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Come and join us for a fun reader photo challenge in Stratford-upon-Avon in January

Two readers check their shots with Claire Gillo during our recent photo walk in Oxford
(Image credit: Digital Camera/Marcus Hawkins)

Anyone fancy a fun day out on a photo challenge in Stratford-upon-Avon? We’re visiting Shakespeare’s birthplace on 8 January and are inviting two readers to come and shoot a series of challenges that we’ll publish in our March issue, on sale 8 February. 

Shootout is a regular feature in Digital Camera magazine, and usually runs over six pages. To make sure of your copy every month, subscribe at our online shop from just £12.50 for three months!

If you’re not familiar with the Shootout format, here’s what’s involved. We invite two photographers or enthusiasts to join us at a photogenic location and challenge them to shoot the same series of subjects or themes. 

There is no right or wrong result, though – instead, we're looking for well-composed images that creatively interpret the challenges. 

There will be a minimum of three challenges to shoot on the day. We either set them in advance, or come up with them at the location after seeing what there is to work with. 

Photo from Digital Camera reader shootout Nov 2018

On location in Dartmouth for last November's Shootout for Digital Camera magazine   (Image credit: Digital Camera/Claire Gillo)

After the shoot, which will typically run from 10am-3.30pm, you’ll have a few days to edit your shots before submitting them to us for publication. 

Participants will typically send in between 8 and 12 final images that we can select from. As we only need two final images for each of the challenges in the article, the best editing strategy is one that prioritises quality over quantity. 

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Photo by reader John Barton from Digital Camera Oxford reader Shootout

John Barton's submission for 'Capture people on the move' in Oxford (Image credit: Digital Camera/John Barton )

Take part in Digital Camera's reader Shootout and see your images in print

If you’d like to register your interest in our Stratford-upon-Avon Shootout on 8 January 2019, then please send us some samples of your favourite images and a brief note outlining the kind of photography you enjoy shooting the most. 

And although Shootout is open to users of both systems, please tell us whether you use a DSLR or CSC. 

We’ll contact the two entrants who best meet our criteria for the event – a keen eye for capturing street scenes and historic buildings. 

If you have any queries, then please drop us a line at:, including 'Reader Shootout' in the subject line. 

We look forward to meeting two lucky Digital Camera readers in January. Season’s greetings! 

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Photograph of Oxford Reader Shootout image 1 by Ash Wroughton

Ash Wroughton shot this in Oxford for 'Capture people in black and white' (Image credit: Digital Camera/Ash Wroughton )
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Silence by Sarah Baynham, from Digital Camera reader Shootout

Sarah Baynham's entry for 'Capture a shot of the rocks and the sea' near Dartmouth (Image credit: Sarah Baynham)
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Misty Landscape photo by Matt Noone, Shootout Nov 2018

Matt Noone photographed this for 'Shoot a misty landscape' in Dartmouth (Image credit: Matt Noone )
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Photo of Fujifilm X-T2 used on reader Shootout

It doesn't matter what camera you use – all CSCs and DSLRs are welcome on Shootouts! (Image credit: Digital Camera/Claire Gillo)
Niall Hampton

Niall is the editor of Digital Camera magazine and has been shooting on interchangeable lens cameras for two decades, and on various point-and-shoot models for years before that. 

Working alongside professional photographers for many years as a jobbing journalist gave Niall the curiosity to also start working on the other side of the lens, and these days his favored shooting subjects include wildlife, travel and street photography, plus dabbling with studio still life.