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January Photo A Day Challenge 2018

Fat Mum Slim /

Hello friends! I can’t quite believe it but the New Year is here, and that is flipping exciting. I love, love, love a fresh start because it means so many new opportunities and the chance to start afresh. Happy New Year, you!

Part of that is a whole new year of photo a day… and all that it brings. So many opportunities for great photo moments, but also chances to connect with other people taking photos.

Photo A Day has been kicking around for over 6 years now, and so many great moments have happened. I hope that continues in 2018. Here’s to the first list of the year. I hope you’ll join us. xx

January Photo A Day Challenge 2018

HOW TO PLAY

+ Playing along is really simple! Just look at the list each day and take a photo using the prompt as inspiration. So, for example, Day 1 is I am here, so all you have to do is take a photo of where ever you are on New Year’s Day. I wanna see where you are.
+ You can then share your photo on either Facebook or Instagram or both! To share on Instagram, just upload with the hashtag #FMSPAD and you’re done {more details below if you need them though!} and to share on Facebook, upload to your personal page or jump into our Facebook group and share there.

HOW TO PLAY ON INSTAGRAM

+ Simply upload the photo to Instagram, add a caption {you could mention the day and the prompt in the caption}, add the hashtag #FMSPAD and then publish.
+ Check out the #FMSPAD hashtag to see all the other photos. Like them. Comment on them. Be part of the community.
+ Each day a Fab Four is picked from the photos shared on Instagram for the challenge. It’s four photos that have captured our attention from each prompt. Check the feed here to see the photos.
+ To make it easier to find all the daily photos, you can find and use the daily hashtags below. Simply add them to your caption when uploading to Instagram.  Alternatively, my App {The Little Moments App for iPhone/iPad} generates the daily hashtag for you automatically so it takes all the thinking out of it for you!

HOW TO SHARE ON FACEBOOK

+ Upload the photo in our Facebook Photo A Day group {you’ll be added within 12 hours of requesting}, add a caption {you could mention the day and the prompt in the caption} and then publish. You’re also welcome to share on your personal page, if that’s how you like to roll.
+ Check out the photos shared in the group, or among your friends. Comment, like and be part of the photo-taking community.
+ Each day a Fab Four is picked from the photos shared in our Facebook group for the challenge by our lovely admin team. It’s four {or more} photos that have captured our attention from each prompt. The photos are made into a collage, shared and pinned to the top of the group.

HOW TO REMEMBER THE PROMPTS EASILY

+ For all devices and PC, we upload the prompts which you can download automatically into your phone or PC calendar. For Smartphones & Mac Calendar, click here. For HTML for web viewing, click here.
+ You can also print out the list, save it as your screensaver or save it to your camera roll.
+ If you’re a lucky iPhone or iPad owner, you can use the Little Moments App to remind you of what the prompts are, as well as make your photos a bit fancy. You can grab the App here.

If you want more help with the prompts, and ideas of what to take photos below, read on:

1. i am here
Happy New Year! Where are you spending the first day of this new year? Share it in a photo.

2. yellow
Take a photo of something yellow and share it!

3. on the floor
Look down. Take a photo of something you see on the floor. It’s fun way to show a different perspective.

4. plain
Take a photo of something plain. It might be a minimalistic photo, or maybe the subject matter is plain and uncomplicated.

5. stacked
Pile them up! It might be a pile of books, blocks or donuts… show us a stack of something!

6. happy place
Go to a place that makes you happy and share it in a photo.

7. light
So this one can be taken in so many different ways. You might like to play on the more obvious side and take a photo of a light, like a lamp or lightbulb. Or you might like to think outside the box and take a photo of the sun at sunrise or sunset. The possibilities are endless.

8. splendid
Splendid darling! Take a photo of something that is just that, splendid!

9. everyday moments
In life we have moments that happen daily, and we do them without thinking. Often these moments are the beautiful ones. Your early morning coffee as the sun rises, chaotic dinnertime with your family, your transit to work. Snap a photo.

10. i like this!
What do you like? Share it!

11. me
Hello you. Take a photo {a selfie if you like} and share it. Not feeling camera-ready? Take a photo of an old favourite photo of you.

12. sweet
Donuts. Cakes. Puppy dogs. Moments. Take a photo of something sweet.

13. floral
Take a photo of something floral!

14. faceless portrait
A faceless portrait is just as it sounds, a portrait without a face. You can be cheeky and fun with this. Cover the person’s face with a book. Take a photo of another part of them {their shoes!}. Think outside the box.

15. new
Take a photo of something new. It might be a reason to go shopping, just saying!

16. wall
I find walls so beautiful. The different textures and colours are amazing. Take a photo of a wall.

17. thoughtful
Take a photo of something thoughtful. Perhaps it’s you that’s being thoughtful in taking the photo. This prompt is so broad, and there’s no wrong. Enjoy it!

18. cool
An ice cream is cool. Sunnies are cool. That band you love is cool. Perhaps the weather is cool. Snap a photo.

19. paper
You’ll come across paper in your travels today. It might be envelopes in the mail, the book you’re reading, a magazine or a paper plane. Take a photo, my friend!

20. reflection
This is such a fun prompt! Over on my blog I’m going to be sharing some fun ways to play with reflection. Pop over to fatmumslim.com.au to have a read.

21. day off
How do you spend your day off? Share it. {Psst, if it’s not your day off… then share a photo of past days off}.

22. scenic
Take a photo of a scenic view you see today.

23. yum!
Delish! Take a photo of something really yummy!

24. begins with S
Take a photo of something that begins with the letter S.

25. my morning view
Share a photo of something you see during your morning.

26. thank you for…
What do you want to say thank you for. Share a photo.

27. in the night
After the sun goes down, share a photo of what you see at night. It might be reading a bedtime story with your kids {if you have them} or grabbing a bite to eat. We’d love to see what your night looks like.

28. text
You might see words in signs during your day, or in other places. Take a photo.

29. magic
Share a photo of magic. It might be literal, or it might be something that feels like magic – the light as the sun goes down, bubbles in the blue sky, glitter being tossed – you decide.

30. a secret
How can you show a secret in a photo? Is you sharing something you haven’t told before? Is it someone holding their finger up to their mouth to show that they don’t want to tell something?

31. less is more
Think simple! Take a photo of something minimalistic and simple.

@Fatmumslim