A curve is a line which gradually deviates from being straight for some or all of its length. We find curves so much in nature. A shell is a commonly recognized curve. Compositionally curves allow the image to be easy on the eye and for the viewer to move naturally around the frame. Curves are dynamic and lead you through the image naturally. Have you heard of the Fibonacci Sequence? – it is a type of compositional rule that is used in photography and graphics from the products you buy, to companies logos, to architecture, and of course nature.

Curves don’t always need to be in a c and s shape but can be a lot more subtle than this. Something called Implied curves. This is when objects in the frame imply the shape. The photographer needs to work really hard at the composition to take advantage of the shape when it happens naturally.

Tips and Inspirations:

Henri Cartier Bresson 

Ansel Adams

A curve running diagonally will appear to have more visual energy than one running horizontally.

Curves are a really powerful way to lead the eye so you will need to think about what happens when the eye reaches the end of the curve, perhaps your main subject should be there.

The choice of lens is important in how your curve will appear. If you decide to use a telephoto lens it will flatten the curve.

Reflections of curves is a good way to include circular patterns in an image. Check out Ansel Adams above.


The winner of this Challenge is Ray Malone

We all know that feeling of dipping our ears in the water and hearing the sounds underwater and being cocooned in the warmth of the bath, surrounded by bubbles. This image brings us right back to our childhood (or even our adulthood for some!) The connection with the child in the water and the photographer, the curls in the hair, with the bubbles and curve of the bath and pots. This image is full of curves and is full of intimacy. Beautiful.

Submission Deadline

30 April 2019, 23:59 UK Time

  • All submitted images will be assessed on the basis of creativity, technical quality and coherence with the theme
  • Save your image as JPG with 3000px on the long edge and highest image quality setting
  • Submit a short 3 line text you want to publish together with your image that describes you idea
  • Submission is limited to one image per photographer and monthly challenge
  • You must sign up for the LIoP Challenge in order to submit your image
  • Submission deadline is 30 April 2019, 23:59 UK Time.