Most everyone knows what a Scavenger Hunt is. You get a list of items, then set out, in teams or alone, to find said items. You expect it to be alot of fun, to have some difficulty finding items. Or have to do something silly to find them. But there is a new way to play the game. A way that means you don’t even have to be around the other people participating. People from all over the globe can join in. Photography scavenger hunts.
Now a Photo Scavenger Hunt is different in the traditional Hunts by a small way. Rather then collecting an item. You collect a picture. Say your prompt is an old family photo. Well in traditional hunts, you would get a photograph. Well what if the photo is very special, or its delicate. A photo of the photo is a perfect solution. But having your scavenger hunts as photo hunts has an unexpected benefit. You can offer up so many more prompts then ever before. Every theme, every idea, suggestion, emotion can be found and photographed. This leaves the world of scavenger hunts wide open.
There are plenty of ways you can start a photography scavenger hunt. Like me, you can join an online community and set one up. Others can join in, they leave links to their completed scavenger hunts. I post lists and provide positive feedback for their pictures. You can take a more personal approach. Perhaps you have a family or community get together and you want to host an event. A photography scavenger hunt could be a fun, easy, and family friendly event that everyone could participate in. Most everyone has a digital camera now a days. You could give prizes to completed hunts, or have a vote at the end to see who had the best over-all hunt pictures.
You can theme your hunt or you can think up random prompts. One of my hunts that was a huge hit was a color hunt. I posted a color and people had to find pictures that fit with the color. Something yellow, perhaps a bumble bee. The theme could be as in depth as all flowers, or as vague as my colors hunt. You could have a video game themed hunt, or a Disney themed hunt, a holiday themed hunt, anything you can think of. Once you have decided on your theme you can think of prompts. Again this can be as vague as find 10 Disney themed items. Or as in depth as find a purple pansy. Its all up to the Hunt Master.
Prompts are what forms the whole of the scavenger hunt. As i said before having a photography Scavenger Hunt opens up possibilities like never before. A prompt could be a hidden trail rather then bring back a pine cone. Find 5 different red cars, two children swinging, or best friends. Prompts that are detailed often prove to be more difficult to find so remember to fit the age groups to the level of prompts. Don’t have children out searching for a rock shaped like a Heart, although they might think its fun. Think easier like a red stoplight. If you are having people of all ages, it might be easier to keep a list of beginner, intermediate and hard lists.
You need to decide on a time limit. For this it depends on where your hunt is being held. Are you at an event? Then you want 10 easy items so people can get their pictures together. Or are you hosting online? I use a week for my online photo hunts and have had wonderful results. In that time frame, people have plenty of time to dedicate themselves to finding lovely pictures. It could be one prompt for a month, one for a week, or 10 for a week, 10 for a month, or more. Its all up to you, the Hunt Master.
One of the things Ive learned, hosting my own scavenger hunt, is to always have several lists ready and waiting. There are times i don’t have enough prompts for a list come Monday afternoon when it is time to post the next weeks lists. As i go through my every day life, i keep a running list of all the things that pop into my head. For instance watching a movie, gave me the idea to have the prompt, a movie that starts with the letter Y. Out for a drive gave me the idea for a river with a bridge over it. Taking a walk with my children gave me the idea of a sidewalk with a drawing on it, or a plant growing out of the pavement. A drive to the store, as we passed a sign it gave me the idea to take a picture of your town or cities welcome to “name” sign. Keeping a long running list has made it easy to create multiple lists of 10 prompts for my weekly Scavenger Hunts. It also means i don’t have crunch time on Sunday nights.
All in all, reasons one might have a photography scavenger hunt vary, you might want some entertainment, or you might just want to have some fun. Or maybe you want the challenge. But it should always be something fun, enjoyable and safe for you to do. All it takes is a camera, some time, and a creative mind.