The very first edition of the Urban Photo Race Rotterdam...

The stage was set and we were in for a ride. The expansion of the UPR to a new city is always something we all dream about and equally dread. It's something we all work very hard to accomplish and even after all these years of experience we come at it with tickling bellies and a feeling of great excitement. 

This is no easy task and we owe a great deal of our success to the local team, who made themselves available beyond expectations to get this done for you. To them, Francisca Snel, Iwona Montel and Arjan Boerlage a big thank you!

Even thou Rotterdam was the obvious choice for a Dutch expansion of our UPR concept it still came as a surprise the great numbers that flooded our registration page. In its first edition Rotterdam broke all our records with a whopping 230+ registrations. We had a great many people coming from abroad and many others who were just waiting to see it happening in their own city, and now you have it... UPR Rotterdam is here to stay!

Personally I was very curious to see what kind of photography would result from a whole new set of themes and urban landscape. After the dust had settled our participants did not disappoint as you can see from the winning photos.

I leave you with some snapshots of the day and below the Winners photo galleries, enjoy browsing through them, get inspired and see you all in 2018.


1st prize

Patrick Dreuning

Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM + Profotonet photo album + Fokko Muller street photo workshop + UPR prints

2nd prize

Marco Bollaart

Foto de Vakman Wizmount CU2 pack + Profotonet photo print + UPR prints

3rd prize

Jurgen Onland

Foto de Vakman Canon Connect Station CS100 + UPR prints

Theme 1

Heartbeat of construction
Marco Bollaart

Van Duuren Media Photo book + UPR prints

Theme 3

Metropolitan People
Sven Hoffmann

Van Duuren Media Photo book + UPR prints

Theme 2

"Niet lullen maar poetsen" - Make it happen
Marco Bollaart

Van Duuren Media Photo book + UPR prints

Theme 4

"Dulce bellum inexpertis" - Erasmus
Ferry Verwijk

Van Duuren Media Photo book + UPR prints

Theme 5

Patrick Dreuning

Van Duuren Media Photo book + UPR prints

Theme 6

On the move
Marco Bollaart

Van Duuren Media Photo book + UPR prints

Jury Favorite

Jury Fokko Muller
Jelmer Jeuring

Degreef & Partner Lowepro Toploader zoom 50 AW II black

Jury Vincent van Dordrecht
Patrick Dreuning

Degreef & Partner Joby Gorillapod SLR-ZOOM

Jury Marc Haer
Jurgen Onland

Degreef & Partner Carry Speed DS-2 (Prime) camera sling strap

Brought together with the help of

These are the companies and entities that contribute and support our event. We are not only very grateful for their help but also honoured to have such distinguished brands associated to our event.