Shooting Challenge: 20 Shots Of Summer... Vote For Your Favourite!

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 shiny new Canon Powershot G15 camera valued at $600.

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

IMPORTANT Voting closes at 10am on Friday, January 25


That's right, it's new prize time. We've got the fantastic new Canon PowerShot G15 camera to giveaway!

The Canon Powershot G15 has finally arrived, and brings with it a level of sophistication we love in the fixed lens compact space. It sports a 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, a powerful DIGIC 5 processor, 5x optical zoom and an amazing lens which rocks an f/1.8-2.8 aperture. It's sleek, stylish and beautifully retro with the ridged lens hood, pop-up flash and nested dials, and it's a winner when it comes to user friendliness.

The Canon Powershot G15 is valued at $599.95, and we're thrilled to be giving this one away to the Gizmodo Shooting Challenge faithful for our last challenge of the year.

We'll be running this challenge over two weeks, with this week being the final round. The finalists from each week will go head to head in the final and the winner will be selected by Gizmodo editors for the grand prize!

Note: 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 links directly to will result in disqualification. The goal is to grow the Giz Shooting Community in the fairest way possible.

Please be respectful and constructive if leaving a comment about any photo.

This Week's Entries

Maria Christine Dela Fuente

Equipment: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70mm 2.8 Settings: F3.2, 1/320 Shutter Speed,Metering: Spot Story: I have decided to avoid the typical summer photos - beach, bbq etc. In this photo I used the summer fruits that i know of to represent how we, Australians, love to explore and discover its beauty as soon as summer hits and scream WELCOME TO AU-SUMMER!

Peter Maniatis

I made this sandman when i went to the beach a week ago.

Wilson Lee

Canon EOS 7D 50mm f/1.4 ISO 100 I'm on holiday in Seattle at the moment and it's winter here and a foggy day i the norm here. I thought it would be a nice juxtaposition of summer.

Marc Greinke

My second cousin Tyler enjoying the water while blowing bubbles at his 3rd birthday party.

Ericardo Loh

Noticing how beautiful the summer sunset was last Friday, I decided to take a photo of it from my neighbourhood. Very rarely do u get a nice sunset like this. Camera: Canon 6D Lens: Canon 100mm f2.8 Aperture: 2.8 ISO: 500 Shutter: 1/200

Daniel Isserow

Camera: Canon 60D Lens: Canon EF 28-90mm f/4-5.6 II USM ISO: 100 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Focal Length: 90mm f/stop: f/5.6 Background Info: This photo was taken on 19/01/2013 at Skydive Sydney on the right is my Dads hand and the left is his mate of 10 years hand. It has been around 5-6 years since they have jumped with each other and after such a long time this is a photo of them embracing before their first jump together in 6 years.

Will Nixon

I put my ND filter on and went for a walk on my favourite walking track to try my luck with a shot of the sunset. On my way my the hill I scratched my leg, stopped, looked down to curse at what I walked into and found this. I really liked The different textures and colours, they reminded me of the harshness of the Australian summer sun. I continued my walk and when I got to the top it was overcast and dull reminding me I still live in Melbourne. Nikon D5100 - 18-55mm Lens f/7.1 - exp 1/80sec - 1250-ISO

Kevin Ly

Using Canon 6D with 24-105mm F4 lens, Mounted a 430exII flash but didn't fire it for this shot. ISO 100. Story behind this photo: My eleven years old pet/best friend has passed away over the last weekend, our whole family missed him so much, I regret not taking enough photos with him. Since its such I lovely sunny arvo, I decided to take his daughter out, for a photo shoot so i wont regret in the future for not taking enough photos.

Stewart Leech

Family BBQ & pool get-together on a hot Brisbane summer Sunday afternoon at my Dad's place (left). It was warmer in the water than out of it. My 4yo niece (2nd from left) had only just come to trust her vest, so was for the first time ever enjoying the thrill of launching herself into the pool. Photo taken using my Nikon AW100 waterproof point'n'shoot camera - which works fine in sunlight, but is pretty terrible in low light. Shots like this though justify its purchase. Everything on auto with no post-processing.

Dimitar Dojcin

For me, nothing says summer more than a fresh batch of blackberries from the garden :) Slight photoshop edit by increasing vibrance and levels. Camera: Nikon D60 Lens: 18-55mm ISO: 100 f/8 1/250sec

Daniel Minge

I think this has to pretty much sum up an Australian summer. Out on the beach, enjoying a late sunset with mates (not pictured) Taken with a Canon 550D, 34mm f2.0 Lens, ISO 100

Rob Bunt

Shot this weekend in Boracay, Philippines. Minor edit to closer convey water colour. It was a bit of a hike to get to this beach, including walking along a very narrow bridge over rocks and crashing surf, and being a tad scared of heights, it was more than a little out of my comfort - but the beach was stunning and so were some of the shots I got. Worth the scare and scar on my arm from rocks :)

Ben Vawdrey

Canon 5d Mk III, 24-105 F4L f/11, 1/80th, 24mm, ISO 200 Out with the motorbike club for a ride down to Chinderah via all the best roads on the Gold Coast Hinterland. Resting under a tree after a hard ride in near 40 degree heat. I could have jumped straight into the river if I didn't have to ride home to Brisbane, despite my leathers already being soaking wet in sweat.

Matt Stokes

Camera: Canon EOS Kiss X4 Lens: Canon 18-55mm ISO: 200 F: 11 Exp: 1/50 Processed in Lightroom 4. I took this on a recent holiday away to Coffs Harbour. It was the last day of the holiday and I had been getting up late every morning and I finally made the effort to get up early. The first shots I got before the sun came up were ok and I thought the sunrise was as good as I was going to get. Then the sun came out and it was looked amazing with the clouds casting shadows and a nice orange glow. I took the camera off the tripod and frantically ran around the beach looking for the best angle while the sun quickly ascended.

Brendan Meharry

Canon Eos 1100D, f/5, 1/125, ISO-200, 140mm. Summer around my house has always been associated with kookaburras. Obviously they're around all year long, but they seem to make themselves more apparent during the Summer months. This particular cheeky bastard always hangs around our patio; solely because there is a fish pond underneath with he has cleared out of all fish >.<

Daniel Bongiorno

This panorama was taken last Friday on that scorching hot 45 degree day, some friends and I popped down to Bondi Beach in the afternoon to cool off, and were standing round when this big storm came across and rained on us. This was summer, the petrichor, the heat and the beach. I shot this on the surprising decent camera on the iPhone 5 with it's panorama mode, my friend Alastair (in the shot) ran around a few times so we could get multiple shots of him in the one panorama.

Andrew Simmonds

Summer is not summer without sailing, we all watch the start of the Sydney to Hobart but those talented sailors have to come from somewhere. This is Southport sailing club before the start of Sunday sprint sailing and the starting line is directly in front of the club.

Trevor van Weeren

Summertime and the living is easy... Surfers waiting and hoping for a wave at Byron Bay

Peter Neave

Nothing better in Summer time than a BBQ at the end of a hot day. It tastes as good as it looks.

Handheld camera. Photo of piece of Lamb on BBQ.

Canon 5D Mark II, 60mm, f7.1, 1/320 sec.

Ian Mackay

Samsung Nexus S smartphone, point and shoot settings! Taken during daily afternoon walk with the family to the wreck of the SS Dicky on Dicky Beach, Caloundra, Qld. Lots of blue bottles washing up this trip - this one nearly got me! Have to get down low and up close but smartphone cameras...even this one, a few generations old...are amazing.


    I voted for Ben Vawdrey but wish I could have added Matt Stokes and Ericardo Loh

    Ignore Mark B.

    Photography is supposed to be fun! Beautiful shots everyone, well done!

    I understand the criticism of this weeks challenge. We have 'sun' shots but none of them truly represent a summer sun. We have 'beach' shots but are simply too candid. Then there's the less than summery shots which a technically better but unfortunately missed the mark. I am both sad and happy that I missed out on this weeks challenge.

    try this link for future reference

    I am happy to see the return of the vote results though.

      Yeah results are nice. Don't even know who won the last comp, 2 months after voting ended.

    Hi.....Daniel Minge
    I think you meant 35mm f2...? right?
    Great shoots everybody

      Isn't 2 and 2.0 the same? :)

        I was refering to the 34mm lens actually....

    Ben Vawdrey - Fantastic shot. Is this an HDR pic? I like how clean the HDR effect is.

      Not HDR, but a similar effect. All tone mapping in LR from a single RAW file. A few sneaky adjustment brushes for exposure. The 5d III has insane dynamic range, which makes it really easy to avoid HDR. Plus I didn't have a tripod at the time (It doesn't fit on the bike all that well), so I didn't really have that option.

      Thanks for appreciating it =)

    Yes they are great images, however after voting for what I thought was an image that best captured "Summer" I was very surprised to see how the votes added up. Not saying the most voted image is not a great image, just that it could be taken in any season, proving to me that it's not a challenge but more a popularity contest.

    For me a photo challenge is about improving ones craft, maybe Giz needs to drop the word "challenge"

      "proving to me that it's not a challenge but more a popularity contest"

      Couldn't agree more, I am a fan of the shooting challenge's and it's my opinion that Matt Stokes and
      Ben Vawdrey's photos best capture the theme but I'm really not a fan of the voting system. When there is a prize like a $600 camera I can imagine some people would be tempted to just use something like TOR and get as many votes as they want.

      U mad? Where is your photo? Oh, that's right...

        not mad; No photo this time as I anything captured this last week is not what I would call "summer", even though it is captured in the season of summer.

        Simply put, it's a "THEME" challenge, an expectation is set that the images you see will reflect this theme. I made it very clear that the images submitted are all good, some just don't reflect the "THEME"

    Seeing as Gizmodo encourages sharing the challenge via social media it's pretty obvious that people post these to their facebook accounts and have their friends vote. Also, we, the public, don't vote on the final contestants. Gizmodo's set up is a good one

      So a finalist is just someone who has the most facebook friends and their photo may not be the best photo or even relate to the challenge.........

    Ben your shot is unreal, nice work.

      Thanks Matt =). Always a plus when people really appreciate your work.

    there are entries that indeed express what summer is in Australia.. we don't need to be so harsh... all of em did their best and the main thing is they joined the competition... this should be fun and not bitter ...

    :D if you have nothing good to say then keep it to yourself... and make this world a BETTER place :)

    Last edited 23/01/13 8:12 pm

      :D if you have nothing good to say then keep it to yourself... and make this world a BETTER place :)

      If you are viewing the constructive criticism above as unpleasant then the world will never advance to a better place. Constructive criticism, when worded correctly, and especially when it is written so that it is not perceived as a personal attack, is how we learn, advance and create better art (or anything else for that matter). The day we stop learning we are but hollow shells.

    Good effort from everyone this time but There are a number of entries don't quite show the summer theme. I am really surprised that the person with the highest vote doesn't really have any summer element in it.

    I agree that Ben V and Matt S would be the best ones. I have my vote to Matt S as I love sunsets.

      Some people spend their summers on the beach, others spend it seeing friends...etc so unless you can explain what SUMMER is to the bone then don't criticise the others just because they don't have the "sunsets" that you so dearly love.

    look everyone has their own perception of what Summer is to them. Try to see it in a different angle.Sometimes the simplest photo conveys more story than the typical shots. If the leading photo as well the other photos you think that don't pass the THEME, don't blame the participants rather ASK Gizmodo why they were accepted in the first place.

    Hmmm not sure about the voting here... doesn't seem to be representing the obvious quality in certain photos.

    Please Gizmodo, I can understand most of these photos being in this category, but what the hell is with Daniel Isserow entry, it doesn't represent anything to do with summer.
    please remove this photo from this category and add it to the man love category, or the I have more friends than you so I'm going to win category.

      Please explain to all of us your interpretation of Summer and why you get to decide what fits in with the theme. And referring to your last point, maybe you should have entered the I don't have enough friends category.

      I voted for Daniel Isserow because he had an actual meaning to his photo and you have no idea whether it represents summer to him or not so I don't think you have the right to judge whether it contains the theme.
      If he wins this challenge, whether it be because he has more friends or not, its going up against other contestants from previous challenges and the judge will be Gizmodo and not you.
      No need to whinge about it on here because it's not going to lead to Daniel's disqualification in any way.

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