Photography Challenge - Week 18

29 April - 5 May

Our weekly photography challenges are a great way to develop your photography skills, learn new techniques and test your creativity. You can view the full list of challenges here.

This week's challenge is...

Moody portrait

Moody Portraiture

This week’s challenge is all about portraiture, specifically moody portraiture. Mood and emotion will be key, and we have some great classes covering the concept of emotion in photography as well as portrait lighting setup ideas.

Remember to carefully consider your background and lighting when creating the images, and of course the expression of your model. You’ll find more information to help guide you and offer inspiration in the recommended classes below.


  • Please rename your image file using your first and last name (e.g. Karl Taylor.jpg).
  • Only images uploaded using the form below will appear in the gallery.
  • Please upload no more than one image.
  • Uploaded images should be 3000px on the longest side.
  • Images can be posted in our members' Facebook group, but will not appear in the gallery unless also uploaded via this form.

Submit your image

Use the form below to submit your image for inclusion in the gallery
To view the entry form login or non-members sign-up here to join Visual Education.

Week 18 - Members' Gallery

Sven-Koesling Steve-Letist Raffaele-Lele-Sorbi Philipp-Oberhuber Paul-Sokal Paul-Hindmarsh Maurizio-Caravaggi Luiz-Freire John-Patton Joachim-Mathijs Jason-Crane James-Gray Ilmars-Ivara-Dēls Doren-Sorell Craig-Lamere Charles-Brent-Matta Charlene-Guilliams Aby-Hamouda Marty-K Jorge-Reynal Gerry-Duran Dirk-Valcke- Bogdan-Rusu Barry-Rufus Antti-Ranki Andy-Greenwell Abhishek Anand CA Eccles Gordon Hanson Guy Des Groseilliers photographe Jay Ann Knox Peter Vari Sanket Khuntale Stuart Benford Tien Vo Yon Ho Kim Dan Sokolow Doug Howell Doug Mullis Ed French Franck Charlery-adele Guy Des Groseilliers photographe Guy Des Groseilliers photographe Jack Pittman Jay Ann Knox Jerome Mitchener Kaleb McCubbins Kaleb McCubbins Kamal Zaza Krzysztof Szelegieniec Maen Rabay Mathew Hull Robert Campbell Stephan Andrew Tito Vindetta Win Ng Declan O'Halloran Faten Smith Guy Des Groseilliers photographe Jennifer L Porter Jonathan Mark Hedrick Kaleb McCubbins Marijana Suvacarov Pavel Zábranský Petros Spyrou Robert Campbell Sharon Gabay Alejandro Georgopoulos Andrea De Giusti Andy Greenwell Brad In YYC Photos Dave Booth Debbie Sears Harold Horsefall Jaakko Kastari Jason King Jay Ann Knox Mark Glancy Mathew Hull Paulo Álvares Peter Vari Tony Whittaker David Palermo Dirk Mampuys Erik Van Den Biesen Gregory Kollauf Imanuel Fayn Jayvone Paige Kostas Pappas Mario C hopeless Michael Sundjata Johnson Moelwyn Hopkins Saša Huzjak Tilo Riemer Satoshi Mabuchi Rikki Tsang Paolo Ferraris Jose Gomez Jonathan Lewis John Van Veen Jan Wilkens Giacomo Campagna Erik Van Den Biesen Dan Hone Csaba Mihalka Alessandro Gaddi


    1. Hi James, we don’t understand what you mean, all of the ‘moody portraits’ entered are at the bottom of the page. Links to classes that cover this topic are also on the page?

  1. Hi Ben , I’m just wondering if the new Weekly Challenge for Moody Portraits have been posted yet?
    Thanks Ben.


    1. Ben H (VE Team)

      Hi Greg, I just got them posted – thanks for checking. Yesterday was a public holiday here, hence the slight delay! Thanks for your patience.

  2. Hey there, my post in the FB group raised the topic about what is a portrait. A member stated that if eyes are not visible then it is not a portrait (even if the rest of the face is visible).
    So I would like to make a question to Karl: does a portrait require eyes and catchlight to be considered a portrait?

    1. Hi Kareas, that is an interesting question,

      Simply as information;


      Portraits in contemporary fine art photography style are intended for wall art. Artwork in the fine art portrait photography genre defines the subject’s emotion in a striking and unique style. Photographer has a way of showing his vision of the subject’s character through timeless portraits.

    2. Hi, Kareas I don’t see that a catchlight is necessary and I don’t see that eyes are essential either. Consider the situation of a blind person who may have lost their eyes in an accident or conflict. We can not say that that person does not have a personality or character that can’t be captured. A portrait is to portray someones character, personality and hopefully reveal something of who they are.

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