Given that no one likes to work over the holidays, our intrepid Shooting Challenge participants can take the week off to focus on making particularly lofty, soon-unfulfilled New Year's resolutions related or completely unrelated to the art of the snapshot. But don't go soft on us; we'll announce a new challenge, as usual, next Wednesday.
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