The Challenge

Join in the challenge and share your plastics still-life photographs.

What do you think of plastics? Do you see them as life-enhancing, destructive, or a bit of both?

More things are now made of plastics than of any other materials group, they can add to the convenience of life and even save life but they also impact on world sustainability.

Here’s the challenge. All you have to do is collect together plastic things, arrange them, and take a photograph. The resulting image should be memorable and express your ideas about the material.

You could choose to photograph any objects as long as they are made of plastic. They could be things you find in your home, for example in the kitchen, bathroom, or potting shed; things that you think are especially beautiful/ugly or useful/useless; or things that you come across during a walk in the park or along the beach.

Will your image be voted as Photo of the Month?

Each month we will feature one image as ‘Photo of the Month’. This image will also be used on the Museum of Design in Plastics website to represent the challenge.

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Enter Challenge

The challenge is open to individuals of all ages, as well as school and family groups. Complete the form below and upload your images. There is no limit to the number of images you can upload. All images are subject to moderation by MoDiP staff, anything that is not appropriate for a family audience will not be published.
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Plastic Vanitas

The challenge is inspired by ‘Plastic Vanitas’, an exhibition by artist Mariele Neudecker of still life photographs which she has created from plastic objects from the collection of the Museum of Design in Plastics. ‘Vanitas’ paintings are a specific type of 17thcentury Dutch still life that presented everyday objects as symbols of human achievement and the inevitability of death. The exhibition will be held at the following venues:

11 September – 29 October 2015

TheGallery, Arts University Bournemouth, Wallisdown, Poole Dorset, BH12 5HH

15 January – 27 March 2016

Nunnery Gallery, Bow Arts, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ

1 May – 31 July 2016

Corsham Court, Bath Spa University, Church Street, Corsham, SN13 0BZ

29 October – 28 November 2016

The Lighthouse, 21 Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG

About MoDiP

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PLASTIC STILL-LIFE PHOTOGRAPHIC CHALLENGE