Shooting Challenge: Action Shots… Win An Olympus PEN E-P5 Camera!

Shooting Challenge: Action Shots… Win An Olympus PEN E-P5 Camera!

Welcome back to Shooting Challenge, where Gizmodo readers test their photographic skills for the admiration of their editors and the chance to win a mind-blowing Olympus PEN E-P5. Entries close Thursday morning….


Styled to look like the old Olympus Pen F from the 1960’s, the brand-new Olympus PEN E-P5 is a retro masterpiece. Packing the same 16-megapixel Micro Four-Thirds sensor from the beloved Olympus OM-D, the E-P5 is really something to behold. The new Olympus Pen E-P5 is slimmer and smaller than the OM-D, but retains much of bigger camera’s fantastic functionality.

The new, top-of-the-range E-P5 is also packing a high-resolution, 3-inch tiltable touchscreen on the rear with 1.03 million dots so that your image preview looks as gorgeous as the subject matter. Focus peaking on the E-P5 also makes an appearance, showing you exactly where the optimal focal point for your image is before you snap it. It can manage all this thanks to a souped-up new processor inside the camera that makes everything much snappier.

The E-P5 also packs better Wi-Fi connectivity than ever, with an app now allowing you to view, sync and shoot images remotely from a tablet or smartphone, effectively setting your photos free.

The new Olympus E-P5 is the perfect addition to your digital life, and we’re excited to give two away over four weeks to Gizmodo Shooting Challenge faithful. You’ll be playing for an Olympus E-P5 single lens kit, which includes the Olympus PEN EP-5 body in silver, with an Olympus M.Zuiko 14-42mm II wide-angle zoom lens. The prize pack is valued at $1199, and we can’t wait to give them away!

This Week’s Challenge: Action Shots

A photo is a split-second snapshot of a beautiful moment. A frozen moment plucked out of the action. The winning goal-kick. A dancer suspended in mid-air. A skateboarder attempting a tough trick. A runner crossing the line. That’s right: this week’s theme is Action Shots, inspired by the super-fast focus of the Olympus PEN E-P5

Pull out your best action shots for this week!

How Judging Works

  • Over four weeks, we will hold four rounds — one per week. There will be one Olympus PEN E-P5 prize pack up for grabs every two weeks.
  • This time, we’re back to reader’s choice for the best entry! Submit your images and we’ll hold reader voting rounds for your favourites. Two finalists will go before the Gizmodo Editors for judging, and we will ultimately pick the winner.
  • Entries for the Shooting Challenge — Action Shots will close at 10am AEST on Thursday 1 August.
  • Voting will open for the Action Shots Challenge at 11am AEST on Thursday 1 August and close at 9am on Thursday 8 August.
  • “Action Shots” round winners will be announced at 10am AEST on Thursday 8 August.
  • 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, the use of vote farming sites is against the rules and those caught will be disqualified. Please be respectful and constructive if leaving a comment about a photo.
    2. The work must be your own.
    3. Photos need to be taken the week of the contest (July 27-August 1). No portfolio shots please.
    4. EXIF info must be visible to us — check for it before you submit! Photo
    5. Explain (briefly) the photography equipment, settings, technique and story behind the shot.
    6. 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.
    7. Entries must be submitted via the entry form below.
    8. Don’t forget to name your image attachment properly!
    9. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameAction.jpg naming convention.
    10. Please ensure your image is at least 800px wide and no larger than 3MB.
    11. One submission per person.
    12. 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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