Shooting Challenge: Reflections... 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 another 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 $1299, and includes the OM-D EM-5 body and the compact 14-42mm zoom lens.

This Week's Challenge: Reflections

The Olympus OMD EM-5 is an awesome mirrorless camera. The fact that it's mirrorless means it can be smaller and lighter than a traditional DSLR while still maintaining the benefits of swappable glass and great image quality. While we're on the topic of mirrors: this week's challenge is Reflections!

Reflections have a beautiful other-worldliness about them. The world can look exactly the same, but still completely different thanks to reflections. We want you to show us the world upside-down and back-to-front in this week's challenge. Whether you capture the sky and shoreline reflected in a body of water, or if you grab an amazing portrait shot through a vintage mirror, even if light streaming onto the floor reflects your subject, we want your best images. Hell, even if you wander into a hall of mirrors, that will count!

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 three 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, November 30.
  • This week's entries close at 10am on Tuesday, November 13.
  • 'Reflection' voting will begin at 11.30am on Tuesday, 13 November, and close at 10am on Tuesday, November 20.
  • 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 (November 7-13). 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 FirstnameLastnameReflection.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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