Shooting Challenge Round #2 (Plus Round #1 Winners)

By Martin Snelling on at

Celebrating two glorious years of Giz UK's Shooting Challenge, we've gone back to the proverbial drawing board for a new-style challenge to get you snapping at every opportunity.

Rather than give you a brief with which to base your photography on, we simply want to see your best pics. Split over four rounds (there's three rounds remaining), we'll be picking the best of the bunch and awarding points. The person with the most points at the end of the competition will win an Acer Aspire Switch 10 tablet/laptop hybrid.

So, who won round one?

Round 1 Winners:

There was an eclectic mix of subjects on show this week, covering everything from food and drink to royals, and royal pains in the arse.

This week's winning shot was taken by Matt Sibley with a Canon 550D and comes as the result of Matt forgetting to put petrol in the car. What grabbed me was the level of detail and emphasis on the cow's face. Matt used a 50mm lens (nifty fifty) with a large aperture of f1.8 to get the shallow depth of field. Three points for Matt.

Coming in second place is Dhinakaran Annamalai's infrared-inspired photo 'dreamy woodland,' that was created with some very creative post-processing. I'm a big fan of infrared photography and it immediately grabbed my attention. Well done Dhina, you've bagged two points for yourself.

Finally, the third place virtual rosette (and one point) is awarded to George Phillips for his photo captured during the 'golden hour'.

While George didn't use a 'nifty fifty' lens, he was able to give his image a nice blurred background using an aperture of f7.1 and having a greater distance between his subject (the stalk in the foreground) and the background.

Full information on the winning images and the stories behind them can be found on Flickr (where you can see all of the competition entries). Go check 'em out!

The Leaderboard:

As it stands after one week, the Shooting Challenge leaderboard looks like this:

Matt Sibley: 3
Dhinakaran Annamalai: 2
George Phillips: 1

Competition details:

In case you missed week one of the Shooting Challenge, here's the details on how you can get involved.

For the next three weeks, I want you to submit the best photo you've taken in a given week (see below for the dates). Points will then be awarded to the top three photos and the photographer with the most points at the end of the fourth week will win the aforementioned Acer tablet/laptop. In the event of a draw, we'll go into extra time and have a penalty shoot-out.

To clarify, you don't need to enter every week to be in with a chance at grabbing the prize, however it will increase your chances as you could score more points if your images are in the top three in the remaining weeks.

The Shooting Dates:

See below for dates for the remaining rounds. Each week runs from 00:00 on the Monday through to 23:59 on the Sunday. You'll then have until 6pm on the Monday after the shooting week to get your photo in.

Round #2: June 23rd - June 29th (image submitted by 6pm, June 30th)
Round #3: June 30th - July 6th (image submitted by 6pm, July 7th)
Round #4: July 7th - July 13th (image submitted by 6pm, July 14th)

Any questions? Leave a comment below and I'll do my best to answer it as quickly as possible.

The Prize:

If you're the top of the photographic leaderboard at the end of the competition you'll bag yourself an Acer Aspire Switch 10 laptop/tablet hybrid.

The Rules:

- Submit one image per round.
- Submissions must be your own work.
- Photos must be taken during the challenge dates listed above. Photos taken outside of this date will be trashed.
- Post-processing is permitted but you must give details of what changes were made
- Explain briefly in your submission email the equipment, settings, technique used and the story behind the image/images.
- Ensure EXIF info is intact (if image was taken digitally).
- Email submissions to gizshootingchallenge@gmail.com
- Please ensure your image is at least 600px wide and less than 3MB in size.
- Save your image as a JPG, and use the following naming convention FirstnameLastRound2.jpg
- Don't forget to include a shooting summary (see above).
- Send your best photos by Monday, June 30th 2014 at 6pm UK time with "Shooting Challenge - Round #2" in the subject line.
- Anyone can enter, regardless of location.
- The most important rule -- HAVE FUN!

Martin Snelling is a Hampshire-based photomatographer and wearer of fine hats. He tweets here, Flickrs here, and does his website stuff here.