Photo challenge: 12 by 12


When looking for a way to challenge yourself photographically it can pay to scan the online photographic community in search of ideas, or events you can join.

One that is currently under way is the 12 by 12 challenge, a set of month-long photography challenges that aim to help develop your skills.

Each month, a photographer will set you a task, and the first of these this year was set by Vanessa Winship, who asked the group to:

"Take a route you're familiar with but have never photographed along and photograph someone or something every 100 or so steps."

Those taking up the challenge on Flickr or Instagram soon got to work, and here is a selection of entries that caught Winship's eye.

Emma Georgiou

School run by Emma Georgiou

I drive my sons to school 195 days of the year. My route is the same and one I'm very familiar with and yet I have never walked it.

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Speakers' Corner: The home of free speech

The End is At Hand. Evangelical Christian with a placard at Speakers Corner, Hyde Park, London, 1978

Speakers' Corner in London is well known as the home of free speech, where anyone can get on their soapbox and make their voice heard. Whether anyone will listen is of course another matter. Photographer Philip Wolmuth has been documenting the corner in London's Hyde Park for 35 years, and has just published a book of the work. Here, Wolmuth writes about the changes he has seen during that time.

It was the passion, irreverence and air of apparent anarchy that immediately attracted me on my first visit to Speakers' Corner in 1977.

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Republic of The Bridge

Members of a volunteer battalion smoke cigarettes under a bridge

Not far from the rebel stronghold of Donetsk is an incomplete bridge that members of Ukraine's volunteer battalions have made into a temporary home a few miles from the front line. Photographer Pete Kiehart visited the site a number of times earlier this year. Here he talks about the project and life under the bridge.

This is the "Republic of The Bridge", as it has been named by the soldiers who call it their temporary home. Explosions and gunfire ring out at all hours of the day and night here, where the promise of peace offered by the Minsk II ceasefire has not arrived.

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Offbeat moments from the campaign trail

Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha arrive in Belfast to visit the Titanic Studios, 7 April 2015

Polling day in the UK general election is drawing near and the campaign is entering its final phase. For the photographers who have been following the politicians around the country, it has been an intense period.

Martin Keene, the picture editor at the Press Association - the UK's national news agency - is leading the team covering the election.

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Caravan, A Great British Love Story

St Neots Caravan site in Bedfordshire, England

In the UK, the May Day bank holiday offers a chance to take a short break away from the daily grind, and for some people that means hitching up the caravan to the back of the car and heading into the countryside.

Inspired by fond memories of his childhood caravanning holidays in Southwold, Suffolk, photographer Gareth Iwan Jones turned his attention to this subject, the very British world of Caravanning.

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Heavily loaded

Cars belonging to Tunisian immigrants wait at the port to board the ferry that connects Palermo and Tunis

So far this year more than 35,000 people fleeing war and poverty in Africa are thought to have crossed to Europe, with many having died while attempting the journey. Yet on a Saturday the port of Palermo is full of cars loaded with goods heading the other way, from Italy to north Africa.

Photographer Eugenio Grosso took pictures of the heavily loaded cars, mainly belonging to Tunisian immigrants who gather to take a ferry to Tunis. Grosso says that some of them are travelling home for a holiday, while others are professional sellers who go back and forth each week, following in the footsteps of their ancestors.

A car loaded with goods

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Street fashion: Tokyo Camera Style

Lomography Diana F+ Mr Pink

There are periods in all photographers' lives when, to some extent at least, they fall in love with the kit they use. Some move on and just see it as nothing more than a tool to achieve an aim, while a few set out to collect a certain brand or type of camera, lens or one type of accessory.

But as cameras, like many so many other products today, become more homogenised, there are those who want their camera to stand out, and be a statement in itself. One way to achieve this is to revert to shooting film and to take to the streets with a an old camera, perhaps adding an accessory here and there, or using a "toy" camera.

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Bedrooms of the remembered

Eom Ji-yeong, mother of Park Ye-ji who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, poses for a photograph with a picture showing her daughter (44th from left in top row) with her schoolmates when she was 15

When the Sewol ferry sank off the coast of South Korea in 2014 it claimed the lives of more than 300 people, the vast majority of whom were students from Danwon High School.

Reuters photographer Kim Hong-Ji photographed the scene and has since been in touch with relatives of some of the students, visiting their homes and taking pictures of the bedrooms of those who died in the disaster.

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Visual whispers: From image to sketch via text

What does a picture mean to you? That's the idea behind a Photographer Writer Illustrator by the Brighton-based group Miniclick.

They took eight pictures by eight photographers and stripped them of all context before handing them to a writer to create a fictional narrative around, or perhaps a poem. The resulting text was then passed to an illustrator for their version of the event, though one step removed from the picture. The results are intriguing, and sometimes unexpected.

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Infrared images reveal the unseen

The Village: Between Greystones and Rose Court, 2011

A photograph is always a simplified representation of a complex world, but Ed Thompson's latest work, The Unseen, takes this a step further. By recording the infrared spectrum he creates images that transform the world around us, forcing the viewer to search for visual clues to anchor the image in what we know.

The project was born in 2010 while he was researching a way to document the "haunted village" of Pluckley in Kent and came across articles suggesting that ghosts could be recorded using infrared photography.

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