Shooting Challenge: Week 6 Winner & Week 7: “Anything Goes!”


Transcendent Ecstasy by Zoe Van De Velde

Congratulations to Zoe Van De Velde, who created this beautiful image depicting unsafe sex.  Auto-erotic asphyxia is a method of increasing sexual excitement by restricting the oxygen supply to the brain, usually by tightening a noose around the neck.  It often arouses interest among the less experienced – curious schoolboys and young men keen to experiment with masturbation in the belief that the practice heightens sensation at orgasm.  What is not passed on is the fact that it can be fatal.

Although statistics have never been recorded in Britain, one US study estimated that there are between 500 and 1,000 deaths from auto-erotic asphyxia every year. An analysis of 135 such cases by the FBI found the average age of the victims was 26.

Photographs of unsafe sex typically centre on the safe use of condoms and staying safe with your partner.  Zoe has photographed is unsafe sex outside of the ‘normal’ realms which all too often, sexual health charities sometimes ignore.  (Read more about the dangers of Asphyxiation here and here).

Zoe has featured in every #ShootingChallenge week, thank you Zoe! You can see Zoe’s work and that of all our Shooting Challenge entrants (up to two weeks ago) at the Positive Art exhibition on Charles Street, Leicester.  (Details here)

This is our LAST WEEK! – an overall winner will be selected on 17th December at the close of the Positive Art exhibition.


For our last Shooting Challenge let’s keep it easy, in some weeks we’ve had few entries and last week we received just one.  We’re throwing the rule book out the window so you can photograph anything, provided there’s a reason for it relating to HIV and what it means to you.   We’ve been thrilled to see your images on HIV, and we hope you’ve had fun creating the images for the challenge!.  This week, with no restrictions we’d love to see what you come up with!  It could be that of community, an image depicting HIV medicine, a red ribbon, fear or sigma you name it! Your photo could be thought-provoking or humorous, colour or monochrome, have a ‘message’ or just be a great shot that tells a story without any words.  As with last week, there’s no photographic technique to use,

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!


Anything goes, simply photograph a representation of HIV or Safer Sex!



You no longer need examples! – Check out all the work you’ve done! – Thank you all for participating!


  • Follow the brief
  • Send your best photos by 6PM on Sunday 14th December 2014 with “Shooting Challenge” in the subject to and we’ll announce the winner on Monday, 15th December.
  • 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 FirstnameLastnameAnythingGoes.jpg
  • Anyone can enter, regardless of camera gear, or location!
  • The most important rule — HAVE FUN!
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