THANKSGIVING: Weekend Photography Challenge

THANKSGIVING: Weekend Photography Challenge

Image by ckirkman

Image by ckirkman

Many of our readers are, as they read this, recovering from one of their biggest holidays of the year – Thanksgiving – which was this past Thursday.

While I know not all DPS readers are in the US I thought the theme of Thanksgiving was something we all could participate in as we do this week’s photography challenge.

The challenge is to photograph something that you’re thankful for OR to share a thanksgiving shot that you took over the last few days – and then to share the shot in comments below.

Use your imagination and feel free to interpret the theme as you’d like. You might like to take a picture of a person, object or do something symbolic to show what you’re thankful for. Anything goes – all we ask is that you keep your shots to a family friendly standard.

PLEASE NOTE: We’re looking for ‘new‘ shots (or shots taken in the last few days) – this is a challenge rather than a look through your archives for a shot! This is about inspiring you to take more photos, not just showing off what you’ve already taken – we have a ‘share your shots‘ section in our forum for showing other shots you’ve taken so please do use that section for that purpose.

Once you’ve taken your photos – choose your best 1-2, upload them to your favourite photo sharing site either share a link to them even better – embed them in the comments using the our new tool to do so.

If you tag your photos on Flickr, Twitter or other sites with Tagging tag them as #DPSTHANKS to help others find them. Linking back to this page might also help others know what you’re doing so that they can share in the fun.

I can’t wait to see what you’re thankful for!

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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  • Pril December 1, 2010 12:26 am

    Hi, I have signed up for the RSS feed to this site and finally get to take part in a challenge!
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    Would love any feed back from anyone!!!

  • the Berzerker November 28, 2010 03:41 pm

    I am thankful that none of my dishes made anyone sick, or at least not to my knowledge!
    Seriously though, I am thankful that my family has a roof over our head, food on our table, and health. Not much more you need in this life, everything else is gravy![/img][/img]

  • shedra November 28, 2010 07:36 am

    I don't know what I am doing wrong....I tried to copy and paste the image directly from phtoobucket, and it wouldn't "take" because the "paste" option was not available. '

    Then I tried to copy the url for that image from Photobucket and it won't show up after I copy and paste the URL..and click submit. I have tried this before on other challenges..What am I not doing right?

  • shedra November 28, 2010 07:32 am

    This seemed fitting...he appeared to be giving thanks.

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  • Maria November 28, 2010 02:43 am

    A special Thanksgiving our first in our own home and we have lived here for 28 years.

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  • Maria November 28, 2010 02:32 am

    Thankful for our first Thanksgiving at home. We have been married for 28 years so this was specail.[eimg link='' title='IMG_7613' url=''][eimg link='' title='IMG_7620' url='']

  • Herbi Ditl December 7, 2009 05:12 am

    No turkeys were harmed

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  • Emily December 7, 2009 03:43 am

    I am most thankful for having Fun with Family.[eimg link='' title='DSC_0019a' url='']

  • kathy December 5, 2009 10:45 am

    happy thanksgiving cant make my retty pictur work

  • Deborah Cole December 4, 2009 01:54 pm

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    Thankful for my Thanksgiving baby born 16 year ago.

  • klingon65 December 4, 2009 12:20 pm

    Our dogs are hoping so much that some pieces of turkey will drop on the floor for them. My wife gave him a few small pieces after she was done carving the turkey
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  • John Lewis December 4, 2009 11:44 am

    Enjoying the holidays with family/[eimg link='' title='IMG_8388' url='']

  • chris1ca December 4, 2009 10:40 am

    These two worried turkey's are thankful that they avoided the oven!

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  • Jesus Pina December 4, 2009 07:46 am

    Here's another two of the names of the places on the table.

  • Jesus Pina December 4, 2009 07:43 am

    Here goes another one of the names of the places on the table.

  • Jesus Pina December 4, 2009 05:51 am

    I am thankful for having friends to spend this wonderful adopted holiday with!!

    Here's what our Thanksgiving dinner table looked like this year.

  • Erin December 4, 2009 05:38 am

    I am thankful for a partner at home that can cook (he's a chef). He can make dinner out of anything in the fridge.

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  • Robert Bennett December 4, 2009 04:35 am

    Our table was set...

  • Monica Topping December 4, 2009 04:25 am

    After spending Thanksgiving at a family reunion, I'm thankful for:

    Family... new and old
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    [eimg link='' title='Nany and baby Isaac 033' url='']

    Both of the babies in these pictures are my 2 month old second-cousin, Isaac... first with my Dad (Isaac's great-uncle) and next with my grandmother (Isaac's great-grandmother).

  • Sally December 2, 2009 01:18 am

    I just tried to post this but I don't think it went through.

    I live in Arizona now but I desperately miss the weather and climate back home in Pennsylvania. I went back for Thanksgiving, and I was so thankful for the trees, grass, clouds, and leaves that I could see. I spent one morning roaming around my parents' farm and taking lots of pictures (close to 600, I think). The entire week was so full of joy for me.

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    I have a set of 39 photos from that morning, you can see here:

  • Bob Parker December 1, 2009 12:58 pm

    I'm thankful for my new Grand Nephew..

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  • Abhijeet Kumar December 1, 2009 05:36 am

    On thanksgiving, I went camping with my friend and shot this. I really like this picture because of the holiday mood, weather and rustic setting.[eimg link='' title='Thanksgiving' url='']

  • Pam B December 1, 2009 03:59 am

    Thanksgiving was a wonderfully foggy morning in Washington, D.C., so I took a quick spin around the U.S. Arboretum before feasting with the family. [eimg link='' title='Thanksgiving '09 #19' url='']

  • Darin December 1, 2009 02:36 am

    Try this again...

    Im thankful that our adoption is nearing the end and we may soon have our son/daughter

    [eimg link='' title='Thankful' url='']

  • Courtney December 1, 2009 01:38 am

    I'm thankful for so many things... but mostly I am thankful for my family. Some of my lovely cousins were at our house for Thanksgiving. My aunt took a few photos of us with my camera...

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    My little sister and I :)

  • Killian November 30, 2009 10:58 pm

    @Jason -- She's sweet! I couldn't see your photos either, but I wanted to. So, I just cut and pasted the URL into the browser. Voila. =)


  • Jessica S. November 30, 2009 04:01 pm

    A few days late to post it, but here is my Thanksgiving image.

  • Kerry McCarthy November 30, 2009 09:22 am

    I headed out on what was a foggy Thanksgiving morning to try to get some shots with my day old Nikon D90. Appropriately enough my first subject was a wild turkey, no doubt a very "thankful" turkey!

  • Jason Collin Photography November 30, 2009 08:39 am

    @killian -- thank you, my dog's name is Kiki (female). If you'd like to see another photo of her.....

    I cannot see my own photos in the comments, just the BB code.

  • Killian November 30, 2009 08:27 am


    Your family portrait at sunset is beautiful. =) What's your dog's name?


  • ScottD November 30, 2009 08:26 am

    Took our out-of-town guest to Glen Echo park. This is one of the yurts that are used as artists' studios.

  • Jason Collin Photography November 30, 2009 07:36 am

    Comments not working well today.....

    Cooking a tofurky:

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    Family portrait at sunset of Thanksgiving:

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  • Killian November 30, 2009 06:26 am

    Happy Thanksgiving if you celebrate!

    A few for fun: one of the sausage/onion/celery/apple part of the dressing being cooked:

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    and one of some asparagus bokeh:

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  • November 30, 2009 04:43 am

    forgot the image[eimg link='' title='thankful' url='']

  • Meredith November 30, 2009 04:41 am

    I’m thankful for chocolate. :D I’m also thankful that my sister took a photo assignment in Jamaica this weekend and borrowed all my lenses but this one, or I never would have forced myself to learn what it could do. The rest of the set is here:
    I call this one, Chocolate Chess:
    Happy Thanksgiving weekend to my US friends!!
    [eimg link='' title='Chocolate Chess' url='']

  • November 30, 2009 04:40 am

    I am thankful for every day, every moment, every breath.

  • Fernbrook November 30, 2009 03:21 am

    I give thanks every day to my faithful friend

  • Tara November 30, 2009 02:52 am

    Okay, trying again....

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  • Tara November 30, 2009 02:42 am

    I'm thankful for my daughter and fiance.

    And my future-mother-in-law's decorating. I aspire to be like her.

  • Meredith November 30, 2009 01:36 am

    I'm thankful for chocolate. :D I'm also thankful that my sister took a photo assignment in Jamaica this weekend and borrowed all my lenses but this one, or I never would have forced myself to learn what it could do. The rest of the set is here:

    I call this one, Chocolate Chess:

    Happy Thanksgiving weekend to my US friends!!

  • Jason Collin Photography November 30, 2009 12:54 am

    Me cutting the delicious "tofurkey" in my mom's kitchen in Cape Coral, Florida:

    [eimg url='' title='jason-cuts-the-tofurkey-2009-540px-wm.jpg']

    Then after dinner we drove to Pine Island to see the sunset and I made this self-timer portrait:

    [eimg url='' title='collin-family-portrait-narrow-FINAL-540px-wm.jpg']

  • Christy November 30, 2009 12:17 am

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  • junglebear November 29, 2009 11:03 pm

    After a very long week of studying, tests and presentations, I’m thankful for…

    [eimg link='' title='Beer!' url='']


  • Alex Clark November 29, 2009 02:26 pm

  • Alex Clark November 29, 2009 02:16 pm

    If my previous attempt pops up, I apologize for posting twice. But, I think something went wrong.

    In any case, Here's one of my shots from Turkey's Day. Both of our families live far, far away. So we resolved to spend the day together.

    [eimg link='' title='Turkey's Day 2009' url='']

  • Brett Valentine November 29, 2009 01:50 pm

    When I took this, it was late Thurs. evening, and my niece and I were watching High Society on tv (her first time seeing it). We don't get much time together like that, and I enjoy it when we do (we really do think a like on many things). She's going off to college next year, so I grabbed this shot while we were at the kitchen table. She also doesn't usually let me get a serious picture of her (she also takes a lot of pictures and likes using my DSLR when she get's the chance) I chalk this one up to Bing Crosby's & Frank Sinatra's antics in this movie. So here it is in color and in B&W. I don't know which one I prefer.

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  • Stephanie November 29, 2009 01:42 pm

    This year, I was in charge of the cranberry sauce...turned out delicious!
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  • Eugene Brown November 29, 2009 11:12 am

    Dear Mr. Rowse:

    I messed up your recent e-mail to me,I wanted to read your article on Zoom Photography.
    Would you please send it out to me again? If I ever get good with this computer and learn how
    to save files,i.e., pictures and move things without lossing them, then I would not be scared
    to subscribe to a Photo learning school like yours and taugh by a Professor like yourself.

    Happy Holidays,

  • Angie November 29, 2009 10:25 am

    My sister in-law's puppy with a full tummy and a thankful heart... taken on Thanksgiving day. 2009. [eimg link='' title='My tummy's full....' url='']

  • Emma November 29, 2009 09:46 am

    good grub
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  • Geneil November 29, 2009 09:45 am

    I took this one while the Thanksgiving turkey was in the oven. I'm calling it A Handful of Blessings. Thanks to my daughter for being my hand model.

    [eimg link='' title='Handful of Blessings' url='']

  • DimpleArts November 29, 2009 09:30 am

    For our Thanksgiving family dinner I made my Grandmother's recipe....Here are the rogaliki I made (they were delish!) :)

  • Emma November 29, 2009 08:35 am

    Good grub!
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  • Eric Steensen November 29, 2009 07:02 am

    I'm thankful for my job and for seasonal Peppermint Mochas. =)

    I took this today for our coffee shop's advertisement for our seasonal drinks.

  • Nikki November 28, 2009 12:26 pm

    sorry for posting twice... I didn't read that it takes a while to show up and instead thought that i had messed up the reply. So sorry!

  • Kristin Warren November 28, 2009 11:33 am

    Thankful that I have my grandmother to spend Thanksgiving with.

  • cindy November 28, 2009 10:53 am

    that photo is gorgeous tassi! congratulations!

  • Tassi Smith November 28, 2009 10:50 am

    I just had my third baby almost two weeks ago. I was nervous to bring home a new baby boy to two girls. They have completely amazed me with the love they have shown the new baby. So I am thankful for their sweet hearts that are full of love and this new healthy boy.

  • junglebear November 28, 2009 09:07 am

    After a very long week of studying, tests and presentations, I'm thankful for...

  • cindy November 28, 2009 08:14 am

    My father-in-law lost his wife earlier this year, so the holidays are kind of tough. We tried to cheer him up a little bit (distract him) and it worked for a while -
    i like this view of the city from his apartment, too -