Dogwood Photography Durham, NC
Dogwood Photography Presents:

52 Week Photography Challenge for 2019

The annual Dogwood 52 Week Photography Challenge has been an amazing success, with tens of thousands of photographers participating from around the world. Join us in 2019 for year 4 of the challenge!

Each photographer is on their own journey, and only competing with themselves from week to week. If you wish to form a challenge group and compete with others based on this list, you are welcome to do so! If you do form a challenge group drop me an invite I would love to watch the progress.

Weekly Challenge Categories:

Each week, the weekly challenge will be in one of 3 categories:

  • Story Telling: Good photographers can take beautiful images of something. Great photographers can tell a story with an image. In this category you will take a prompt and turn it into a photographic story.
  • Compositional Eye: In past challenges we have explored the rules of composition. This year we push the rules even further by using them in specific ways to train your compositional eye.
  • Inspiration: In this wide-open category, we start with a simple inspiration. Use this inspiration as creatively as you can. There are no rules so feel free to think outside of the box.

How to share your images

I highly encourage sharing your work each week. I know it’s hard to put yourself out there, but it is an important part of growing as a photographer. If you want to share your images with the rest of the photographers who are taking part in the challenge I recommend the following hashtags: #dogwood52, #dogwood2019, and #dogwoodweek[NUMBER] (ex: #dogwoodweek1, #dogwoodweek2).

If you run into others who are also participating and sharing, be sure and comment on their image!

Some places to share your work:

  • Join the Facebook Group Official Dogwood Photography Challenge at:
  • Share your work on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or other hashtag friendly social media sites with the hashtags listed above.
  • Share your work in your favorite photography forum… and even encourage others to participate.
  • Share your work via websites dedicated to photographers like or

The Challenge List

Week 1 Story Telling: Self-PortraitTake a picture that tells us who you are, without actually showing your face.
Week 2 Composition: Rule of Thirds MotionYou already know what the rule of thirds is, now is the time to use it. Use Rule of Thirds to show motion in your picture.
Week 3 Inspiration: Black and White Your inspiration this week is to simply take an amazing Black and White photograph of any subject you want.
Week 4 Story Telling: WarmthTell a story that makes us feel warm inside.
Week 5 Composition: Symmetry LandscapeLandscape is one of the most practiced type of photography. Use Symmetry in a Landscape to create a new viewpoint for this week's image.
Week 6 Inspiration: #NoFilterNo limit on what you shoot this week, as long as the image is pure. No filters, presets or other edits. Basic exposure corrections only this week.
Week 7 Story Telling: Love StoryMake us feel the love in this week's photo. Tell a love story in one image.
Week 8 Composition: Leading LinesIt is easy to use Leading Lines to show depth in an image or guide the eye to a specific spot in the image. Instead, this week use leading lines to show the concept of infinity.
Week 9 Inspiration: MoodYour Artistic Inspiration this week is the mood you are feeling today. Take that mood and use it to create art.
Week 10 Story Telling: HometownTell us the story of your hometown. It could be a famous landmark, something the town is known for, or even just your favorite place to relax.
Week 11 Composition: Fill the FrameUsing Fill the Frame is a great way to isolate your subject and create interest in your photo. Can you do it with only one color in the frame? Fill the Frame with one color.
Week 12 Inspiration: TrashTrash is your inspiration. Tell a story or create something beautiful.
Week 13 Story Telling: New BeginningsOur world is full of circular patterns; as some things end, others begin. Tell us a story of a New Beginning.
Week 14 Composition: Center Frame PortraitCenter Framed composition is a great way to isolate your subject. Use this knowledge to create a portrait that exhibits loneliness.
Week 15 Inspiration: AnonymousThis week's inspiration is Anonymous. Interpret this how you wish.
Week 16 Story Telling: ShadowTell a story. Make it compelling while only using shadow.
Week 17 Composition: BalanceBalanced composition is pretty straightforward, unless you are trying to shoot in the "Accidental Renaissance" style. So shoot a balanced image in the Accidental Renaissance style.
Week 18 Inspiration: Weight or MassHeavy as a stone, light as a feather. Find inspiration and shoot an amazing photograph.
Week 19 Story Telling: AgingLove it or hate it, aging is something we all experience. So tell us the story of Aging in a single photograph.
Week 20 Composition: Negative SpaceCreate a powerful landscape using Negative Space.
Week 21 Inspiration: SerenityWhat does Serenity mean to you?
Week 22 Story Telling: StrangerIt is easy to tell the story of someone you know. So for this week's challenge I want you to tell the story of a stranger.
Week 23 Composition: Leading LinesYou have already used leading lines to show Infinity. Now try to use strong leading lines in food photography.
Week 24 Inspiration: Who inspires youInspiration comes from many places. Tell us about who inspires you.
Week 25 Story Telling: FreedomFreedom means many things to many people. Tell us a story about what Freedom means to you.
Week 26 Composition: GeometryWe live in a world surrounded by geometry. Use Geometry in your photo this week.
Week 27 Inspiration: GratitudeWhat are you grateful for? Show us.
Week 28 Story Telling: Your CulturePhotographers participating in the challenge come from nearly every country and culture. Tell us the story of your culture.
Week 29 Composition: Depth of FieldDepth of Field is a great way to isolate your subject. Instead, for the challenge though I want you to use DoF to make a subject appear part of something larger.
Week 30 Inspiration: Exit"Every exit is an entry to somewhere else". Be inspired by the Exit this week.
Week 31 Story Telling: Friends and FamilyTelling the story of someone you know well is sometimes the hardest story to tell.
Week 32 Composition: Frame within the FrameUsing only natural elements, frame your subject. No actual picture frames allowed.
Week 33 Inspiration: Tell a LieIt is said that the "Camera Never Lies". Prove it wrong.
Week 34 Story Telling: Color without ColorTell a colorful story, but do it in black and white.
Week 35 Composition: Symmetry PortraitSymmetry is a strong compositional technique most often used in landscapes and architecture. So break the mold by using Symmetry in a portrait.
Week 36 Inspiration: Your HabitsSome habits are good, and some are bad. Your inspiration this week is either.
Week 37 Story Telling: SeasonsThe weather is changing! Find inspiration in the seasons.
Week 38 Composition: Rule of OddsThe rule of odds is easy enough to understand and employ. So use the rule of odds in an Urbanscape/Architecture photo.
Week 39 Inspiration: The ElementsEarth, Fire, Wind, Rain, and Spirit. Find inspiration in the elements of our world.
Week 40 Story Telling: Modern ConvenienceWhat modern convenience of 2019 can not you live without? Create an image that looks like an advertisement for your favorite Modern Convenience.
Week 41 Composition: Color TheoryColor Theory is a huge part of composition that most photographers don't explore. So it is time to explore it. Use Color Grading to create an image that looks like it is a still from a movie.
Week 42 Inspiration: Work Work WorkWork, let it inspire you this week.
Week 43 Story Telling: Film NoirFilm Noir is a dark and moody type of photography well suited to storytelling. So tell us a story using Film Noir.
Week 44 Composition: ViewpointChanging your viewpoint creates a different perspective and is often used by photographers to create interest. Shoot this week from the viewpoint of another person.
Week 45 Inspiration: MusicalMusic is part of the soul, so let it inspire you this week.
Week 46 Story Telling: 7 Deadly SinsThe 7 deadly sins are Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Anger, Greed and Sloth. Tell us a compelling story about one of the 7 deadly sins.
Week 47 Composition: Rule of Thirds EmotionThe rules of thirds is so popular because it is so versatile. This week use the rule of thirds to show emotion.
Week 48 Inspiration: Current EventsWhat is happening in the world today? Be inspired by current events.
Week 49 Story Telling: StormsStorms are a powerful force of nature. Show us weather at its best.
Week 50 Composition: PatternsPatterns/Repetition are another well known compositional rule, but have you ever tried to use it in Macro Photography? Well now you can!
Week 51 Inspiration: FoodBe inspired by Food. Yes, it really is that easy this week. You made it this far you deserve the break. A sweet, delicious break.
Week 52 Story Telling: Self-PortraitIn the first week you took a self portrait and told us who you think you are. To finish this off take a self portrait that shows us who others think you are.