Photomarathon back on Cardiff’s streets this summer

April 19, 2011 1 Comment »
Photomarathon back on Cardiff’s streets this summer

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An event aimed at challenging Cardiff’s amateur and professional photographers alike returns to the city this summer.

The Photomarathon has been running for eight years and saw a record 400 people taking part last year.

Participants have 12 hours to take 12 photos on 12 given topics on Saturday 11th June.

Betina Skovbro, Photomarathon UK Director, said: “Photomarathon UK has grown from strength-to-strength since we launched it in Cardiff in 2004. The first year we had 140 participants, and last year was a complete sell-out with 400 photographers of all ages and abilities taking up the challenge.

“We had a fantastic response last year, and it’s great to see the event now firmly established as part of the capital city’s cultural diary. We’re looking forward to another exciting year in 2011.”

The event is entirely digital, the second year it will have been so.

All the entries are judged by a panel of creative experts and Photomarthon organisers, who will select winners from each topic as well as an overall first, second and third prize.

Last year’s first prize winner was Nigel Leach (his winning shot is pictured above) from Gileston, near Barry who impressed judges with his creative approach – even though it was his first time of doing the competition.

Mr Leach said: “Last year’s Photomarathon was the first one for me and I found it one of the most interesting, creative, difficult and exhausting things I’d ever done.

“I went into it not knowing what to expect and thought it would just be fun thing to do for the day, but I got so involved with the whole process that I found myself thinking about my picture choices for weeks after the event.

“It was amazing to walk into the exhibition at the Old Library and see my photos on the wall. I was even more amazed to then discover, out of all the great photos, I had won Photomarathon 2010!

“I am really looking forward to this year’s competition and would encourage others to take part in, what I’m sure will be, another fantastic day.”

The event starts at 10am on Wales Millennium Centre. Entry costs £15 and all entrants get free transport around Cardiff courtesy of Cardiff Bus and Arriva Trains Wales. Entrants must provide their own digital camera or mobile phone.

You can register via the Photomarathon website and the organisers encourage people to follow @PhotomarathonGB on Twitter for all the latest.

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