Shooting Challenge: HDR...Win An Olympus OM-D EM-5 Camera!

Welcome to Shooting Challenge, where Gizmodo readers test their photographic skills for the admiration of their editors -- and for the chance to win a shiny new Olympus OM-D EM-5 camera...


The Olympus OM-D EM-5 is designed to make the jump into DSLR easy. With Live View functionality that lets you see exactly what a shot will look like before you take it, coupled with a 5-axis in-body image stabiliser for shooting in low light, and a retro design inspired by the first OM-D from 1972, the EM-5 lets you capture some beautiful shots. More at Olympus.

We're excited to be able to give this camera away to Gizmodo's Shooting Challenge faithful.

The kit you're playing for is valued at $1499, and includes the OM-D EM-5 body and 12-50mm lens, both of which are weatherproof so you can feel confident when Mother Nature turns on you.

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This Week's Challenge: HDR

It's a beautiful world out there, and good HDR images capture fractions of it with immense beauty, powerful colours and soft focus. We want you to show us the best HDR you have to offer. It could be one of a beach, a cityscape, a field -- anything you can point a lens at and take an HDR image of.

We'll also be accepting images taken from mobile devices this week, so if you're an iPhone user who loves pushing that HDR button, show us what you've got!

We don't want stuff that's been too heavily photoshopped, and you have to include that all important EXIF data with your entry otherwise it won't be eligible for entry in the Shooting Challenge.

How Judging Works

  • For four weeks, Gizmodo readers will vote one weekly Shooting Challenge finalist through to the prize round to be judged and announced by Gizmodo editors on Friday, July 25.
  • This week's entries close at 10am on Tuesday, July 10.
  • 'HDR' voting begins at 11.30am on Tuesday, July 10, and close at 10am on Tuesday, July 17.
  • Full terms and conditions.

The Rules

  1. The work must be your own.
  2. Photos need to be taken the week of the contest (July 5-July 10). No portfolio shots please.
  3. EXIF info must be visible to us -- check for it before you submit!
  4. Explain (briefly) the photography equipment, settings, technique and story behind the shot.
  5. 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.
  6. Entries must be submitted via the entry form below.
  7. Don’t forget to name your image attachment properly!
  8. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameHDR.jpg naming convention.
  9. Please ensure your image is at least 800px wide and no larger than 3MB.
  10. One submission per person.
  11. 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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    I'm going to learn a few new things this week with this challenge.
    Going to have to go for a long drive to find somewhere nice.

    Don't forget to change the date in the rules it says (June26 to July 3)

    "Photos need to be taken the week of the contest (June 26-July 3). No portfolio shots please"
    This is a typing mistake, isn't it?

    oops ... didn't refresh so din't notice david K.

    So I've gone back into the post and updated it with the right information. Sorry about that guys.

    Looking forward to your image!

    OK next problem is getting my HDR from 50MP down to 3MP LOL
    Then having EXIFdata survive the process.....a HDR is a manufactured image and a compile of three to nine photo's , can I just send the original data from one of the images ?

    *cracks knuckles* game on.. done this 1,000's of times.. :)

    how fixed are the rules for dates on this challenge I shot some stuff yesterday and today (3rd and 4th july) that would be good for this

      The photos must be taken after the challenge is announced. So anything you took prior to July 5 doesn't count.

        thanks but I read the announcement on july 4th though......

          never mind

    I totally just submitted my photo but forgot to name it with the right naming convention. Is this a problem? How can I fix it if so?

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    Does anyone else see the irony in a competition for a professional camera, that requires you to take a photo from a professional camera?

    Unfortunately the only camera I own is the one with my phone so that rules me out. But for the rest of you photography enthusiasts, have fun! :)

      Er... I just realised that there are android and iphone apps that do allow one to take HDR shots. I'm going to extract my foot from my mouth and just shut the hell up now.

    Having EXIF survive a multi-image HDR process is challenging. It doesn't work on PS when i photo merge...

    What should i do?

      Do a fake one from a single RAW filemake into three (-2ev,0ev,+2ev)then HDR merge should all have the same data and no data confusion to wipre out original data. I couldn't understand how to do it with GIMP either. They say they don't want heavily processed photo's, after reading the photoshop process I'm wondering what that means now.
      Gimp is a single step process unless you post tonemap......

    ok, so i submitted my epic 32stack HDR & am keenly waiting to see all the other entries? so when does this comp go live?

    ok, so i submitted my epic 32 image HDR & am keenly waiting to see all the other entries? so when does this comp go live?

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