Whether or not you celebrate a winter holiday, the years’ end is a perfect time to look back at the…

Photo by Michelle Weber.

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Whether or not you celebrate a winter holiday, the years’ end is a perfect time to look back at the year-that-was and happily forward to the year-that-will-be. A time of renewal, celebration, and joy.

This week, let’s set ourselves up for a happy new year: share a photo that shows us JOY. Here’s one to get you started:

Photo by Michelle Weber.

Photo by Michelle Weber.

While in Hanoi, Vietnam, my friends and I went for a walk around Hoan Kiem Lake, where we found a group of older women doing some mid-morning jazzercize. When they began doing The Chicken Dance, we couldn’t stay still; before we knew it we were in the circle, clapping and shimmying with the best of them.

It’s impossible to keep a smile off your face when you’re publicly impersonating a chicken with a group of highly amused Vietnamese grandmothers, and I snapped this shot of one of my travel companions mid-cluck. The open arms, the smile, the sense of abandon — it embodies joy.

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When was the last time you captured “joy” with your lens? Your five-year-old opening the hoped-for gift on Christmas morning? A puppy quivering with excitement when his best friend gets home at the end of a long workday? A colorful riot of flowers, or a sunset in an explosion of orange and pink?

This week, in a post created specifically for this challenge, show us JOY.

– Michelle

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      1. I would like to chime in with Andrew’s “thanks” – because this word was a perfect choice for the end of the year wrap up- and what “joy” to peruse so many joy photos –
        I usually only have the time to skim a handful of the pingbacks and comments, but I had more time this weekend – and it was truly an adventure seeing so many perspectives on this word!
        And I think I even met a few new friends (these prompts are so helpful for many things).
        Thanks again and happy new year to you and to all!


  1. Joy to the universe!
    Joy to all WordPress users!
    This photo was shot four days ago, on Christmas eve… i dedicate it to all WordPress users and likers who have encouraged me throughout the year to make the blog more colorful and joyous, through their views, “likes”, and comments: Thanks everyone for a joyful year! Joyous thanks to the administrators of the Weekly Photo Challenge who brought joy to many WordPress users, including myself, with the weekend photo prompts. Happy holidays everyone! Here’s the photo dedicated to you for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy, pls click:


  2. i chanced upon this craftsman while walking around samovodska charshiya street in veliko tarnovo, bulgaria. as he worked in his little shop, i sensed his joy turning silver into objects of art using old-fashioned tools. right then and there, i knew he found his calling. i politely asked if i could take his picture. although a little shy, he gladly obliged.


  3. This week I go with a tribute to New York. The famous kiss in Times Square, photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt, has been “re-edited” in this big mural by street artist Eduardo Kobra. He added a perfectly fitting explosion of colors to the joy of one of the most famous liberating and passionate kiss of our history.
    Hope you enjoy it and I would like to join me in creating a net of “joyful corner” in every town ;)


    1. When I went on a cruise a few years ago I went out to the deck every night to capture the sunsets. What I found amazing was each one was different but beautiful in their own way!


  4. Joy – My joy with every tutorial and image, is that I hope to enable you to improve your photographs technically and artistically. I want to share my favorite images using the iPhone application called “Flipagram.” Come learn how this iPhone application can make a difference in how your share your photography with family and friends.



  5. Stumbled into this piece of the WordPress universe by happy accident. Though I’ve been using WordPress for over a year, I haven’t explored any of the challenges/daily posts, etc. And I’m no photographer, that’s for certain! But a couple of days ago, I lined up all my journals from 2013, told them to smile, and took their pic. Couldn’t resist posting it when I saw this challenge, since it was such a nice fit. Here’s link to my post:


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