Shooting Challenge: Week 3 Winner & Week 4: Colour & Contrast

Doug Smith

Doug Smith – Winner for Week 3: Perspective

Congratulations to Doug  Smith (again) who has won last week’s shooting challenge! His image will be added to the winners of this and the next 4 Shooting Challenges where an overall winner will be decided and a prize given.


Light at the end of the tunnel by Estelle Keeber

Estelle coveys in her image, the light at the end of a tunnel, after a HIV diagnoses.  By placing a condom over the end of her camera lens then shooting a light source Estelle has conceptually created a ‘tunnel’ using the means to engage in safe sex.  Estelle has said that she enjoys the abstract nature of this image because it invites the question as to what it could be, furthering the debate.




With ‘Infected’ Zoe denotes both pleasure and pain within the same photograph.  She has said, as the disease normally comes from pleasure, then ultimately causes pain she wanted to use the pain to mark herself externally, (something which many people who live with HIV would want to avoid).  By merging sexual bondage and stigma together, HIV looses it’s power to depress as ownership is declared for the condition.


Knowing how to use contrast will help you create eye-catching images. Contrast is a tool that photographers use to direct viewer’s attention to their subject. There are two types: Tonal Contrast and Colour Contrast. Tonal Contrast refers to the difference in tones from the lightest tone to the darkest tone, in other words, the difference in tones from white to gray to black. Colour Contrast refers to the way colors interact with each other.  For more examples and further reading on Colour & Contrast, visit: MyPhotoSchool and Photoinf.

You do not need to be a photographer to join into this competition (and if your a student of the art, we’d love to see your ideas and pictures)!  Almost everyone has a camera on their phone, everyone is capable of taking photographs – we’d like to tap into this, get creative with the gear you already have, it’s not about the tech, it’s about YOU!


This week, we want you to use colours and tones in your images, your photo’s could be simple, like our example or impressive like some of the examples in the above links.  As always, there must be some link to World AIDS Day, HIV or Sexual Health.



LASS Panels

LASS Panels

These panels were initially a response to a need felt by volunteers of LASS to visibly commemorate and remember the people they have loved who have died from an AIDS defining illness.  Various ideas were thought of from pigeon holes with photographs in, to a wall hanging that could have ribbons tied to it. These didn’t seem to encompass all that we wanted to represent which was a personal statement and a show of affection to the person who had died, but also a public celebration of each life.

The panels consist of beautiful, colourful and contrasting purses hooked onto a quilted backcloth which is decorated with pearls. Each purse celebrates a person who has died.  The purses are made of any fabric volunteers wish e.g. velvets, rubber, brocade, silk etc.. and can be decorated with badges, beads, buttons, sequins or anything that is special to the volunteer and person they are remembering. Inside is a special memento of that person, something only the person who has made the purse knows about.


  • Follow the brief
  • Send your best photos by 6PM on Sunday 23rd November 2014 with “Shooting Challenge” in the subject to and we’ll announce the winner on Monday 24th November as we set the theme for next week’s shooting challenge.
  • Submissions must be your own work.
  • Photos must be taken after the challenge was published; so no existing shots please.
  • Explain briefly in your submission email the equipment, settings, technique used and the story behind the image/images.
  • We will of course credit you so if you have a website or twitter handle, let us know! – If you’re happy for us to use the images elsewhere on our site – do let us know!
  • Save your image as a JPG, and use the following naming convention FirstnameLastnameEasy.jpg
  • Anyone can enter, regardless of camera gear, or location!
  • The most important rule — HAVE FUN!
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