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.
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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A RACE TO FIT ALL SIZES
S, M, L RACE FORMATS
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.
CHANGING RACE FORMATS
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.
Co-founder and board member of the Stichting Urban Photo Race.
She's a researcher and brain investigator with a big passion for creativity.
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.
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.
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.