Shooting Challenge #36, 'Time' -- The Winner Is…

By Martin Snelling on at

While I was off galavanting around the Mediterranean armed with a camera and my new wife in tow, Giz’s esteemed editor Kat jumped into the Shooting Challenge chair and set the last challenge which tasked you with capturing a moment in time.

We had a diverse range of subjects this week from dogs and diving to falling crockery and coppers giving ‘it large’. However, it was George Phillips’ last-minute capture of a family member jumping into a pool that really grabbed my attention. To me, it freezes time perfectly -- the hair and water held forever in a single image. Also, I loved the subject’s facial expression -- the shock of jumping into a pool for the first time.

Here’s how George captured the image:

“I took this rather last minute photo of a member of my family jumping into a pool here in sunny Spain where I'm spending the week. I wanted to capture the moment she entered the water, which took a fair few tries, but eventually I found myself with this image.

It was taken on my Olympus Pen EPL-1 with a 40-150mm lens. I applied a black and white preset of my own and made basic changes to exposure, highlights and contrast in Lightroom (all global) before sharpening and exporting.”

Congrats George, you’ve bagged yourself one of Braun’s new BN0159 watches and some hearty congratulations from us here too. And well done on getting a Wi-Fi signal to get your entry in -- I’ve been off-grid for almost a week and it was hell I tells ya, hell!

Honourable mentions must also go to the following people:

Tim Drysdale -- for using his favourite mug in a well-composed image that was quite literally a ‘make or break’ photo.

Paul Roberts -- great timing and the look on the dog’s face is priceless

Thanks as always to everyone that took the time to enter the Shooting Challenge, you can see their entries on our Flickr page here. We will have another one for you next week so get those batteries charged!

Martin Snelling is a Hampshire-based photomatographer and wearer of fine hats. He tweets here and he is currently working on a long-term photography project entitled 'View From This Side'.