Shooting Challenge: Winter

Welcome to The Gizmodo Shooting Challenge, where Giz readers get to pit their photographic skills against each other for the admiration of their editors on a dedicated theme each week. This week’s challenge? Winter — because it's bloody cold, but also beautiful outside.

And it's not like you have to live near the snow. The winter sun casts amazing shadows anywhere in the country. You can interpret the theme in any way you see fit. There are only a few rules that must be adhered to:

1. The work must be your own 2. Photos must be taken after the challenge was announced (no portfolio linking or it spoils the “challenge” part). 3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot. 4. Email submissions to [email protected] 5. Include 800px wide image (200KB or less) in email. 6. One submission per person. 7. Use the proper SUBJECT line in your email (more info on that below).

Send your best photo by Tuesday, July 12, at 8am AEDT, to [email protected] with “Winter” in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameWinter.jpg naming convention. Include your shooting summary (camera, lens, ISO, etc) in the body of the email along with a story of the shot in a few sentences. And don’t skip this story part because it’s often the most enjoyable part for us all beyond the shot itself!

I took the photo above with my Canon G9 at Grouse Mountain in Vancouver, Canada. Ten minutes outside the city, and you're on a gondola for some fun night snowboarding. Sliding down with the city beneath you is a sight to behold. Recommended!