Forget about subdued and restrained. This week, let’s embrace the breathtakingly extravagant.

Ask me what my preferred aesthetic is, and most days I’d immediately respond: “minimalist.” Give me those monochrome surfaces, clean lines, and unadorned concrete or wood.

Every once in a while, though, even I can’t fight the pull of the extravagantly ornate. Such was the case a couple of years ago, when I visited the Trấn Quốc Pagoda, a Buddhist temple in Hanoi, Vietnam. The patterns, the details, the unapologetic commitment to symmetry and intricacy: it was just irresistible.

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In your photo this week, share something unabashedly ornate — where it’s clear that the creators pulled no stops and went all out. Whether it’s a breathtaking triumph or a total train wreck, I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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    1. There’s no badge or award directly connected with this challenge — most people participate because it offers a great chance to engage with a large, vibrant community of photobloggers, and to get a lot of support and encouragement on your work.

      We occasionally feature a selection of photos from a given challenge after it’s over, though I think of it less as a reward than as a way for us to recognize and celebrate the super-talented members of this community.

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