Photographic inspiration now comes in a box

A little while ago I signed up for the Canon EOS Photo5 competition, thinking it would be a fun way to focus my photographic efforts (and possibly win a gorgeous EOS 5D Mark II premium kit … Mmm, YES PLEASE!). The competition begins with a simple brown box containing five photographic briefs.

The lovely box of goodies turned up in the mail last week, and quickly got me thinking of creative ways to interpret each brief. The challenge is to, ‘answer the 5 briefs with the most creative and imaginative images you can think of’.

While there were only a limited number of boxes issued, there’s also an open brief which is available for everyone to enter. I’m not sure about you, but from time to time I really enjoy the challenge of a specific photographic goal – sometimes I think from imposing some level of restriction, great creative freedom can be explored.

I’m really loving this type of creative campaign, which I’ve noticed more and more companies employing – I think they offer a really unique way of engaging with people’s imaginations.

I can’t wait to share what I come up with. Are you entering too?


  1. Jess

    Oooh, that looks like fun! Maybe I can convince Nick to enter…

    I think having some structure and direction can sometimes really bring out the creativity within us, as we have a goal to focus on, rather than being overwhelmed with choice 🙂

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jess – I’m definitely hoping it’s a fun photographic project! It already has me thinking of different ways of shooting to the briefs. You should definitely see if you can convince Nick to enter – who couldn’t use a chance at a new camera?? 🙂

      I think creativity in balance is a wonderful thing – a mix of indulging in ultimate creative freedom and times of pursuing more focussed goals. But I hardly need to talk creativity issues with you! (I’m pretty sure you’re ALL over that). 😀

  2. Nico

    I think a focus is always advantageous, I know it’s helped me in my blog.

    Must have been so much fun to receive and open that box and imagine how you’d fill the brief!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Nico – (loving your new blog btw).

      I think when it comes to focus, I kind of go up and down – sometimes without anything specific to draw on I feel a bit all over the place and crippled by choice. Then of course the opposite can sometimes be true too … LOL!

      Oh it was very exciting to get my little box of photographic inspiration in the mail … if only all mail could be so fun! 🙂

  3. Kate

    That sounds like a great way to focus your attention and challenge you to be really creative. I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

    A friend who lives in Canberra took part in a contest a little while ago where you were given themes and you had to run around and snap. Then you get the first group of picures uploaded at the HQ before being given the second set of themes. You weren’t allowed to edit or alter the photos in anyway. I think it would really make you take time and reflect on the quality of the photo knowing that it had to be right first go!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kate – I’m really looking forward to seeing what photos I come up with too. I suspect this weekend will see me busily trying out a few different ideas I have (here’s hoping the weather will be fine for me).

      That contest your friend took part in sounds like a great idea, and you’re right – knowing that you had to get a photo right the first go would certainly have an impact. While I absolutely adore my digital camera, I do sometimes wonder whether it makes me a little lazy from a composition perspective. Rather than taking time to capture a moment in just the right way, I just take a LOT more photos … still the freedom of digital is absolutely wonderful! 🙂

  4. Linda from Heartfire At Home

    What a great idea! I love a bit of structure and scaffold to things… gives you something to work with and you know nobody’s going to come up with some amazing idea out of left field…. everyone’s working within the same constructs.

    The briefs are going to be really tricky….. eye dropper, bubble-gum, incense, confetti, inspired by sounds…. very interesting to see how you go!

    Linda. 🙂

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Linda – I really like the way you describe a focussed brief as ‘scaffolding’ … that’s perfect! There is something really creatively interesting about issuing a lot of people exactly the same parameters for a project and seeing how many different interpretations people come up with. Apart from being interested in what I come up with, I’m also really looking forward to seeing what everyone else does as well! 🙂

      Yep, those briefs won’t be easy. First off is that tricky eye dropper … wish me luck (I’ll be needing it)! 🙂

  5. Lynne

    What a great idea. It’s useful to have a focus sometimes. What a lovely header.
    Thanks for visiting.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lynne – I think it’s a great idea too, and a nice way for lots of people to have a bit of photographic fun!! Thanks for your kind words about my header (and thanks so much for your visit too – I’m meeting all sorts of lovely new blog people through Blogtoberfest … it’s fantastic!!). 😀

  6. kellie

    ooh, this would be awesome ~ I might sign up for the open brief, bummed I missed out on that lovely box though!

  7. Beth

    What a great competition and so generous of you to share it! Photos inpired by sound, hey? Interesting one…

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Beth – I think the competition will be lots of fun (the deadlines are fast approaching for the briefs to be submitted, so it will be busy times ahead for me). I agree that taking a photo ‘inspired by sound’ will be an interesting one to interpret.

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