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Photocorps: The Photo-Based Scavenger Hunt That's All The Rage

I’ll get right to it: PhotoCorps is an online project that guides people into taking photographs in new ways while rewarding them with patches for completing tasks. I recently did it, and it was super fun.

Remember that time you were in the boy or girl scouts and you got a cool patch to put on your plaid sash because you swam 45 feet, started a fire with some twigs, then milked a cow or something? It’s like that — but for anyone.

(SIDE NOTE: You guys got the 45-foot-twig-fire-cow-milk patch too, right?)


Get on, request a free instruction booklet, check out the photo-related tasks listed in it, and submit your photos on the site to get patches mailed to you as a reward.

The program refers to this as “photoscouting.” In layman’s terms, it’s a visual scavenger hunt that’s already built. And all you need to do is pick up the nearest camera (likely your phone) and do it.

You don’t have to be a photographer.
You can do it anywhere in the world.
It’s totally free (if you’re in Cincy).
You can do it right now.


Photography, Neighborhood, and People are the categories. Within them, tasks like taking a photo of someone you admire, taking a photo of a pattern, and taking a photo of something that’s broken are there to complete.

The tasks are varied and the scavenger hunt guides you to notice stuff you potentially otherwise wouldn’t. Personally, I had a lot of fun with the Neighborhood category because I enjoyed focusing on the stuff where I live.


When you finish four of the seven tasks per category, you’re mailed a patch that corresponds to the category you completed. (I even got a fourth bonus patch for doing more than the required four!)

And if you give PhotoCorps permission, your photographs could be included in a printed edition that’s scheduled to arrive by Spring 2017. Imagine how proud grandma will be when you show her the page with your photo of a dead bee that you submitted for the Close-Up task!

So what are you waiting for? It’s a fun scavenger hunt you can begin at any time, it’s easy to do alone or with friends, it’s free, and you might be published in a book by next year!


For more information, including a complete list of the photography tasks, head to