Cue Card Sample

A photo you have taken that you are proud of - Cue Card # 826

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

[The topic for your talk will be written on a card which the examiner will hand over to you. Read it carefully and then make some brief notes.]

Describe a photo you have taken that you are proud of.

You should say:

  • when you took this photo
  • what type of camera you used
  • who were in the photo

and explain why you are proud of this photo.

[Instruction: You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

[Examiner: All right? Remember you have one to two minutes for this, so don't worry if I stop you. I'll tell you when the time is up. Can you start speaking now, please?]

Model Answer 1:
One of my favourite pastime activities is to look at my old photos and talk about them with others. The wonderful capabilities of cameras in preserving our memories also fascinate me a lot, but that’s not what I should really be talking about here. Rather, I should be talking about a picture, I took, that made me proud.

Now, I can think of quite a few shots which I am proud of, but the photo certainly stands out the most among the crowds is the one that I took during my college graduation programme about 4 years ago. But, the most interesting thing about this picture was that it was not even captured by my own camera. In fact, I didn’t even own a camera back then, apparently, because I was just too “young” (according to my parents, that is) to own a camera! But, just because I didn’t own a camera, that didn’t mean that I was willing to let my college graduation ceremony pass without taking any pictures!

After all, it was a “once in a lifetime” thing, meaning I had to have a camera with me during my graduation ceremony, and so I ran to a distant uncle of mine (may God bless his kind heart) to borrow his “canon EOS” full-frame, mirrorless, 30-megapixel camera, the best and the most technologically advanced camera I had seen up and until that point. Not to mention, of course, I immediately fell in love with that camera and took it on my graduation day to capture some of the finest pictures with the finest memories.

But, out of all those fine pictures, I am very proud of that particular picture, where my loving parents and two best friends are found just in front of me, because it beautifully presented the most important persons in my life, without who I probably wouldn’t be able to come this far in my life. In fact, it was probably because of this particular theme that this picture won an online photo competition several years ago, an achievement of which I am also very proud!

Sample Answer 2:

Photography is a popular hobby in my country, and I also enjoy this hobby. I love capturing beautiful moments around me. And, recently, I took a photo that I'm quite proud of, and for this cue card topic, I will describe it.

When you took the photo:
It was last summer when I visited a nearby park with my family. We spent a wonderful day there, enjoying the greenery and natural beauty. At some point, we came across a small pond with several ducks swimming in it. I took out my smartphone and clicked a photo of the ducks.

What type of camera you used: 
As I've mentioned earlier, I used my smartphone camera to take this photo. Although it's not a professional camera, it has decent camera quality and captured the ducks quite well.

Who were in the photo:
The photo mainly featured a group of ducks swimming in the pond. They were all together, enjoying their time in the water. The water was clear, and the ducks' reflection in the water made the photo even more beautiful.

And explain why you are proud of this photo:
I'm proud of this photo because it was a spontaneous moment that I captured. The ducks looked so serene and calm, and the photo captured that moment perfectly. It's also one of the best photos I've taken with my smartphone camera, and I was pleasantly surprised by the result. Moreover, I shared this photo with my family and friends, and they all appreciated it, which made me happy and proud.

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