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11 Dec, 2012

12/12/12 – the Ultimate Hourlyphoto Challenge

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Challenge me, challenge you

hourlyphotoSince tomorrow will be the 12th day of the 12th month of 2012, Annie asked me if I was going to be undertaking another photo challenge. How could I not?

The date: December 12, 2012
The deal: Take one photo every hour, on the hour, for TWELVE hours. The photo should be of whatever you happen to be doing at that time.

This one is a real challenge. How exactly does one get 12 photos over 12 hours, when it’s dark in the morning and gets dark so early? What the heck am I going to take pictures of? The laundry? My computer? It’s going to be tough, but I’m up for it. (Prepare for lots of photos of the dog! But nevermind that.)

The point of the hourly photo is to commemorate the passing of a day in a different way – boring or not. And given that we live in the Social Media Age, it is kind of cool to see what others are seeing and doing at the exact same time as you are.

If you’d like to play along, here is the nitty gritty from previous Hourlyphoto posts.

  • Use whatever camera or mobile device you prefer. Post them to your blog and/or your photo sharing site as you are able. Just make sure you let us know in the comments below where you’re posting them so we can all have a look. Tag them “#121212”  #12photos so they’re easy to find.
  • Would you like to make it extra challenging for yourself? DON’T DO RETAKES. This is not mandatory but I thought I’d throw it out there in case you’re the kind of person who REALLY likes a challenge. :)

Here’s a tip if you have a mobile phone or alarm clock on your watch. Set it for one minute before the hour i.e. at 7:59, 8:59 etc. You’ll be less likely to forget, and it will give you a solid minute to get your camera ready and snap The Thing You Happened To Be Looking At and tweet it out.

It’s not a problem if you can’t upload as you go or aren’t on Twitter. Upload in batches when you have the chance, or even the next day.

Who’s in? I’ll keep the list of participants and their respective Flickrs/blogs/Twitter accounts updated here for reference. Just let me know where you’ll be uploading your pics and I’ll make the link.

42 Responses to "12/12/12 – the Ultimate Hourlyphoto Challenge"

1 | Kaitlin

December 11th, 2012 at 9:24 am


I’ll be participating! What’s more is, I’ll be starting at noon and going from 12:00 until 12:00!

2 | angela ( angfromthedock )

December 11th, 2012 at 9:26 am


yay:). i am always game for this! mine will be a mix of phone and big camera images, so likely posting after the 12 hours.

3 | Lara

December 11th, 2012 at 9:30 am


I’m in. It’ll certainly have a different feel than the other ones I’ve done which have always been on holidays :)

4 | Jenna

December 11th, 2012 at 9:34 am


Woo! I’m in! I love a good photo challenge.

5 | Javamom

December 11th, 2012 at 10:06 am


I have looked at this challenge for the past year or two but never participated. So this year, count me in! Will post to Javaline.

6 | Take a picture every hour | Javaline

December 11th, 2012 at 10:21 am


[...] For the instructions on how to participate, and a list of people who will be participating, check here. [...]

7 | Maranda

December 11th, 2012 at 11:25 am


You know I’m in! Lately I haven’t been awake for 12 hours a day but I’ll do my best :)

8 | Melanie

December 11th, 2012 at 11:28 am


Ohhh I did this with you on 10/10/10 I think (Thanksgiving?) and it was fun. I’m in for tomorrow!

9 | DaniGirl

December 11th, 2012 at 11:50 am


Hee, I was already thinking about doing this for 12-12-12. At least it’s not a work day for me, so no boring eight hours of my cubicle!

10 | Harriet Fancott

December 11th, 2012 at 2:11 pm


I’m in: @harrietglynn

11 | Louise

December 11th, 2012 at 2:49 pm


I’d like to play, too!


And I’ll probably do a batch post on the blog.

Thanks, Andrea!

12 | Ginger

December 11th, 2012 at 4:25 pm


I am in of course! I love the hourly photo challenges! :)

I will probably post to the blog…http://www.thesmallmoments.com


twitter @thesmallmoments

and probably Instagram and flickr…but you don’t have to link all of that!


13 | K

December 11th, 2012 at 7:13 pm


I’m in! I’ll probably blog the bunch of them tomorrow night and tweet them as I go. Great idea!

14 | noee

December 11th, 2012 at 7:27 pm


Sounds fun! I’ll tweet as I go and upload to my blog in the evening.

15 | Carly

December 11th, 2012 at 8:05 pm


I’m in! I’ve always liked doing the photo challenge on Christmas Day and in keeping with my tradition, I’m going to use my Hipsta App. I’ll post to twitter (if I remember) and wrap up with all the photos on my blog.



16 | Amy @ Muddy Boots

December 11th, 2012 at 9:22 pm


I’ll play! Likely post to FB, twitter and Flickr through Instagram, and hopefully do a blog post as well.

17 | Julia

December 11th, 2012 at 9:26 pm


I’m in! Sound interesting.

18 | Misty

December 12th, 2012 at 12:46 am


Most photo challenges I see are 30 days and I know I will probably fail. This one though, 1 day, I think I can do it! I will be posting to my blog at the end of the day.

19 | Cherie-Lynn Buchanan

December 12th, 2012 at 7:00 am


I’m in. Ill tweet as I go and will add them to Flickr afterwards. @CLBuchanan

20 | marci

December 12th, 2012 at 7:05 am


took first pic at 7AM – IN!

21 | Jennifer

December 12th, 2012 at 7:25 am


I’m game. @jennifersalahub

22 | Im in!

December 12th, 2012 at 7:29 am


Posting on Twitter @TracyRedefined

23 | Colleen

December 12th, 2012 at 7:40 am


Sounds like fun, hope nap time doesn’t get in the way.
@justpandagurl on twitter

24 | Mary @ Parenthood

December 12th, 2012 at 8:14 am


I was going to ask you if you were doing this but got distracted. So pleased to see this post this morning in time! I’m posting to twitter @ottawamaryj from my phone

25 | Anagasawa

December 12th, 2012 at 8:33 am


What a great idea! I’ll likely be using my iPhone and posting to twitter! Should be interesting since I have my four year old home from school today due to a one day teachers strike and I also have a 4 month old!

26 | Jenny

December 12th, 2012 at 8:39 am


I’m in! I’ll use twitter @jennyjag

27 | PG

December 12th, 2012 at 9:06 am


I’m participating here: http://www.eatfordinner.blogspot.ca/2012/12/12-12-12.html

Will try to post hourly, but may get sidetracked by a baby. I too have a 4 month old.

28 | melissa

December 12th, 2012 at 9:17 am


I’m giving this a go. I’m posting to Instagram and Twitter (@mpricemitchell for both), and will likely do a batch post to my blog/Flickr later.

Wish me luck – and hope I don’t post too many cubicle pics! :)

29 | Mel Gallant

December 12th, 2012 at 10:10 am


Sweet! I’m in for the challenge too! Will start at 12-noon. :) I’ll be posting to Instagram and Twitter.

30 | Mel Gallant

December 12th, 2012 at 10:10 am


oh and um, I’m @melgallant on Twitter and Instagram. :)

31 | binki

December 12th, 2012 at 10:27 am


This sounds great!

Oh wait a sec….next week is the end fo the world (Dec. 21). I think I’ll just focus on hugs, love and good food. ;-)

32 | Veronique

December 12th, 2012 at 9:52 pm


I did it, not quite on the hour… It was fun! @veroniqueberg on Twitter or Instagram

33 | A Day in the Life: 12/12/12 hourly photo challenge « See Theo Run

December 12th, 2012 at 10:15 pm


[...] participated in 12 / 12 / 12 The Ultimate Hourly Photo Challenge hosted by Miss Fish where participants documented the day hour by hour on the hour for 12 [...]

36 | Twinmomplusone

December 12th, 2012 at 11:34 pm


Did it too on Instagram @mamou3. Made for a fun day :)

37 | PG

December 13th, 2012 at 1:36 am


I made it! Sort of. Wasn’t hourly or on the hour. Basically a day revolving around having a baby:


38 | andrea

December 13th, 2012 at 9:46 am


Your photos are all awesome. Thank you to everyone who played along! Don’t forget to leave your 12photo URLs in the comments so I can link to you!

39 | Louise

December 13th, 2012 at 3:05 pm


Here is my link. I linked back to you in the post. I’m not sure where you’ll be linking back to me (I’m still figuring this linky stuff out) but thank you, Andrea, for a heartwarming initiative.


41 | 12-12-12 Photos « Ali's Adventures

December 13th, 2012 at 7:01 pm


[...] to join in another of Andrea’s excellent ideas. This time, an hourly photo challenge. Click here for all the [...]

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