Urban Photo Race F.A.Q.

Here you can find some of the most asked questions as well as some tips and tricks for a successful Urban Photo Race participation.

Please read them carefully and if you have any additional question, feel free to contact us.


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

First of all, Welcome! Between now and then, there's still plenty for us to do, 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?

Once we have our route planned we'll disclose the location and times for the first and last checkpoint. 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. Just keep checking the website for updates or your mail for any of our newsletters.

With this CP pre-announcement we hope you can plan your travel route and get familiar with any tram or bus you need to take.

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 any of our UPR tables to sign in and receive your participants envelope. Inside it you will find:

  • Your Participant ID which you will have to carry with you at all times and show it at the following checkpoints to receive the stamp
  • A Participant badge which you can use to identify yourself as a participant of the UPR
  • A Map of the city with useful tips and transport info
  • Extra info or Coupons 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 saavy photographers, share experiences and enjoy the day together. You are still required to come to each checkpoint yourself and have your Participant ID stamped, but for the rest you are most welcome to enjoy everyone's company. 

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 week 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 number_theme number_photo number) (e.g: 123_T1_01.jpg, 123_T1_02.jpg, 123_T1_03.jpg, 123_T2_01.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... 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 summer vacations when everyone is back to their normal schedule. This also allows us to get all the prints done and collect the awards from the Sponsors. Our exhibitions are normally done around October and November.

I still couldn't find what I was looking for!

Before you go, pease remember to check our Rules section, maybe you'll find there what you are looking for, in any case it's a good place to get more specific information. If it's not there as well, then send us a mail and we'll try to answer all your questions, even the metaphysical ones. :)

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