I had a previous idea that has escaped me, but considering it's the week of July 4..and Bastille day approaching too, I thought this might be an appropriate topic (at least in the US...but don't let that limit your creativity). The theme for this challenge is "Independence". Feel free to interpret the theme any way you see fit (you need not be specific to any nation/state or entity....it could be an animal, person, object...etc). This is for fun after all. You may add a little context around the entries when it was provided. This isn't mandatory, but including information on the camera and lens along with the location and any relevant history or significance of the subject makes the entry more interesting. Please post a single image that represents the theme. The deadline to post entries to this challenge will be Monday, July 13 at 6pm Eastern Daylight Time. (I'm extending this one a little so that we have two full weekends in which to shoot. Having the contest begin and end midweek will likely maximize opportunities for those of us who aren't retired.) After that, voting will remain open through 6pm (EDT) on Tuesday, June 14. Votes will be tallied, and a winner will be announced Tuesday evening, and then the next challenge should be posted by the winner soon after. Rules: A single "theme" will be provided for each challenge. These can specify a particular subject (e.g. "trees", "vehicles", "animals", "water"), a shooting/post processing method ("black and white", "shot in M-mode (manual)", "blur", "multiple exposure") or it can be more ephemeral ("happy", "orange", "renewal", "symmetry"). Note: since our audience is global, themes that reference a particular season of the year should be avoided. Each challenge will run for a period of two weeks. This should give everyone that wishes to participate a chance to get out and exercise his/her vision. Since the intent of this challenge is to get people out and shooting, entries should be shot during the timeframe of the challenge (i.e. no searching through back catalogs for images that match the theme). Since this is a Micro Four Thirds forum, entries should be shot with a Micro Four Thirds camera. Each participant must choose a single image to share in a post on the thread. A winner will be declared at the end of each challenge based on "votes" received from forum participants. A "like" (thumbs-up) will count as one vote and a "winner" (medal) will count as two votes. Voting is open to anyone (not just participants) and voters may cast as many or as few votes as they wish. Ties will be broken based on the larger number of "winner" votes, beyond that, any ties will be broken by the member who chose the theme (see below). The winner will choose the theme and post the subsequent challenge in a new thread. If the winner fails to post a new challenge within five days, the responsibility passes to the runner-up. At the end of the challenge the winner of the previous challenge should total the votes and announce the winner and the runners-up.