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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.


The UPR RTD takes place in several locations in Rotterdam. We’ll disclose the first and last checkpoint of each race format hare one we have it. Keep watching this space for further updates.

  • CP1 - T.B.A.

  • CP4 - T.B.A.

  • CP6 - T.B.A.


  • CP1 - 10:00 - 11:00 (S,M,L)

  • CP2 - 13:00 - 14:00 (S,M,L)

  • CP3 - 16:00 - 17:00 (M,L)

  • CP4 - 19:00 - 22:00 (M,L)

  • CP5 - 01:00 - 02:00 (L)

  • CP6 - 08:00 - 10:00 (L)


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.


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, so be sure to register as soon as possible and secure your spot.

Olympus will host a gathering and presentation of their gear the day before race day 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.

We’ll share more details and a registration page as soon as possible.




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 - T.B.A.

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 - T.B.A.

Jury Favourites

  • Degreef & Partner - Carry Speed FS-Slim camerariem


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 - T.B.A.

Jury Favourites

  • Kamera-Express - T.B.A.


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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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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It is a competition after all, so yes, we have rules. Please read them carefully.

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