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Photography challenges are a great tool for both beginner and experienced photographers to get inspired and learn new skills.  No matter how fun and convenient it is to take pictures with your iPhone, having a guide or goal can help improve your photography and help you think of new things to snap pictures of.  Photo challenges can also be a fun group activity for you and your friends or for your kids.  It’s interesting to compare shots and see how everyone interpreted a theme differently.  Here are a few of our favorite challenges you can try yourself!

Project 365


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Project 365 is a pretty well known and simple photography challenge.  The basic premise is to take a picture every day in order to document a year of your life and see through those pictures what it is that really matters to you.  Many participants also choose a theme for their Project 365 – perhaps following the growth and adventures of their child or documenting a major life change.  For those who have the patience and discipline to complete their Project 365, the resulting photos can be printed into a great SimplePrints photobook memorializing the year you’ve documented.

100 Happy Days


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The 100 Happy Days challenge tasks photographers to take a picture every day of something that makes them happy.  This is a great challenge to undertake as it helps participants focus on the little things in their lives that bring them joy, which helps foster a more positive outlook on life.  Many people post their pictures to Facebook or Instagram with the tag #100happydays in order to easily share with others.

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge


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The Daily Post is WordPress’s community for bloggers to learn and experiment together.  In addition to their many other resources and tools, they host a weekly photography challenge with new themes posted every Friday.  Even if you’re not necessarily a blogger, the challenges present an opportunity to get creative with your photography and may help you think of new things to shoot when you’re feeling uninspired.

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