WIN! An Olympus TG-1 Tough Camera


We've already given away some killer prizes, and now we're down to the last giveaway for 2012. How do you fancy an awesome new Olympus TG-1 Tough Camera valued at $499? Here's how you win...

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Who Won?

Sockparty picks up the TG-1 after his amazing story about mutually-assured camera theft destruction.

It was during my first trip to London. It was my first morning there, and I was incredibly excited. I had scheduled a huge day of hitting all the touristy spots (Big Ben, Tower bridge, London Eye etc) and I had my Nikon D70 out of its snoot case and ready to go, even though I was still on the underground (which obviously in retrospect was a bit naive).

I was standing in the middle of a not-too-crowded carriage near a set of doors, when the train pulled up at Piccadilly Circus. Just as the doors started to close, a young bloke who I thought was asleep jumped up from a nearby seat, snatched the camera from my shoulder and took off.

Now, you can probably imagine how the story might have ended from there, but in fact this is where things get interesting. For some reason my gut reaction was, rather than chase the guy, to step forward and give the bastard a nice hard ankle tap just as he'd almost cleared the doors.

It turned out to be the perfect move, because as the doors shut I watched from the window as he sprawled out across the platform, A over T, landing directly on top of my camera. The train paused just long enough for me to watch him roll back over and look directly at me in shock, with the broken pieces of my camera underneath where he had landed.

So again, without thinking I flipped him the bird, pressed it up against the window and shouted "HOW DO YOU LIKE THEM APPLES, ARSEHOLE?!" before the train finally took off.

Despite the fact that my camera was stolen and subsequently destroyed, it is still one of my proudest moments. Fortunately I got the money back on travel insurance, but the most amusing part was telling the story to the Bobbies - I had to file a police report for the insurance. They all pissed themselves laughing but agreed it was one of the best stories they'd ever heard. Of course the thief was never arrested. But I guess on that day, he forgot to "mind the gap".

Here's hoping the TG-1 comes in handy, mate!


The Olympus TG-1 Tough is an excellent camera that packs a 12-megapixel sensor, f/2 lens with 5x telephoto zoom and 1080p video shooting abilities into a weaponised case that can withstand the wet, the dry, the mud and the dirt. It can even hold up against drops. The TG-1 is shock-proof, drop-proof, water-proof, dirt-proof and frost-proof. You're set for underwater depths up to 12 metres, it'll withstand a fall of up to 2 metres, a weight of 100 kilograms and can survive temperatures as low as -10 degrees C. The case is also doubly sealed for added protection. It also comes with A-GPS for geotagging your snaps and a 3-inch touchscreen.

It's worth $499 and we're excited to give this one away. So how do you win?

To win this amazing camera, all you have to do is tell us how your last camera died. Did you step on it? Perhaps it got wet? My last camera died after it fell off a boat while recording video. At the bottom of a lake in Austria there's a camera that carries the last moments we ever shared together before it fell...what's your best story?

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Important dates: • Entries close 10am Thursday December 20 • Winner also announced tomorrow • Winner will receive the Olympus Tough TG-1 mid-late January 2013 due to end of year • Full terms and conditions.


Comments

    My camera died because the battery 'kinda' exploded inside...

    I had an Olympus Tough once, I took it everywhere and it was indestructible. The last photo I took with it was late at night at a party, straight after dropping it in the mud and passing it around for other people to take happy snaps with. It turns out the Olympus Tough is not resistant to opportunistic thieves.

    Rather inconveniently at a personal meet and greet with my favourite band!! *sob*

    In a momentary lapse of intelligence, I thought I would try see if my old camera could skip across water like one does as a kid with flat stones. F#*k knows where I got that idea from!!
    Anyway it hit the first small wave and quite impressively ramped about 3m in the air. But disapointingly didn't skip again when it hit the water a good 20 - 25m from the ocean's edge.

    I guess I should also mention it didn't float either! :-(

    Queenstown...bungy jumping for the first time in my life over a river and I thought Ill take my own pics instead of paying 300 dollars for pics and videos. A slight problem.. no camera mount. So I tie the camera to my waist with a support cord , turn on the video and do the jump. I am retrieved in a boat and we are heading to the shore. I turn the camera on to check the footage and my hands are shaking so bad that I drop it overboard.

    My last camera survived a bungy jump tied only with a piece of string but died because the owners hands were not as sturdy as the string !!

    Fishing outside and managed to drop over side of boat:-(

    Well, my story is about a camera I bought for my parents; a Nikon S9300 (they chose it).
    After just 1 trip to Europe, the LCD view panel was scratched to high heaven (why they chose to manufacture this with a soft plastic cover to protect the LCD I have no idea!)... Not to mention almost every photo was out of focus and seemingly over-exposed, through no fault of their own... Their hatred for this camera was building... Anyway, the next time they took it out to my cousin's wedding my mum dropped it onto a bitumen road... Needless to say, instantly broken! So now that I can't afford to buy them another camera it'd be really nice to win this one and give it to them, since this time, they shouldn't be able to break it! :D

    My first last and only camera death (so far) was, unfortunately, also my most expensive and best camera. I had just bought a new canon s100 and was shooting at the kangaroo point cliffs. After taking some shots of the city from atop the cliff I put the camera in my pocket, unfortunately I didn’t so much put it into my pocket as tuck it into my shirt in my pock. When I then reached out my arm to climb back over the wall it pulled my shirt out of my pocket and my camera along with it. Because I am unlucky my camera then fell over the edge of the KP point cliff. While I was really upset I was at least happy that the falling camera didn't kill anyone, and I was able to salvage the memory card.... so I guess it wasn't a total loss.

    A couple of years ago i was filming my friend snowboard down a one of the massive runs at thredbo, he was continously falling over and over, it was the funniest thing ever, you have to see it. Then at the end i managed to fall over myself (while recording my friend haha) and getting my little canon ixus camera completely covered in snow . After that crash The camera was never the same again and no longer usable. so resorted to having to use my phone to record videos now..

    Best part is, I still have the video to prove it hahaha.

    Last camera, an olympus, dropped on my concrete driveway by a friend who wanted to have a look. It was in its camera bag but unzipped and he grabbed it upside down. That was in fact just minutes before the departure to a hiking trip... unhappeh

    My camera was swept away in rough seas as I was disembarking a longboat to swim to Maya Bay (the place where they filmed the Leonardo movie "The Beach") and fell into the water, almost drowning in the process. Luckily my trusty DSLR was insured!

    Tried to take an aerial photo of myself by setting the timer and throwing the camera up in the air. Upon observing the immerse speed at which the camera was descending, I wussed out and ran away instead of trying to catch it. Didn't even snap a photo before it hit the ground. http://www.petapixel.com/2011/08/31/throw-your-camera-into-the-air-for-a-group-photo-from-above/

    My last camera didnt die, we just grew apart, the flash had gone out of our relationship. I wanted more and it was more than he could give. When you no longer click its time to move on. We parted on good terms, no negatives, and we'll always have the wonderful memories we made together.

    Foster mummy to five,
    Without a camera I can’t survive!
    So many memories to treasure,
    Photography is a passion I enjoy to do at my leisure,
    So the story must be told,
    I can assure you that my camera was NOT old!
    Received as a gift only months prior to its last breath,
    A short lived life before it’s drastic death!
    Mother’s Day was approaching and the children were determined to design a wondrous scrap book creation!
    Personalised photos of each child doing what they love most was their foundation!
    Swimming! Snorkelling! Surfing…to name a few…
    The kids are oblivious to “Waterproof” and innocently didn’t have a clue!
    They snuck my camera all in good will!
    And headed to the beach with a mission and thrill!
    I was told the camera went into waves to capture the kids undertaking the “snorkelling” sport!
    This is where my camera’s life became instantly SHORT!
    Of course the scrapbook was not delivered on Mother’s Day!
    BUT I was generously given a disposable camera to try and sway!
    Oh how could I be upset!
    They all had good intentions and were not aware of the repercussion if the camera was WET!
    It would be nice to recommence a sport I truly adore,
    AND to recommence capturing the children grow would be an idyllic Christmas score!

    My last camera died when my sister took it to fiji and lost it off the side of a racing jetski in the middle of the ocean between islands XD

    It was a shame, she'd taken it without asking me & I hadn't had a chance to offload the images from my cousin's wedding from it :( now I offload images on the day I take them and have two memory cards doing a round-robin :P

    My camera died in a flood. Got an awesome picture though. Unfortunately it died because of water damage, not complete annihilation.

    2 foot drop on to the hard cement in our laundry, totally screwed it. Was my first digital camera, a Fuji something, 4.1 megapixels I thought it was awesome.

    Yacht, beach on deserted island, Drop anchor few meters from sparkling white sand. tear off shirt & almost jump overboard. Decided against it when I saw the 3 m tiger shark in landing zone. Grab camera instead, throw it into bilge in excitement. Shark circles for 15 minutes. No photo. Camera wet & dead.

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