Shooting Challenge Round #4 -- The Final Round (Plus, Round #3 Winners)

By Martin Snelling on at

The excitement is rising as we enter the final round of this Shooting Challenge competition; will one of the current holders of the top spot remain victorious or will they be de-throned like royalty in a George R. R. Martin book?

If you've been living without an internet connection (a fate worse than death) or simply not been following the 'new' Giz Shooting Challenge series (a fate worse than a fate worse than death) here's the lowdown: over a series of weeks (in this case four), we want you to send in your best pics taken during a given week. Points are then awarded to the best three snaps of the week and the tog at the top of the leaderboard at the end wins a prize.

If you've missed the last three Shooting Challenges fret not; while the chances of winning are slimmer than Slim Jim, winner of last year's Slimmer of The Year competition, there's still time to enter and get yourself on the leaderboard.

So, who won round 3?

Round 3 Winners:

We had a great mix of photos this week with a range of subjects and shooting styles but it was a portrait of a dog that grabbed my attention.

This week's top spot and three points is awarded to George Phillips for his impressive first attempt at low-key photography. Using just a single lamp and some patio curtains as the backdrop, George was able to capture a photo of his one year old Springer Spaniel with his Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens.

Nabbing two points and a place higher up the leaderboard is Chris Tomkins with his well-executed light painting. Chris clearly knows what he's doing and it shows in the image above. Chris used EL Wire (Electro-Luminescent wire) to create the blue mist coming out of the jar, with a Nikon D600 and 50mm lens capturing the scene with a 10 second exposure. If you want to know a few more details on how Chris created his image, head over to the Flickr page.

Finally one point and a place on the leaderboard is awarded to Greg Rafferty for his funny snap of two snails that I've called "Impasse". What Greg has captured is a moment in time that makes the mind wander. Perhaps the larger snail is playing the part of the Balrog in some sort of snail-based Lord Of The Rings re-enactment? Or maybe they're waiting for the knights of fairy land to do battle upon their backs with lances made from twigs.

Greg used his Olympus EM-5 with 12-50mm lens attached to take the snap; for dramatic effect he converted the image to black and white and applied a 2:1 crop as to give a greater focus to the snails and the branch.

As usual, 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 we enter the final week (unless it goes into extra time) of this current Shooting Challenge, the leaderboard looks like this:

George Phillips: 4
Chris Tomkins: 3
Ashley Charlotte: 3
Matt Sibley: 3
Ian Gordon: 2
Dhinakaran Annamalai: 2
Greg Rafferty: 1

Competition details:

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

I want you to submit the best photo you've taken this week (from Monday to Sunday). Points will then be awarded to the top three pics and the photographer with the most points on the leaderboard will win the Acer Aspire Switch 10 laptop/tablet hybrid we have up for grabs. In the event of a tie, we'll go into extra time and have a penalty shootout.

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
- 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 FirstnameLastRound4.jpg
- Don't forget to include a shooting summary (see above).
- Send your best photos by Monday, July 14 2014 at 6pm UK time with "Shooting Challenge - Round #4" 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.