Here are some answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.

Can I enter with a digital camera?

Yes. Photomarathon is a fully digital event. 

Can I still use my film camera?

Unfortunately not. After 6 fantastic years on film (2004 – 2009), we found it increasingly difficult and costly to run the event as a film based event and we converted to digital in 2010.

Why aren’t all the topics released in one batch at the beginning of the day?

The aim of the Photomarathon is to keep you thinking throughout the day, and releasing the topics in batches is therefore part of the Photomarathon challenge. Photomarathon is also a social occasion, and the topic release times are an opportunity for everyone to get back together and discuss their progress to date. Don’t worry, if you’ve got a great idea ­ you can also keep it to yourself!

Do I need to bring my own memory card?

Yes, you will need to bring your own memory card. It will need to be completely blank at the beginning of the Photomarathon, and our team will check this before you start. We will accept all forms of memory cards and will publish a list of the main ones prior to the event. If your is unusual, or if you are shooting on a mobile phone, we would ask that you bring a USB cable for us to download your images at the end of the day.

Does the event have any rules?

It wouldn’t be a competition without some rules, but their main purpose is to create a level playing field for everyone. You can read them in full here.

How will you collect the images?

At the end of the Photomarathon, you will be asked to return to the designated base where we will download your images to our computers. You will keep the memory card.

What format should the images be in?

All images will need to be shot as JPEG files. RAW file will not be accepted.

Will the topics be released online?

No. While we are embracing digital technology for the taking of images, we still like to see you on the day, so topics will still need to be collected in person at the specified times (10am, 2pm and 6pm).

Who owns the copyright in the images taken?

The copyright in the images taken remains with the photographer. In entering the competition the entrant grants to Photomarathon the right to use the images in all media in relation to the running and promotion of Photomarathon. Photomarathon cannot (and will not) pass on, sub-license or sell any images to any third party without your permission.

Is there a special event for children?

No. However, children are welcome to enter the main event and a prize will be awarded for the best set of photos for entrants aged 16 and under.

Will children’s work be judged separately?

No, children’s work will be judged as part of the main event. However, all work by entrants under the age of 16 will be marked with a sticker noting the work as that of a junior entrant.

How does the judging work?

Judges are required to judge two separate categories – overall portfolio winner and individual topic winners. The judging panel, using a system of shortlisting, will choose an overall winner, 2nd and 3rd as well as individual winners in each topic category.

Can I sign up for next year?

The date of each Photomarathon is usually announced in the Spring. If you want to keep in touch with Photomarathon please sign up to our mailing list.

Where can we see the pictures taken on the day?

All the images taken on the day will be displayed at the exhibition. A selection of winners and judges favourites will also be on display.