12 by 12 is a year-long series of photo-challenges set by renowned photographers. Every month a new challenge is issued and group members are invited to interpret it by submitting their responses on Flickr or Instagram.

The project launched 5th March 2015, why not sign up to the mailing list, follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

The project aims to stretch its members creatively, encouraging experimentation in terms of approach as well as aesthetics. Community is an important aspect of 12 by 12 and the support of the group will be helpful to spur members on throughout the year.

Photo-challenge projects are nothing new for sure but we believed what makes this one unique is the thought-provoking challenges set by a varied range of professional photographers who comes from a wide range of photographic disciplines. It is chance to gain an insight into how well respected photographers approached their art as often their challenges are reflective of their own practice.

The project follows on from the success of our two previous projects 52 by 52 and 26 by 26 which attracted some of the world’s leading contemporary photographers including Edward Burtynsky, Carolyn Drake, Nadav Kander, Steve McCurry, Terry O’Neill, Martin Parr and Alec Soth.

How it works

1. The first Thursday of every month a challenge is revealed
2. Take photos that interpret the photographer’s challenge and upload them to Flickr or Instagram
3. Add them to the current Flickr group or use the relevant hashtag on Instagram (e.g. #12by12Challenge3)

On Flickr
Each challenge has its own group which you will add your images to. Why not join all of them to get ahead of the game. Challenge groups: One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve. It’s possible to add up to five images per challenge to each Flickr group.

On Instagram
For other members and challenge setters to discover your responses you can add the hashtag #12by12challengeX (X is the challenge number) to your Instagram post. For example #12by12challenge9, #12by12challenge10.

Consider becoming a Supporting Member
If you’ve taken part in 12 by 12, one our previous projects or have simply enjoyed following the project please consider backing us by becoming a Supporting Member. You can do this by giving a small one-time donation of your choosing. There are different personalised rewards available depending on how much you like to donate. This year we’re supporting the wonderful photographic charity PhotoVoice, so half of your contribution goes to them.

For more details about how the project works, the rules and some hints and tips take a look at our FAQs.

A small selection of the images submitted to last year’s project

The 26 by 26 Members’ Book is now available to buy and aims to showcase a small selection of the images submitted to the project. It tries to give a flavour of the diverse work created in a plethora of styles and formats.

26 by 26 Members’ Book →

Supporting Members
Huge thanks must go to our Supporting Members who’ve donated to the project: Martin Kelly, Philippa Bayley, Emma Georgiou, John Shaw, Meredith Wilson, Gary Horne, Peter Bradley, Sally Greenwood, Hilary Clarke, Lisa Toboz, Kenneth Gray, Mike Reed, Eileen Wilkinson, Lachlan Fraser and Ina Echternach.

 Reflections on last year’s project from its members

The instructions definitely linger and make an impact.
– Larking About

It was a great year. It was a pleasure to be a part of a community where so many talented photographers produced so many great images. The challenges were tough at times, but there was encouragement and constructive criticism from the participants. It was a good bunch. I feel that I have grown as a photographer since joining this group and am looking forward to being challenged more in year three.
– Attic Light

Having joined the group part way through the year, it quickly became my favourite group. Finding a way to respond to each challenge, and then receiving useful feedback has been a joy. I have learned so much from fellow members’ photographs, and following comments on them too.
– mommaskill

Have loved this project. Its really made me do different things with my photography and come out of my comfort zone, I’ve become more interested in trying new things so thank you for making this so enjoyable.
– lakeland72

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed taking part in this. It’s forced me to try new techniques and shoot subjects that I wouldn’t usually. Getting just one image in the book would be a great achievement.
– Miles Winterburn