One Word Photo Challenge

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Hello, my name is Jennifer Nichole Wells, and I’m the host of the One Word Photo Challenge. Each Tuesday, I post a new word. Use the word as a starting point for your creativity. Look through your image archives, or create a new photo, painting, drawing, story, poem etc. that you feel fits the theme.

To participate:

  • Create a new post on your blog titled “One Word Photo Challenge: (current week’s topic)”
  • Include an image or images that you feel fit the theme
  • Tag your post with “One Word Photo Challenge” so that others can find your contribution
  • Have fun!

Links to your contribution will be shared on the next week’s post.

Don’t have a blog? No problem, post to any social media site and send me the link using the tags and usernames below.

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Part III: People, Places & Things

I’m going to try mixing up some series here, for those of you who don’t like one or another. I mixed my ideas for the 3 different sections together alphabetically. So here we go, taking us through 2019. Obviously if we all get bored midway through there’s room for flexibility.

The 3 categories that the topics fall into…

People & Creatures
Places & Things
Photo Terms

Be creative! You don’t actually have to share a picture of the literal word, find your own meaning. Maybe for ‘ant’ share an image of an antelope, a piece of fruit ants got into, a story, poem, drawing, etc. about an ant. It only has to make sense to you!

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Challenge Topics & Start Dates. Topics run from the Tuesday listed, through the following Monday.

A-F G-P P-Z
Giraffe – June 13 Positive – Aug. 1
Glue – June 20 Rhinoceros – Aug. 8
Gorilla – June 27 Sale – Aug. 15
Grain – July 4 Scale – Aug. 22
Heron – July 11 Seal – Aug. 29
  2017 Hideout – July 18 Seat – Sep. 5
Hippopotamus – July 25 Selfie – Sep. 12
Home – Aug. 1 Shake – Sep. 19
Horse – Aug. 8 Shark – Sep. 26
Hummingbird – Aug. 15 Sheep – Oct. 3
Insect – Aug. 22 Shoes – Oct. 10
Island – Aug. 29 Show – Oct. 17
Jaguar – Sep. 5 Shutter – Oct. 24
Jewelry – Sep. 12 Sketchbook – Oct. 31
Journey – Sep. 19 Skunk – Nov. 7
Kangaroo – Sep. 26 Snake – Nov.  14
Ladybug – Oct. 3 Space – Nov. 21
Family – Mar. 21 Lake – Oct. 10 Spider –Nov.  28
Film – Mar. 28 Landscape – Oct. 17 Squirrel – Dec. 5
Firefly – Apr. 4 Lens – Oct. 24 Store – Dec. 12
Fish – Apr. 11 Letter – Oct. 31 Stork – Dec. 19
Fisheye – Apr. 18 Light – Nov. 7 Sweater – Dec. 26
Flash – Apr. 25 Linoleum – Nov. 14 Telephoto – Jan. 1, 2019
Floor – May 2 Lion – Nov. 21 Temperature –  Jan. 8
Food – May 9 Lizard – Nov. 28 Tent –  Jan. 15
Foreground – May 16 Llama – Dec. 5 Thing –  Jan. 22
Fox – May 23 Lock – Dec. 12 Tiger –  Jan. 29
Frame – May 30 Macro – Dec. 19 Time – Feb. 5
Friend – June 6 Magician – Dec. 26 Transportation –  Feb. 12
Manatee – Jan. 2, 2018 Trash – Feb. 19
Mansion – Jan. 9 Treasure – Feb. 26
Manual – Jan. 16 Tripod – Mar. 5
Mermaid – Jan. 23 Turtle – Mar. 12
Mirror –Jan. 30 Unicorn – Mar. 19
Monkey – Feb. 6 Vacation – Mar. 26
Monster – Feb. 13 Vampire – Apr. 2
Moose – Feb. 20 Vignette – Apr. 9
Mouse – Feb. 27 Wall – Apr. 16
Movie – Mar. 6 Wasp – Apr. 23
Museum – Mar. 13 Whale – Apr. 30
Nature – Mar. 20 Window – May 7
Negative – Mar. 27 Woodpecker – May 14
Octopus – Apr. 3 Work – May 21
Paint – Apr. 10 Zebra – May 28
Panorama – Apr. 17 Zoo – Jun. 4
Paper – Apr. 24 Zoom – Jun. 11
Pastry – May 2 Pick your own one word place or thing – Jun. 18
Pelican – May 9 Pick your own one word person or creature – Jun. 25
Pen – May 16 Pick your own one word photo term – Jul. 2
Penguin – May 23
Perspective – May 30
Phone – June 6
Pig – June 13
Pillow – June 20
Place – June 27
Plant – July 4
Pool – July 11
Porcupine – July 18
Portrait – July 25

Past Challenges

Part I: Color – 1 Magenta, 2 Neon, 3 Green, 4 Yellow, 5 Blue, 6 Purple, 7 Red, 8 Black, 9 Brown, 10 Salmon, 11 Peach, 12 Glitter/Metallic, 13 Turquoise, 14 Periwinkle, 15 Pink, 16 Grey, 17 Glow-in-the-Dark, 18 Orange, 19 Eggplant, 20 White, 21 Gold, 22 Maroon, 23 Silver, 24 Rainbow, 25 Aqua, 26 Bronze, 27 Chartreuse, 28 Emerald, 29 Lavender, 30 Cream, 31 Livid, 32 Carmine, 33 Cerulean, 34 Mustard, 35 Fuchsia, 36 Navy, 37 Mint, 38 Chocolate, 39 Scarlet, 40 Clear, 41 Sapphire, 42 Mahogany, 43 Lemon, 44 Pine, 45 Eminence, 46 Taupe, 47 Olive, 48 Ultramarine, 49 Marsala, 50 Persimmon, 51 Indigo, 52 Beige, 53 Strawberry, 54 Seafoam, 55 Saffron, 56 Bittersweet, 57 Teal, 58 Beaver, 59 Melon, 60 Mauve, 61 Shamrock, 62 Copper, 63 Eigengrau

Part II: Weather – 64 Rain, 65 Sun, 66 Storm, 67 Cloudy, 68 Hot, 69 Cold, 70 Dry, 71 Wet, 72 Windy, 73 Hurricane, 74 Tsunami, 75 Sandstorm, 76 Flood, 77 Tornado, 78 Humid, 79 Foggy, 80 Snow, 81 Hail, 82 Avalanche, 83 Drought, 84 Wildfire, 85 Blizzard, 86 Earthquake, 87 Smog, 88 Night, 89 Autumn, 90 Spring, 91 Winter, 92 Summer, 93 Pick your Own

Part III: People, Places & Things – 94 Ant, 95 Aperture, 96 Appliance, 97 Armadillo, 98 Artificial, 99 Attic, 100 Automatic, 101 Baboon, 102 Baby, 103 Background, 104 Backlit, 105 Balance, 106 Barn, 107 Basement, 108 Bear, 109 Bed, 110 Bee, 111 Bench, 112 Bird, 113 Blanket, 114 Bokeh, 115 Book, 116 Bottle, 117 Box, 118 Bubbles, 119 Bulb, 120 Burn, 121 Cage, 122 Camel, 123 Camera, 124 Candid, 125 Cardboard, 126 Cat, 127 Ceiling, 128 Chameleon, 129 Chicken, 130 Child, 131 Circus, 132 Cityscape, 133 Clothes, 134 Color, 135 Computer, 136 Contrast, 137 Cow, 138 Craft, 139 Crane, 140 Crop, 141 Curtain, 142 Deer, 143 Depth, 144 Diary, 145 Digital , 146 Dirt, 147 Distance, 148 Distortion, 149 Dodge, 150 Dog, 151 Doll, 152 Dolphin, 153 Dragon, 154 Dragonfly, 155 Drink, 156 Duck, 157 Elder, 158 Electronic, 159 Elephant, 160 Escape, 161 Exposure, 162 Fabricated, 163 Fairy


Looking to host your own challenge? Click here to learn how.

Check out these other blog challenges/places to submit to: Color your World, TopicGeneratorfēlan, JNW’s Halloween Challenge, Weekly Weather


*While originally published January 2014, this post is constantly updated with the most current One Word Photo Challenge information.*

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