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It’s April which means that it is CHALLENGE REVIEW TIME! Let’s go allocate those Pins (if you’re lost, check this page here) and announce the next month’s challenge. Let’s get started…

The March challenge was Pano. I asked you to submit an image that fits into the technical definition of a Panorama. The subject can be literally anything, but the aspect ratio (the crop ratio) must be 2:1 or more. This means that the image must be at least two times wider than it is tall, or rarely, two times taller than it is wide.

The inspiration for this challenge topic was one of my fave images from 2021: Freki on the Loch, seen below. This image achieved a 90+ score in the Societies annual 20×16 Print Comp, landing a finalist spot too!
MTog’s, you guys have a BTS and edit of a shot taken in the same minute, that’s here.

The video for this months review is here:

As usual, there is no way we can include everyone’s individual critiques in the video. I am so proud of everyone who entered this month because it’s a totally new skill to most and one that often needs a little more effort and forethought. Anyone with an image in either the shortlist or the short-shortlist or the final-short-shortlist or just the entries, in general, should be very, very proud!

That being said, there can only be one winner. Therefore, the winners of the pins this month are:

(If you don’t know what Pins are, please check out the section on pins here.)

But what is the April challenge? This month’s original challenge topic has switched places with May’s and is now:

The “Leading Lines” Challenge.

The aim of this month’s challenge is to submit an image that contains leading lines. Leading lines are compositional elements that lead your eye through an image and towards the focal point. This is discussed in the (VERY OLD) video on composition really nicely, you can see that here.

The subject can be anything. I repeat, anything at all.

How to enter:

  • Stricly ONE entry per person.
  • Shoot or select an image shot within the last 12 months.
  • Post your piece to Instagram and tag @thattogspot in the image.
  • In the description/caption, use the hashtag #ThatTogSpotChallenge
  • (optional) Share the post to your story (bonus points for adding a before and after) and tag @thattogspot and #ThatTogSpotChallenge in the story
  • Entries close at midnight (UK time) on the last day of April

Judging:

The image will be judged on all the normal things (focus, composition, clipped highlights or shadows, focus, exposure, editing quality (not quantity!), and white balance) in line with Print comps

As always, no purchased/downloaded assets are allowed – these include overlays, composite elements and brushes. Entries should not be submitted of images taken on trainings and workshops.

The judging will take place at the start of May and the judge’s decision is final.  

Good luck!