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Week 39 – Consider Environmental Photography

A well-managed environment….? Environmental Photography needs to be thoughtful photography too.

Environmental photography example Saltend

IT’S AUTUMN now in this hemisphere – but where is autumn? The seasons are apparently being affected by unusual weather conditions brought on by climate change. So the recent heat waves for example caused some trees to shed their leaves prematurely creating an early blanket of autumn ground colour in summer!

In response to these and many other effects which we all see around us, WEEK 39 of the 52-WEEK PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE is to consider ENVIRONMENTAL PHOTOGRAPHY.

Photography is a powerful way to capture the beauty of the world through landscapes, seascapes, people and places, and wildlife. But photography is also a powerful medium for revealing how things are changing and the threats that local communities and the world are facing. Powerful imagery can express emotion and help motivate people into action and highlight the opportunities that exist to make a difference. The message or impact of your images is therefore of utmost importance.

Your challenge this week is to take on the role of an environmental photographer. Look for the changes that are taking place in your local area or working environment, and help document these. Consider how your photos might be viewed over a period of time and used for historical comparison and as important data, charting environmental change. Consider the positives too; what has been done to improve things.

No trees to hug!

Your challenge this week to step into the shoes of an Environmental Photographer might be life-changing. It could last well beyond the week of this challenge. It’s a thoughtful genre where the presentation of your images and who you present them to, are important considerations too.

Note and tip: Normally our challenges encourage you to take just new photos – and that is still encouraged this week. However, the nature of this week’s challenge might prompt you to use older images as comparative photos in a series.

Featured image: The image of Saltend Chemicals Works (October 2019) may look dramatic and the idea of ‘smoking’ towers might be seen as alarming. However, vapour releases from the towers are quite normal. With bankside reeds having just been cut then the image does perhaps convey a well-managed environment? The context of your photo and additional research you might carry out is important too.

As ever, these challenges are to encourage new photography, so we ask you not to simply re-use your existing stock (unless necessary for the particular challenge).

And do please send in your images associated with these challenges – or your other activities as a Club Member. We will publish them on these pages.

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52 Week Photography Challenge 2022

REMINDER – It’s Projection Photography on Wednesday!

Key DatesSubject, Theme, etc.Notes.
Wednesday 07 DecemberBeverley Christmas Lights and Church.Meet at Market Cross, Beverley at 4pm. We intend to visit the Festival of Christmas Trees (£5) at the Minster.
Thursday 8 DecemberTrip to Yorkshire Wildlife Park Illuminations.Those booked. Meet 5.45pm at the Entrance to the park for 6pm entry.
Sunday 11 December at 7pmTrip to Sewerby Winter Wonderland!Meet outside Park (little train station) before 7pm. Those who have booked.
Wed 14 DecemberHedon Viewfinders Christmas Party! Not to be missed!Theme: “Christmas, Posh or Panto!”
Fri 16 DecemberCottingham Christmas LightsMeet outside Duke of Cumberland, Cottingham Green at 7pm
Wed 4 January 2023First Meeting of 2023Haven Arms, 7pm.
Wednesday, March 8 to Saturday April 29 2023“Digitally Different – smoke and mirrors!” Hedon Viewfinders Exhibition
Hedon Museum Wednesdays and Saturdays 10am – 4pm. Volunteers are needed for each of the 12 sessions, please.


Hedon Viewfinders is Hedon’s own community photography club. It’s free to join. It’s free to take part in our activities. The club prides itself on its good reputation for its fun and friendly approach to studying and enjoying photography.

Meets Wednesdays every week 7pm at the Haven Arms, Havenside, Hedon HU12 8HH. But check our key dates to see if we’re there or out and about on any particular week.

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ALL WELCOME. Hedon Viewfinders Photography Club at the Haven Arms


Author: Ray Duffill

The Hedon Blog 'Beat-Blogger'. Bringing 'hyperlocal' news to local people; better informed, engaged and active local communities! Email:

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