12 Days of Christmas Competition
IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN!
We have so much fun with this every year, we thought it would be great to spread a bit of Christmas sparkle within the gallery and the iPhotography community. So grab your cameras whenever you get a chance and get the family involved, photograph your Christmas encounters and share them with us. You never know you might end up with an image to put on Granny’s card!
Starting from December 1st 2020, every day we will announce a different theme for our 12 Days challenge. You can enter pictures for all 12 themes, or just dip in and out of a few whenever you get a spare moment.
Interpret the word/theme for the day however you wish, there are no strict rules, just have fun, get creative and enter into the festive spirit. Each challenge will have its own hashtag (#). Write the hashtag that matches the theme of your upload as your caption in the gallery – without this, your entry won’t be considered in judging.
1. The competition will run from 1st December to 12th December.
2. Upload your entries to the iPhotography gallery.
3. When the competition closes on 12th December, iPhotography tutors will choose a winner for each of the categories and an overall Christmas Champion from that shortlist of 12. The winner will be announced before Christmas.
4. Images that are entered after the deadline, without the correct hashtag in the description will not be considered in judging.
12 CHRISTMAS THEMES
Day 1 Wrapping Paper
1st Day of Christmas, iPhotography gave to me… Wrapping Paper
Interpret the #wrappingpaper theme in any way you choose. Ideas that you could consider: rolls in the stores, getting ready to wrap, last year’s ‘wrapping massacre’ (once the kids opened their presents!)
Day 2 Festive Food
2nd Day of Christmas, iPhotography gave to me…#FestiveFood
Interpret the #FestiveFood in any way you choose. Ideas that you could consider: Steaming mulled wine, baking cinnamon cookies, and gingerbread houses or cosying up by the fire and enjoying a hot chocolate by a log fire. Mince pies for Santa or carrots for Rudolph!
Day 3 Christmas Tree
3rd Day of Christmas, iPhotography gave to me…Christmas Tree
Interpret the #ChristmasTree challenge in any way you choose. Ideas that you could consider: The bare tree waiting for decoration or the fully fashioned version with all the bells and whistles!
Day 4 Winter Wildlife
4th Day of Christmas, iPhotography gave to me…Winter Wildlife
Interpret the #WinterAnimals challenge in any way you choose. Ideas that you could consider: Robins, squirrels, reindeer, moose, snow owl, arctic fox, penguins, polar bears, deer, mice, donkey – for anyone familiar with John Lewis Christmas adverts, you may spare a thought for ‘the bear and the hare’ at Christmas.
Day 5 Festive Portraits
5th Day of Christmas, iPhotography gave to me…Festive Portraits
Interpret the #FestivePortraits challenge in any way you choose. Ideas that you could consider: props, face painting, laughing, new editions, pets, candid shots, winter setting, in-house shots, self-timer.
Day 6 Advent Calendar
6th Day of Christmas, iPhotography gave to me… Advent Calendar
Interpret the #AdventCalendar challenge in any way you choose. Ideas that you could consider: Somone opening the doors, a creative edit of what’s behind the doors or a simple still life shot.
Day 7 Winterscapes
7th Day of Christmas, iPhotography gave to me…Winterscapes
Interpret the #Winterscapes challenge in any way you choose. Ideas that you could consider: snow-covered landscapes or seascapes. Frost, ice, crisp sunrises, fields, mist, fog, picturesque views.
Day 8 Christmas Characters
8th Day of Christmas, iPhotography gave to me…Christmas Characters
Interpret the #Characterschallenge in any way you choose. Ideas that you could consider: Santa, Rudolph, Fairy, Elf, star, Donkey, Sheep, Angel, Gingerbread man, Snowman, Penguin, Drummer boy, Nutcracker, 3 Kings/Wise men, Innkeeper, Shepherd, Mary & Joseph, nativity play.
Day 9 Evergreen
9th Day of Christmas, iPhotography gave to me…Evergreen
Interpret the #Evergreen challenge in any way you choose. Ideas that you could consider: Shots of the winter woodland, close-ups of pine leaves, a sprinkling of snow (or icing sugar) on your Christmas tree!
Day 10 Snowflakes
10th Day of Christmas, iPhotography gave to me…Snowflakes
Interpret the #Snowflakes in any way you choose. Ideas that you could consider: Getting out early and hunting in the morning mist for macro shots to capture the frosty icicles on woodland leaves.
Day 11 Christmas Shopping
11th Day of Christmas, iPhotography gave to me…Christmas Shopping
Interpret the #ChristmasShopping challenge in any way you choose. Ideas that you could consider: Making a statement about the way we shop now in 2020. With the global pandemic, our habits have shifted and the traditional shop comes with restrictions. Maybe you can snap masked shoppers, online surfers, or your Amazon delivery!
Day 12 Christmas Eve
12th Day of Christmas, iPhotography gave to me…Christmas Eve
Interpret the #ChristmasEve challenge in any way you choose. Ideas that you could consider: TwasTheNightBeforeChristmas. Children waiting up for Santa, looking for the sleigh out of window, leaving food out for Santa and Rudolf, excited children, families huddled together, wrapping presents, family and visitors arriving to stay, celebrating with friends, parties, hanging stockings, table preparations, putting presents under the tree, Hiding the magic key for Santa, clearing out the fireplace (ready for Santa’s arrival down the chimney).
The overall winner of the iPhotography ’12 Days of Christmas’ competition will receive a bundle of great prizes.
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Don’t be obvious – Don’t re-create the example images exactly. We want to see your own creativity in this competition. Use it as a springboard.
Use Photoshop – We aren’t against photo-editing if you want to add a little bit of sparkle to your pictures afterwards.
Copyright – Make sure the entire content of your image doesn’t infringe copyright laws. Any entries and students found to be breaking the rules will be disqualified.
Have Fun – After all, it is Christmas so don’t feel that you have entered a shot for every theme, just work on your favourite ones!
Remember, when you upload your image to the gallery, you must #hashtag the theme. for example, if it’s an entry for Day 9, then type ‘#Evergreen’ in the description or title field.
Member Awards 2020 – VOTE NOW!
It’s also the start of voting in our 2020 iPhotography Member Awards! LIVE on 1st December until 14th December 2020 you can vote for:
- Photographer of the Year
- Wildlife Image of the Year
- Landscape Image of the Year
- Portrait Image of the Year
- PLUS Image of the Year (PLUS members only)
Your ’12 Days of Christmas’ competition entries can be uploaded from the 1st December 2020.
We hope we have helped to scatter some magical fairy dust over your camera this festive season.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS from all of us at iPhotography!
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