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

Shooting Challenge: Sharps… 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….

But before we get to this week’s challenge…

Who Won The First Olympus E-P5?

For the last few weeks of challenges, Gizmodo readers (and the friends they convince to vote for them) voted one weekly Shooting Challenge finalist through to the prize round to be judged and announced by Gizmodo editors and the Gizmodo readers.

The challenges included:

Action Shots
Retro Shots


David Tsai, Action Shots

Meet Phillip, Golden Retriever. He doesn’t often move, but he does really, really like food. You will often catch him sleeping, but he displays uncharacteristic bursts of athleticisim and dexterity when presented with the prospects of edible goods.

I realise that photos taken from a phone aren’t the greatest, but I decided to take advantage of the handy ‘Zoe’ function on my HTC One to capture this one, after we tossed some food in the air. I’d just like to add that despite the incredible leap, he still missed the snack. He needs to work on his aim.

Congratulations, David! You’ve picked up an Olympus E-P5 for your (and Phillip’s) efforts!

Don’t despair, however, readers: we have one more Olympus E-P5 to give away!


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: Sharps

The Olympus PEN E-P5 is one of the world’s fastest focusing cameras, to give you sharp, crisp images. This week, we want you to use that as the inspiration for the challenge with Sharps!

We want hard edges, sharp blades, clean glass, swords, letter openers: anything that fills the theme of sharps!

How Judging Works

  • Over two weeks, we will hold two rounds — one per week. There will be one Olympus PEN E-P5 prize pack up for grabs over two weeks.
  • This time, we’re back to EDITOR’S CHOICE for the best entry! Submit your images and the Gizmodo Editors will pick their favourites and ultimately judge the winner.
  • Entries for the Shooting Challenge — Sharps will close at 10am AEST on Thursday 13 August.
  • Voting will open for the Sharps Challenge at 11am AEST on Tuesday 13 August and close at 9am on Tuesday 20 August.
  • The “Sharps” round nominee will be announced at 10am AEST on Tuesday 20 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 (August 6-13). 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 FirstnameLastnameSharps.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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