PHOTOMARATHONS

 

 

 

Back in early 2011 I stumbled across a reference to a Photomarathon competition that took place in Cardiff. After a bit of Googling research I was registered and keen to take on the unknown challenge of doing 12 pictures on 12 topics in 12 hours. So what is a Photomarathon?

 

It is the challenge of having to take a number of pictures on given topics in a set time, in addition the topics are released in batches through out the day and the topics have to be taken in the correct sequence as well. For further details on the main UK event in Cardiff visit www.photomarathon.co.uk.

 

It all seems pretty simple and easy in theory, but by the end of the day it can become tiring as inspirations gets drained away. I have now participated in a number of these events and details of my efforts can be found below

 

 

 

 

25th May 2013, Photomarathon, Cardiff

Entrants = 400;   Topics = 12;   Time = 12 Hours

Topics:

Topics 1 - 4

1.   My Entry Number-Who Am I

2.   Poetry

3.   Asymmetric

4.   Space

Topics 5-8

5.   Out and About

6.   Behind the Scenes

7.   Animated

8.   A Bit on the Side

Topics 9-12

9.        Shadow

10.    Mixed Message

11.    Elegant

12.    Another Perspective

How did I do:

      The set of 12 images reached the final 66 judging round

      The follow Images were in contention for the topic prize

            1 - My Entry Number-Who Am I

            4 - Space

          11 – Elegant

 

 

 

 

16th June 2012, Photomarathon, Cardiff

Entrants = 400;   Topics = 12;   Time = 12 Hours

Topics:

Topics 1 - 4

1.   My Entry Number-Celebrate

2.   Press

3.   Friendship

4.   City Life

Topics 5-8

5.   My Favourite Thing

6.   The State We’re In

7.   Handmade

8.   Truth

Topics 9-12

9.       Out of Place

10.    Silence

11.    Established

12.    Smile

How did I do:

      3 –Friendship was Topic Winner

 

 

 

 

28th August 2011, Newport Photomarathon, Newport

Entrants = 30+;   Topics = 10;   Time = 10 Hours

Topics:

Topics 1 - 5

1.   This is Me

2.   Upside Down

3.   Natures Patterns

4.   Camera

5.   Doubled Up

Topics 6-10

6.        Your Entry Number

7.        Charity

8.        Up Close and Personal

9.        The Human Touch

10.    It’s a Strange World

How did I do:

      5th Prize

 

 

 

 

11th June 2011, Photomarathon, Cardiff

Entrants = 400;   Topics = 12;   Time = 12 Hours

Topics:

Topics 1 - 4

1.   My Entry Number-Work of Art

2.   Inside Out

3.   Community

4.   Super Powers

Topics 5-8

5.   Drama

6.   The Great Outdoors

7.   Double

8.   My Secret

Topics 9-12

9.       Element

10.    Movement

11.    Obstacle

12.    I Have a Dream

How did I do:

      The set of 12 images reached the final 66 judging round

      The follow Image was in contention for the topic prize

            9  - Element

 

 

 

 

Do I have some tips? Well apart from don't do it unless you are mad:

1)         Get a support team, it makes the day more fun and you have access to models for your photos if required.

2)         Take some simple props along if you can, just in case E.g. Sellotape, Scissors, Pen, Paper, Cuddly Toy, Lego Figures.

3)         Have friends available on the end of a phone you can bounce ideas off.

4)         Be familiar with and research the area/location you are participating in.

5)         Try and think about and plan future shots while you are doing your first images.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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