Shooting Challenge: Summer

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It's hot, sweaty and there's just a month left. It's summer, and in 6 months, we'll all pray for a good sunburn. So for this week's Shooting Challenge, capture summer to keep us warm all year.


The Challenge

Capture a photo of summer. (And for our friends across the globe who are experiencing winter, feel free to fake it.)

The Technique

This challenge is less about technique, more about honing in on your personal perspective—you know, that inner artist who has some unique-yet-universal experience to share with the world.

Consider challenges you've undertaken in the past, from fireworks to heat to Memorial Day to bugs. Make a memory and contextualize it in summer, and you're on your way to a fantastic entry.


The Example

Our lead shot is by flickr's jeeheon. I dig its pseudo-abstract take on the common beach umbrella, as well as the rotted texture/color juxtaposed against the blue sky.


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, August 27th at 10AM Eastern to with "Summer" in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameSummer.jpg (970px wide) and FirstnameLastnameSummerWallpaper.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.

This week's Gizmodo Shooting Challenge is brought to you by Intel. Take a look at their Intel-inspired Ultrabook Shooting Challenge here.




Well, I know what my photo is going to be of...