12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon


12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon

12 Hours x 12 Themes x 12 Exposures

The 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon is a fun and challenging contest designed to test the skill, creativity and quick thinking of photographers. The true-to-life setting of minimal time, few exposures and creative carte-blanche is an exciting exercise for any photographer – from the upstart amateur to the avid pro – and gives participants a chance to test themselves on a variety of different themes and techniques against photographers from all walks of life.

The Challenge

Each contestant is handed a roll of film with only 12 exposures and in the course of 12 hours, is given 12 themes that have to be interpreted and photographed in the sequence that they are given. All contestants must have their own 35mm camera. The 12 themes are made public at the top of every new hour so that the photographers have to check in every hour to receive their next theme. It is left to the photographer to decide when, where and how he/she wants to make the exposures and how to interpret the themes. All contestants have to hand in their films before the end of the 12th hour and only those with all 12 exposures will qualify for judging.

The strict use of classic 35mm film rather than digital photos to be uploaded at a certain time is done to level the playing field. Without the luxury of taking several exposures of the same subject and subjecting these exposures to post-processing before submission, the participants are forced to think before they shoot and be discerning in how they approach each subject. It further levels the playing field by removing any non-photographic skill advantages. After all, this is a photo contest and not a Photoshop contest!

For more information, please vist: http://vancouverphotomarathon.com


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James Chung

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