!” Your challenge this week as much as anything is to keep your camera dry. Remember that modesty is important and that we cannot accept photos that include swimming suits. Other than that, find those great moments where someone gets wet!
8/6/2012 – 8/12/2012
This week’s photo challenge is “Service.” Service can happen in quiet moments; noisy moments with trucks, large groups, and heavy machinery; or just between a few people sitting and pulling weeds from a neighbor’s garden. Find those great moments of small, medium, and large acts of service and capture them forever.
Family Home Evening
7/30/2012 – 8/5/2012
This week’s photo challenge is “Family Home Evening.” Whether the family consists of both parents and eight children, an older couple spending time following the prophet’s counsel, or a single parent using the program to keep her children close to each other and the gospel, find those moments and share them.
7/23/2012 – 7/29/2012
This week’s photo challenge is “Pioneers.” Did you have an ancestor who walked to the Salt Lake Valley? Did your ancestors act as Church pioneers in another country in getting the Church started there? Capture something that shows the special meaning of pioneers in your area.
7/16/2012 – 7/22/2012
This week’s photo challenge is “Family Reunions.” While it is sometimes difficult to capture a great photo of crowds, see if you can find a way to capture the meaning and feelings that come when extended families get together.
7/9/2012 – 7/15/2012
This week’s photo challenge is “Family Travel.” Getting together in the car with all your travel gear and taking off for an evening camping trip, a two-day quick trek, or a week-long adventure is exciting. Find those special moments that bring the love of family and the excitement of travel together.
7/2/2012 – 7/8/2012
This week’s photo challenge is “Celebrations.” What do you celebrate? Think of what makes a celebration special and memorable and capture those moments. Then, share them so we can all enjoy!
Scouting and Young Women Camps
6/25/2012 – 7/1/2012
This week’s photo challenge is “Scouting and Young Women Camps.” Find those fun moments, spiritual moments, and moments of work, service, and kindness that make these camp experiences memorable and meaningful for our youth.
6/18/2012 – 6/24/2012
This week’s photo challenge is “Outdoor Fun.” This might be grilling something for dinner, playing games with the family in the yard, having water fights, flying kites, having family get-togethers, or doing whatever else your family does for fun outdoors. Remember that modesty is important in your photos. No short shorts, tank tops, swimming suits, sundresses, or other types of clothing that may be immodest. These rules also apply for babies and toddlers.
6/4/2012 – 6/17/2012
This week’s photo challenge is “Fathers.” Find a way to capture him showing that twinkle in the eye, helping with homework, standing at the sink doing dishes, working on the car or in the garden, playing with the kids, or sitting and talking with a child. Also, think of photos of a son or daughter sitting and talking to their now-elderly parent. There are lots of great photo opportunities. Find a setting and take lots of shots.
5/28/2012 – 6/3/2012
This week’s photo challenge is “Picnics.” For a lot of us, summer is almost here, and eating outside is just more fun. Capture your friends, families, or ward or branch members enjoying the outdoors with food. Remember to take shots that show the scenery, the activities, and anything else that comes to mind when having a picnic. Most of all, have fun!
Caring for others
5/21/2012 – 5/27/2012
This week’s photo challenge is “Caring for others.” Most people at some point in life become a caregiver. It might be helping someone who has just broken a limb, taking care of someone for a few hours who needs comfort, being a friend to someone who needs regular help, or caring for a parent who has long-term needs. There are special caring moments of pure love to capture as you look for them.
5/14/2012 – 5/20/2012
This week’s photo challenge is “Family.” Families come in all sizes and varieties. There are always lots of opportunities to capture those magic moments where family makes a difference. It could be a family working on a project, cooking or cleaning, serving, or playing together. Your challenge is to find those great moments and capture them.
5/7/2012 – 5/13/2012
This week we are continuing the photo challenge on “Mothers.” Find ways mothers are involved in your family. Capture those moments that show gratitude, compassion, or the sacrifices they make.
4/30/2012 – 5/6/2012
This week’s photo challenge is “Mothers.” Look at all the ways mothers are involved in their family’s lives. They are the driver to shuttle kids to activities, the cook, the negotiator, the cheerleader, the teacher, the coordinator, the companion, the friend, and so much more. Find ways to capture those moments that show a mother’s love.
4/23/2012 – 4/29/2012
This week’s photo challenge is "Disabilities." Think of those with a disability and how they go through all the activities in a day. How do they deal with their challenges? Show the hope, the smiles, their successes, their achievements, their dreams, their friends, and their family. We frequently have a need for photos of those with disabilities, so we appreciate all types of photos that show their lives and experiences.
A Testimony Is...
4/16/2012 – 4/22/2012
This week’s challenge is “A Testimony is….”. Think of all aspects of what strengthens your testimony. Think of what you do that helps your testimony, what others do that gives you strength, touches your life, helps you better understand the gospel, and makes you want to do better and be better. Now capture that in a photo.
4/9/2012 – 4/15/2012
This week’s challenge is “Love is…”. Think of all aspects of love. It could be a brother helping a younger sister, a grandmother giving a plate of cookies and milk to a grandchild, a husband washing dishes or folding clothes, a couple holding hands, or a young child being helped by a parent. Love is everywhere. Your challenge is to find all different types of love.
4/2/2012 – 4/8/2012
This week’s challenge is “Date Night.” Think of all aspects of a couple’s date night. It might be checking in the mirror after getting dressed up, holding hands on the way out to the car, being in the car talking to each other, sitting at a table eating, going into a theater, getting ice cream, or any of thousands of other possibilities. You have shown your creativity in past challenges in thinking what shots Church designers could use.
Discouragement and Unhappiness
3/26/2012 – 4/1/2012
This week’s challenge is “Discouragement and Unhappiness.” While this may seem strange at first reading, there is always a need in some project or another to show some type of emotion, including discouragement and unhappiness. All types of settings are needed, both inside and outside.
Word of Wisdom
3/19/2012 – 3/25/2012
This week’s challenge is “Word of Wisdom.” Be creative and think of all the ways you can convey messages about this commandment. You could take photos of people living healthy lifestyles, eating unhealthy food, standing on scales with high weight amounts, exercising, and even photos of pills. Please do not submit photos of people breaking the commandment; we cannot accept any of those.
3/12/2012 – 3/18/2012
This week’s challenge is “Family Dinner.” Before you take photos of the family, take photos of the food. We need both and can use them in many different projects.
3/5/2012 – 3/11/2012
This week’s challenge is quite different. It is all about “safety.” We have an immediate need for safety photos and we need them quickly. If you have not taken and submitted photos for one of the previous challenges, please participate in this one if you can.
2/27/2012 – 3/4/2012
This week’s challenge is “Scouting.” We’re talking Cub Scouts, 11-year-old Scouts, Boy Scouts, Eagle scouts, Scouting leaders, campouts, activities, outings, service projects, making things, and everything else involving Scouts and Scouting, from the youngest Cub to the oldest leader.
2/20/2012 – 2/26/2012
This week’s challenge is “Family History.” You could take photos of people working on family history forms, writing in journals, indexing records, using microfilm machines, interviewing an older relative, or even walking into a family history center. Let your imagination be your guide!
2/13/2012 – 2/19/2012
This week’s challenge is “music.” You could take photos of people playing instruments, singing, writing music, performing, and showing close-ups of instruments or whatever your creative mind can dream up. This photo challenge will directly affect the create.lds.org site because some of the best photos submitted will appear on the pages of the Call for Music.
The first photo challenge is "Prayer." Take and submit photos of families, individuals, or couples praying. Think about the different places where prayers are offered, like in bedrooms, at the kitchen table, in the living room, and so on. Photos of families and individuals living the gospel are always the most needed photos, and prayer is a good place to start. Be creative and have fun!