© Patrick Dreuning


urban photo race



We will be pleased to answer anything you need to know, and perhaps we already did. Check out these frequently asked questions and otherwise contact us via email or through our Facebook page.

I've registered myself in the event, what happens now?

First of all, welcome! Between now and then, there's still plenty for us to do, awards, themes, checkpoints, etc... but that's all on us, we'll keep you posted! You just sit back, relax, take your time to read the rules and practice, practice, practice...

About one month before race day we disclose the first and last CP, after that you just need to show up at CP1 with your ticket.

How do I know where to go and when to be there?

About one month before race day we will announce the location of CP1 and CP4 so that you can plan your arriving and departure of the city, in case you are traveling from afar.

Keep in mind that we will only announce CP1 and CP4 so that you can plan your route in and out of the race, the other two CPs will still be a secret until race day. You will find your next CP location on each of the Theme cards we hand out to you during race day. If you don't know where to go or how to get there, just ask the UPR team.

For the location of CP1, just keep checking the website or our social for updates. We will also send out a newsletter with this announcement.

It's my first time and I have no idea what to do. What happens at CP1?

Checkpoint 1 is where we start the race. Once you arrive at CP1's location come to our UPR check-in desks to sign in and receive your participants pack. Inside it you will find:

  • Your Participant Badge ID which you will have to carry with you at all times and show it at the following checkpoints to receive the stamp
  • A Race info / Map of the city with useful tips and transport info
  • Extra stuff and Goodies offered by our Sponsors

At 10:00 we'll officially start the day with a race briefing and the handout of the first Theme card with the first 3 themes of the day and the location of the next CP. From there you are free to start shooting your way to the next checkpoint.

What happens if I miss or can't be on time to one of the checkpoints?

Checkpoints are too cool to miss, but in the unfortunate event that you miss it, you'll be disqualified. We want to make it fair for everybody, that's why we have a schedule.

Can I do the race with a friend or join a group of other photographers?

Yes of course! The idea is that you get to know and meet other urban savvy photographers, share experiences and enjoy the day together. You are still required to come to each checkpoint yourself and have your Participant Badge ID stamped, but for the rest you are most welcome to enjoy everyone's company. 

12 hours is a long day, can I make it in less time?

We understand that carrying your heavy gear around the city for 12h is quite a challenge. But what kind of race isn't a challenge. We don't make this hard on purpose, the 12h time is so that you actually have the time to relax and enjoy your day.

If this is your first time participating we suggest that you plan your day ahead. Take a couple minutes to brainstorm your themes and then go out there and make the photos. Later when you are editing them it will be much easier for the selection process if you already know what you want.

If you need to leave sooner, remember that we open CP4 at 19h, that means you can deliver your photos as soon as we open the computers and be done with it.

How do I know if I'm disqualified, or if I did anything wrong?

Well... You won't, we're not in the business of giving bad news. Each participant is responsible for his/her submitted photos, you should check everything before you hand your photos to us. In any case there are very little reasons for disqualification, as long as you read and follow the rules you should be fine.

What happens if I can't make it to the event but have already paid for my inscription?

No worries, just let us know until one month before the race date and we'll transfer it back to you, minus the service costs, those we can't cover. We still hope to see you at the exhibition!

I'm at the last checkpoint, now what?

Well done, you are almost done! Now you can sit down, open your laptop or pad and start selecting and editing your photos. The last CP will be open until 22h but don't wait till then to deliver your photos, it might get crowded. Once you have your selection of 18 photos, please rename them to the corresponding UPR name standards:

  • participant #_theme #_photo #) (e.g: 123_T1_01.jpg, 123_T1_02.jpg, 123_T1_03.jpg, etc...)

After all that is done you can transfer it to us directly via an USB pen drive or mail it to us by WeTransfer. DO NOT attach photos to the mail, please use WeTransfer or any other service alike to send the photos.

When will I know who won?

Aaaahh! The big question... That will be right after we hear it from our jury. If you get a call that sounds remotely like... "Hi, this is the UPR awesomeness comity, we would like to inform you... yada yada yada!" You'll know your in for a treat. :)

We know you will be eager to see who won, but you need to be patient, this is no easy task. The Jury will have to go through more than 3.000 photos, so you can imagine how much work and time that takes. We normally give the Jury about 2 months to go through all of the photos and make their selection. We make the public winners announcement soon after that.

Is there an exhibition or a place where I can see the winning photos?

Yes, of course! This is normally done after we have received the final results from the Jury. This also allows us to get all the prints done and collect the awards from the Sponsors.

At the exhibition we will not only show the winning photos but we will also have all of the participants photos exhibited so that you can proudly show your own and see what everyone else did.