The Photography Scavenger Hunt is a fun way to stretch your photography and creative skills alongside hundreds of other Scavengers from around the globe. But it is so much more than that. We are a tribe of supportive, inspirational, and amazing people that are always looking for more amazing people to add to the fold. 

All skill levels are welcome, all cameras are welcome. Film, digital, mobile, point & shoot, on up to large format photography. There are no limits. 

Join us! 



Round 27 is Complete!

Congratulations to Rita Zietsma the Overall Champion. This was a fantastic round full of creativity and talent – and so many Scavengers who did all 10 words. Congratulations everyone.

Click below to view all of the albums and winners.

Why is the Photography Scavenger Hunt so special?

It’s the feeling of US. We support each other’s journey in becoming better photographers, better artists.

We met online, but we are so much more than that.

We are a tribe, a family.

If a picture is worth 1000 words, then this video is a book on why so many love the Hunt, and keep coming back each round.

We have a private Scavenger Community for past and present Hunters.



Number of Photos (approximately)


We aren’t just virtual friends, we are flesh and blood friends as well. We’ve had two Meetups in Las Vegas, one in Orlando and another large one is being tentatively planned for 2021.

In addition to the official large ones, many of us have hosted mini and regional meetups as well.



The Scavenger Hunt wouldn’t be what it is without some tireless people behind the scenes. Lauri Novak is the ringleader of the show (taking over from the founder Chrysta Rae several rounds ago). In addition to Lauri’s vision, there are a fantastic group of people nicknamed the Dream Team. They help Lauri gather the photos, follow up with Scavengers with any problems with submissions, streamline the process and so much more. 

Lauri Novak

Lauri Novak

Head Scavenger


Who am I?  Many of you know me a little I suppose from G+ over the last several years. I’m a photographer. I’m an artist. Photography is my passion.

Sharing my passion, helping others learn and find their own paths is something else that I love to do. It’s taken me a while to get to this point but I am finally taking this step! This is a work in progress, but running this community has been a step in the right direction.

I live outside of Chicago. I quit my “real” job on December 31, 2018, to focus on my own work, selling my art and mentoring others along the way. I am married and have a hubby who is a massage therapist. (No…it’s not massages anytime I want as you might think. Besides, I’m a horrible patient.) Anyway, this is his 2nd career. We are both very driven and passionate about what we are doing and both have the need to help others. I’m also a stepmom to 25-year-old Ryan. He lives with us half the time and brings us a ton of joy. Even though he is 24/7 care and sometimes a lot of work and/or can try my patience, he makes us laugh almost every day.

So, that’s me in a bit of a nutshell. I’m a free spirit, wanderer, explorer at heart and still go off on adventures when I get the chance.

Creative fun pushes me to find new ways of seeing with editing. We’re all here to learn and grow, create, encourage and support each other.

I have been part of this crazy hunt since Day 1. It has been an incredible platform for learning, growing and meeting the most amazing community of people. The people are the reason I offered to take this on. I’m excited to see where we can go with this new platform, our own website and how we can build this into an even more beneficial platform for all.



The Dream Team

Traci Asaurus

Traci Asaurus

My name is Traci Asaurus
(yes I AM a dinosaur!)
I am an eccentric bohemian nomad living in a loooonly wooorld…  wait no… it’s the Journey not the destination right?  Oh lordy I hate writing about myself. I live in a mini-skoolie with my dog Mischief and my cat Tortuga and try to make ends meet with art as much as possible.  I love painting and photography (really? no kidding?) and am always up for a new exciting adventure…or even an old boring adventure, those are fun too 😀    Follow my crazy life on my Blog, Pixels or either Instagram account –


Marilyn Benham

Marilyn Benham

Hi There, It’s so great to see all you wonderful friends,  and look forward to meeting our newest members. “Welcome aboard”  I’m one of the original *Dream Team Members* hand picked by  our huggable, lovable, Chrysta Rae. It has been an honor, and joy to serve all these years, and now helping our amazing (and I do mean *A MAZ ING*) Lauri Novak in any way I can.
   Born in Michigan, moved to Florida when I was 8. Grew up on the beaches of the west coast on the Gulf of Mexico. An amazing world for a young girl to grow up in so free.
    I met my Hubby there, we married, had 4 incredible sons. Then we moved to Georgia, where we now have amazing daughter in laws, and a bunch of adorable grandchildren.  Love to garden, cook, bake, paint, sketch, make jewelry, and original art with driftwood, and many other items. I also help my husband David in our sign business. We love music, and you can often hear it blasting throughout the house.
   I make simple humble photography for the sheer enjoyment, discovery,  & excitement of it, to record, & document Our World of Wonder! To hopefully make someone smile, see something new, or different & feel good! Always hoping my work will inspire & bring a good feeling.


Alan Bland

Alan Bland

I’m a retired software engineer living in Colorado and spending my time with various creative pursuits. My current passions are wildlife and nature photography, photo art, and electronic music.
The Scavenger Hunt has driven me to push my creativity and Photoshop skills further. I’ve been on the Dream Team since it first formed, mostly finding ways to make the back end processes go faster and more smoothly by writing code and spreadsheets to help the other Dream Teamers.




Melissa Beagle

Melissa Beagle

Currently based in Denver, CO…I’m a practicing Family Physician with OB, which means I take care of families and deliver babies as my day (and often night) job. When I joined the Hunt (3rd Round), it really seemed to be a very unique creative push for me and an excellent opportunity to learn more about Photography. So many fellow Scavengers are quick to share tips/tricks and general great information, creating a truly open and supportive learning environment.
And the very best aspect of the Hunt is all the wonderful people I know now as true friends, whether we meet only on line, or hang out in real life. Since my other creative passion is travel, I’m making a point to visit Scavengers around the world for photo walks!
My other photographic loves are: travel photography, landscapes, and still life scenes (specifically the Nutty Nuts series). I also love gardening, cooking/baking (The Great British Baking Show!) and giving baked goodies to my friends.
My Camera of choice is #Sonya7r2 (that’s so I can share lenses with my local pals).



Liz Kaetterhenry

Liz Kaetterhenry

Hi! I’m Liz! In my day job I work as a Library Media Director managing three school libraries, overseeing technology deployment and currently building the district’s new website. I also recently purchased a home in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. I have a golden retriever puppy names Baxter and a Main Coon cat name JoJo.

I’m just a hobby photographer who joined the hunt in round 7 and I don’t remember when I became part of the dream team, but it has been many, many rounds that I’ve had a blast helping out and collecting photos. I love being part of the hunt and have a lot of awesome memories from it. Creatively, it helps me shoot because it allows me to focus and always pushes me to try new techniques, think-outside-the box and make me get outside and shoot! My favorite part is all of our hangouts and spending time with scavengers from all over world! Spending time with scavengers has given me some of the greatest laughs over the last few years and I’m so happy that the hunt will survive off of G+.



Dana Finster

Dana Finster

Dana’s amazing bio is coming up!

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