August Photo Challenge Theme: Patterns Interrupted

Next month’s Photo Challenge theme is “Patterns Interrupted,” and it’s designed to have you out taking pictures of patterns that surround you in everyday life -- in nature, at work, at home, and everywhere in between.

First, look for a pattern.  Then, look for an interruption in it – a picket fence with one fence post broken, a sea of black umbrellas and one red, three men in black suits with a fourth man in bright purple, etc.

August’s first-place winner will receive a $30 gift certificate to our online bookstore.  And, first-, second-, and third-place winners will be entered into our grand prize photo challenge -- coming up in October -- for a chance to win $2,000.

Scroll below for examples that qualify and more details on how you can enter …

Lori Allen
Director, Great Escape Publishing

The Right Way to Travel
July 28, 2010

By Shelly Perry in Portland, OR.

Take a look around you right now. What sort of patterns do you see?

From where I’m sitting I see patterns in a hardwood floor… a pattern in my carpet…a striped pattern on my living room chairs…

Outside I notice the pattern of the brick terrace…the wooden fence… tiled shingles on my neighbor’s garage.

For this month’s challenge, first, take note of these natural and man-made patterns that surround you in your daily life. Then, look even closer to find interruptions in those patterns.

Here are a few examples to get you started:

** Object photos where on object stands out from the rest

Patterns Interrupted



** People photos where one person stands out from the crowd

** A pattern interrupted by a change in color


Submissions for August’s Challenge are due by 8:00 a.m. EST on Monday, August 30. You can submit your photos by clicking on the "Enter to Win" tab on our website.

Remember -- only ONE photo per person is allowed in the Challenge.  If you submit multiple photos, they’ll be deleted and you’ll be out of the running.

Our first-place winner will get a $30 gift certificate for the AWAI E-Bookstore, and the first-, second-, and third-place winners will all be entered into the Hall of Fame to compete for a $2,000 Grand Prize in October.

Get creative, and good luck!

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