Gizmodo Shooting Challenge: Who Won The Second Olympus OM-D EM-5 Camera?

Gizmodo Shooting Challenge: Who Won The Second Olympus OM-D EM-5 Camera?

Hundreds of entries, thousands of votes, but as always there can be only one. Today we announce who wins the second of two Olympus OM-D EM-5 cameras Gizmodo has to giveaway.

For the last four weeks, Gizmodo readers (and the friends they convince to vote for them) voted one weekly Shooting Challenge finalist through to the prize round to be judged and announced by Gizmodo editors.

The challenges included:

Texture Photography
Liquid Photography
Depth Of Field Shots
Live Shots


Kelsey Anna Phillips, Texture Shots

I used a Canon Digital IXUS 70. The setting for the shot was inspired by my latest painting (mixed media). I just loved how the texture and colour was so childish in colour and influence but then it is also juxtaposed with the violence of the destroyed canvas and the stitches used to “save” what is left of it. I used the Macro and vivid colour settings on the camera to lay emphasis on the ridges and texture of the different aspects of the painting and to highlight detail. I used my bedside lamp to create depth of light within the grooves and indentations of the painting which gave it a more “dramatic” effect.

Great stuff, Kelsey. We wanted textures we could feel, and this image delivers it in spades. Your own physical creativity translated into digital artwork using in-camera effects put you over the top for this one. Congratulations!

Kelsey wins the Olympus OM-D EM-5. 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.


Finalist Kudos

Editor admiration goes to:

Andrew Pittman, Live Shots:

Nikon D3S
Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8

I went to see one of my favourite Aussie metal bands Ouroboros at Venom in Sydney on the weekend, got right down the front in the action (where I got some bruises for souvenirs) and snapped away…
The lighting wasn’t the greatest so I got to try out the high iso performance on my new D3S, I was impressed.
This band rocks! If you love your metal they are well worth looking up!!

Andrew Jarvie, Depth Of Field Shots:

Camera: Eos 5D MKII
Lens: 85mm f1.8
Aperture: f1.8
Shutter speed: 1/400sec
ISO: 200
Story: This shot almost happened by accident. Had planned to enter this competition but had just run out of time, have been heavily under the pump with work and stressed to the nines.
A friend came in from out of town and said do you fancy meeting in the city for a coffee. Another mutual friend also took time out and came along and and next thing we knew the coffee turned into a morning of very relaxing street photography. One of my friends took us up this little alley to get some German sausage for lunch at this little cafe she knew.
The light was really contrasty and the alley was very narrow with a shopping centre bridge across it at the point where I shot this, almost creating a spotlight affect down the centre of the alley with massive areas of highlight and shadow and I could just see this coppery inlay of leaves on the alley floor literally glowing in the sun so as the others walked on I lay down in the middle of the alley and snapped off three frames before I got run over by the cars going up the road.
I had forgotten just how relaxing and fun street photography could be but my 5D just isn’t really suited for it, too big and bulky and not designed for fast shooting…. the OM-D would just be a joy to use in these situations.

Elenor Bennett, Liquid Shots:

One of the amazing properties of liquids is it’s ability to reflect…. caught this duck contemplating jumping in on a brilliant blue skyed sunny day.
But should he swim, or should he fly? Is this liquid or is this sky?
Panasonic DMCTZ3, ISO 200, f/4.7 , 1/400 sec

Thanks to everyone who entered and congratulations again to Kelsey.

Fancy yourself the next winner of Gizmodo’s Shooting Challenge? We’re giving away another fantastic prize for the next challenge: one 1TB Seagate Backup Plus Portable drive every week for four weeks. Here’s how to enter right now!