Photographers: Begin Taking Pictures of Fall

We still have two days left in summer, but the leaves are already changing. In a few weeks, I'll officially announce a Fall Leaves Part II Shooting Challenge. But you can start taking qualifying photos...NOW.

Yes, in a rare Shooting Challenge rule adjustment, I'm going to allow you to take photos of autumn's leaves from now until the official, undetermined due date in October. (And I'm going to allow 2 photos per person rather than one.)

See last year's photos here.

Capturing the cyclical yellows, crimsons and browns of nature is impossible to time in on region, let alone everyone in Gizmodo's reader base. So instead of cramming you all into one week, feel free to take photos whenever they look best. And feel free to submit up to two shots.

Just keep in mind the standard rules:

1. Submissions need to be your own.
2. Photos need to be taken the week of the contest.
3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot.
4. Email submissions to contests@gizmodo.com, not me.
5. Include 800px wide image (200KB or less) AND a 2560x1600 sized in email. (The 800px image is the one judged, so feel free to crop/alter the larger image for wallpaper-sized dimensions.)
6. One TWO submissions per person.
7. Use the proper SUBJECT line in your email (more info on that below)

If you'd like to start emailing photos to contests@gizmodo.com, go ahead, just use "Fall Leaves" in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameFall.jpg (800px wide) and FirstnameLastnameFallWallpaper.jpg (2560px wide) naming conventions—and be sure to add a "1" or "2" on those filenames if you submit multiples.

And if this was way too early for you to start thinking about homework due in October, no problem. Like I said, I'll do a normal announcement on the Wednesday before the challenge is due.

[Lead Photo by Shooting Challenge alumni Ricky Wilson]