CHALLENGE REVIEW TIME! It’s time to go through the last month’s Challenge entries, allocate those Pins (if you’re lost, check this page here), and announce the next month’s challenge!

The April challenge was Portrait (as in orientation). I asked you to submit your best portrait/vertical image, with the challenge pointers in mind. The easiest way to run through the madness that unused is to watch:

https://youtu.be/j1jpVljlfQ8

All of the valid entries to this challenge can be seen here:

As usual, it takes more than one shortlist to whittle down and in this case there weren’t really any set shortlists but we ended up at this point towards the end:

There can only be one winner (a rule I am really ok with breaking after this month!), so the winners of the pins this month are:

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

Wonderful work and wonderful variety too!

But what is May’s challenge? Well, this months challenge is:

The “Golden Hour” Challenge.

The aim of this months challenge is to submit an image that was shot in golden hour. It can be of any subject, but it should be an image that you have created in the last 12 months or so. The subject does not have to be a dog – I repeat, the subject can be any living being.

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 May

Judging:

The image will be judged on all the normal things (composition, clipped highlights or shadows, focus, exposure, editing quality (not quantity!) and white balance) in line with Print comps, but with a little extra flexibility this month because print comps don’t tend to LOVE warm bokeh fluffiness and lots of light…

As always, no purchased/downloaded assets are allowed – these include overlays, composite elements and brushes. The judging will take place at the start of May and the judge’s decision is final.  

Good luck!