Shooting Challenge: Live... 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 second month -- the chance to win a shiny new Olympus OM-D EM-5 camera. Entries close Tuesday morning....


That's right, we're back with a second Olympus OM-D EM-5 camera to giveaway! The 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 one more 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 Depth of Field shot from last week!

This Week's Challenge: Live

Like we wrote in our review, the Live View function on the Olympus OMD EM-5 is great. That function has inspired this week's shooting challenge theme: Live.

So much great stuff can happen when we're out on the town that it's almost overwhelming. We capture moments and upload them to Facebook, Instagram and Google+, and then we forget about them. This week we want to celebrate the weekend by challenging you to show us the best shots that you think capture the Live theme. It could be a live show, or a party, or a great time out with friends. Show us what you do live.

We don't want stuff that's been too heavily photoshopped, and you must include all that EXIF data with your entry in order to be eligible.

How Judging Works

  • Once again, 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, August 21.
  • This week's entries close at 10am on Tuesday, August 14.
  • 'Live' voting will begin at 11.30am on Tuesday, August 14, and close at 10am on Tuesday, August 14.
  • The Rules

    1. We have altered the terms and conditions [PDF] for the Shooting Challenge. Linking friends from your social networks to the Gizmodo voting page is encouraged, however, use of "vote farming" sites including (but not limited to) GetOnlineVotes or linking directly to will now result in instant disqualification. The goal is to grow the Giz Shooting Community in the fairest way possible. Also a reminder to please be respectful and constructive if leaving a comment about a photo.
    2. The work must be your own.
    3. You must berespectful and constructive if leaving a comment
    4. Photos need to be taken the week of the contest (August 8-14). No portfolio shots please.
    5. EXIF info must be visible to us -- check for it before you submit!
    6. Explain (briefly) the photography equipment, settings, technique and story behind the shot.
    7. 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.
    8. Entries must be submitted via the entry form below.
    9. Don’t forget to name your image attachment properly!
    10. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameLive.jpg naming convention.
    11. Please ensure your image is at least 800px wide and no larger than 3MB.
    12. One submission per person.
    13. 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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    This challenge is really difficult as most places don't let you take decent SLR's into Concerts. I have Nikon D300's and I've been told more than once i couldn't go into a venue with it.

    They get even angrier if you have a speed flash attached.

      Who the actual f**k uses a speed light at a concert? Sit your self in front of that thing and flash it in your own face 20 or so times. You deserve to be kicked out of venues.

    I have a good idea! Hope i can get a good shot though!

    Now this is a good idea for a challenge! No studio shots this week, really interested to see how the regulars go with no control over light or subject..

      I'm all for it, just hope the parades go well, and keen to enjoy this one

    U_U my idea of live was a bit different.

    Could we take on the idea of [LIVE] as in LIVE concert... or can we also take on the live idea e.g live life, I live to see this... that live.

      Parades Called off due to an and other things :(
      Time for the heme of what I aw ive and what we do live unlss you want Pic's of unhappy children.....

        dammit---- rain---- though "an" probably got people wondering

    i have shot at a few concerts as an employed photographer and only ever use a flash for posed off stage photo's , never do i use a flash while anyone is performing and i get alot of respect and more shots because of this . Use the light available , if your a distance away you are only going to light up peoples heads infront of you anyway . A respected photographer gets better and more photo ops when not annoying the performer with their flash . I have seen a few photographers get told where to go while i score the choice positions and can get snap happy without annoying anyone .

    I'm a bit confused.... according to the competition, voting finishes an hour and a half before it begins (I'm assuming that's a typo) and the competition entry period for live finished on Tuesday 14th but the entry form is still here so can we still actually enter?

    If the entry period has finished and voting was actually meant to start on Tuesday 14th at 11.30am.... where are the entries and how do we vote.... am I missing something or has the competition just gone to sleep?

      Hey James. Comp hasn't gone to sleep, we're just a bit late posting the follow-up stuff. It's coming, don't worry. Sorry for the delay.

        No problem, I ran out of time to enter and was just wondering if I still could :0) Thanks for the quick response... I look forward to seeing the entries and voting after all the spirited comments above :)

    When can we enter this weeks one ?
    Not being pushy just asking as this is close to a "weekender" type comp, and I'm keen to enter because it "rained on my parade" last weekend.....Literally

    Are this week's submissions going to posted up some time soon? Submissions closed on Tuesday, but still no sign of them...

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