Photomarathon 2010 - 12 hours, 12 topics, 12 pictures!

The first ever digital Photomarathon took place in Cardiff this weekend. 400 of us met in the Millennium Centre at 10am to be briefed on the simple rules: 12 hours to take 12 pictures on 12 as yet unknown topics. Sound like fun? The first topic set looked like this:

1. My entry number/Giant

2. Aroma

3. On a shoe string

4. Inspiration

We though it was going to be a little easier this year given that the event had gone digital but we were wrong. Being able to see what you’d snapped made the perfectionists among us strive for the perfect shot and just when you thought you had it, a fellow ‘Photomarathonner’ was already in position with the same idea!

By lunchtime however we were progressing well (if a little behind schedule) and it was with optimism that we collected the second set of topics at 2pm:

5. Up in the air

6. Arc

7. Seven

8. Fail

Fail indeed. 6pm came and went and we hadn’t even made a dent in the second set of topics, nevermind being on time to collect the third and final topic set!

9. Old school

10. Contemporary

11. Backwards

12. Identity

But there’s nothing like a bit of pressure to get things moving, plus the fading light on what had been a beautiful day. By 9.30pm (30 minutes ahead of schedule!) we were back at the Millennium Centre handing over our memory cards with our final twelve images.

Exhausted but happy, we’re already looking forward to the event next year, particularly since one of our photos received a commendation from the judges! You can check out all the entries at the exhibition that is running in the The Old Library until 7th August. Take a look at our photos…