Shooting Challenge: FREE FOR ALL!!

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You take orders from me every week. But you're no robot. You have visions, dreams and aspirations. You want to do things YOUR way. And you will. Because for this week's Shooting Challenge, anything goes.


The Challenge

Shoot anything you want. With your camera, not a gun. I don't have that sort of authority. Repeat, you do not have a license to kill.

The Technique

Back in film school, I lamented my weekly assignments. They were so limiting to a young auteur. Then I realized, working in the confines of each week's ridiculous parameters was like a muscle isolating workout. And they always did something very important: they got me off my butt and actually making things in the first place.

That's the idea of Shooting Challenges. You shoot, you share, and if your product one week sucks, well, you can blame my arbitrary parameters to the challenge.

This week, though, you can't do that! Your bluff has been called. Do something original, or mine our Shooting Challenge archive to try something you missed and regretted. Just make it amazing. And make it a new photo, not some old gem pulled from your portfolio.


The Example

Our lead shot is by Katrina Giusti, a submission to our Steel Wool challenge.


The Rules

1. Submissions need to be your own.
2. Photos must be taken since this contest was announced (read more on that above).
3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot.
4. Email submissions to, not me.
5. Include 970px wide image (200KB or less) AND a 2560x1600 sized in email. I know that your photo may not fall into those exact high rez dimensions, so whatever native resolution you're using is fine.
6. One submission per person.
7. Use the proper SUBJECT line in your email (more info on that below)
8. You agree to the Standard Contest Rules - though we DO accept non-US resident submissions.
9. If the image contains any material or elements that are not owned by you and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the image, you are responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the image in the manner set forth in these rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any image is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.


Send your best photo by Monday, March 5th at 10AM Eastern to with "Freedom" in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameFreedom.jpg (970px wide) and FirstnameLastnameFreedomWallpaper.jpg (2560px wide) naming conventions. Include your shooting summary (camera, lens, ISO, etc) in the body of the email along with a story of the shot in a few sentences. And don't skip this story part because it's often the most enjoyable part for us all beyond the shot itself!

Mark Wilson is the founder of Philanthroper, a daily deal site for nonprofits.



Would it be too much to ask for the challenges to be posted earlier in the week? I would love to participate more often than I do but having 3-4 days compresses things a bit. Even an extra day isn't asking for too much.

I can't be the only one who feels like this.