It's time to get started on the next book, Capture Arkansas IV! For this next volume, we want to take a bit of a different angle at it...

Starting later this month, we'll run challenges specifically to capture unique and interesting things about Arkansas with the distinct goal of using photos from these challenges in the book! How these challenges will fit in the book is yet to be determined, but we plan to move away from the static landscapes, architecture, people, etc. sort of chapters and instead feature smaller challenge-like chapters in the Capture Arkansas IV book.

Here's the really cool part: we want you, the Capture Arkansas community, to come up with the Capture Arkansas IV challenges. That's actually the reason for this forum post. We want to collect your Capture Arkansas IV challenge ideas in this thread on an ongoing basis, then pick the best ideas and run them for all to participate.

So, give us your best challenge ideas! Remember to consider what would be interesting to lots of folks who might buy the Capture Arkansas IV book. A "raindrops on roses" challenge might sound interesting at first, but if an entire chapter of rained-on rose photos ended up in the book, it probably wouldn't be interesting to many people. Think bigger. Think broader. Think about what makes Arkansas so special, then figure out a way to make that a challenge theme.

Please post your ideas in this thread. Be as detailed as possible so we can be sure we understand your angle. Also, there are no bad ideas. We can't use all ideas, obviously, but we welcome everyone to contribute their ideas at this phase.

More details on the Capture Arkansas IV book will be posted in the near future, including the opt-in to be sure your photos are considered for the book.


How about a challenge based on regions. Say "culture in your region" , "topography in your region". "animals specific to your region" . etc,etc. Catagories that promote the state that visitors might see and say " Wow I didn't realize Arkansas was so diverse".

Great idea David.
I would like to propose highlighting the Arkansas State Parks and/or Arkansas rivers and streams.

Thank you, Kathy . There are many State Parks in Arkansas that I would love to visit but can't. Excellent idea! Also people may not realize we grow soybeans in the west. grapes in the Altus area, and maybe cotton in the delta.

How about a chapter of "On the Job", Arkansas has many different job opportunities and it might be interesting to have a chapter showing people "On the Job", like anything like logging in the woods, the bagger carrying groceries out at the grocery store, nurses, construction workers, etc. It would be neat to see how many different "On the Job" things that Arkansas has to offer. I am sure there are some really neat jobs, I can already think of a few I would like to take a picture of.

All great ideas! Lets keep it going!

Arkansas has many festivals, a section on different festivals might be interesting. I know Malvern has what we call "Brickfest", I know there are many in Arkansas Toad Suck Daze, Daffodil Festival, Octoberfest. There are so many that people don't even know about. I looked online and they even have an Annual Elvis Haircut Day in Ft. Smith. A section on different festivals in Arkansas would be neat.

See! I live 10 minutes from Ft. Smith and didn't know about Elvis Haircut Day! Promote the state, promote the state, promote the state!

I agree with you both. In every corner of the state and the middle, everything is so completely diverse. The land is diverse, the crops, the animals, the ways of life entirely, yet we all function together in this one state by working together and separately alike. I like everyone's ideas. Oh, and there is a cotton pickin festival at Forrest City too.

Wow! I have never heard of that Cotton Pickin festival in Forrest city, but I would love to see some pictures of it and even check it out myself sometimes. There are so many interesting festivals I've never even heard of when I checked them out online and it would be great to see pictures from all of them.