Last year, Dogwood's 52 Week Photography Challenge was a big success and helped tens of thousands of filmmakers, videographers, and photographers hone their skills in 2016. For those of you who either didn't participate or are returning for more, a newly updated challenge has been released for 2017, which is said to be even more advanced and demanding than last year.
There are assignments to complete every week of the year, like telling a story using the rule of thirds, using "orange" as a prompt, or shooting something entirely at f/8, all of which focus on one of three important categories that will help you become a more well-rounded shooter: Storytelling, Technical, and Artistic Impression. From Dogwood's site:
Story Telling: Good photographers can take beautiful images of something. Great photographers can take an image that tells its story. This category makes use of compositional rules and directed prompts to push you towards not just looking at the beauty of something, but to find a way to tell that something’s story.
Technical: Technical Aptitude is just as important as creative inspiration in photography. With that in mind this category is a mix of in camera and post processing techniques designed to expose you to new technical skills and techniques.
Artistic Impression: When this category comes up, you really have room to express yourself. You can interpret the assignment literally or figuratively. Unlike the other two categories that are more focused, the idea of this category is to let your creativity shine.
Good luck and Happy New Year!