the May Serious Compacts Challenge

Nov 11, 2011
Milwaukee, WI USA
As a number of you know (and many participated) in January there was a group of people who took up the mantle of taking a photo every day with the same camera and the same lens. It was a long, tough slog, but a bunch of people made it through alive. There was enough grumbling that I wouldn't want to undertake a challenge like that again.

But there is still a lot of fun to be had by sharing a common goal and working towards it. I'm thinking of something along the lines of 31 "prompts" that need to be checked off before the month is through. One needn't feel pressured to do one on each day and there will be no limit on your gear. This should be all fun an no work. You can go out on a photowalk and take out 7 prompts right away and then coast..... but don't coast for too long and let them build up. Then you'll be overwhelmed and it will be work. Or just do one every'll be good practice to think about photography every day.

For our Single In January challenge, we had a little over 30 participants. My suggestion would be that the first 31 people to "sign" up to the Challenge would all get to select a prompt. Prompts can be as simple or complex as you want them to be. They can be a thing, an emotion, a color, an abstract idea. They can be whatever you can imagine. They could be a song lyric, a famous photo, an old TV show or a worn out shoe. And you can follow the prompt literally or just let it push you in a vague direction. The whole point is to get you thinking in new directions (and doing it WITH your camera).

Now......who amongst you is up to the challenge?!


Jan 31, 2011
Newcastle, Australia
Probably not, for me. I'm off to hospital on monday for some "investigations" and I don't know where that will lead. If it were to be in July as it was last year, I'd go for it. apart from other considerations, May is a bit too soon for me. I'll look on with interest, though :)


Top Veteran
Apr 23, 2011
I'm in. I like the flexi-time, I'm MUCH more likely to achieve that.

It's a little bit like a bucket list, don't you think? 50 Photos to take before you die?


Hall of Famer
Dec 6, 2011
I think I'm up for it. I had wanted to do a weekly at the beginning of the year but I am quite behind now. Then again daily for a month might cover for that. Any camera, any lens, just not archived photos, right?

Good luck with your investigations Sue. Did the my own drill in Dec right before Xmas, thankfully the holiday wasn't bleak.
Nov 11, 2011
Milwaukee, WI USA
Kristen, you understand correctly.....the challenge is to get up off the couch and shoot. All original shots inspired by a prompt. You can do one a day if you want, but we'll all have a list of 31 prompts that you can carry around and check off in any order. Heck, if you wanted to do all 31 in one day.....there nothing stopping you. Except that there may be a few jokers amongst the group who throw a couple tough ones in there. We're counting your answer in the affirmative for now.


Aug 13, 2011
Sunny Frimley
Bill Palmer
Great idea, and I'm in... thinking however that 36 instead of 31 may be a good number... I quite like the idea of shooting the whole thing on a roll - real or virtual - with no margin for error or reshoot.


Jan 2, 2011
this is a perfect distraction from thinking about and doing all the things I really ought to be doing and thinking about.
so, yes, I'll participate

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