Shooting Challenge #16 - The Winner Is...

By Martin Snelling on at

In the most recent Gizmodo UK Shooting Challenge I set you the task of capturing park life, using the lyrics to popular beat combo Blur's top 10 hit Parklife as inspiration. Some of you took the opportunity to step away from your screens, go out into the spring sunshine armed with all manner of photographic equipment and snap away. The one rule was that the images must fit the lyrics; which as it turned out, wasn't an easy task.

We also gave you an added incentive: the winner would receive a very cool serigraph print courtesy of my chums over at Dodge & Burn.

So, without further ado, this week's winner is... Adam Smith for his image of a dog and jogger - I thought it fitted the lyrics 'And it's not about you joggers who go round and round and round' well, with its emphasis on the dog and not the jogger.

Here's some wordage from Adam: "Photo of a dog and a jogger. For this image I decided to think about what the dog and jogger are both thinking while in the park, while the jogger is probably thinking about beating a particular time, or run a certain distance, this dog is just interested in chasing the ball that the owner threw.

Photo was taken using Canon EOS 600D, with a 55-250mm lens using shutter speed priority with a 2500 speed to get the sharpest and most natural looking image possible, and still get a fair amount of depth of field. I was sitting on the ground to get the most natural looking photo possible."



Shoutouts must also go to the following people:

Tim Drysdale - for capturing a bin man at work; sadly it wasn't on Wednesday and Tim wasn't rudely awakened.


Luke Margetts - for getting a bit creative with some nice long exposures.


Andrew Wilson - for shooting some double exposures on expired 35mm film with my favourite film camera - the Olympus Trip 35 (I have five of them don't cha know).

Thanks as always to those that entered -- you can see the full set of images over on Flickr. There will, of course, be another Shooting Challenge next week, with another prize to boot, you lucky folks!

Martin Snelling is a Hampshire-based man about town who works in the videogame industry. A keen photographer, Martin shoots on film and digital; he blogs here, and tweets here.