Photo a week Challenge

PAW: Photo A Week. Welcome!


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Hi there!

Welcome to our Photo A Week challenge or PAW for short!

 

Hairy, the PAW host.
Hello!

 

This is Hairy, he is the PAW host.   (he claimed that he was the most qualified because he has 4 paws.  How could I argue with that!?)

If you receive our newsletters, you will be familiar with Hairy’s work.
(If you would like to receive our newsletters you can click here.
… But I digress…. )

So, guess what!  We are launching a new, fun, creative initiative called the Photo A Week Challenge.

Anyone can play along and we would love you to get involved.

The Photo A Week Challenge is based around taking a photo a week (or 2 or 3 or 7)  based around a particular prompt that we give you.
You can then upload your photo to Instagram (with a hashtag) or to our Facebook Group page and there you are able to see other people’s pictures; and you can like, comment, share and get inspired.

There are quite a few of these Photography challenges floating about the place,  but we hope ours will continue to foster the awesome community we have on the website and we also feel that by having a weekly prompt instead of a daily one it is less daunting and less of a commitment in all of our busy, time-poor lives.
Smaller, friendlier, easier.

Why would I want to play along?

Well, primarily because it is fun!

But also, I thought this would be a good idea because I have been taking photos for Seasons Online for the past year and I have noticed that it has really changed the way I look at things.  I am more observant and more creative.  I notice my surroundings more and while I love words, I feel pictures can just as easily capture a wonderful story in the click of a button and that’s a pretty cool thing.  I want you to feel that too.

The world is a fascinating place and there is beauty everywhere we look…. if we only look hard enough.

How do I play?

You will need a phone, a camera, an ipad or some other device that can take photos.
You will also need either a Facebook account or an Instagram account.   Or both.

That’s it. No photography skills required.  No fancy equipment. And anyone can join in.

The prompts for the month will be displayed on our Instagram Page or on our Facebook Group Cover page.

Then each week, on whichever day/days you choose, you upload a photo you have taken to Instagram or Facebook or to our Facebook group.
Make sure you include the hashtags so we can find your photos.

#seasonsonlinepaw
#sophotoaweek
#sopaw_(theme)

the (theme) is the theme word for that week.  ie)  The first week’s prompt is spring so you would write   #sopaw_spring

This helps Hairy to choose our featured photos for each week.
The featured pics will be announced and posted regularly but please realise this is just a very minor part of the challenge and it is not a competition.

 How to play on Instagram.

1) You need an Instagram account.
2) You take a photo according to the prompt.  Be as creative as you like!
3) Upload it to your Instagram account with the caption being the week number and the prompt title.
4) Include the hashtags  #seasonsonlinepaw   #sophotoaweek   #sopaw_(theme)
(once you have used them once they will autofill the next time)
5) That’s it!
6) To see other people’s photos search the hashtags above.
7)  Please like and comment if you like a photo,  we all enjoy encouragement and it’s nice to know people are enjoying your photos.

How to play on Facebook. 

1) Join our Facebook Group-  Seasons Online PAW    (Go on, join now!)
2) Take a photo according to the prompt.  Be as creative as you like!
3) Upload it to the Facebook Group with the caption being the week number and the prompt title.
4) Include the hashtags  #seasonsonlinepaw   #sophotoaweek   #sopaw_(theme)
(once you have used them once they will autofill the next time)
5) That’s it!
6) To see other people’s photos just scroll up and down the group page.
7)  Please like and comment if you like a photo,  we all enjoy encouragement and it’s nice to know people are enjoying your photos.

You can also upload your photos to your own facebook page so that your friends will see your pictures.  Please use the hashtags above so that we can find your photos and you can be considered for the featured pics.

Rules

A few rules to keep it fair.

1) Your own photos only please.  No Google images or stock photography allowed.
2) Please keep it G rated- nothing rude, crude or derogatory.  You will be banned.
3) The above rule also goes for comments on other people’s photos.
4) You are welcome to post once a week or up to 7 times a week.   If you post 7 times a week, please try to spread them out over the 7 days.
5) Some groups dictate that you have to take the photo that day.  We do not. If an old photo fits the prompt and it is yours- game on!
6) Be creative. Think laterally. Be different.
7) Have fun!

* Please note that Seasons Online will do our best to monitor photos and comments but we can not see or read everything as it is posted.
* Seasons Online does not take responsibility for the posts of the members.

* Please note that your photos may be shared on the public Seasons Online facebook page especially if they are a featured photo.  Also on the   Seasons Online website.  Please note that we will always credit the photographer.

Now that you’ve read all that, the first thing to do is join the Facebook Group here.
Go on,  promise we won’t bite!  (well Hairy might but it’s more like a lovebite… haha  😉 )

Have fun and enjoy PAW!

Any questions please post them in the comments below.

Happy snapping.

Love Tania and Hairy.

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Comments

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