Shooting Challenge: Insects

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, which closes tomorrow: Insects.

Insects are everywhere — in fact, there's more of them than there are of us, which should make actually finding test subjects rather easy. Shooting them — and shooting them well is another endeavour entirely, and that's where the creative element comes into play.

After fierce and lengthy debate in the office, (for the record: I hate spiders, so does Elly but she's willing to judge good photographs) it's been decided that you can submit photos of spiders as part of the challenge. I'd just like it noted that they're arachnids, technically speaking.

Image: KentonForshee

Please note that we've changed the submission rules recently, so make sure you read through them carefully.

1. The work must be your own. 2. Photos need to be taken the week of the contest. No portfolio shots please. 3. Explain (briefly) the photography equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot. 4. Entries must be submitted via the feedback form here; choose "Gizmodo Shooting Challenge" as the contact reason. 5. Don't forget to attach your image! (at least 800px wide) 6. One submission per person.

Submit your best photo by Tuesday, February 7, 2012, at 10am AEDT through the feedback form (select "Gizmodo Shooting Challenge" in the dropdown box). Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameINSECTS.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 great photos!

Need Inspiration? Check out the previous Gizmodo Shooting Challenges.

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