Outside my day to day work, I am also one of the organisers of Photomarathon UK. We launched the event in Cardiff in 2004 and it subsequently ran in 2005, 2006 and 2007. We took a year off in 2008, but are now working on plans to re-introduce the event in 2009.
A Photomarathon is a photographic competition with a twist: You receive a 12 picture film and over 12 hours you have to take pictures on 12 given topics. It’s not your physical condition, but your sense of improvisation, fun and creativity that is stressed throughout the Photomarathon.
Photomarathons have proved popular across Europe, with regular events in Denmark, Germany, Russia, Austria, France and The Netherlands. The first UK Photomarathon was held in Cardiff in the summer of 2004. One June 16th 2007, the fourth UK Photomarathon saw over 350 entrants take part in Cardiff and another 120 in at the first ever Glasgow Photomarathon.
At 10am on the day of the Photomarthon, each entrant receives their film and the first set of 4 topics. They have the next four hours to shoot one image per topic, in the same order as the topics are listed. Four hours later at 2pm the next set of topics are released. Each entrant must personally collect the set of topics from the HQ, and have their entry card stamped to prove attendance. This process is repeated again at 6pm. The HQ will then receives the completed entries from 7pm until 10pm.
The topics are kept secret until revealed every four hours. They offer plenty of room for interpretation and creativity. Hence, more important than the technical perfection of the pictures is the creativity and imagination in interpreting the topics.
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