Shooting Challenge: Winter...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 Micro Four-Thirds shooting 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.

- Vote your favourite HDR from last week!

This Week's Challenge: Winter

The cold is starting to creep in and the soft blue and grey hues of winter make perfect fodder for photographers everywhere. This week, we want you to go out and shoot for the image you think best captures winter. It doesn't have to be snow or rain, either. It could be a shot of you rugged up in bed escaping the winter cold, it could be a shot of the heat rising from the bars of your heater or a roaring open fire keeping you and yours warm. Whatever you think best encapsulates winter.

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 17.
  • 'Winter' voting begins at 11.30am on Tuesday, July 17, and close at 10am on Tuesday, July 24.
  • 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 12-July 17). 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 FirstnameLastnameWinter.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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Image: Winter Snow by AvidlyAbide, CC2.0



    great challenge! it's freaking freezing here in melbourne. shouldn't be hard to find a good shot.

    I've done my shot(Simply) and can't wait to see the range for this one, from phone to HDR enhanced 200pic compilations, the range is looking to be endless, bring on the diversity that is a
    "Gizmodo Shooting Challenge" !

    Winter in Brisbane is: "Cloudy" .... kinda like Melbourne everyday....

    Have the photos for this weeks challenge been released yet? It says by 11:30 Tuesday 17th?

      They are always late

    Where are the entries??

      Really interested to see the entries! They're a day late :(

    So whats going on? The dead line has already passed, looking for the next challenge.

    I've seen a few of the previous weeks take a couple of days to appear - they probably just have a ton of photos to get through.

    A bit of communication would be nice

      Ditto. I haven't entered this week but am really keen to see the entries and have a vote!!

    I guess you hedged all your bets in the previous week Mark? The one that you 'honestly didn't care about winning'.

      yep, i've worn out my friends with consistant voting requests & am going to have to lay low for a while or face loosing friends.But that's not going to stop me from voting for the image I think best though! It's a good brief; has been freezing in melb. & snowing in the hills so I expect to see some nice photos.

    I didn't get a chance to enter either - such a busy week :(

      Ironically the week they have a winter challenge, the weather where I live has been unusually sunny and warm (warmer than usual). I tried to take photos but they all looked like summer :/

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