January 2023 50/50 Challenge

Match Brief Summary

Wonder-full Whimsy-call


“Think left and think right and think low and think high.

Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”

~Dr. Suess

Guest Judge: Joel Robison (click Joel's name to read his full bio over at the blog)

Full Match Brief : Wonder-full Whimsy-call (click the link or keep scrolling down to read the full Match Brief)

Technical Requirements: your submission must a) be clever and playful (satire, irony, and puns encouraged!) and b) blur the line between reality and fantasy. Those looking for inspiration or technical support should check out Joel's online courses and watch his tutorials on YouTube. Not sure how to answer the call to the wonderful world of whimsy? Begin with this video!

Keywords: whimsical storytelling, digital manipulation, concept photography, creative portraiture/self-portraiture

Entry Fee: $25 per image.

Prizes: Winner receives 50% of all entry fees (exclusive of applicable taxes and fees) plus a personalised critique from the Guest Judge, your winning image featured on websites, blogs, and social media platforms, and in the corresponding month of the Rare Earth Outreach fundraising calendar for the following yea. Two Runners Up will also receive personalised feedback from the Guest Judge.

Entries Open: January 1, 2023 @ 9:00am MST

Entries Close: January 21, 2023 @ 11:59pm MST

Winner Announced: January 31, 2023

Visit the Challenge FAQs for more details.

January 2023 50/50 Challenge

Full Match Brief

Wonder-full Whimsy-call


“Think left and think right and think low and think high.

Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”

~Dr. Suess


The Shooting Range is thrilled (and a bit giddy) to officially kick off 2023 with a call to make the journey into a world full of whimsy and wonder with Guest Judge Joel Robison!

Rare Earth and TSR can state

It’s time for us to instigate

Your urge and need to demonstrate

Ways to photo manipulate


Which may mean to accentuate

The image that you generate

With things that will illuminate

Or levitate or animate,

Disintegrate or illustrate

Or perhaps look like they might inflate.


The winner needs to fabricate

An image that will simulate

(But not exactly replicate)

The whimsy of your magistrate

Such that some smiles will he make.


The one who will decide your fate

Has tools to get you out the gate.

That ought to help facilitate

Developing the skills he’ll rate.


Joel will then deliberate

and happily congratulate

those who did not hesitate

To dive and to investigate

And submit before the closing date!!!

The ultimate goal this month is simple: create a fun image that invokes smiles and laughter. Whether you choose to approach this as an opportunity to create an epic portrait or selfie, a way of showing off your mad photo manipulation skills, an excuse to play with macro or forced perspective, or a combination of all three, your image should a) be clever and playful (satire, irony, and puns encouraged!) and b) blur the line between reality and fantasy. We suggest you begin your journey by first reflecting on things that make you smile or laugh (watch this video to get a head start!) and going from there!

And, if you need some tech support to make your idea come to life, Joel has several inspirational tutorials on YouTube and offers courses you can sign up for here. Given these resources, remember that there is a technical score to be handed out, so be sure to research not only your Guest Judge but tips on how to make composites work.

Shooters, you have until 11:59 MST January 21, 2023 to submit your entry. We encourage you to push yourself, but whether you end up submitting an image you previously created or something brand new, we hope you make some time to look for and experiment with wonder and whimsy for this month’s Challenge

OBJECTIVES

TECHNICAL (HIT factor): portraiture/self portrait, digital photo manipulation; macro and/or forced perspective;

CREATIVE (POWER factor): fun, humour, whimsical storytelling, play

EQUITY, DIVERSITY, INCLUSIVITY: personal reflection and expression, introspection, laughter, positive outlook, spreading joy

If you'd like to learn about our Regular Season elimination-style competition challenges, you can check out Season Two here.

Previous 50/50 Match Briefs

December 2022 50/50 Challenge

Match Brief Summary

Life in the Slow Lane


“His knowledge of place was the kind that lives in the body and ripens to understanding only with time. As he walked along the mountain's whispering flanks, the pines became his bones, the summer wind, his breath, and his boots, the grizzly's step. Gradually and finally, over the years, demarcation between man and land faded away.” ~excerpt from, “Talking With Bears: Conversations with Charlie Russell” by G A Bradshaw

Guest Judge: Viktoria Haack (you may click this link for the Full Match Brief)

Full Match Brief: Life in the Slow Lane

Technical Requirements: your submission must a) feature a human and/or domestic animal as the subject, b) contain a strong central element of nature, the environment, or environmental stewardship, and c) portray human connection and emotion.

Keywords: portraiture, environmental portraiture; intent, mindfulness, human connection, slow photography, environmental stewardship, scale, nature, conservation.

Entry Fee: $25 per image.

Prizes: Winner receives 50% of all entry fees (exclusive of applicable taxes and fees) plus a personalised critique from the Guest Judge, your winning image featured on websites, blogs, and social media platforms, and in the corresponding month of the Rare Earth Outreach fundraising calendar for the following yea. Two Runners Up will also receive personalised feedback from the Guest Judge.

Entries Open: December 1, 2022 @ 9:00am MST

Entries Close: December 21, 2022 @ 11:59pm MST

Visit the Challenge FAQs for more details.

About Our Guest Judge This Month

If you're not familiar with our December 2022 Guest Judge Viktoria Haack's work or you've never explored the images made using a "slow photography" approach, these incredible images created by our Guest Judge will inspire you.

We encourage Shooters to get to know a bit more about the judge by reading their bio on our blog, visiting their website, reading past interviews, checking out what they are doing on social media, etc. This will help you get familiar with the Brief on a deeper level.

DECEMBER 2022 50/50 FULL MATCH BRIEF


“His knowledge of place was the kind that lives in the body and ripens to understanding only with time. As he walked along the mountain's whispering flanks, the pines became his bones, the summer wind, his breath, and his boots, the grizzly's step. Gradually and finally, over the years, demarcation between man and land faded away.” ~excerpt from, “Talking With Bears: Conversations with Charlie Russell” by G A Bradshaw


Life in the Slow Lane with Viktoria Haack


Prior to the pandemic, people accustomed to (or obsessed with) instant gratification found the idea of slowing down foreign if not terrifying. Unable to carry on with busy-ness, people downshifted, engaging in things they previously didn’t take or make time to enjoy. The internet was briefly flooded with images of plants and gardens, sourdough recipes, playful recreations of famous works of art, and links to socially-distant places to enjoy nature. As the world has re-opened, however, many of us seem to have once again filled our lives with a busy-ness that makes it difficult if not impossible to continue living a “slow” life.

Photographer Viktoria Haack’s background and interest in anthropology, fine art, and conservationism shapes her relationship with her craft. She loves “slow photography,” an approach that is perhaps best summed up in her own words: “...tread lightly; observe and search out the subtle visual story...” Her incredible environmental portraiture reflects a distinct departure from taking snapshots in favour of creating stunning images that gently but persistently urge the photographer taking time to develop an intentional connection with both her subject and their location.

After a stint running in the rat race that threw her work-life balance off, she now chooses to set the pace for herself by being intentional with the projects she takes on. For the December Match Brief, Viktoria suggests Challengers embrace this opportunity to voluntarily enter life in the slow lane again, and create a mindful portrait, intentionally guided by the patience, empathy, and authentic connection only time and intent will permit.

Whether the image you submit is taken indoors or out, your submission must a) feature a human and/or domestic animal as the subject, b) contain a strong central element of the environment or environmental stewardship, and c) portray human connection and emotion.

Shooters, you have until 11:59 MST December 21, 2022 to submit your entry. Even if you ultimately end up submitting an image you’ve previously taken, we encourage you to spend some time enjoying life in the slow lane for this month’s Challenge!

OBJECTIVES

TECHNICAL AND CREATIVE: portraiture, environmental portraiture;

EDI: intent, mindfulness, human connection, slow photography, environmental stewardship, scale, nature, conservation.


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November 2022 50/50 Challenge

“Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.” ~unknown

Here's a bullet point summary of everything you need to know about the November 2022 Challenge:

Guest Judge: Shane Turgeon

Match Brief Topic: Nature and Wildlife Photography for Better Mental Health

Objectives: submit a nature or wildlife photo that you have created that reflect November weather; exploring the health benefits of taking a "Nature Pill" by spending 20 minutes a day connecting with and grounding yourself in nature.

Cost to Enter: $25 per image

Prizes: Winner receives 50% of all entry fees (exclusive of applicable taxes and fees) plus a personalised critique from the Guest Judge, your winning image featured on websites, blogs, and social media platforms, and in the corresponding month of the first ever Rare Earth Outreach fundraising calendar (to be released in January 2024); two Runners Up will receive personalised feedback from the Guest Judge.

Entry open/close: Nov 1, 2022 @ 9am MST to Nov 21, 2022 @ 12am MST but for those impatient types...

Here are links to:

the expanded Match Brief;

Guest Judge Shane Turgeon's complete and detailed Bio;

Challenge FAQs; and

a link to the Entry Form.