Shooting Challenge: Speed... Win An Ultrabook!

Welcome to The Gizmodo Shooting Challenge, where Giz readers get to pit their photographic skills against each other for the admiration of their editors -- and for the next month -- the chance to win a Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook! This week's entries close Tuesday morning!

Update: Week 1 (Speed) is now closed. Enter Week 2 (Engines) or vote for the best 'speed' photos.

Top image: Gizmodo reader Greg Chow from our Blurry Photo Challenge. Flash photography!


Inspired by Intel, Ultrabooks are a new category of mobile PC that pack speedy Intel Core processors and boast Rapid Start technology for boot-up in seconds. That performance and a lightweight design make Ultrabooks a great choice for photographers looking for an editing studio, storage drive and entertainment hub on the go.

We're excited to give one away to Gizmodo’s Shooting Challenge community.

Valued at $1199, the Dell XPS 13 (pictured) packs an Intel Core i5 processor and 128GB solid-state drive. The 13.3-incher also has edge-to-edge Gorilla Glass and is just 6mm at its thinnest point.

Finalists: We also have one remote-controlled indoor airship (measuring 1.27m long) for each of the four finalists who don’t win the major prize. The Turbo Blimp is valued at $200, and you’ll need to visit your local party shop to have it inflated.

This Week's Challenge: Speed

Think of it as an ode to Intel’s zippy Rapid Start technology. The interpretation of the theme is entirely yours to experiment with. You could try techniques like high-speed photography and slow shutter speeds or go the thematic route by shooting fast-moving objects in action.

How Judging Works

For the next five weeks, Gizmodo readers will vote one weekly Shooting Challenge finalist through to the prize round to be judged and announced by Gizmodo editors on Wednesday June 27. This week’s entries close at 10am on Tuesday, May 22. Voting begins at 11.30am on Tuesday, May 22, and closes at 10am on Tuesday, May 29. Full terms and conditions.


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 the shot. 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. 4. Entries must be submitted via the entry form below. 5. Don’t forget to name your image attachment properly! Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameSpeed.jpg naming convention. Please ensure your image is at least 800px wide and no larger than 3MB. 6. One submission per person. 7. Don’t skip the story part because it’s often the most enjoyable part for us all beyond the great photos!

Submit Your Entry

Need Inspiration? Check out the previous Gizmodo Shooting Challenges.

This form has been tested and we've been receiving great entries -- but if you're having issues submitting, please contact Danny Allen.


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    Guess that explains the Ultrabook ads all over the site. Totally worth it!

    This makes me wish i had any sort of photography skills.... :'( I'll spread the word though

      You don't need "skills". You need a photo. Post one you're happy with. You can only try.

    I took a photo yesterday that I want to send in for the speed shooting challenge, can I send that in for this challenge?

    I've just got the"thanks for your entry"response on the third upload ,hope I haven't pepperd you with them ,it's just this is the first seeming by message working upload .

    I have had trouble with it submitting my entry too but it finally worked! yay

    when are they going up?

      There's so many people entered because there is a prize so probably not until tomorrow , unless it's part of the judging process that they're graded in order of display .... I'll look for mine down the bottom if that's the case LOL

        Ok, i'll stop looking today then...

          Okay. Just checked for the fourteen millionth time. Telstra are loving you guys with me checking on my phone all arvo at work. lol

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