Hundreds of photographers on Cardiff’s streets for Photomarathon

June 11, 2011 1 Comment »
Hundreds of photographers on Cardiff’s streets for Photomarathon


Four hundred photographers are pounding the city’s streets competing in this year’s Photomarathon.

The photography extravaganza sees budding snappers given 12 hours to come up with great photos on 12 topics around Cardiff.

Topics given out by the judges include inside out, super powers and community as amateur and professional photographers alike try to find something in the city which represents the topic.

Photomarathon organiser Mathew Talfan says its exciting to see what people come up with.

He said: “In essence this is a photography competition but it’s much more than that. The challenge is to find something different which represents your 12 topics.

“Those who take part in Photomarathon always tell us it’s a tough events, you have to be creative and also have a fair bit of stamina.”

Watch Matt Talfan explain what the Photomarathon is and we speak to some of the entrants

The thousands of photos will be downloaded at the end of the day and the judging process begins.

Mr Talfan said: “There’s seven organisers and we set the topics, a combination of many meetings to come up with them.

“It’s wonderful to see how people interpret those and to see all the entries come in.”

The event began with registration at the Wales Millennium Centre where 18-year-old Cara Berg from Penarth was gearing up for a busy day.

She said: “I take part with my family and we’ve done it for a couple of years. It’s really fun.

“When we see a good photo it takes some organisation between us to sort out who is going to do that idea.”

Ann Bradley, from Roath, was taking part for the first time.

She said: “My children took part last year and they came back to the house and were trying to think of ideas.

“I was coming up with a lot of them, so I decided this year to enter. I’m more about the inspiration than the photography.”

Nicola Davies, from Whitchurch, was re-entering after enjoying her first time in 2010.

She said: “I think it’s a really good idea. I saw all the photos online and really liked it.

“It’s a struggle to keep your inspiration going over the 12 hours, but I like the challenge.”

All the entries will go on display at the Cardiff Story Museum from July 30 for three weeks.

Have you taken part in the Photomarathon? How did you get on? Let us know in the comments below

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  1. Dan Evans June 12, 2011 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    This was my fourth photomarathon but the first time I've taken the photos. I've always been the bag and ideas man for my friend previously. It is really great fun. One of those days when you can truly say you are living in the moment. All you think about is the next shot, how to get around Cardiff, how hungry or tired or aching you are, where you saw something that would fit the subject perfectly, how can you make it quirky and unique. Yesterday and tomorrow are of no concern. You always think you've got a reasonable set of shots until you see what others have done and then you enjoy those even more and realize it really is all about the taking part.

    Nice to see best wishes from the Berlin Photomarathon on the Cardiff PM website. Wouldn't mind having a go at the Berlin one someday or even the Prague one.

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