The Decisive Moment captures a scene or motion at it’s peak intensity and describes a context in a fraction of a second (oh, and it just looks great).

The term was shaped by photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson and is the English title of his second book published in 1952. He says: “There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative,” he said. “Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.”

This month’s challenge is to capture the perfect moment in your preferred style: Street -, Action -, Portrait – and even Still Life Photography, you can choose from any photography genre you like. Think jumping kids, splashing water, flying food and candid portraits captured at the right fraction of a second.

Write a short caption that describes why you have photographed this particular moment, what it means to you and why you have photographed it in this specific way.

To be shot and submitted between 1 – 31 December 2016. Submission deadline is 31 December 2016 23:59 UK Time. The winner will be announced on 8 January 2017 together with the new challenge.

Tips and Inspirations:

Study the old master himself, Henri Cartier-Bresson. Did you know that it was this picture by Martin Munkácsi that inspired his style? Bresson’s work might appear a little aged but at that time it was revolutionary. For a modern take have a look at the beautiful violence of Martin Klimas‘ smashed Kung-Fu figurines.

The Decisive Moment is often associated with (but not limited to) freezing a moment with fast shutter speeds. How fast a shutter speed is required to freeze motion depends on the speed of the subject. As a guideline: running 1/500s, sprinting 1/1000s, splashing water 1/2000s. You can either select the correct shutter speed in Manual Exposure Mode or set your camera to Shutter Speed Priority. In both cases, make sure that you use a sufficiently high ISO to allow for fast shutter speeds.

The winner of this Challenge is Kathy Day

“This image has all it takes to be a winner, it captures the moment perfectly and the colourful bubbles against the dramatic London sky make for a superb contrast. We like the yellow hose and cropped girl in the foreground as they add a touch of realism and imperfection.”

Submission Deadline

31 December 2016, 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 31 December 2016, 23:59 UK Time.