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

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

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

The project followed 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.

12 by 12 has now come to a close

After twelve fantastic challenges set by some of the world’s leading contemporary photographers year three of the project has now come to a close. The way in which the community came together and supported and constructively criticised each others work has been the most satisfying part of the endeavor.

Thank you to all of the 12 by 12 members without whom the project simply wouldn’t exist, the time and effort you’ve donated to the project has been a constant source of wonder. We’d also like to thank the challenge setters who generously gave their time pro bono to help provoke and inspire the members.

The future
In the short-term we don’t plan to run another series of year-long photo-challenges due to expanding family commitments but we do hope to continue the project in other forms after an extended break. This could be in the shape of a series of workshops or a book featuring the challenges from the previous three projects.

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Help support 12 by 12
If you took part or simply enjoyed following 12 by 12 or our previous projects please consider backing us by purchasing a digital copy of the 12 by 12 Member Book for £2. Alternatively you could make a small donation. We’re supporting the wonderful photographic charity PhotoVoice, so half of your contribution will go to them.

A small selection of the images submitted to the project

The 12 by 12 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.

12 by 12 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.
For more details about how the project worked, the rules and some hints and tips take a look at our FAQs.