A visual challenge in the shape of a quartet game.

One of the 21st century skills on literacy directs to the mediated surrounding. Practicing to understand how images are made, what they mean, or how they create emotions and generate impact is crucial. My Photography Game helps to unravel the visual elements in photographs, paintings and illustrations.

Ages: 7 to 99
1 to 6 players.How to play:
Hand a theme pink card to each player. Place the image cards one by one on the table. The players have to recognize if the image belongs to their card. After collecting a quartet, all players stop, check if the quartet is correct, and the player gets a new pink card or goes on. The winner is the player with more quartets. Afterwards, all players choose a favorite theme and take a photograph adding it up.


More ways to learn

Look carefully at the images and ask yourself what you see: the types of lines, positions, groups, colors…
What do you think the painter/ artist wanted to show or express?
How does this image make you feel?

Be creative like a real photographer! Choose a pink card. Take a photo that illustrates the theme. Share it on Instagram #myphotogame and see what other people photographed. When you’ve tried all the themes, you can start taking photos based on two pink cards at a time.

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Here's some background on the example cards

Discover the themes


There is proportion if you scale well all parts of the image in relation to each other. The proportions are interesting, though not real, if an elephant is smaller than a cat, or a kid is bigger than a house.


There is repetition when there are elements that appear two times or more. If you replicate something a number of times, it creates a pattern, like the strikes or circles you draw on a shirt.


There is contrast in the image when you create strong differences between two or more elements: black and white, large and short, thin and thick…


If you draw something with squares or take pictures of objects with the shape of a square or a rectangle, the image feels strong and solid.


If you draw something with pointy corners or take pictures of shapes with triangular corners or pointy endings, the image looks powerful or even scary.


You can create a horizontal composition when you put things parallel to the horizon. It gives a feel of quietness or stability.

Groups and areas

When you place people or objects together, located within the same closed area, you create the feeling that they belong to a group. It’s the opposite of scattering.


You can create a central composition when you place things, animals or people in the centre. This will enhance the surrounding space.


If you divide your illustration or photo into a grid with nine equal parts and then you place a person or a thing along the intersections, you create a visually pleasing image.