“Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.” – Ansel Adams

Just like Ansel Adams, we realize twelve good images a year is a tremendous accomplishment that should be celebrated. So last year we challenged our readers to come up with their own 12 best images, turn them into small photo books and exchange them with us. Everyone who participated was thrilled with the experience, especially Me2 and myself, and requested this to be an annual activity.

Now that we are well into November, it’s time to start thinking about this past year and begin creating a “best of” photography book that showcases your work from 2015. Everyone here at Stuckinplastic (Me2, Balakov, Kalexanderson and myself) are excited to create our own photo books and exchanging them with you.

My question for you is this: Do you accept our challenge to look through your own images from the past year, curate them into a book and then share them with us? (This a big commitment so before you jump in and say “yes”, take a moment to look through your images, think about the process and then make your decision.)

Here are a few reasons why I think you should participate:

  • Reflection is good. We are so intent on taking new pictures, we rarely look at the ones we have already taken.
  • Editing a group of photos into a cohesive group is a great excise and a skill that should be practiced
  • You will have a beautiful record of your years work that you can share with family and friends
  • If you repeat this exercise over several years you will be able to see how you have changed and grown as a photographer
  • The books you will receive in turn are priceless, trust me.
  • This is a great way to bring your internet friends one step closer to real life friends.

The day to day world of social media is fast paced and we have very little time to reflect on what we have created or how far we have progressed in a single year. This process, if you accept our challenge of curating your work into a book, will give you a real and tangible sense of accomplishment.

I hope you will accept our best of 2015 challenge and share your photography with us, because we are looking forward to sharing ours with you!

~ xxsjc

If you are interested in participating please leave your comments below. We are limiting the number of participants this year, so keep an eye out for the official signup later this month which is now available closed.

The Stuckinplastic crew will be having a hangout this weekend. If you are interested in having a photo considered for a gentle critique (as well as being featured) please tag it #stuckinplastic_pcm.


Image courtesy of @herrsm


Image courtesy of @_me2_