THIS MONTH’S PHOTO CHALLENGE THEME: THE TRUE MEANING OF THE SEASON
By Carol Shields

Because December is a special time of year, we decided on a photo theme that we think is special, too. It’s “The True Meaning of the Season,” and we’re looking to see how you can express that as a story in a single photograph.

What is the true meaning of the season? Well, that’s up to you, really. You could capture the spirit of giving or family festivities or a moment of sharing or friendship or glee. It’s up to you.  The trick is to have your image tell a story.

Thinking about your photo in that way — as a story — helps train your eye to capture special moments. For example, you might capture an image of somebody dropping a donation into the Salvation Army red can as Santa rings his bell… or maybe you get a shot of two lovers ice skating near a Christmas tree… or children trudging through fresh snow with their sled, holiday wreaths on the doors they pass… or a family lighting a menorah…

You’re looking for a scene in a single frame — something that evokes an emotion in your viewer and tells a little story about this holiday season.

Remember, as a reader of The Right Way to Travel you’re invited to take part in our monthly photo challenges for a chance to win the yearly Grand Prize of $2,000!

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Carol Shields has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, majoring in photography. During college, she had a lucky break and got a job in the photography department of a Fortune 500 aviation corporation. She picked up many more skills there and eventually worked into the staff photographer position, which she held for almost 10 years. Working for a Fortune 500 corporation gave Carol the opportunity to see many of her photographs on the cover of trade magazines. Today, most of Carol’s photo sales are accompanied by articles.

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