Shooting Challenge: 26 Stunning Circle Shots… Vote For Your Favourite

Shooting Challenge: 26 Stunning Circle Shots… Vote For Your Favourite

OK guys, it’s Gizmodo Australia Shooting Challenge voting time! There are some amazing photos in this bunch, so start voting for your favourite photographer! They might just win a New Look PlayStation 3!

Note: In the interests of fairness, voting has been restricted to one per user, based on cookie and IP.

Voting closes at 10am on Tuesday, October 23.


The New Look PlayStation 3 is everything you love about Sony’s iconic home gaming flagship in a new, slimmer body. The smaller footprint is thanks to the complete redesign of the internal components to make it a better organised and better looking piece of tech. Not only is it slimmer, but it’s also sporting a bigger hard drive, giving you more for less. It’s still got the same great Blu-ray capabilities from the last PlayStation 3 and it still supports some of the best games on the market right now.

The new PlayStation 3 is an awesome prize worth $399.95 RRP and we’re excited to give two of them away to Gizmodo’s Shooting Challenge faithful.

There will be four rounds over four weeks — one each week. The community will vote each week on the submissions for one finalist. The four finalists will go head-to-head in the final round, and the two winners will be chosen by Gizmodo’s editors. That’s right: we have two consoles to give away!

Last Week’s Most Voted Photo — PlayStation 3 Finalist 2 of 4

Congrats to the winner of last week’s fantastic light challenge: Shawn Hu, who just edged out Anthony Casarotto to reach the finals. But Shawn will face stiff competition from this week’s Circle entries! Scroll down to vote for your favourite!

Week 1 Photos: 44 Shots Of Lines

Week 2 Photos: 33 Shots Of Light

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This Week’s Entries

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Joel Kong

Canon 600D
Shutter: 1/64
F-Stop: f/2.5
Lens: 50mm f1.8
My grandfather purchased these speakers from Denmark for my aunty many, many years ago. The makers have been known to design speaker systems with geometric shapes, this one…. circles.

Dave Read

What a crazy mess this wave is, all shiney and golden in the arvo sun, the lip disintegrating against the unusually strong westerly winds, breaking up into billions of tiny little imperfect circles. Yet the face remains smooth and determined in it’s circlular form and motion.

Steve Coles

The Triple Machine Gun barrels and cockpit of a P-40 KittyHawk, at the Jamestown Air Spectacular, Jamestown South Australia.
Sunday 14th October
Canon 600D 55-250mm Kit Lens
Beautiful sunny day but the vicious Northerly and copious amounts of Pollen from the surrounding crops rendered me a sneezing wreck after a few hours. Mental note for next time: Take Antihistamine!

Joshua Tagicakibau

Karen Garth

Was in the QVB on the weekend and was inspired by this week’s theme to take this shot.
Taken with my Olympus E-PM1

Kevin Cheng

Cano EOS 7D
24-105mm EF IS USM L
f/10, 1/800, ISO-100
I originally told a photo of this a fortnight ago, when the challenge came up I went back and took it again. This is the RMiT Design Hub building in Melbourne. Pretty funky. They started building some .. interesting looking buildings just as I was finishing there. The collection has grown since I have last been in that area.

Phil Brown

Fuji X100
1/80 sec
ISO 2500
We walk past circles every day, I looked down next to me and saw this. Nature revealing its circles, even after man is done shaping it into something functional.

James Bray

Nikon D7000, 28-300mm at 78mm, F32, 1/6th of a second. 1600 ISO. Tripod mounted, naturally. Light from a conveniently placed desk lamp. These are just some random screws I had lying around that I decided to do something with.

Te Tan

Taken with an Olympus EP-3 – 20mm – F1.7 – ISO 200 – 1/200
One of those things that constantly rolls around on my desk or somewhere near me. Some days the roll just gets itself into a dishevelled mess, but still maintains that twirly order…

Anthony Casarotto

Shot with Fujifilm X10
ISO 320
Pans hanging up in the Kitchen

John Wilton

This photo was taken with a 40D, 50mm, 1/60th, f2.5, ISO800, no flash.
This weekend past my daughter was married. The night before we were preparing the reception area making sure we had everybody was seated in the right positions and decorating the room. Part of the decorations were Australian native flowers. This flower has circles within circles within circles. The flower itself is circular the stamin bud is circular and the stamins are all circular.

Mark White

– Canon 450D
– 1/125
– ISO 200
– 50mm (with a 4cm extension tube to decrease the minimum focus distance).
– 2 Wireless Flashes (One overhead for fill and catch light, one on the side pointing through the grapes for subsurface lighting).
The photo was composed with grapes, water and lights. The varying colours are a by product of the translucent nature of the grapes, colouring the scene as the flash light passes through them. The various flat circles are the bokeh of water droplets in the distance.

The humble water droplet. Both intrinsically circular and amazing. Here’s to their refractive awesomeness…

Shane Humbles

Taken with a Nikon D3000, 55mm lens with an exposure time of 1/30 sec and an F-stop of f/5.6
I have always wanted to try the chocolate candy/water drop macro effect, and thought the circle theme would be a perfect opportunity!

Sean Sherlock

i was walking home from doing a sporting shoot, and it began to rain. As i walked across the bridge the water below just intrigued me. Usually i wouldn’t stop to take a picture but i just thought this would look so good. I grabbed my canon 7D with my 18-55mm 4.5-5.6f lens out of my lowepro back pack fiddled with the settings (which should be in the Metadata) and took a shot, and this is what i got.


Tom Dignan

Shot with a Nikon D7000.
My uncle is an electrician and these pipes have been laying behind his shed for what seems like and looks forever.

Alex McGregor

I work in a mine in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland, near the NT boarder.
These tyres are for the massive haul trucks that service the mine. Each tire is 8 foot in diameter, 3800kg and new cost $30K each. In these 3 rows there is just over $600k worth of tyre, making it the most expensive photo I have ever taken.

Drew Stanley

I shot this on my D7000 with just my 18-105 kit lens. I used the smallest apeture I could just for depth of field so it could be as sharp as a kit lens can be, lowest ISO of 100, shutter speed of .8″ and shot in manual to have full control, as well as shooting RAW to correct exposure if I made a mistake.
Story: the white vase is a piece I have had in my living room for a while, and only really noticed the intricate circle design after seeing this challenge. The background is a chair in my living room with an awesome pattern we have had for many years, never tiring of it. My parents have been calling this the ‘Austin Powers Chair’ for some time, and I’m still looking for a reason why. It is basically a semi-circle when you look at it from above, so not only do you get the circular pattern but also the circular concave behind the vase too.

David Johnson

Camera: Canon 600D
Lens: EFS 18-55mm @ 30mm
APP: f:5.6
Shutter 1/2000 sec
ISO: 400
Image processing : None
I took the dog for a ride and coffee with a thought of a good shot of motorcycle wheels in mind, There were only two so the shot plan went out the window for this one.
I liked the reflection in the side-cover of the other bikes front wheel, it helps to show off the theme of circles and how common they really are.

Jeremy Somerville

I shot this photo on a piece of glass that had been coated in Rain-x rain repellent. I tried a bunch of others things first like car wax, Mr Sheen sort of stuff but it just didn’t bead as well as the Rain-x. I put a bowl of smarties underneath and bounced my flash off the ceiling above me. I think it looks pretty cool.

Vincent Cerra

Taken with my Canon 60D.
I was struggling to find something at the last minute so i decided to take a photo of some containers. To my surprise they came out ok. I used manual focus and kept the object out of focus which gave it the washed look.

Luke Taylor

ISO 3200
Been looking for a chance to grab a pic to send in to the competition while I have been overseas and while in London I thought that submitting one of the most famous “Circles” might be fun. It is a jpg straight out of the camera.

Yunis Tmeizeh

Canon 600d, 50mm lens
iso100, f1.8, 1/25th , tripod, remote
post processing: minor tonal alterations
Still life: reflective screen blinds in background to create a bokeh effect(circles!!).
Then chose a character (nightmare before christmas) at a minimum of 45cm from lens. Then sprinkled some 100s & 1000s to create further depth.

Jonathan Pearce

I took this photo late Sunday afternoon, after wondering all week what I could possibly take a photo of that would be of circles. We passed this lagoon on the way back from our walk and I saw the bottle tree reflection, so stopped to take a photo. At the same time our dog decided to have a swim, creating some circular ripples. I think this one was slightly staged as I missed the first time the ripples crossed and had to get him to jump back in the water. The photo has been lightened slightly, as it was twilight, and we walked the rest of the way home in the dark.

James Fettes

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter Speed: 1/1250
I had just about given up completely on this week’s shooting challenge when I stumbled across a well-worn TV waiting for hard rubbish collection. The old-school dials and buttons reminded me a lot of an old TV we used to have, so I couldn’t resist.

David Symons

Taken with a Nikon D80. 50mm lens 2.8 1/60 ISO 160.
Photo was shot at a local optometrist. The device is called a phoropter – As much as I am drawn to the mechanics and look of the device I have always thought that they looked a bit sinister.

Sam Turner

My photo was taken with a Galaxy S II. I brought the ISO speed right down and tried to get a little depth of field in the lights of the vending machine in the background. I’m only recently getting more serious about my interest in photography and I don’t have a proper camera yet, but I’ve been shooting with my phone for a while now and I hope I’m making the best of it.

I ended up with these ribbons as some classmates in my multimedia studio class brought in gifts to celebrate the end of the semester. It was a really nice gesture and I took this photo to remember that.


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