This is What Happens When You Challenge a Photographer to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge


If you’ve been on any form of social media recently, you’ve no doubt heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Chances are actually pretty good that you’ve been challenged to do it yourself, and while most people document their challenge in video form, photographer Adrian Murray decided to document his by capturing a burst of 10 photographs that show every cringe-worthy, ‘refreshing’ moment.

On the off-chance you’re not familiar, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a viral social media movement put together by the ALS Association, an organization dedicated to creating a world without the disease Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

The deal is that if you’re challenged by one of your friends who completed the challenge, you have 24 hours to either dump a bucket of ice water over yourself and challenge three others, donate to the ALS association, or both (most people are choosing the latter).

With help from tens of celebrities and hundreds of thousands of other participants, the ALS association has raised well over $10 million and the number keeps rising, which brings us to a more photographic version of the Ice Bucket Challenge by Murray:











The challenge is already well under way, and chances are good many of you have already participated, but if you just got nominated to complete the Ice Bucket Challenge, what say we start a high speed photography branch to this worthwhile movement?

And if you do complete the challenge using photography, be sure to drop the photos or a link to your series in the comments down below!

Image credits: Photographs by Adrian Murray and used with permission

  • Edmond Leung

    What so special about this?

  • Adam Cross

    do you live under a rock?

  • Kaouthia

    This isn’t high speed photography, just regular plain old fast shutter.

  • notkalvin

    No ice cubes? Lol

  • Jeremy Taco Patterson

    I can’t believe Peta Pixel would DARE post a piece that isn’t absolutely riveting, controversial and thought provoking. Don’t you know your readers are far too stodgy and boring to enjoy such light-hearted, feely-good stories like this…

  • Edmond Leung

    I know about the ice bucket challenge, I was talking about what so special the photographs.

  • pmonkey

    Ok Petapixel, you have 3 more chances, after that – unfollow.

  • jarmatic

    Should have used a Nikon V3… :-P

  • Zack Griswold

    I’m not going to lie, I was under the impression that the ice bucket challenge required ice.

  • LuAnn Hunt

    I think it’s a nice story… and who knows, the water can still be ICE COLD… we don’t have to see ice cubes… but for future ice water photo challenges… it would be nice to see some ice cubes.

  • Tere Herndz

    So, he shot on Burst mode and got one “good” shot and 9 other useless ones… Where’s the achievement in that??

  • bueller345

    The Clarity slider happens!

  • Arturo Nepomuceno

    This going up on Petapixel is starting to convince me that photography is really dying. Not to mention the overhype in the title. You guys can do better than this.

  • Carmen Jp

    Today is International Photographer’s Day :)

  • greenarcher02

    High res instead of shaky blurry iPhone shots

  • Burnin Biomass

    Exactly, if this were Iran, we could lash people who have to audacity to say you don’t like something.

  • Vin Weathermon

    Should have had prop lucite cubes to make sure they were properly frozen in place.