Weekly Photography Challenge Things at the Beach


Earlier today I shared a bunch of jaw-dropping images of beaches. As you may have guessed, this week’s photography challenge is one in the same.

Even if you aren’t near the ocean you can get out and find a body of water somewhere near you – perhaps a lake, pond, stream or even the reflecting pool at your local town hall. The idea is to get out and photograph the stuff near the water including:

  • the beach and the sand
  • pathways
  • reflections
  • clouds and sky
  • rocks
  • silhouettes of people against the sun or sunset
  • marine life in tidal pools
  • the local flora or vegetation
  • go wide, and go closer and do some macro photography

You get the idea. Need some more examples?

By @Doug88888

By C/N N/G

By Pete

By Dan Queiroz

By Mike Pratt

By Peter Gorges

By John Turnbull

By kristos_b

By Moyan Brenn

Show use your things at the beach

Simply upload your shot into the comment field (look for the little camera icon in the Disqus comments section as pictured below) and they’ll get embedded for us all to see or if you’d prefer upload them to your favourite photo sharing site and leave the link to them. Okay, ready to impress us?

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  • Lisa McChesney

    Wells Reserve, Maine

  • amit barkan

    Champlain Lake, VT
    Getting ready for push off…

  • Similar love…
    Matt http://www.konniandmatt.blogspot.com

  • Mark Mahler

    West side Oahu…winter 2013

  • Guest

    Tanah Lot, Bali Summer 2014

  • Tanah Lot, Bali 2014 – It’s a temple by the beach. 🙂

  • Brilliant! Very atmospheric and great composition.

  • Victoria Portelli
  • Victoria Portelli

    Different beaches around Gozo

  • Victoria Portelli


  • Yossarian

    Slovenia coast / adriatic sea

  • Leslie Jean

    Walking on the beach you can look in any direction and find a photograph.

  • Fausto

    Foot print on Nosy Be Island, Madagascar

  • Harikrishnan R

    The beach with the rain clouds forming above ,

  • Taken at the tide pools in Cayucos, California. This young Snowy Egret had a very tough time swallowing this Rock Cod minnow. To complicate matters, a Seagul was watching this and decided that the Rock Cod should be HIS lunch and not the Egrets. The ensuing battle of dive-bombing was quite humorous. After about 20 minutes, the Egret finally swallowed the minnow.

  • djsoffar

    Caribbean beach off Cozumel, Dec. 2012

  • djsoffar

    Caribbean beach off Cozumel, Dec. 2012 (2)

  • djsoffar

    Caribbean beach off Cozumel, Dec. 2012 (3)

  • djsoffar

    Caribbean beach off Cozumel, Dec. 2012 (4)

  • Dieter Setz

    Thanks Darryl. Yes these are footprints of a dog.

  • Rebecca Morris

    I would love to post some photos as I live on the beach but i cant upload for some reason!Did it! First pic is of one of my Mother’ s neighbours, the following 2 are from a beautiful beach on an island off Papua New Guinea. The last two are where i live, Great Barrier Reef ,Queensland

  • David James Bawden

    The colours in this are stunning

  • Cinnara

    Rachel Carson Salt Pond, Maine

  • J O’B

    Cocoa Beach,FL

  • Guest

    This pic was taken in Vadelagrana beach in Puerto de Santa Maria, southern Spain.

  • I live nearby the sea. If you´d like to browse some of my photos please go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/marionaranjo

  • Andrei Barbos

    well, I do think that a WW2 bunker qualifies as a thing at the beach

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/andreibarbos/14308847121” title=”bunker art by Andrei Barbos, on Flickr”><img src="https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2915/14308847121_d4bfc86fd9_c.jpg

  • Lincoln City beach reflected in glass..!

  • Rich

    Fourth of July, 2014 on Lotus Bay, Lake Erie

  • Lena

    Here is my pic taken with my new Nokia1020

  • Guest

    Check this out!

  • Ashish Tripathi
  • Ashish Tripathi
  • john cass

    Sandy beach – Youghal, Cork, Ireland.

  • Mohammad Hassouna

    Lebanon, what do you think guys?

  • Riki Lopez

    From the philippines 🙂

  • Nancy Buttermore

    Emerald Isle, North Carolina

  • Diane Black

    Park Beach at Coffs Harbour

  • Jos Zwart

    Thank you, Darryl

  • Dani

    On a private island looking out.

  • Mandy


  • Mandy


  • NadiL820

    Fossils. FDR Jamaica summer 2014

  • JesseCoutts

    Thank you

  • Tyson Kinnson

    Flagler Beach, Fl

  • Dsabolich

    Seaside, Fl

  • Dsabolich

    Another from Seaside, Fl

  • Michael

    Weymouth Beach, Dorset, United Kingdom.

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