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The UPR is plain and simple a photo marathon. We haven't invented the wheel, although sometimes it does feel like it.

In a nutshell, participants are asked to make a series of photos based on themes that are disclosed on the day itself, as they walk through the city along given checkpoints within a certain timeframe. For the UPR that means you need to make a series of 3 photos per theme and deliver your photo selection at the end.

There are a lot of photo marathons around the world (map) and each one of them explores this concept in their very own way. Throughout the years we have worked and tweaked our UPR concept to fit our participants and also to make this a unique event. We are very proud of what we accomplished and hope to continue to do so for a very long time.

UPR concept

The Urban Photo Race is a digital photo contest taking place in several cities at different dates.

Throughout the day participants are challenged to make photo series of several themes (3 photos per theme) within a given time limit. These themes are disclosed at scheduled and different venues (checkpoints). The purpose is to give participants an opportunity to see and look at the city in a different way, to discover new places and to meet other street savvy photographers while using their creativity to interpret and translate different themes into photographs.

After the race day, the photos are submitted to the Jury for voting. This normally take some time (several weeks) as they need to go through thousands of photos and select the best sets.

Winners are later announced and the awards delivered in a closing event.

Stichting Urban Photo Race

Stichting Urban Photo Race is a foundation created with the goal of promoting and creating a community around photography. To exhibit the works of upcoming photography artists winners of the UPR event. To inspire and expand the scope of street photography to other cities around the world. To connect and collaborate with other photo related entities that share the same photography vision.


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From the many surveys you have been answering all these years we noticed that there are equal people to whom the race is either too long or too short. In order to tackle that we’ve decided to cater to everyone and design 3 race formats.

  • S - (6 Hours / 3 Themes) - Best suited for those who have other plans later but still want to get some shots done.

  • M - (12 Hours / 6 Themes) - This is the same as the previous classic race format, from 10:00 to 22:00.

  • L - (24 Hours / 10 Themes) - This one is why we call our event a photo marathon. For the ultra photographer / night walker.

They are all part of the same event at race day and they all start at the same time, but each format ends at different times during the day. They also all share the same themes. This means that at the start everyone is doing the S, then that stops and the rest continue to the M, after that one stops the remaining participants are going for the L.


When you buy a ticket we ask you which race format you plan to do, but that doesn’t mean that you have to do that one. Maybe you planned to do the S and on race day you decide to continue and finish the M, or even go for the big one and do a full L.

Upgrading race formats is always possible. What you cannot do is downgrade a race format, meaning that you can’t be half way the M and decide that you want to submit your photos to the S. That wouldn’t be fair to everyone who finished the S on time, so keep that in mind when you decide which format to do.

From those who can't be out there the whole day and just want a taste of the UPR, to those who can't get enough, we got you all covered.

This year we're doing three events in one. S, M, L are the new UPR sizes and they go for 6h (3 themes), 12h (6 themes) and 24h (10 themes) respectively.

Which one are you? Pick your size and join us in this all new exciting race formats.




The Urban Photo Race is a joint venture from a group of friends with a common passion for Photography. Together we work hard to bring you the best and most exciting Street Photography event possible. 

As the UPR grows so does the team with the addition of local members, friends and collaborators.

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Luis Monteiro

Co-founder and chairman of the Stichting Urban Photo Race.

He's an architect, photographer and videographer. Partner at Aware Media a video and photography production company, Ironman finisher and student of the martial art Shinkendo.

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Nutabi camargo

Co-founder and board member of the Stichting Urban Photo Race.

She's a researcher and brain investigator with a big passion for creativity.

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Co-founder and board member of the Stichting Urban Photo Race.

He's a photographer and videographer. He’s also a trekking aficionado and partner at Aware Media a video and photography production company.

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Kashin Jeffrey Liu

Board member of the Stichting Urban Photo Race.

He's an architectural Engineer, 3D Printing researcher and Co-founder of Stichting Xiao.

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Arjan Boerlage

Photographer with 20 year of experience. His specialities are portraits and food photography. Recently he has also started Keezr.nl, a new platform for emerging photographers.

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Iwona Montel

Freelance photographer, teacher and founder of AIM-FRAME PHOTOGRAPHY. In her work she enjoys merging contemporary portrait with documental work. Ready to explore and share her views on cities hidden gems.

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Street photographer and winner of several UPR awards including 1st place UPR LDN 18. My photographic signature can best be described as contrasting black & white with surprising compositions.

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Annette Schwichtenberg

1st Urban Photo Race Paris Coordinator, I am a member of photoclub Paris Val-de-Bièvre for many years now, as a photographer and workshop animator.

In my time-off, I travel, often solo and take photographs of places both strange and quiet. I like to lose myself in a book or a map and have a great passion for hiking and endurance sports. Apart from these precious mind and body escapes, I work in publishing for an international organisation.

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Anterion Frederic

Photography is a long life companion, from my 1st Kodac Retinette to a digital camera, from Parisian streets to far-off countries, so many faces and landscapes captured, so much progress made!

I live my passion for photography as a photographer and animator at the Photoclub Paris Val-de-Bièvre since 2009, but I am also very fond of jazz and classical music, and play the guitar.

After a long career in the IT industry, I have launched my own consulting business, BRAINNOV, in artificial intelligence, the next revolution!

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Gilles Hanauer

Photography is a recent business, I only started in 2006 with the digital world. Long live technology ... good-bye to chemistry!

I travelled around the world for many years for a multinational company and have kept the taste of travel. I still do a lot of traveling, especially in Japan which I have visited regularly for over 40 years now and where I expose every year.

Being rather hyperactive and curious, I began to publish novels, to give electric guitar in a small group of blues a try, after practicing classical singing for 20 years, accompanying me still today...in the shower.

An open eye and mind, my leitmotif every morning : feeling the urge to act to keep alive !

www.japing.net and www.gilleshanauer.photography

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