Shooting Challenge: Street Signs

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They’re all around us, giving directions and telling us what to do. They’re our street signs. And for this week’s Shooting Challenge, photograph them.

The Challenge

Photograph a street sign (not a neon store sign, but something you might see on the side of a road or in a restaurant that’s advising you or telling you what to do). Bonus points for unique signs.

The Method

This week is all about getting out of the house and using your eyes. Carry your camera and go out this weekend with the framework of spotting a unique sign, and I can pretty much guarantee, you’ll photograph one.


The Example

Our lead shot is by Paul Fenwick, taken with his smartphone in Edinburgh. A beautiful photo? No. A very weird sign when examined out of context—and maybe even in context? Yes.

The Rules - READ THESE

0. No watermarks. They’re so ugly.
1. Submissions need to be your own.
2. Photos must be taken since this contest was announced.
3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot.
4. Email submissions to, not me.
5. Include 970px wide image (200KB or less) AND a native resolution sized shot in email.
6. One submission per person.
7. Use the proper SUBJECT line in your email (more info on that below)
8. You agree to the Standard Contest Rules - though we DO accept non-US resident submissions.
9. If the image contains any material or elements that are not owned by you and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the image, you are responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the image in the manner set forth in these rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any image is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.


Send your best photo by Monday, August 17th at 10AM Eastern to with “Sign” in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameSign.jpg (970px wide) and FirstnameLastnameSignWallpaper.jpg (2560px wide) naming conventions. Include a story of the shot in a few sentences. And don’t skip this story part because it’s often the most enjoyable part for us all beyond the shot itself!