How to Compare and Contrast Pictures

Jane LawsonHello, I'm Jane at DailyStep English!

Try this free Audio Lesson with Interactive Exercise to improve your skills in comparing and contrasting pictures. This topic is important for speaking and writing exams, and also for general English conversation skills. 

If you are new to DailyStep English, please register for a free trial of 5 UK/USA audio lessons to help your English speaking, listening, vocabulary and pronunciation. 

Question: Study the two photographs. In 1.5 minutes be ready to compare and contrast the two photographs:

  • give a brief description of the two photos (action, location)
  • say what the pictures have in common
  • say what in what way the pictures are different
  • say which of the activities presented in the pictures you'd prefer
  • explain why

DailyStep English
Compare and Contrast: Free Trial Lesson
Try 5 more Compare and Contrast Audio lessons here

Compare and Contrast photos - 1  Compare and Contrast photos - 2

The first photo shows a group of people hiking in mountainous countryside. They have large backpacks on so I think they must be planning to walk a long way. It's a very clear bright day, and judging by the scenery in the foreground and the mountains in the far distance, I would say they are probably on a walking holiday. In the second picture, there are three people sitting on - I'm not sure of exactly the right word to describe it - but it’s a wooden platform over the water.
It looks as if the girl with the red towel on her shoulder who is sitting behind the boy in the stripey T-shirt has just been swimming.  By the look of the surface of the water, I would say it was taken on quite a windy day.

The photos are both similar in some ways, in that they were both taken outdoors and probably in the summer, and both of them have mountains in the distance. Another thing they have in common is that they both show people who may well be on holiday.


In terms of the differences between them, the first photo was taken in an area high up in the mountains, which we can tell from the fact that they are clearly hiking down a hill, whereas the second photo must have been taken at sea level - unless of course, this is a mountain lake rather than the sea!  Another difference is that the people in the second photo are clearly having a day of relaxation, while the people in the first picture must have a long day’s walk ahead of them.
As to which of the activities I would prefer
, I think that would depend on how I was feeling on the day. I would enjoy both activities. However, hiking in mountains is one of my favourite pastimes so I'm going to go with the activity in the first photo as my preferred activity.

Try 5 more Compare and Contrast Audio lessons here

Now listen again and try this interactive exercise:

More Compare and Contrast Lessons

Are you trying to get a better score in your IELTS exam? In this new course, you can access 10 of my most popular IELTS Speaking Test part 2 answers, all with downloadable audio, PDF and interactive listening and vocabulary exercises. 




DailyStep English is Certified by CPDDailyStep English Lessons are inspected and accredited by the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certification Service. This is an internationally recognised organisation that inspects learning programmes and guarantees quality in further education.

You can add your DailyStep English 
Certificate of Continuing Professional Development to your CV or Resume and show a college or employer that you have completed a DailyStep English course. Each certificate has a unique number and can be verified as authentic.

How to get your Certificate 
after completing your DailyStep English Lessons
If you would like an official certificate when you finish your DailyStep English Lessons, please contact me at A member of the DailyStep Team will verify that you have successfully completed all your DailyStep Lessons, and if you satisfy this criteria, you will receive your DailyStep English Certificate of Continuing Professional Development.  For a small additional charge for printing and postage, depending on your location, we can send you a printed certificate.

Here is a short video showing how to use a DailyStep Audio Lesson:

This is a Level 2 lesson - we have lessons at 5 different levels so you can try them all and see which one suits you! 
Choose your level :
  Level 1.> Level 2 >.Level 3 > Level 4 Level 5   OR

How does a DailyStep subscription work?

DailyStep Audio lessons make you speak English like a native speaker for a short time each day, and help you to understand native speakers perfectly. 
If you subscribe to my regular DailyStep audio lessons, I will send you 5 expertly- designed audio lessons per week, so every month you get approximately 22 lessons per level. You choose the level yourself that you think will be challenging for you - not too easy, not too hard - and you can change your level, or add more levels, at any time after joining.

  • Each weekday (Monday to Friday), you receive an email containing a link that takes you straight to your audio lesson.
  • Each audio lesson contains a short conversation, with an audio file and script, as well as vocabulary and style notes to help you understand it.
  • Key phrases in the conversation are hidden at first so you can test your listening skills. You can then uncover the hidden text.
  • There are 2 audio files per lesson – one at fast, natural speed and a second audio file that is slowed down using special software to 65% of natural speed. This allows you to hear exactly how the language works.
  • You copy the native speakers by speaking along with the audio files to improve your pronunciation, rhythm, speed and intonation.
  • All your lessons are stored for you in an online Personal Lesson Bank so you can log in to take them again any time, or take lessons you have missed – even after your subscription has expired!
  • You can download the MP3 audio files to your computer, mobile phone or i-pod.
  • The lessons take only 5 - 10 minutes each day to complete, and you can log in and take your lessons from any computer.
  • There are no advertisements to distract your attention.


As a subscriber, you will also get full access and download rights to the audio in my Teacher’s Blogs, with cultural articles and downloadable audio grammar lessons.


DailyStep Audio Lessons are exceptionally good value – I believe in keeping prices down so that better English is affordable for everyone! There is a 30-day money back guarantee, so there is no risk at all! So what are you waiting for? A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step!

 Have you tried our Extra Lessons?

Learn English through literature, drama, comedy, history, natural conversation and more! 

more | plus | más | altro | 続き | 자세히