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Picture This: Your Year in Focus

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New year. New beginning. New you. Look ahead.

A stunning photo of fireworks by the parliament in Budapest

It’s a new year, full of endless possibilities and unknown obstacles.

For some, this means taking your photography to the next level. Whether it be launching your new business, putting your portfolio online for the first time or seeking the guidance you need to advance your skills.

For others, it may be the year that you vigorously pursue your passion in photography. No matter where you are in that aspect, this is the year of new beginnings. So out with the old and in with the new!

While the magic of a fresh year can carry your spirits high in daydreams, we all know the importance of planning out your goals. After all, “a goal without a timeline is just a dream”.

Make sure to visualize the goals and milestones you need to achieve throughout the year to reach your end goal!

A wooden rope bridge leading towards a forest

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” — Lao Tzu

The Challenge

This week’s challenge is all about looking ahead. While the end result will be unique and personal to each participant, we do have some thoughts to guide you on your submission.

We want to see what is in your mind’s eye for the year. How do you visualize your goals and dreams coming into existence? What is your vision for the year?

This vision probably already exists in your imagination and your photographs can reveal it. They can express something otherwise invisible. Go beyond sight and show us your insight.

There is no right or wrong way to interpret this challenge so, don’t get tangled up in the details.

The top 10 submissions will be carefully chosen by the ExpertPhotography team and then shared with a trusted group of photographers who will decide on the winner.

You only have 7 days to submit your entry, so get out there and start shooting!

Need some inspiration?

No worries — check out these 10 videos that are sure to get the wheel moving:

10 Amazing Videos to Inspire Your Photography

 

a man rowing in a canoe

“The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.”— J.R.R. Tolkien

Upload your images

Using the Disqus comment box below this post, upload your photo to be entered into the competition. Submission deadline is Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time).

Rules

  1. Must be following ExpertPhotography on Facebook to be entered.
  2. Pictures must be your own.
  3. Please do not submit any photos older than 1 year.
  4. Please read the complete competition terms and conditions here.
  5. Due to shipping limitations, this competition is limited to residents of the US, UK, IE, DE, AT, AU, FR & CA

 

Prize

What more could any beginner or seasoned photographer need more than storage space to keep all of your amazing photos?

The winner of this week’s challenge will receive their very own WD My Passport Portable External Hard Drive.

Curious about the specs?
We’ve got you covered with a few reviews below:

Don’t spend too much time gawking, you only have 7 days to submit your entry!

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51 comments
      1. I did it in b and w because on the first post in the expert photography page prior to the link it stated black and white but couldn’t decide weather that was for something else. Just thought I’d bring it to your attention incase other people think the same. Thank you

      2. My apologies! That was a mistake and has since been updated. If you would like to submit a new photo you are free to. I apologize for the confusion!

  1. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ea0efb98155327c62c15cbd9d9680945c01a0a1761aa80d409cf05eaf10994c6.jpg
    I took my first tentative steps into the Colorado Rockies in 2017 – such incredible places and many challenges – the image represents many of the paradoxes of the area – autumn colours, snow, a rain storm threatening (and it happened) and all the while it was warm enough where the shot was taken to only be wearing light clothing – I’ve chosen b/w to reflect the fact that nothing is b/w in the mountains – 3 out of 4 seasons in less than4 hours. This year I’ve set aside a 3 week block to explore further.

  2. 2018 will be a year of developing more patience while taking wildlife photos that will provide more opportunities to make a great catch.

  3. During a conversation with a friend about my interest in photographing old buildings in the area, she suggested that we take a photography road trip on the back roads near her home. This photo, and many others were the result. 2 other friends saw our photos and expressed an interest in joining the next road trip and, afterwards, we agreed to continue this in the future. These trips resulted in sharing our common interests in photography and in recording these old buildings that are reflections of our culture and history, before they disappear. Even more importantly it started an activity which we will continue together as friends and photographers, as we travel the back roads in the surrounding counties in 2018. I am excited to see the results of our photographic wanderings over the next few months.
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      1. Yes, and we all learn something from each other-photo techniques, ideas, and planning where to go next.

  4. I am a semi retired grandmother and photography is my new passion. I have been at it for a year,loving and learning and this photo represents where I started (as a budding flower) and where I hope to be at the end of this year(hopefully blooming) .Expert Photography has helped my growth immensely. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cc102c05516063a4a7e986e62ac42ee631ce830763a70e189a25fd1e97f53ef2.jpg myhttps://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cc102c05516063a4a7e986e62ac42ee631ce830763a70e189a25fd1e97f53ef2.jpg

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