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Weekly Assignment

This week we’re in the middle of the What’s in your Bag assignment, which is a special assignment running for 2 weeks. Why is it special you may ask? It’s special because it’s being sponsored by thinkTANK photo who are offering a camera bag as a prize! So instead of having winners this week, we just wanted to show you some of the great entries we’ve had so far. The winner will be picked by a representative of thinkTANK next week. In order to be eligible for the contest, your photo must have been taken between 22 October – 12 November, your post must include “Assignment: What’s in your bag” in your post along with the date it was taken, the EXIF should be intact and the main points should be included in the post. This contest is open to members anywhere, so don’t let it put you off if you didn’t think your country could be included. Next week’s assignment is: Relax!

What's in my bag? (by duna12)

(Photos by duna, MatthewBotos, and ekphoto)

Hot Threads

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  • What Would You Do (#75): What would you do is our weekly post-processing thread for forum members of all levels of skill in post-processing. Each week a member submits one of their pictures to be edited by other forum members, so why not come see what the thread is all about and show us what you would do!

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