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UPR ROTTERDAM

08.JUN.2019

After last year's very successful edition we're coming back for more. Rotterdam is a big city and we haven't even scratch the surface of what we can do here.

Even thou this will be the only event in the Netherlands this year, we’ve packed it in full. From 3 UPR race formats (S, M, L), to a race day Olympus Touch & Try competition, not to mention all the pre-race events. We’ve designed it so that there is more to an UPR than just race day, so be sure to check all our upcoming events and join the community.

LOCATION

The UPR RTD takes place in several locations in Rotterdam. We’ll disclose some of the checkpoints so you know where to go in advance. Keep watching this space for further updates.

  • CP1 - Lebkov & Sons (Stationsplein 50, 3013 AK)

  • CP3 - Santa Claus - Paul McCarthy (Eendrachtsplein, 3012 LA)

  • CP4 - Food Hallen (Wilhelminakade 58, 3072 AR)

  • CP6 - The Student Hotel (Willem Ruyslaan 225, 3063 ER)

DAY SCHEDULE

  • 09:00 - 09:30 - Olympus will host a technical/brand presentation about their cameras. Including the one you’ll be using for the Touch & Try competition.

  • 10:00 - 11:00 - Opening of CP1 and Start of the Race. At 10:00 we’ll do the opening speech and start handing out the first Theme cards.

  • 13:00 - 14:00 - Opening of CP2. Here we’ll hand out more themes for S, M and L.

  • 15:00 - 16:00 - Opening of CP3 and end of race format S. Here we’ll hand out more themes for M and L.

  • 16:00 - 17:00 - Olympus T&T for finishers of race format S. This is an extra (optional) challenge hosted by Olympus. More details about the T&T on the tab below.

  • 19:00 - 22:00 - Opening of CP4 and end of race format M. Here we’ll hand out more themes for L.

  • 19:00 - 23:00 - Olympus T&T for finishers of race format M and L. This is an extra (optional) challenge hosted by Olympus. More details about the T&T on the tab below.

  • 03:00 - 04:00 - Opening of CP5. Here we’ll hand out more themes for L.

  • 08:00 - 10:00 - Opening of CP6 and end of race format L.

UPR EVENT

This is the first UPR event to feature the new race formats (S,M,L). We’ve designed it so that everyone can have a race to fit their size. Wanna go full marathon? Then join us on the first ever 24h UPR.

You can learn more about our race formats here. In summary we’ll host 3 UPR 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.

A participant ticket (entry to any of the race formats above) is 40€ online and 45€ on the day of the race.

DISCLAIMER - If there are not enough participants for any of the race formats we will cancel that race format. We will notify everyone if this happens in the week leading up to the event.

OLYMPUS TOUCH & TRY COMPETITION

In order to make things even more interesting, we’ve partnered with our new sponsor Olympus, and attached a Touch & Try session to the main race event.

This event is available to as many participants as available cameras, and these will be hand-out on a first come first served basis.

Olympus will host a presentation of their gear on race day before the race starts where you’ll be able to know more about the technical aspects of the cameras, which then you will use during race day.

To make things even more interesting, Olympus will host a separate jury vote (by Fokko Muller) and award the best photographers of each UPR race format (participants of the T&T) with the same camera models they were using during race day.

Olympus T&T competition rules

  1. There will be two T&T events on race day. One for the participants of S and another for the participants of M and L simultaneously.

  2. The events will be hosted at the end of race format S and M and will last 1 hour each.

  3. These events are optional and free to participate.

  4. You will be given an Olympus E-M10 MIII with a 14-42mm lens.

  5. Cameras will be handed out in exchange for an ID for safety purposes, and on a first come first served basis.

  6. Participants have 1 hour to shoot 3 photos about 1 theme.

  7. Photos need to be delivered within that time frame as well.

 
 

AWARDS

 

We know you don’t do it for the awards but still we like to offer you some extra incentive. This year and with the combined 3 formats + Olympus T&T we summed up well over 8000€ in awards. That’s pretty sweet and we’re very thankful to all our sponsors for such offers.

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Race Format S

Best Photographer - 1st Place

  • Sigma - 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC OS HSM | Contemporary

Best Photographer - 2nd Place

  • Olympus - OM-D Messenger Bag

  • Profotonet - Photo print Dibond w/ alu frame - 40x60

Best Photographer - 3rd Place

  • Kamera-Express - F-Stop Fitzroy Aloe Drab Green bag

Jury Favourites

  • Van Duuren Media - Photo books

Race Format M

Best Photographer - 1st Place

  • Sigma - 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art

Best Photographer - 2nd Place

  • Olympus - Manfroto new bag

  • Profotonet - Photo print Dibond w/ alu frame - 50x75

Best Photographer - 3rd Place

  • Kamera-Express - Hama Statief “Trekking Duo”, 160 - Ball

Jury Favourites

  • Degreef & Partner - Carry Speed FS-Slim camerariem

RACE FORMAT L

Best Photographer - 1st Place

  • Sigma - 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art

Best Photographer - 2nd Place

  • Olympus - Olympus CBG-12

  • Profotonet - Photo print Dibond w/ alu frame - 70x105

Best Photographer - 3rd Place

  • Kamera-Express - Nikon Coolpix A900 black

Jury Favourites

  • Kamera-Express - Hoya Filters

OLYMPUS T&T COMPETITION

Best Photographer - S

  • Olympus - E-M10 Mark III

Best Photographer - M

  • Olympus - E-M10 Mark III

Best Photographer - L

  • Olympus - E-M10 Mark III

 
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JURY

Julie Hrudova

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Julie Hrudova (1988) was born in Prague but now lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She has worked with a variety of publications, including CBS News, The Guardian and VICE News. Hrudova's work has also been exhibited in numerous shows, on an international scale. In 2017 she won the EyeEm Award in the Street Photographer category. In 2018 the Leisure series was awarded with the third prize at the Italian Street Photography Festival. Hrudova also works as photo editor at RTL News in The Netherlands and she is the founder of the StreetRepeat account on Instagram.

Kjell Leknes

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He’s the manager of Amsterdam Photo Club; a fast growing local photography community with over 4.000 members. As a stock photographer and former community leader at Shutterstock, his photography focuses on creating high quality images using the latest photography trends that are in demand.

Marc Driessen

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Studied portrait and documentary photography at the Amsterdam Photo Academy, where he graduated with honors in 2008. Since graduating, he’s been a steady freelance photographer for the Dutch daily newspaper, Het Parool, and works for international titles such as El Pais and Le Monde, as well as a variety of commercial clients.

Merel Schoneveld

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Merel Schoneveld, who lives in The Hague, Netherlands has taken street photographs since 2016. Capturing and collecting moments from the lives of complete strangers has since become a serious obsession for her. The challenge of finding something interesting in the most mundane moments and often having just a split second to fit it perfectly in the frame is something she finds very exciting. Merel's approach is very intuitive and focussed on storytelling, emotion, and composition.

Our jury is handpicked for their keen eye and individual photographic background, they will go at your photos from all angles.

They are a very photography active bunch, they are photographers, educators, gear geeks… you have it all!  Please check out their work and learn more about them.

 
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