Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Water, water everywhere

With all the recent storms we’ve had, I think it’s a great opportunity to revisit one of our first challenge assignments: Water.

Over the past few years the drought has made water a scarce commodity, but the aforementioned storms have eased the dry conditions if not eliminated them in some parts of the state.

Water is the source of life. It quenches our thirst and grows out crops. People fish and boat on the nearly by California Delta’s miles of waterways. There are a myriad of locations and opportunities for photos of water.

The first water challenge was issued in the summer of 2013 so there were a lot of opportunities for recreational photos of water with people swimming in pools, skiing on rivers and so forth. It’s wintertime now so most of those options are limited (though, you can find people out fishing or boating). Still, you can find other advantages that this time of year as to offer.

Rainy weather can make for an excellent water pictures. There’s sure to be a storm or two within the two weeks before the challenge’s deadline. you can get shots of people with umbrellas, raindrops clinging to a window or onto leaves or flowers.

Recent storms have left of lot of standing water. Flooded fields and large puddles can be excellent sources for photos. They can be subjects in and of themselves or they can provide surfaces for reflections.

If you’re not adventuresome enough to travel outside in inclement weather, then try thinking about a still life-type photo. You can photograph a glass of water on your kitchen counter or windowsill as gentle window light filters in.

Lastly, try looking for water in other forms. Snow and ice are solid forms of water that aren’t usually found during summertime and are valid subjects. So if you happened to be headed for snow country then there will be plenty of opportunities for you to find your water shot.

How to enter: 

1. Email your entries to Type in “Water” in the subject line.

2. Photos have to be shot between Feb. 2 and Feb. 16.

3. Entries are limited to no more than 12 photos from each photographer.

4. Include your name (first and last), hometown, and the kind of camera/lens you used and where it was taken (e.g.: “John Doe of Stockton. Location: Stockton. Camera: Canon Rebel T3 w/ 55-300mm lens”).

5. If there is a recognizable person in the photo, please identify them (name, age, hometown) and what they are doing in the photos, and if they’re related to you. (e.g.: Jimmy Doe, 8, of Stockton plays in a pile of snow at Kirkwood Ski Resort).

6. Please feel free to include any interesting anecdotes or stories on how you took the picture.

7. The deadline for submission is Thursday, Feb. 16. A photo gallery of all the pictures submitted will be run on Feb. 23 at

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