Challenge your camera #4 Churches

Another photography challenge from #challengeyourcamera this time with a focus on churches, or temples, mosques etc, which provide lots of opportunity for your camera both externally and within. Internally the main challenge is often the lighting as well as whether to target a specific artefact or a wider area. Externally the challenge might be finding the best angle to capture the whole building against a sky or other buildings. We are lucky living in the English Cotswolds and are surrounded by churches from Norman and Medieval times steeped in history. Here’s a few images of our own that we hope will inspire you to have a go at this weeks challenge:

The Saxon St Kenelm’s Church, Minster Lovell, Oxfordshire
The oldest font in England, Southrop Church, Gloucestershire.
Often called the ‘Cathedral of the Cotswolds’, St John the Baptist, Cirencester, is one of the largest and most elegant medieval churches in the county, if not the entire country.
Inglesham church is a delightful rural church just south of the River Thames on the northern fringe of Wiltshire. It is largely a 13th-century building, though there was likely a church on this spot since the Saxon period.

Roll of Honour #3 Industrial

Challenge Rules

Each week I am selecting a single theme to point my camera at or display a few photos from my collection as a way to brighten up the week as we enter a new year which we all hope will be brighter than the last. If you would like to join me in #challengeyourcamera then here’s what to do:

Follow me to discover the weekly theme I have chosen.
Select a few photos related to the week’s theme
Post your own photos that week, any day you like.
Include a caption with each photo so we know what/where it is
Include a link to my blog in your post so that I am notified and can follow you back
Add a pingback/link to YOUR post in the comment section of MY post on that weeks theme.
Include the tag #challengeyourcamera

I will follow you back
I will encourage other posters to follow you
I will list each blogger in my weekly post

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30 replies

  1. Enticed by Alison to join your challenge, I have posted a selection here on I look forward to joining in further challenges but I can see the standard is pretty high.

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    • Hi and thank you so much for joining in our challenge. And thanks for following me. But I’m having a problem commenting on your travel blog and following you via WordPress. I think it’s because you followed me from maristravelsdotnet which doesn’t exist instead of from your travelswithmycamera blog. I know this sounds a bit technical but home it makes sense

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  2. Some really great old churches here Dr B

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  3. I love the first photo of the Saxon St Kenelm’s Church. I almost looks like a painting!
    Here is my entry:

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  4. The Cotswold stone is the most beautiful shade of yellow ever!

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    • It has its own charm though we have visited churches, cathedrals and ruined monasteries and abbeys all over England with different stone. But …. they can all look the same after 1000 years of weathering. However google Cirencester church and try to see the difference between old and new after they sandblasted it about 2 years ago


  5. This is a great idea! I love your images and would love to join in the challenge! These churches are not too far away from where I live, it’s good to capture the beauty that lies on our doorsteps.

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    • Hi, thanks for your comment on my images and you are very welcome to join in the challenge. Churches are great places for photography especially in England where there is often so much history attached. Who built it, who paid for it, date, plague churches, famous people buried, fonts, etc etc. About 2 years ago we decided to visit every church within a 10 mile radius of our home in The Cotswolds and found ancient wall paintings, abandoned villages, and one associated with a regicide… the first signatory to behead Charles II! I thought you lived in Lincoln? Good cathedral to have a go at?

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  6. I love old churches and cathedrals. Your pictures are wonderful.

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  7. I have photographed a lot of church doors, but fewer churches. I will need to go on the hunt for this challenge. Your photos are delightful.

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  8. Not sure of the churches. They are from an old camera roll from 2010.

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  9. Thank you for sharing these! I hope to find some time this week to join you.

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  10. I love the architecture of these old churches.

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