It’s February and that means that it is time for CHALLENGE REVIEW TIME! In January we continued on with the “grouping method” and we now need to allocate those Pins (if you’re lost, check this page here) and announce the next month’s challenge. Let’s get started…

The January challenge was Macro. I asked you to submit an image that, and I quote:

…that falls into the Macro genre. Macro by definition is a photograph taken where the image on the sensor is at least the same size as the object/subject in real life – a 1:1 or greater reproduction. True macro is mind-blowing and incredible – super zoom level detail all over the place – but not everyone has the tools to be able to pull this off so we’re looking for submissions that have a “larger than life” feel.

The video for this months review is here:


As usual, there is no way we can include everyone’s individual critiques in the video. I had already pre-batched up images and had a shortlist in mind before I started recording which meant that I could pre-screen and group up images. Anyone with an image in either the shortlist or the short-shortlist or the final-short-shortlist or just the entries, in general, should be very, very proud!

Here is the shortlist:

And the short-shortlist:

That being said, there can only be one winner. Therefore, the winners of the pins this month are:

(If you don’t know what Pins are, please check out the section on pins here.)

But what is the February challenge? This months challenge is:

The “Cold” Challenge.

The aim of this month’s challenge is to submit an image that portrays the idea of Cold. Literal or theoretical, this challenge topic can be photographs of something cold, cool in tone, shot somewhere cold or any other interpretation of the words Cool or Cold. Think both inside and outside of the box for this one, you can be really creative with it if you want to be! Any subject is eligible.

The subject can be anything.

How to enter:

  • Stricly ONE entry per person.
  • Shoot or select an image shot within the last 12 months.
  • Post your piece to Instagram and tag @thattogspot in the image.
  • In the description/caption, use the hashtag #ThatTogSpotChallenge
  • (optional) Share the post to your story (bonus points for adding a before and after) and tag @thattogspot and #ThatTogSpotChallenge in the story
  • Entries close at midnight (UK time) on the last day of February


The image will be judged on all the normal things (focus, composition, clipped highlights or shadows, focus, exposure, editing quality (not quantity!), and white balance) in line with Print comps

As always, no purchased/downloaded assets are allowed – these include overlays, composite elements and brushes. Entries should not be submitted of images taken on trainings and workshops.

The judging will take place at the start of March and the judge’s decision is final.  

Good luck!