Stretch Your Creativity with This 52-Week Photography Challenge

2019 Dogwood 52 Week Photography Challenge

The new year brings new challenges, so why not start something fun and creative at the same time? Whether you've made a resolution to begin a new hobby or simply want to sharpen your photography skills, you may want to take up the Dogwood 52 Week Photography Challenge. Now in its fourth year, the popular challenge sees tens of thousands of photographers participating and sharing their work.

Created by Dale Foshe of Dogwood Photography, each week is an assignment split across three categories—Storytelling, Compositional Eye, and Inspiration. It's up to individual photographers to take the prompts and make them their own, whether they're practicing new photography compositions or honing their photojournalistic skills.

While the yearlong challenge is individual, there are a lot of ways for photographers to share their work and get feedback. Foshe encourages participants to join a popular Facebook group focused on the challenge or share their work on social media platforms using the hashtags #dogwood52, #dogwood2019, and #dogwoodweek[number] (eg: #dogwoodweek1 for the first week's challenge).

The full challenge is available online and can be downloaded via this link. Those who join the Facebook group will also find a link to a file that will allow you to import the entire challenge into your online calendar.

If you're interested in stimulating activity to tap into your creative side but want to work at a slower pace, check out our list of 12 monthly photo projects to grow your photography practice. Or, if you like a rapid-fire pace that will keep your creative juices flowing, PhotoBlog has just published their 2019 daily photo calendar. The free calendar is available for download as a PDF, it's also available in .ics (for iCal) and Google Calendar formats.

The annual Dogwood 52 Week Photography Challenge is a yearlong photography boot camp for all levels.

2019 Dogwood 52 Week Photography Challenge

Weekly challenges are broken into three categories that will stretch any photographer's skills.

2019 Dogwood 52 Week Photography Challenge

There's even a Facebook group where participants can share their work and get feedback.

2019 Dogwood 52 Week Photography Challenge

So what are you waiting for? Dust off your camera and get shooting!

2019 Dogwood 52 Week Photography Challenge

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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