Welcome back to Shooting Challenge, where Gizmodo readers test their photographic skills for the admiration of their editors and the chance to win an amazing Samsung Galaxy camera. Entries close Tuesday morning....
The Samsung Galaxy Camera is an amazing piece of tech.
It's a 16.3-megapixel camera wrapped around a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, complete with 1GB of RAM, a 4.8-inch touchscreen (1280x720), 8GB of built-in storage that expands via microSD card to 64GB, all running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It also takes a microSIM card for sharing all those photos and videos you take.
The worst thing about carting a digital camera around is having to plug the memory cards into your computer, select, edit and share the photos. Quite often, it's all just too hard and you just don't do it. The Galaxy Camera is about taking beautiful photos, editing them with great apps thanks to the Android platform, and sharing them in a couple of clicks on social media, via email or to your other friends in the photo.
It can automatically upload photos to Dropbox, Google+ or another cloud platform so you ensure that none of your memories are lost, and because it runs Android, you can run apps like Instagram and Facebook to post your photos straight to your social networks.
The Galaxy Camera leads the line-up of Samsung Smart Cameras for 2013, with the rest of the line packing fantastic image processors, beautiful designs and smart features like Wi-Fi for syncing photos and videos.
The Galaxy Camera is the perfect addition to your digital life, and we're excited to give one away each week to Gizmodo Shooting Challenge faithful. The camera you're playing for is valued at $699.
This Week's Challenge: Filter Frenzy!
The Samsung Galaxy Camera runs Android, which means you're able to run a whole mess of apps that help you quickly and easily edit the photos you're taking. On top of that, the Galaxy Camera also has a slew of Art Filters that let you apply great looking effects as you snap away. Awesome!
That's what inspired this week's theme: Filter Frenzy!!
The best thing about great-looking filters is that it can turn anyone's mediocre photos into pristine prints, fine works of art or crazy, abstract dream worlds. That's what we want from you this week: photos with filters applied. Probably the best way to achieve a filter easily is to snap a shot before adjusting it in an app like Snapseed. Piece of cake!
How Judging Works
- This time, we're mixing up the judging a little.
- Over four weeks, we will hold four rounds — one per week. There will be one Galaxy Camera up for grabs each week.
- For the first two weeks/rounds of the Shooting Challenge (we're currently in the second week/round), Gizmodo readers will submit photos to the Shooting Challenge to be judged by Gizmodo editors. In the two weeks/rounds after that, we will open it up to reader votes so you get a shot to pick your winners.
- The Editor's Pick or the Reader's Pick winners will be announced at the end of each week on a Friday.
- This week's entries close at 10am AEST on Tuesday, May 7.
- "Filter Frenzy" winners will be announced at 11am AEST on Tuesday May 7.
- 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, please be respectful and constructive if leaving a comment about a photo.
- The work must be your own.
- You must be respectful and constructive if leaving a comment
- Photos need to be taken the week of the contest (May 1-7). No portfolio shots please.
- EXIF info must be visible to us — check for it before you submit!
- Explain (briefly) the photography equipment, settings, technique and story behind the shot.
- 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.
- Entries must be submitted via the entry form below.
- Don’t forget to name your image attachment properly!
- Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameFilters.jpg naming convention.
- Please ensure your image is at least 800px wide and no larger than 3MB.
- One submission per person.
- 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.