26 by 26 is a year-long series of photo-challenges set by renowned photographers. Every two weeks a new challenge is issued and group members are invited to interpret it by submitting a photo to the Flickr Group.

The project follows on from the success of 52 by 52 which attracted some of the world’s leading contemporary photographers including Edward Burtynsky, Nadav Kander, Simon Norfolk, Terry O’Neill, Martin Parr and Alec Soth.
26 by 26
aims to stretch its members creatively, encouraging experimentation in terms of approach as well as aesthetics.

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Challenge #26

I want you to make an inspired and beautiful contribution to the culture that you are a part of. Document the process with an image.
— Simon Høgsberg

Simon adds…
“You could plant a tree, you could call someone whom you know needs the call, or you could form a group of positive, like-minded individuals. You decide. I want you to be courageous and to do something that will inspire the rest of us to follow your example. Make sure to photograph every step you take. You should submit the one image that best catches the essence of your action.”

Simon Høgsberg  |  Member’s submissions for #26

Challenge #25

Lookup the meaning of “hiraeth” and take a photo of it.
— Bryan Schutmaat

Bryan Schutmaat  |  Member’s submissions for #25

Challenge #24

Capture the split second that the image is just right.
— Sue Flood

Sue Flood  |  Member’s submissions for #24

Challenge #23

Tell me what your image is telling you.
— Jaap Scheeren

Jaap adds…
“And don’t be scared of the cliche. If you are, consider yourself to be tree instead of the human you (think/hope/dream) you are, and try again.”

Jaap Scheeren  |  Member’s submissions for #23

Challenge #22

Photograph someone sleeping.
— Anastasia Taylor-Lind

Anastasia Taylor-Lind  |  Member’s submissions for #22

Challenge #21

Photograph only in the dark.
— Julia Fullerton-Batten

Julia Fullerton-Batten  |  Member’s submissions for #21

Challenge #20

If for some reason you were told you would not be around when your children were adults, what image would you create for them?
— Elinor Carucci

Elinor adds…
“Consider what image you can leave for them that will convey the core of our life, what is really meaningful, what is important according to you?”

Elinor Carucci  |  Member’s submissions for #20

Challenge #19

Take a photograph of your present.
— Alain Laboile

Alain adds…
“Yesterday is history,
Tomorrow is a mystery,
Today is a gift,
That’s why it is called the present.”

– Master Oogway (Kung Fu Panda)

Alain Laboile  |  Member’s submissions for #19

Challenge #18

#18a:

Take a photograph using an image capturing device that is totally inappropriate to the subject matter.

#18b:

Take a photograph of, or representative of, something normally immaterial or invisible. Such as sound, music, air pollution, toxic waste, love…
— Mark Neville

Mark Neville  |  Member’s submissions for #18

Challenge #17

Make a picture that strives to demonstrate empathy for a subject you may not have necessarily felt a sense of emotional connection to before.
— Zun Lee

Zun adds…
“Robert Capa famously said “if your pictures aren’t good enough you aren’t close enough.” Many interpret this quote as referring to physical proximity. However, the closeness Capa spoke about also encompasses emotional closeness, or empathy toward a subject or subject matter. Caring about a subject (whilst not necessarily sympathizing) makes a visible difference in how we photograph, I believe.”

Zun Lee  |  Member’s submissions for #17

Challenge #16

Make a picture entirely for yourself.
— Jim Naughten

Jim adds…
“Imagine its going to hang in a gallery and you are the only person who will ever see it. No peers, friends, family, or anyone else will see it. I often use this process to visualise a project or story, free of any outside influence or judgement. You may just find your voice.”

Jim Naughten  |  Member’s submissions for #16

Challenge #15

Take a portrait without showing the face.
— Tom Broadbent

Tom adds…
“Quite often details about a person: distinguishing marks, things they own and where they live say more about a person’s character than a traditional portrait image. In my work I like to explore themes of identity and belonging, and in certain cases what is hidden from the viewer can be just as important as what is revealed. Look beyond the surface.”

Tom Broadbent  |  Member’s submissions for #15

Challenge #14

Photograph something you consider insignificant.
— Riitta Ikonen & Karoline Hjorth

Riitta Ikonen & Karoline Hjorth  
Member’s submissions for #14

Challenge #13

Take a photograph of a place that is less than one mile from your home.
— Fabrice Fouillet

Fabrice adds…
“We can often have the feeling that interesting things to be shot can only be found somewhere else, far away from home. So maybe it could be something you see everyday without considering that it could be interesting.”

Fabrice Fouillet  |  Member’s submissions for #13

Challenge #12

Photograph a fake.
— Andreas Gefeller

Andreas Gefeller  |  Member’s submissions for #12

Challenge #11

The answer is in the background.
— Remi Chapeaublanc

Remi Chapeaublanc  |  Member’s submissions for #11

Challenge #10

Imagine you’re a time traveler from a hundred years in the future. Make a picture that shows how you perceive this place.
— Carolyn Drake

Carolyn Drake  |  Member’s submissions for #10

Challenge #9

Take a blue photo.
— Evzen Sobek

Evzen Sobek  |  Member’s submissions for #9

Challenge #8

What is happening when you are asleep?
— Bieke Depoorter

Bieke Depoorter  |  Member’s submissions for #8

Challenge #7

Remove the separation between yourself and your subject.
— Graeme Williams

Graeme adds…
“Following the end of apartheid in 1994, I realized that I was no longer motivated by objective journalistic or documentary concepts. Rather, I wanted to find ways of expressing a feeling through a body of work. This involved letting go of the narrative and the idea of separation between myself and the subject.”

Graeme Williams  |  Member’s submissions for #7

Challenge #6

Decide upon an emotion you wish to convey, use that as your guide to build your story.
— Ian Teh

Ian adds…
“One of photography’s greatest strengths is its ability to emote through its ability to suggest. How would you frame your image based on the emotion you have decided upon? What colours will you use (or not)? What details will you include (or not)? What elements will be a constant recurrence in your story? These are just some of the thoughts that you could ponder upon. This reductive process helps define a framework that will guide you into capturing that distinct emotional note you are looking for in your story.”

Ian Teh  |  Member’s submissions for #6

Challenge 5

Be inspired to be brave.
— Spencer Murphy

Spencer adds…
“Photography can often be a very solitary pursuit and an excuse for the shy to hide. Do something you wouldn’t usually do, photograph someone or something in a different way and subvert the pictures meaning, approach a subject that you’ve been putting off because you’ve been afraid”.

Spencer Murphy  |  Member’s submissions for #5

Challenge 4

Make a photograph in collaboration with a subject, that enables the subject to get their message across.
— Tom Hunter

Tom adds…
“In my work I feel that the representing my subjects is extremely important, they are real people and need to be treated with dignity and respect not playthings of an photographer using images to further his own career. I see my work as a collaboration between myself and the subjects, trying to make images which tell stories of a real world for the world.”

Tom Hunter  |  Member’s submissions for #4

Challenge 3

Pretend you are an animal (earthworm, cat, bat, sparrow, etc.), imagine what you would perceive and take a photo from this perspective.
— Michael Reisch

Michael Reisch adds…
“It is a question of trying to identify with another being in a maybe emphatic way, although it is totally different from us. Also what I find interesting is that actually the photographers view on things is analogous to the animal view, watching mankind’s strange behavior and projects very much from the outside.”

Michael Reisch  |  Member’s submissions for #3

Challenge 2

Photograph an image which exemplifies the essence of altruistic behavior.
— Steve McCurry

Steve adds…
“Neuroscientists believe that there is a neural basis of altruism. The findings, published Dec. 23 2012 in the journal Nature Neuroscience, may shed light on why many animals (including humans) exhibit kind, unselfish behavior that doesn’t directly benefit them.”

Steve McCurry  |  Member’s submissions for #2

Challenge 1

Take a subject as far out of context as possible.
— Andrew Zuckerman

Andrew Zuckerman  |  Member’s submissions for #1