FYI, there is a photography marathon occuring on December 12th. I've copied some information below. 12 themes, 12 hours, 12 photos... and only 12 exposures of film provided!
Event Details 12 x 12 ? The Vancouver Photo Marathon For more information visit our website at www.vancouverphotomarathon.com
The 12?12 Vancouver Photo Marathon is a fun and challenging contest designed to test skill, creativity and quick thinking in photographers. The true-to-life setting of minimal time, few exposures and a creative carte-blanche is an exciting challenge for any photographer ? from the upstart amateur to the avid pro ? and gives the participants a chance to test themselves on a variety of different themes and techniques against photographers from all walks of life.
12 x 12 is a 12 hour photo contest where each contestant is handed a 12 exposures film and 12 themes that have to be photographed in order in 12 hours. All contestants must have their own 35mm camera. The 12 themes are made public at the top of every new hour starting with the first hour so that the photographers have to check in every hour to receive their next theme. It is left to the photographer to decide when, where and how he/she wants to make the exposures and how to interpret the themes. All contestants have to hand in their films before the end of the 12th hour and only those with a full 12 exposures will qualify for the judging.
The strict use of 12 exposures film rather than digital photos to be uploaded at a certain time is done to level the playing field; without the luxury of taking several exposures of the same subject and subjecting these exposures to post-processing before submission the participants are forced to think before they shoot and be discerning in how they approach each subject. Furthermore it levels the playing field by removing any non-photographic skill advantages. After all this is a photo contest, not a Photoshop contest!
The marathon begins on Saturday December 12, 2009 at 8am (location to be announced). We recommend you be there an hour before to be registered and get your 12 exposure film. Other than that all you need to bring is a 35mm film photo camera. Any camera will do - from an old cheap point-and-shoot to a top-of-the-line SLR.
You will only be given one roll of film and there will be 12 themes so choose your subject and your shot wisely!
What happens to the film?
At the end of the event we will collect all the films to develop them. All the images will be published to our Flickr account in high quality and will also be printed for the showcase. If you want your film back after it has been developed, please bring a regular self-addressed and stamped envelope on the event day and we will return it to you.
Extreme Photography is about taking the best practices of photography and doing them all the time. The main purpose of this group is to get together and shoot whether is nature or people or places or shooting motion. We could even meet occasionally and discuss our photos and learn from other photographers. As people talk about their photos learning will naturally take place and ideas will flow. Other activities, like field trips, will be left to the many excellent photography clubs in Greater Vancouver. The About page has more information on what Extreme Photography is, but one thing needs to be made clear: this is not about critiquing photos. Critiques do more harm than good. Instead, people will just talk about what they like and dislike about the photos. The creator of the photo is free to accept or reject what is being said because everyone's opinion's is equal. I firmly believe that the best way to learn is to take lots of photos and talk with your fellow photographers about them.