Commons talk:Photo challenge/themes

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The purpose of this page is to propose and discuss future themes of Commons:Photo challenge. Each month, when choosing new themes, the organizers will look here for proposals, usually with the highest level of support.

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Abstract photography[edit]

An abstract photo does not have an immediate association with the object that was photographed - it can be an isolated fragment of an object, or it may be staged to create an unreal appearance from real objects, or it may involve the use of colour, light, shadow, texture, shape and/or form to convey a feeling, sensation or impression. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Cbuske46 (talk • contribs) 00:55, 28 May 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support as proposer -- Céléda (talk) 08:31, 12 May 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Possibly add a description for the topic - I edited what I found on Wikipedia to give an example..... An abstract photo does not have an immediate association with the object that was photographed - it can be an isolated fragment of an object, or it may be staged to create an unreal appearance from real objects, or it may involve the use of colour, light, shadow, texture, shape and/or form to convey a feeling, sensation or impression. I love your suggestion and feel it could generate some interesting entries. Cbuske46 (talk) 11:34, 25 May 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support great idea --Kritzolina (talk) 16:52, 12 May 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg SupportCbuske46 (talk) 12:49, 24 May 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It's OK --Céléda (talk) 07:12, 28 May 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Farm Animals, BABIES[edit]

They are so cute and you can find them all over the world.

Yes, you are right. -- Céléda (talk) 14:04, 6 May 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Black dolls[edit]

There are very little examples of black dolls. We would need more. There wasn't even a category until I found the nice painting below by a female painter from the Netherlands from around 1935. There is an article on WP. This surely is a gap in the Commons media. The danger in this are the stereotypes, thats history now, I hope. Ellywa (talk) 23:22, 31 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment While I would like to support this idea because I think it is an important topic and indeed a gap, I also see huge problems concerning copyright here. Unfortunately most toys are copyrighted and bringing pictures of them to commons is not possible. --Kritzolina (talk) 12:41, 4 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose I agree with Kritzolina, and also think it is too narrow. --Jarekt (talk) 21:52, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Breaking the rules[edit]

Saw this topic on another photography page and thought we might try this different approach. --Kritzolina (talk) 21:20, 17 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Cruise ship/Passenger ship[edit]

There are already plenty of passenger and cruise ship photos on Commons that have a documentary value. But as an incentive for more beautiful and impressive images, I would like to propose a photo challenge on this topic. In view of the climate situation, the photos can also have a critical aspect. Proposed by -- Radomianin (talk) 11:00, 14 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Gifts and gift giving[edit]

Around the world there are different traditions of gift giving, many of them hold deep meaning, most of them are joyful occasions with beautiful settings, colors and lights. Let's try and capture some of that in a contest here. --Kritzolina (talk) 07:14, 27 October 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Greens and green things[edit]

We had two successful challenges around the color blue, but none for other colors, so I will suggest we do green next. --Kritzolina (talk) 10:31, 20 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hair and Hairstyles[edit]

Again one of those areas where we have not that many pictures (often only historical images) and many of them poor quality. We could do better! --Kritzolina (talk) 08:27, 24 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Just like our lives, in hospitals, the greatest misfortunes and the greatest joys intersect.

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support as proposer --Céléda (talk) 10:35, 26 April 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support even though we all talked and thought too much about medical things this long last year, we still do not have enough pictures, especially of the insides of hospitals and hospital equipment --Kritzolina (talk) 07:23, 1 May 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment Cool idea. I work in a hospital and thought of taking some pictures of what it really looks like in there right now, but what stopped me was potential privacy violations of patients and employees. In the US anyway we are very squicky about that. If we could be careful about privacy concerns, it would work out. Ruff tuff cream puff (talk) 15:59, 2 September 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support I like it but I also share Ruff tuff cream puff concern about privacy. We could call it "hospital buildings" or "hospital infrastructure", but winning photos will probably have people in them, like quite awesome Category:Medical staff of the San Salvatore Hospital in Pesaro during the COVID-19 pandemic. In that case the photographs were clearly taken with the medical staff permission, but there is no explicit proof of it. --Jarekt (talk) 01:47, 2 May 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support ---tacitos- (talk) 20:27, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Lunar New Year[edit]

Lunar New Year Category:Lunar New Year

--RZuo (talk) 14:58, 2 February 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment Being a big but rather local event, this should be paired with a theme for the rest of the world. --PtrQs (talk) 16:16, 2 February 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support I think it is possible to find lunar new year celebrations in all countries. ---tacitos- (talk) 20:31, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Rainbow colors[edit]

One more color challenge, probably best for next year's pride month. --Kritzolina (talk) 20:09, 20 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


You might be able to use some interesting angles. 5e10+16 (talk) 08:50, 22 December 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment I sort of support this and sort of oppose this. My main concern is photographing human subjects because that might raise issues of privacy, copyright, and consent. SCOTUS Operandi (talk) 16:44, 24 September 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Tents and Tent-Equipment[edit]

The idea came to me as it is the vacation time and lots of friends are going camping - but tents are so much more than only modern camping tents. There are many different kinds of tents from high-tech bivouacs, to traditional yurts, from emergency shelters to big beer tents for gatherings. We have some good pictures, but surely we could have more. --Kritzolina (talk) 16:15, 12 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Under the hood[edit]

We have a lot of car photos in the Commons. But there are hardly photos of the things hidden under the hood. They are interesting and document technical progress. And soon, combustion engines and there parts will turn to history.--KaiBorgeest (talk) 21:38, 12 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Unfinished things[edit]

This could draw a lot of different pictures of things intentionally left unfinished, abandoned projects and things still in the process of completion. I believe some photographers will welcome this space for creativity. --Kritzolina (talk) 10:30, 27 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Anything from the ocean:

  • Sting Rays
  • Waves (tunnel waves, big waves)
  • Sharks
  • Reefs
  • Fish
  • Full or empty beaches
  • Cool stuff

I just got a waterproof action camera. Now I got this idea.

--Red-back spider (talk) 11:32, 17 January 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose I don't think beach scenes can be meaningfully compared against underwater photography. Narrowing the scope would make it a much better theme. -- King of ♥ 04:01, 30 April 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Split rather than oppose - e.g. underwater photography, edge of the sea. Storye book (talk) 17:22, 5 February 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment: we got Underwater photography in August 2016. F. Riedelio • talk 18:21, 5 February 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Reflection photo is now beautiful photography among young generation. S.M.M.Musabbir Uddin (talk) 06:00, 1 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@S.M.M.Musabbir Uddin: Please include a gallery of example images.

Intarsienschneidemeister Helmut Wenzel ☆15.02.1925 - + 26.05.2004 aus 8802 Grossschönau ( ex DDR )[edit]

Die Würdigung als Deutschlands letzten Intarsienschneidemeister ( Hellerau , Sachsen , DDR ) 2A01:C23:64CE:1200:51FF:D5A8:86C0:9664 12:36, 27 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose: Nonsense, intention probably misunderstood. Das geht hier um ein Thema für einen Wettbewerb. Sollen jetzt die Teilnehmer Helmut Wenzel und sein Werk um die Wette fotografieren? --Achim55 (talk) 18:47, 27 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose No example images (Bullshit). --F. Riedelio • talk 14:55, 31 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]