Urban Photo Race rules

This document is intended to be used as an extended information board about the rules and guidelines in which our contest is based. It doesn’t matter if you are a professional or serious amateur, these rules are designed so that everyone can participate in an even play field.

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


1. Registration

Registrations are made online through our webshop (Eventbrite). Registrations are complete after buying a ticket. These can be acquired online in three different stages leading up to the event day (early bird, normal ticket, and late entry). Online tickets will be sold up until 1 week to race day. If you miss the online ticket sale, you can still participate by buying a day entry on the day of the race itself, just come before the closing time of our CP1 and register at our Day Ticket desk. We don't have pin so don't forget to bring some cash.

Cancellation requests must be made through your ticket purchase. Refunds are valid till 1 month before the race date and only up to the ticket value, we do not refund the service costs of the webshop.

2. Start and checkpoints

The photo race starts at 10:00 and finishes at 22:00. At the start of the race (checkpoint 1) participants will be given a starters kit which will include the participant's ID and the first themes of the day. The participants ID is personal and should be with you at all times, specially when you come to the next checkpoints to receive your next themes. Here you are required to present your participants ID so that we can stamp it. Every participant has to be present at every checkpoint personally. Any missed checkpoints will result in disqualification.

At the end of the day (from 19:00 till 22:00), at the last checkpoint, all photos are to be transferred to the organisation's computers.

You have to be at the last checkpoint with all your photos selected and ready to be transferred before 22:00!!!

3. Photo race day

The Urban Photo Race consists on taking 18 photos divided in 6 themes (3 photos per theme).

The photos do not need to be taken in order of the received themes. Keep in mind that leaving a theme for later shooting will shorten your time for the remaining photos and any necessary post processing, so be sure to manage well your time.

4. Organization

The organising team is responsible for managing all aspects of the photo race, presence at checkpoints, upholding race schedules, delivery of theme cards and receiving photo submissions at the end of the race.

Although we will promptly answer any related questions to the photo race event, we will not discuss the themes and we are not responsible for any misunderstandings.

5. Participants

All participants are to secure their own means of transportation as well as all necessary (digital) photo gear. Be sure to check your gear, charge the batteries, empty your memory cards and set the date and time correctly.

Every participant is responsible for presenting himself/herself and to collect the race card at every checkpoint, personally and within the scheduled time. 

Participants are responsible for the authenticity of their photos, it is not allowed to download or use photos from any source rather than the ones taken by your camera during the photo race event. Be sure to set your camera date and time correctly as we will disqualify any submitted photo that has not the race day date and time frame of the UPR event.

It is allowed to use any and all digital photographic cameras, including mobile and smart phones but be sure to check chapter 7 for editing limitations and delivery conditions.

There won't be any computers available to participants, so If you have one, bring a Laptop or Pad to edit and select your photos. Otherwise we suggest you shoot in JPEG and that you write down your selection on a piece of paper.

6. Reason for disqualification

All submitted photos will be screened by the organising team in order to detect possible violations of the regulations. We reserve the right to disqualify any participant that fails to comply with the rules & guidelines stated in this document.

  • Failing to personally check-in at any given checkpoint within the allowed time.
  • Failing to deliver all 18 photos at the last checkpoint.
  • Failing to deliver the photos in the requested JPG format.
  • Over editing your photos, apart from the allowed post-processing adjustments (check chapter 7).
  • Downloading or using photos that were not taken by the participant during the photo race date and time frame.
  • Delivering watermarked photos.

7. Editing and delivery of photos

Participants are allowed to make minor editing adjustments on the submitted photos such as:

  • exposure, contrast, brightness, saturation, vibrance and white balance.
  • alignment and cropping.
  • to shoot in RAW as long as you deliver in JPG.
  • to shoot or convert to black and white.

Participants are expressly prohibited to make changes that radically change the photos like, add or subtract elements to the photos.

Ultimately it's up to the participant to decide to what extend you want to edit your photos. General rule is that if you can prove you made it in-camera then it's allowed. We will send all accepted photos to the Jury and the winners will be asked to send their original files. If there is any suspicion that the photos have been edited beyond acceptable we will disqualify it.

Before delivering your 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...)

At the race day we will have card readers for the most used formats, if you use anything out of the ordinary then bring a way to connect it to our laptops. Still, best thing to do would be to bring your photos on a pen drive.

In order to speed up the delivery process we are also allowing participants to deliver their photos by mail. This can be done by uploading your photo selection to a service like WeTransfer and send it to the specific UPR city mail (please check your UPR ID for the mail at the bottom).  DO NOT attach your photos to a regular mail, we will only accept photos sent by the transfer service.

Be advised that you still need to get your ID card validated and stamped, meaning that you have to personally be at the last checkpoint before 22h. You do this e-mail delivery process at your own responsibility, we do not take responsibility by mail delivery errors or any other problems that might occur with this process. We advise that you confirm with us, on the spot, that we have received your photos. We will not answer mails on the day of the race.

8. Jury and awards

The Jury is composed by elements nominated by the organising team and will receive all photos renamed and coded for anonymity purposes. They will select the best 3 photographers set’s (all 18 photos), the best themes and a Jury favourite.

All winners will be awarded with t.b.a. awards and the prints of their photos. The winners will be announced as soon as the Jury has made their selection and the awards will be given in an exhibition of their work. The Jury selection process can take up to 2 months and the exhibition is normally hosted around October or November.

9. Terms and conditions

All photos in contest remain the sole property of its authors, but the Urban Photo Race reserves the right to use them for promotion of this event, both online and in printed format.

In case of any legal problems related to photos taken during the UPR event, participants are fully responsible for the legal implications related to what and how they photograph their subjects. By buying a ticket for an UPR event you acknowledge that you have read, understand and accept the RULES & REGULATIONS hereby written and well as the TERMS & CONDITIONS (here) of our event.