THE COMPLETE GUIDE
PHOTINGO…a free, fun based challenge combining the genre of Street Photography with the game of Bingo that we hold once a year.
The aim of PHOTINGO is to inspire & motivate photographers by giving them a set target of 30 photographic tasks to try and complete within a specific time, and at the same time give them something to look out for when on a street shoot.
Photography based challenges are of course well covered throughout the many other photography sites and groups online. The thing that makes PHOTINGO different is that no two people will have exactly the same subjects to aim for during the challenge. It’s down to the luck of the draw and then it’s down to the skill of the photographer.
Not only would this be a fun challenge or project for street photographers of all levels, but it would also be an ideal opportunity for anyone with a camera to try out and experience the ‘buzz’ of this exciting genre of photography.
As with most things in life there are some rules in order to keep everything running smoothly and fairly.
1. Only 1 card per player. When your card is full then, for you, the challenge is over. The challenge period is 3 months long so take your time to find your shots. No extra cards will be issued.
2. An image cannot be submitted for more than one subject on your card. In the end you should have a card with 30 different images showing.
3. All images must fulfill the subject. If an image is does not match the subject associated with the box number, it will not be entered onto your Photingo Card and you will receive an email from an admin with an explanation as to the reason(s) why your image was not accepted for that particular subject/box.
4. Every image submitted MUST contain the presence of at least 1 real person. This can also be in the form of silhouettes, shadows or reflections. Images submitted to the PHOTINGO Challenge which do not conform to this rule will not be entered onto a card.
5. All images must have been taken in a public place, either inside or outside. No home shots will be accepted.
6. Only images submitted to the dedicated weekly thread on the PHOTINGO Group on Flickr will be entered on the card. Images that are only posted to the group photo pool will not be processed.
7. All submitted images must have been taken during the specified game period.
8. When submitting an image(s) to this challenge you are giving us your permission to display the image(s) on this website. Your work will not be used by us for any other purpose other than the PHOTINGO challenge and the copyright remains with you the photographer.
9. No pornography or offensive material. This is a family friendly challenge.
10. Any photographer who constantly submits inappropriate images and/or frequently does not follow the above rules & guidelines will receive a friendly email advising them of their actions. If the advice given is subsequently ignored then they and their images will be removed from the challenge.
1.Once you have read and agree to follow the rules, just send a request to join the PHOTINGO Group on Flickr here.
2.Once your request is received we will add you to the PHOTINGO Flickr Group and on the day before the challenge begins, we will send you the link to your very own personal PHOTINGO card on this website. Here you will see your numbers and corresponding subjects you have to find and photograph. If you are already a member of the PHOTINGO Flickr group, just simply let us know that you would like to take part in the PHOTINGO Challenge, and you will be allocated a card
1. When the PHOTINGO Challenge begins it’s time to get out into the streets and look for scenes, situations and objects which correspond to the 30 subjects on your card.
2. To submit any image(s) for your card, simply post the image(s) to the current weekly thread on the PHOTINGO Flickr Group as a reply.
3. When submitting your image(s) please remember to add the box number & subject for which the image is intended. Failure to add the subject & subject number may cause a delay in adding images to your card. However…. it is not compulsory to add the subject or subject number to the actual title or description of your image(s) in your Flickr photostream, just make sure you add this information in the thread when submitting so we know for which box number/subject the image is intended. A tutorial on submitting images to the weekly threads can be found in the PHOTINGO Flickr Group.
4. If you have 25 images or more showing on your card and you are having difficulty in finding one of the last 5 images on your card then you can play the ‘Get me out of this subject’ joker. To have a remaining number/subject changed on your bingo card, contact an admin and let them know which number you would like to have changed. As soon as the new number & subject (which is chosen at random from the main list of 60 subjects) has been entered onto the card you will be notified by email that the swap has been completed and ready to be viewed.
PLEASE NOTE: Each player is only allowed to play the ‘Get me out of this subject’ joker once during the whole period of the challenge…. so choose what number/subject you wish to change carefully, as this procedure is not reversible.
Below is a list of questions and answers that we have compiled in advance to help with any queries you may have. If the answer to a question you have is not listed, then please feel free to get in touch by using the Contact Form.
Is there an entry fee to play PHOTINGO?
No…..it’s absolutely free to join.
Can I join at any time during a game period?
Yes, by all means.
How long is the PHOTINGO Challenge period?
The PHOTINGO Challenge runs for 3 months.
Can I shoot the images with any type of camera?
You can use any camera that records a photographic image. Digital, Film, Mobile Phone.
Do images need to be Black & White, or can I submit in colour too?
Images can be submitted in either Black & White or Colour.
How will I know what subjects I have to shoot?
You will receive an email the day before the game period starts. This will contain the link to your personal PHOTINGO card and your subjects list.
Are the cards and subjects really random?
Yes. A random number generator on the net was used to create the card numbers.
How do I put my images onto the card?
You can submit images for your card by posting them in the appropriate weekly thread in the PHOTINGO Group on Flickr. More info HERE
Do I have to be a member of Flickr to play?
Yes. PHOTINGO is exclusively for Flickr members. Although the PHOTINGO Challenge and cards are administrated on this web site, the Flickr Group is the only place for submitting PHOTINGO images.
I don’t want to add one or more images of my PHOTINGO Card subjects to Flickr as they don’t fit the tone or feel of my photostream. What should I do?
If an image for your PHOTINGO card does not fit the tone or feel for your Photostream then the PHOTINGO Challenge is not probably not for you. All the subjects and techniques listed are related to the genre of street photography and therefore should be fitting to an already established street/urban orientated photostream.
Do I have to post my images to the PHOTINGO Group photo pool?
No. Although it is not compulsory to add your image(s) to the PHOTINGO Flickr group photo pool, it is strongly encouraged, as at the end of each week an image is chosen from that period as the group header. If you choose not to add your image(s) immediately to the PHOTINGO Flickr group photo pool, you may add them at a later date.
What size images should I upload?
The optimum size image to upload is 1600px on the long side for Landscape orientation, and 800px on the long side for Portrait orientation. Re-sizing your image(s) is not compulsory, but does help save some time when we are editing the PHOTINGO cards.
Can I change the subjects I have?
Yes & No. Any player who has 25 images or more showing on their card can play their ‘Get me out of this subject’ joker. This is for when the player is having difficulty in completing one of the last 5 subjects on their card. To have a remaining number changed on your bingo card, contact an admin and let them know which number you would like to have changed. As soon as the new number & subject (chosen at random from the main list of 60 subjects) has been entered onto the card you will be notified by email that the swap has been completed and ready to be viewed. NOTE: Each player is only allowed to play the ‘Get me out of this subject’ joker once during the whole period of the challenge….so choose what number/subject you wish to change carefully, as this procedure is not reversible.
No. Apart from obviously being displayed on Flickr, your images will only be displayed on this web site as part of the PHOTINGO Challenge and/or in our Blog in relation to the PHOTINGO Challenge.
No. The PHOTINGO Challenge and all correspondence pertaining to The PHOTINGO Challenge, is basically confined to the platform of Flickr therefore we do not require your email address. However, if at anytime you correspond with us by using the contact form on this site, your email address will only be used by for the purposes replying to your email. We do not share any details with any third parties.
Will placing my images in The PHOTINGO Challenge affect my copyright of them?
No. The copyright is totally yours. You are just allowing us to show your images on this website/blog.
Who can see my images?
All Images submitted to The PHOTINGO Challenge can be view by anyone visiting this site.
I don’t want to play any more what should I do?
If you wish to leave the game, then there are 2 options. You can either contact the Admin to let us know, or just stop adding images.
I don’t want to play any more what will happen with my images?
If you don’t want to take part anymore and you would like to have yours removed, then contact an Admin and they will be removed ASAP. If you do not request that your images are removed then they will be, at the end of the challenge, archived in a gallery along with all the other images submitted throughout that PHOTINGO Challenge.
What happens to my images when my card is complete or the game period comes to an end?
All images will be put into an archive / gallery. It would be a shame for peoples efforts to be just tossed aside. If however you would like to have yours removed then contact an Admin and they will be removed ASAP.
Although 30 shots in 3 months may seem daunting, it is in fact more than achievable. Don’t think of it as a task, as it isn’t. It is a challenge for yourself, and the whole idea is to enjoy the experience.
Treat this as you would any other challenge, don’t look at the whole challenge as one huge job, just take it one shot at a time.Write down the 30 subjects you have to shoot or copy and paste the list from your card and print it out, and keep it in your bag with your camera. You could even save your personal PHOTINGO card as a bookmark in your smart phone. Cross off the shots as you get and submit them. This way you will start to remember what shots you need to get as the number of blank boxes decrease.
Before you head off on a shoot, have a glance over what shots you have to capture and keep them in the back of your mind. When you get home just check to see if any shots you took that day actually fit any of the subjects you have on your card. You may be surprised.
If you are shooting locally then use your knowledge of the area to your advantage and plan some of your shots. For example, Your local train station for Train, Taxi, Escalators, or the local park for bench, litter bin or even vegetation background.
Look at your list and maybe group similar subjects together in your mind which will increase the number of subjects you cover in one shoot.
Final tip: DO NOT RUSH THE CHALLENGE!
During previous PHOTINGO Challenges we had photographers completing the challenge almost within the first month and they regretted this because they actually managed to get better shots later on for some subjects. Once your card is full the challenge is over….no second card! So take your time and submit your best work to have a card & gallery to be proud of.
This is where you will be able to see ALL 60 subjects and themes that are being used in the PHOTINGO Challenge. The list will be published here one day before the challenge starts.
Below is a list of the photographers who are taking part in the PHOTINGO Challenge. You can view their work & progress by clicking on their name.
This list will be published one month before the challenge starts and the names of the participating photographers will be added accordingly.