Lens-Artists Challenge #53 – Your Choice

“There’s not a word yet, for old friends who’ve just met.”

Jim Henson

Today is a very special day for us here at Lens-Artists – the one year anniversary of our Challenge. While we were all initially saddened by the discontinuation of the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge, for us it became an opportunity to expand our blogging horizons and to create some amazing new friendships.

“I am glad you are here with me.”

J.R.R. Tolkien

Torii, Japan

On our end, we have transitioned from four independent photography bloggers to a tightly-knit team that supports, encourages and helps each other as we develop and create our weekly challenges. We’ve also been fortunate to have expanded our follower base thanks to bloggers like you who support and inspire us.

The Shinkyo Bridg, Nikko, Japan

A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

As a result, our challenge has become near and dear to each of our hearts. We’ve gone well beyond being individual members of a team and become four good friends.  We are tremendously thankful to you for your appreciation of our efforts; and for making us smile or feel touched by your responses.  As our thank you for your support and encouragement, we’re suggesting that you respond to today’s challenge with any subject that’s near and dear to YOUR hearts, as we’ve done with our images today. If you’d prefer some guidance, choose any of the four subjects we’ve selected this week (Friendship, A country that’s special to you, Imagination, and Connection).

Capilano Suspension Bridge, Canada

“A friend may be waiting behind a stranger’s face.”

Maya Angelou

Each of us has included several captures that are special to us in some way. Mine are bridges from different part of the world. Through the bridge, Len Artists connects people in the blogosphere sharing photos, stories, and travels, anytime, anywhere. Through your lens we have learned about different cultures, places, and people a little better. Thus my theme for this special week is connection. I feel privileged to be part of the Lens Artist team. Thank you, Tina, Patti, and Ann-Christine, your friendship and support; it means a lot to me.

Dordordogne, France

“By chance we met, by choice we become friends”


Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for making this such a terrific experience. If you have a subject that you feel might inspire us, please feel free to suggest it – we’d love to hear from you.  Should you be new to our challenge and interested in joining us, please click here and be sure to include the Lens-Artists TAG so we can all find you. Happy Blogging to all of our loyal followers and friends, and Happy Anniversary to us! 


Each week on Lens-Artists, we highlight several responses from among our followers. This special week we’d like to thank ALL of our followers for their thoughtful, funny, often-feisty and always wonderful posts. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do, and will continue to join us as we move into year two of the Lens-Artists Challenge.

See you next week when Patti resumes our normal schedule at her Pilotfish blog.

106 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #53 – Your Choice

  1. I like he four prompts for the our choice theme
    And congrats to the anniversary – I like your challenge a lot and my favorite thug is that you gals still make time to come and be visit us when we join in! I hope it never gets too big to where y’all cannot do that – (it might) but in the meantime – that is what I enjoy – as well as the all the others who join in with the creative prompts – and it sure did help fill he void that wasn’t left when WordPress got Googlized (not a bad thing – but did change)

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  2. Happy first anniversary to all the lens-artist team. It has been great following and contributing to your challenges over the last year (where has the time gone?!). Thank you so much for hosting and being so inspirational. These are wonderful bridges.

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    • Many thanks to you for your support and for your beautiful responses to LA challenges. It means a lot to us. I’m encouraged by your compliment. These are my favorite bridges. 🙂

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  3. “We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”
    Isaac Newton
    Beautiful Amy!!! I read your post about connections.
    We are very bad connecting with people … and communications even worst.
    That rope bridge I wouldn’t pass.
    Happy Anniversary … and thanks for keeping it going.

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    • Well said about the connections, Viveka. We hope that the LAPC gives bloggers a place to share their thoughts and photos. I won’t pass the rope either, but I did go under it. 🙂 🙂

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      • Amy!! Good for you that walked underneath the rope bridge. LAPC is a fantastic challenge, because it’s more than showing off our photos … it’s about sharing thoughts and experiances. So glad I’m a part of it. Thank you so much.

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  4. I am someone who enjoys the opportunity to show everyone my little part of this wonderful world. I am glad we now have a new Fab Four to inspire, test our imagination and provide an outlet for what we love to do – take photographs.
    I do so love all of your photos Tina but especially the elephants.
    I hope you,Tina, Ann-Christine and Patti have the strength to continue. Your efforts are much appreciated
    Much love
    Brian xxxx

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  5. Some beautiful choices as always Amy. And yes, our blogs create bridges that connect us all – a wonderful use of a word-to-image pairing. Happy anniversary my friend, it’s been a terrific collaboration with lots more to come!

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  6. Oopppsss Sorry Amy. I did a wholesale same comment to all of you but didn’t out a special bit in for your photos. I must apologise as I did get carried away. Over the year your photos of Japan have been wonderful. The friendship gate says it all. ❤

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  9. Hi, Amy. Bridges can take effort, time, and resources, as the structures traverse over once insurmountable divides. In these times, we need more bridges. I caught your picture of the Capilano Suspension Bridge! 😎Thanks for allowing me to participate in the LAPC, and I hope all of your efforts continue and be met with great success. 👍🏽

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    • Thank you for your comment. I agree, we do need make efforts to build bridges. The Capilano Suspension Bridge is amazing. I walked through the bridge when we visited it the second time. Thank you for supporting LAPC! It means a lot to us. 🙂

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  10. I am glad that you are here says it all, Amy. Lens-Artist is definitely a bridge and steps in the right direction going nowhere but UP! Thank you for your leadership and fabulous photography.

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  14. Happy anniversary dear Amy and thank you so much for hosting this lovely challenge! 💜Here’s to many more happy anniversaries to come 🤗💖 xxx


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  23. Many congratulations on you, Patti, Ann-Christine and Tina on Lens-Artists’s first anniversary. The very collaboration of yours certainly have opened new doors for WordPress community to not only share part of the world we live in, but also what we dream and cherish about.
    Which is a big feat, I say 🙂


    • Thank you so much for your compliment and encouraging words. It means a lot to us. 🙂 We love to hear that the our community shares the world we cherish about. 🙂 🙂


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    • Thank you, MM for the lovely comemnt! Can’t thank you enough for being so supportive to LAPC. Always enjoy reading your stories and viewing your beautiful photos. 🙂


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