The Fall Challenge is an annual friendly competition organized by the Nature Group of the RA Photo Club. The 2019 challenge took place along Trail 56 in Gatineau Park, and I suspect most participants limited themselves, as I did, to the section between Ramsay Lake and Kidder Lake. I’ve participated in the challenge many times (and you can see my earlier efforts by browsing past years in this journal). The rules are always the same: only photos that were taken from the designated location on the day of the challenge qualify, photographers can arrive and leave whenever they like, and afterwards, each photographer submits eight of their photos for judging. Of course, being a Nature competition, the “hand of man” is generally not allowed to be visible. Any member of the club can attend the judging session and cast their votes (although not for their own photos). The results are compiled, and the best photos and winners of the competition are revealed during one of the club meetings. A friend and I travelled to the competition together, and we agreed on a fairly leisurely literary, arriving at about 9:00 am and leaving around 2:30 pm. (We would have been there a half-hour earlier except I, as navigator, missed the turn-off and we had to double back). Excluding about half an hour for a packed lunch back at the car, we had about 5 hours of shooting time. There were scattered clouds in the morning and light rain showers in the afternoon. That actually worked out fairly well, since it gave us two different environmental conditions to work with. In total, roughly 30 people participated, mostly in the morning, and only a handful of us in the rainy afternoon. I think everyone was happy they went since the fall colours seemed to be especially spectacular this year, and we were on the outskirts of the park without a lot of other visitors. And I'm especially happy because the judging of the Fall Challenge entries awarded me an Honorable Mention.