Lens-Artists Challenge #53 – Your Choice

“There’s not a word yet, for old friends who’ve just met.”

Jim Henson

Elephants holding trunks


Today is a very special day for us here at Lens-Artists – the one year anniversary of our Challenge. While we were all initially saddened by the discontinuation of the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge, for us it became an opportunity to expand our blogging horizons and to create some amazing new friendships.

Heron Chicks


“I am glad you are here with me.”

J.R.R. Tolkien

On our end, we have transitioned from four independent photography bloggers to a tightly-knit team that supports, encourages and helps each other as we develop and create our weekly challenges. We’ve also been fortunate to have expanded our follower base thanks to bloggers like you who support and inspire us.

3 young children


“A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

As a result, our challenge has become near and dear to each of our hearts. We’ve gone well beyond being individual members of a team and have become four good friends.  We are tremendously thankful to you for your appreciation of our efforts; and for making us smile or feel touched by your responses.  As our thank you for your support and encouragement, we’re suggesting that you respond to today’s challenge with any subject that’s near and dear to YOUR hearts, as we’ve done with our images today. If you’d prefer some guidance, choose any of the four subjects we’ve selected this week (Friendship, Imagination, Connected or A Country that’s special to you).

Two older chinese women


“A friend may be waiting behind a stranger’s face.”

Maya Angelou

Each of us has included several captures that are special to us in some way. Mine are from some of my favorite places (Africa, China, Israel and Jordan) as well as my home in Lowcountry South Carolina.  They recognize the value and importance of friendship – which for me has been the biggest surprise and the most important byproduct of hosting the Lens-Artist challenge. 

3 Jordanians in keffiyehs


“By chance we met, by choice we become friends”


Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for making this such a terrific experience. If you have a subject that you feel might inspire us, please feel free to suggest it – we’d love to hear from you.  Should you be new to our challenge and interested in joining us, please click here and be sure to include the Lens-Artists TAG so we can all find you. Happy Blogging to all of our loyal followers and friends, and Happy Anniversary to us! 

Three Israeli soldier at gelato bar


“There is no gift like friendship.”

Rudyard Kipling


Each week on Lens-Artists, we highlight several responses from among our followers. This special week we’d like to thank ALL of our followers for their thoughtful, funny, often-feisty and always wonderful posts. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do, and will continue to join us as we move into year two of the Lens-Artists Challenge.

See you next week when Patti resumes our normal schedule at her Pilotfish blog.



166 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #53 – Your Choice

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  4. Hard to believe that a year has gone by Tina. It seem like only yesterday you all began. Congratulations for inspiring us with all your lovely photos and happy anniversary. Here’s to the next year 🙂

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  6. Tina I and your legion of followers are well aware of your talents for beautiful photography, brilliant writing and the ability to knot it all together with meaningful quotes. However what i admire most is your DEDICATION to this project, endless hours, angst when things are not perfect, joy when they are and the tenacity to save the challenge. HAVE ANOTHER GREAT YEAR. Proud to be your partner.

    • Although you are clearly prejudiced, I still appreciate your beautiful message, and even more your patience with my level of commitment. It wouldn’t be nearly as much fun without your support 😍😍

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  14. Happy Anniversary, Tina! Thank you for being part of the Lens-Artists challenge, for being here with us and for us every week, thus helping preserve those budding virtual friendships from the days of the WP Challenge!

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  17. Many congratulations on you, Patti, Ann-Christine and Amy on Lens-Artists’s first anniversary. The very collaboration of yours certainly have opened new doors for WordPress community to not only share part of the world we live in, but also what we dream and cherish about.
    Which is a big feat, I say 🙂

  18. Hi Tina, I’ve just found your blog and read that wp don’t run the photo challenge any more. I got started in blogging through that challenge, putting my father’s war photos up each week. A while ago I changed to .org which is separate yet still with a thread connecting the 2 wp blog types, which is how I found you. I’m keen to join your challenge.

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    • Thanks David! She did well but it was really a test run for her. Much bigger environment and a newer horse for her. She placed mid-pack in several of her rides which she was happy with. She’s used to first or second in smaller shows so this was a learning experience for her. Thanks for asking!

      • Nice your grand-daughter did well at the larger show, and with a newer horse. Finishing farther back on the leaderboard keeps the expectations and pressure in check, giving more time to work on things. 🙂

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  22. WOW what a fabulous post Tina!!! I so enjoyed each & every shot along with each n every word which u so brilliantly write😜 I also enjoyed sitting here thinking about your challenge👍 first thing that comes to my mind is PEACE…I think that we can all benefit by having more peace in our lives & in our world…which certainly incorporates friendships..Thank U Tina for this very thoughtful post👍

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