Shooting Challenge: Six Awesome Summer Shots

Summer is all about the heat, the sunshine and the water, as these six shots from Giz readers illustrate.

Our second Shooting Challenge raised the bar. Although a couple of entrants sent in photos that weren't taken this past week, we can forgive them for their efforts of sharing the sunshine on Gizmodo. Julian Ryan

Jade at the Beach Nikon D300 85mm 1.4 1/8000

Greg Nicolle

I took the second shot which has captured the extremely rare and difficult jump involving my nephew jumping while my brother is precariously balanced upside down on his head (do not attempt this at home). The shot was actually a fluke of timing with my Nephew jumping and my brother back flipping, still we have managed to fool a few.

Keelyn Nicolle

Taken by my Daughter (Keelyn Nicolle), this photo is of me ensuring that I won’t be able to walk correctly for a week. She took the shot while in the water looking up at me jumping towards her with the sun in the background.

Jono Ward

This was taken with an iPhone 4, f2.8, 1/15 shutter speed. stitched together in Arcsoft Panorama studio, and light noise reduction in Paint.net.

I took this one while i was out watching the sunset in Sydney with my mates. The temperature that day peaked at over 40! The bush fire that was raging in the left corner is around Lane Cove national park. When the sun finally set, you could see an orange pulsating glow at the base of the smoke stack, which was quite awesome. i love the feeling of the wilderness you can get just 20 minutes from sydney CBD.

Declan Langham

Sony a850 body CZ 24-70mm f/2.8 at 24mm Settings: ISO 100 f/2.8 1/500 sec +0.7EV

I was on holidays for the new years with a few mates and decided to go to the beach one night so I took my camera. This is basically what I got. This is one of the best family beaches Western Australia has to offer.

I was a little bit annoyed with the green bag being in the foreground and that the women was also in background. But I don’t think these two features detract from it being a wonderful image.

David McCahon

I took this photo of my girlfriend on her first scuba dive ever. We just off Mana Island in Fiji where we just returned from holidaying and she decided to take the plunge. It was an amazing experience made even more memorable by my ability to capture moments of it with my tough camera.

I took it with my Panasonic Lumix FT2 and we were around 10m deep. The amazing thing about the camera is not only that it can take underwater shots, but it can capture such beautiful moments from quite a depth (I actually took it to 13m and it handled the pressure fine). It was on underwater mode f3.3, 1/125 of a second

My camera bag for the holiday had this little gem and my Canon EOS 1000D 18-55 IS, the combination of the two allowing me to take photos in every situation.

Thanks everyone who entered for your photos! Stay tuned for the next challenge tomorrow!