Shooting Challenge: Glitch Art

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Glitch art. It's visual rock 'n roll, about creating a message from distortion. And for this week's Shooting Challenge, send us your best photographic glitch. (Don't worry, breaking the system is easier than you think.)

The Challenge

Take a photo and glitchify it. You can either create the distortions inside your camera, or you can use post production of any sort to alter the image.


The Technique

So what exactly is glitch art? It's an aesthetic that champions bugs, errors, and digital/analog distortions. Maybe it's intentional. Maybe it's unintentional. But the end result is generally an image or video that has new meaning because of its flaws.

Plus, glitchy images just sort of look cool.

To make your own glitch art, it's really not very hard. You can download a photo app like this one, or take a photo and then edit it through a free online app like this one. Of course, Photoshop and After Effects are fair game, too.


The Example

Our lead image is from flickr's Beverley Goodwin, filtered through Georg Fischer's superb glitch generator. I love the broken castle metaphors and the juxtaposition between old architecture and new aesthetics. But I'm biased. I made the thing.


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 natively sized image 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, July 28th at 9AM Eastern to with "Glitch Art" in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameGlitchArt.jpg (970px wide) and FirstnameLastnameGlitchArtWallpaper.jpg (2560px wide) naming conventions.

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