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October photo a day challenge list: Come & play!

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Hello! Hello! Hello!

I know I say this every month, but seriously how fast are these months flying by? They’re turning into a blur of photos and prompts for me. What about you?

So last month I introduced a new hashtag for the project – #FMSphotoaday – to hopefully make things easier. Some loved it, some didn’t {and that’s okay – it happens with anything}. If you want to sort your photos into months, then please feel free to add the month to the hashtag – #FMSphotoadayOCT. I’ll just be using #FMSphotoaday.

This month I’m going to try something new. I’m going to pick 4 photos I love each day and share them in my feed. They’ll be selected from the #FMSphotoaday hashtag.

Now on to next month’s list.

For those that are new to the photo a day game, here’s how you play. Oh and anyone is welcome to join. The more the merrier!

1. Look at the list for the day.
2. Take a photo according to the prompt. eg. Day one you’d take a photo of where you stood.
3. Upload your photo to whichever platform you like {or a few}. like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr etc. I love Instagram best but share on all of them.
4. If you’re sharing on Instagram or Twitter add the hashtag #FMSphotoaday
5. Check out other people’s photos.

A lot of people share on my Facebook page too. Just upload a photo straight onto my wall. Visit my Facebook page here.

Here’s a little about each prompt, in case you’re wondering. BUT there are really no rules, however you interpret the prompt is perfect!

1. Where you stood: Take a photo of where you’re standing.
2. Lunchtime: Take a photo of your lunch, or around you at lunchtime.
3. This happened today: What’s something that happened today? Shoot it and share it.
4. What you read: Did you read a sign? Are you reading a book? A blog? Shoot and share.
5. Shadow: Take a photo of your shadow or any shadow.
6. I’m thankful for…: What are you thankful for today? It can be simple or BIG. Share it.
7. Light: You can shoot sunflare, a streetlight, light from the sun… any kind of light.
8. Angle: Look at angles in buildings, structures, books, anything. Find an angle and take a photo.
9. Red: Take a photo of something red.
10. Emotion: Happy. Sad. Angry. Overjoyed and so on and so forth. Be creative.
11. Something close-up: These photos might be a little mysterious. Take a photo of something really close-up.
12. On the table: Last month we did table, but this month let’s do ON the table. What’s on your table?
13. Landscape: Take a photo of the skyline, a landscape you see.
14. Makes you laugh: What’s something funny that makes you laugh. Share it.
15. Dinnertime: Just like lunchtime, only later. Take a picture of what dinnertime is like on this day for you.
16. Something you wrote: Take a photo of something you wrote or drew.
17. Fruit: Take a photo of a piece of fruit, or a few.
18. Made you smile today: What made you smile today? Find it. Shoot it. Share it.
19. Letters: Take a photo of letters. They might make up a poster, or something bigger. Or even be mail?
20. 4 o’clock: Take a photo a 4am or 4pm – whatever you’re doing at that time.
21. Calm: Take a photo of something that makes you feel calm, or represents calm.
22. In your town: Take a photo of something from where you live. It might be a building, people, park or something else.
23. The view from here: Take a photo of your view from where you are. It might be your office, your home, traveling. The everyday can sometimes be very interesting.
24. Weather: Take a photo of the weather today. Let’s travel around the world with everyone’s weather photos.
25. People: It might be people you know or people you don’t. Take a photo of people.
26. Listening to: What are you listening to? Music? Children laughing? Share it.
27. Morning: Take a photo of your morning.
28. Looking back: Take a photo of something from your past, or from just behind you. Look back and take a photo.
29. Moon: The moon is just about full tonight. Take a photo.
30. Clothes: Take a photo of clothes. Perhaps what you’re wearing, or in your wardrobe, on a mannequin or otherwise.
31. Whatever you please: Are you celebrating Halloween tonight? Perhaps take a photo of that. Today is free choice – take a photo of ANYTHING you like.

As always this will kick off on the first day of October. So put your creative hats on and get ready to play. x

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  • Doing this, but I will share mine on tumblr <3

    • J

      Me too! I love love love Tumblr.

    • Shinie

      Agreed! Tumblr’s custom layouts make the photos look great!

  • Clare

    Oh a free choice!! How exciting.

  • Jamie

    alright, I’m in! @jamiethewalker

  • Tammy

    I love your idea of choosing 4 photos you love each day, but I noticed your only choosing from #FMSphotoaday hashtag. Does this mean your only choosing the ones you love from Instagram? Not everyone uses Instagram….maybe you could choose the 4 from Instagram, your Facebook page and the Monthly event page so everyone can be included??? Just an idea 🙂

    • The 4 shared on Instagram will only be from Instagram. I will have a think how I can do the others. 🙂

  • Linda

    I think I’m back in this month…I skipped September because it was such a busy month for me! I’m curious how you’re going to share the 4 photos, are you going to wait until the whole world has had that day? Because your day is over before mine even begins…

    • It will be done in the morning of the next day for me, and the end of the day for you – or close to. 🙂

  • Yay!

  • Cindy Hopper

    I luv this photo game. How do you think up all the days stuff?? 😀 Well, I just Luv it!! Thanks Lots!!

  • Ok, I’m in! Been threatening to do it ‘when life slows down’ for ages, but I’m just coming to the realisation that I might be waiting a loooong time!

  • Bia Hain

    Hello, I began to participate in the challenge in September and I think the pictures say it changed my daily routine for the better. My mind is always in motion and when the photo everything is quiet, lightweight, and I needed a lot of it. Congratulations on your initiative, will be attending the October challenge for sure. I have posted on my blog (O mirante da imagem) and shared in twetter. Also like to see the photo of the other participants.

    A hug, great week!

  • Skylawest

    I am looking forward to this October challenge, It gives me something to do every day thanks so much its been so much fun so far even if some of my pics lack excitement.

  • I’m in again… September was my first month and I skipped a few days, but I’ll try to do it properly in October

  • Tiia

    I’ve been doing this since March and I love love love it! I’m so grateful that you continue creating the lists every month, it really gives a new look into the everyday life. I’ll share on Instagram (@wynken_de) and facebook. Thank you!

  • Mia

    Ok – I’m really excited about this!! I’m a total novice but I’m also totally up for the challenge. Now to decide where to share the photos….

  • Laura Jane

    Loving this challenge 🙂 Been doing it for July, Aug and Sept and just want to keep on going 🙂 Sharing on Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr (@laurajane0103 for all three), as well as on my blog (

  • I cant wait to see each months list. It makes me get out of the house with the kids. My son helps with deciding what to take a pic of. Im @monster1princess on Instragram.

  • msbutton

    Can I just say thanks so much for the handy hint guide on how to succeed at photo a day! After trying for 3 months this is the first month I have made it all the way through and am looking forward to next months – fingers crossed you pick one of my pics to feature yay!! @alittlebirdmel on instagram

  • Monica B

    I’ll be sharing mine on instagram under mochajoe2 and then on twitter by @Monica_Mocha

  • Guest

    I am definitely taking part in this! Let’s see if I get all of the 31 photos taken. 🙂 I will be posting them to my blog, if not daily then as a bunch every now and then. 🙂

  • JenniH

    I am definitely taking part in this! 🙂 I will be posting photos to my blog, if not daily then in a few bunches. 🙂

  • how2home

    Oooo….. fun list for this month 🙂

  • Gonna try my hardest to finish one full month..

  • Ibrahim Noordin

    the eight days highlighted in pink, what do they mean?

  • Nina

    I am ready … bring it!! thanks for doing this again this month! I so love to express myself with a photo a day!

  • Merlijn6

    Is there a fb-group-page, besides your own facebook-page?

  • Paula Castro

    I’m in 🙂 great way to re-start my blog!

  • Katerina

    Hello from Greece!!Great challenge!I’ll try it!Kisses

  • Guest

    Looks like a lot of fun! Plan to start participating tomorrow, Oct. 1. Would like to know if it is okay to post your list (the graphic which also includes your name) on my blog. I would definitely link the list graphic to your website. Also, I’m feeling like I’ll be “cheating” because I plan to use a regular camera, not a camera phone, and I’ll just be posting on my blog–not Twitter, FB, Instagram, etc. Please tell me I’m not the only one “kickin’ it old school.”

    • You can absolutely share. Thank you.

      AND there are definitely others kickin’ it old school. 🙂

  • Love doing this every month. 🙂

  • Karen Sanders

    I am loving these photo challenges! Thank you for doing this!!

  • Wendy McDonagh-Valentine

    The months certainly ARE flying by!!! It’s so hard to believe this is my fifth month of Photoday!! I NEVER stick with anything this long!!!!! LOL!!! I’ll be posting my photos on Flickr. You can find me at wendy0112 in the Photoaday Group. Have fun everybody!!! Great prompts for October!! : )

  • Linnea

    October looks awesome! I was a little lazy during Sptember so I’ll be trying to catch up. Thank you for organizing this.

  • fyszka

    This will be my first time of your photo challenge. Wish me luck! 🙂

  • Helen Deeds

    I love this list! I am going to be posting on my blog a Bible verse which goes along with the topic each day!

    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog
    P.S. I am now following via email!

  • Lemon Drops
  • Bel

    I love your list, so I’m in 🙂

  • Sounds like fun, I’m in!

  • I am tots going to give this a try

  • Elyse

    I’m going to give it a go, should be fun! 🙂

  • Anna Buis

    This sounds like lots of fun & a great reason to get my phone/camera out every day. I can’t wait to start!

  • Jessica

    been faithfully doing this since… April 😀 and i’m starting on the second, and it’s perfect because i’ll be visiting this italian restaurant with my friends for lunch! 🙂 excited! 😀

  • L.

    I took part in this challenge in April and it was a wonderful chance to get my camera out. The poor thing has been gathering dust again for most of the summer and I feel like I really need to do something positive so picking up the challenge once again seemed like the most obvious solution. I will be sharing on Tumblr ( or /photo-a-day).
    Thank you for putting together such an interesting challenge!

  • first challenge, so exctied 🙂 and its part of my new blog i just started:

  • Loving it

  • veka

    Great challenge! I hope I do it until the end.

  • Hey Chantelle, Thanks for doing this each month. I love it.. month # 6 for me! Not sure if I like when you post new topics or repeats that force the creativity…great job 🙂

  • Sonja

    I’ll try it again via instagramm! My third try…

  • Kerry

    I started three months late into this project, (OCD, must start at the beginning of the year! lol.) I have been following your blog and pinning. I plan on doing this next year! Such a great idea, and your lists are amazing! Thank you so much! Are you going to try to make a list for next year as well?

  • Alicia

    I’m doing the challenge, with a twist …

  • Oh no! I just noticed this most interesting thing, but why so late:( <3

  • elybelly

    I’ll be taking the challenge. I’m starting late… But hey, better late then never…

  • magda

    i saw it on my friends fb, it looks like so much fun+love to take pics. i’m waiting for november challenge!

  • Ehlana

    I already left my first photos on my blog, I try to take photo every day, but I’ll post them on weekends,

  • T.J.
  • Amie

    Started a little late but loving the words of inspiration!

  • Sarah

    Just found this today so i will be starting it. I will be posting on my instagram on weekends of my week photo

  • Jenn

    just found your great challenge 🙂 starting as of today 🙂

  • daintybabymd

    I want to do this too but it’s already the middle of october… oh well I hope you do another one for november?

    Drop by my blog too!
    Dainty MD

  • @StilettoFotog

    Hi Chantelle — I don’t know where I’ve been all this time, but I JUST discovered your fun photo challenge today! I actually posted my first photo a few minutes ago & am looking forward to many more. For a photography artist like me, this will help to continue honing my skills, and challenge me daily in a creative way. Thank you for your concept! Why didn’t I think of it?!?! LOL

  • Aurelija

    I’m wondering how long will this challenge last? I mean is it only for 2012?

  • Chrissy

    I’m sooo doing this…I can’t wait to get started.

  • tammylee86

    Jumping in here on the 19th. Only doing IG for now, not sure if I want to do FB and Twitter. Thank you for this photo a day challenge!

  • Yvonne

    I have been taking a photo a day in October after my friend on Facebook said she was doing it and who would like to join her. I’ve had a lot of fun looking at the title each day (or the day before so I know what title to have in my head the next morning) and because I love taking photos, it hasn’t been a hardship at all! I’ve just clicked on to your blog and I have to read more, but from what you’re saying, there seems to be a photo a day *every* month? Is that right? And is there somewhere we send the full album to at the end? Yvonne x