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Today is the first day of summer, which means one thing: Heat. For this week's Shooting Challenge, embrace the rise in temperature. Capture heat.


The Challenge

Capture a photo of heat. And not the Miami Heat. I mean like, hot heat. Things high in temperature.


The Technique

What's odd about heat is that you don't really see it; you only see symbols of it. Sweat, melting...even heat lines...are all results of heat, not heat itself. So it makes perfect fodder for capturing a somewhat abstract concept inside a photograph, creatively, especially as the right shot of a sunburn can feel even hotter than fire.

Choose your subject wisely. And compose and expose the photograph for one thing: Make us feel warm just looking at it.

The Example

Our lead shot is by Robert S. Donovan. I love how the coals glow with an other worldly burn, as if they're hotter than your average coal, as if they're burning straight into your LCD.


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, June 25th at at 10AM Eastern to with "Heat" in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameHeat.jpg (970px wide) and FirstnameLastnameHeatWallpaper.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.


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