2020 Photography Challenge: Shooting the 4 Seasons

One way to get better at photography is to shoot the same subject over and over, improving the image with every shot. Often, photographers do this repetitive shooting in a short period of time, leaving once they get a nice shot. However, some of the best learning happens when you return to the same subject days or months later, after you’ve thought of ways to improve the shot.

With that in mind, we’ve created a photography challenge for 2020 that focuses on repetition and the four seasons. To complete it, you’ll choose 13 subjects or locations to photograph four times each.

The four seasons (winter, spring, summer, autumn) are an obvious way to structure this challenge, but you could also use different weather or times of the day. For instance, you could plan shots for the morning, midday, evening, and night. Or you could shoot a location in rainy, sunny, cloudy, and foggy weather.

The main point is to have repetition, spaced over time with different circumstances for each shot. Whether you focus on seasons or weather, it doesn’t matter. You’ll learn a lot either way.

You can also decide whether to shoot from the same angle every time or vary your shots with different perspectives or techniques. Variety will give you more creative freedom, but repeating the exact same shot can be beautiful, too, showing the passage of time or the effect of weather.

b k – Four Seasons – Longbridge Road

Four Seasons - Longbridge Road

Repeating shots can be great for learning, and it’s easy to do. The hardest part may be choosing the subjects and then remembering to photograph them again after a couple of months.

To help you with that, we’ve created a print-out for organizing your shots. You can use this document both for keeping track of subjects and writing down quick thoughts about each shoot. It’s similar to having a photography notebook, only smaller and lighter. Folded up, it should easily fit into a camera bag, even a small one.

2020 Photography Challenge

2020 Photography Challenge Notes

Each page has space for seven subjects, so for this challenge, you’ll need to print two pages. Then, you’ll have space to shoot 52+ photos – one image for each week of the year.

Now all you need to do is choose 13 subjects and start shooting them! If you enjoy long photoshoots, you can even plan to do all 13 subjects in one day or weekend. Then, you could repeat the same shoot three more times throughout the year, so you’ll have four big shoots instead of one photo every week.

Choose whatever subjects and strategies work for you! For inspiration, here are some subjects that work wonderfully for photos of the four seasons.

Inspiration for Pictures of the Seasons

When brainstorming for this challenge, try to think of subjects that easily fit into your life. Otherwise, if you choose subjects that are inconvenient to shoot, you might have a hard time working them into your schedule. You want this challenge to be fun, not a burden!

For more inspiration, check out our challenges from previous years:

In addition to this general photography challenge, we’ll continue to announce monthly challenges in our newsletter. Unlike this general challenge, the monthly challenges will have deadlines and specific subjects, and we’ll select images from them to publish. If you like deadlines and competition, be sure to follow our newsletter for the monthly challenges.

We hope that between this year-long challenge and the monthly challenges, you’ll be motivated to keep shooting and learning in 2020. As always, we love seeing the images you create, so tag your photos #thephotoargus on Instagram or submit them to our Flickr group!

A Road / Trail

Dave Allen – Deep South Lowcountry Lane Charleston South Carolina Edisto Island Scenic Landscape

Dave Allen - Charleston South Carolina Edisto Island

pmvarsa – Badlands Hiking Trail 1

pmvarsa - Badlands Hiking Trail

Jack Nobre – Fall Drive

Jack Nobre - Fall Road

CJ Schmit – Dusted Road

CJ Schmit - Snowy Road

A (Self-)Portrait

Berit Alits – Brooke

Berit Alits - spring portrait

Steven Ritzer – – Lisa <3 –

Steven Ritzer - summer portrait

Steven Ritzer – catch the nature

Steven Ritzer - autumn portrait

Anh Tu Nguyen – A Change of Seasons

Anh Tu Nguyen - winter portrait

A Growing Plant

Marie Sturges – Sunflower Seedlings

Marie Sturges - Sunflower Seedlings

Larry Lamsa – Sunflower

Larry Lamsa - Sunflower

John Rosemeyer – Sunday Sunflower

John Rosemeyer - Sunflower

Marina Burić – Dead Sunflower

Marina Burić - Dead Sunflower

A Window

Rubem Porto Jr – O dia nasceu… embaçado.

Rubem Porto Jr - foggy window

Gonz@k “The crazy cat” – La luce dell’Est

Window with Pink Flowers

Julio López Saguar – Pure air

Julio López Saguar - Open Window

jordan parks – the windows at macy’s

jordan parks - the windows at macy's

A Tourist Site or Landmark

ilirjan rrumbullaku – Overlooking the Seine

ilirjan rrumbullaku - Overlooking the Seine

Matthew Johnson – Sunflower on a sunny day

Matthew Johnson - Sunflower Eiffel Tower

pourkoiaps – Le Temps qui passe

pourkoiaps - Long Exposure Eiffel Tower

Howard Ferrier – Spellbound

Howard Ferrier - light show Eiffel Tower

Trees

Roelof de Hoog – Through blue and green

Roelof de Hoog - Forest in the Spring

Peter Stenzel – Lonely Tree

Peter Stenzel - Lonely Tree

Chris van Kan – Fall, Netherlands

Chris van Kan - Fall, Netherlands

Joe – Tree on a Cold, Foggy Morning

Joe - Tree on a Cold, Foggy Morning

A Farm Field

Roberto.mac. – UN GIRO NELLA BELLA TOSCANA CON AMICI SULLA LORENZANA!!

Roberto.mac. - Toscana Farm Field

Richard Watkins LRPS – Crop Lines at Bonnington

Richard Watkins LRPS - Crop Lines at Bonnington

Matthew Johnson – Evening in the Country

Matthew Johnson - hay bales at harvest

Andy Farmer – Winter Farm

Andy Farmer - Winter Farm

Drinks

Laurens Kaldeway – Tea

Laurens Kaldeway - Tea

Pascal Rey – Mango syrup with cold sparkling water on the rocks…

Pascal Rey - Mango syrup with cold sparkling water on the rocks

Theo Crazzolara – Pumpkin Spice

Theo Crazzolara - Pumpkin Spice

Jochen Vander Eecken – Starbucks coffee.

Jochen Vander Eecken - Starbucks coffee.

A Park / Garden

Hector – Seen Around Leeds – Temple Newsam

Hector - Leeds - Temple Newsam Park

jordan parks – treasures

jordan parks - hand holding nature

Robert Felton – Dovecote Swans

Robert Felton - Dovecote Swans

Wicaksono Trian Islami – Flower and Snow I

Wicaksono Trian Islami - Flower and Snow

A House

Ferry Noothout – A Dutch farm house….

Ferry Noothout - A Dutch farm house....

Nerissa Turner – The little house on the lake

Nerissa Turner - The little house on the lake

Steve Stanger – Autumn at Allaire

Steve Stanger - Autumn at Allaire State Park

Fistfulofpowder – The Slow Surrender.

Fistfulofpowder - abandoned house

A Bench

zerofive.nl – Enjoying the view

woman sitting on bench

jordan parks – hoops

jordan parks - coke bottle on bench

Steve Stanger – stormy boardwalk (Ocean Grove NJ)

Steve Stanger - stormy boardwalk (Ocean Grove NJ)

Jack Nobre – Lonely bench

Jack Nobre - Lonely bench

A Bridge

Ray in Manila – The Arno in Florence

Ray in Manila - The Arno in Florence

Jim Smith – evening grace

Jim Smith - swan

Chris van Kan – Pont Du Gard by Sunset, France

Chris van Kan - Pont Du Gard by Sunset, France

Boris Bollow – A Feast for the Senses

Boris Bollow - Tower Bridge, London

A Waterfall

Henk Meijer Photography – Panther Creek Falls, Washington, USA

Henk Meijer Photography - Panther Creek Falls, Washington, USA

swapnil deshpande – contemplations

swapnil deshpande - waterfall

Greg David – Sherman Falls

Greg David - Sherman Falls

les matthews – Ice Capades

les matthews - frozen waterfall