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Run or Dye

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  • **** WARNING ****

    "colour runs" have been proven to be very damaging to photographic equipment. If you do plan to bring your camera please protect it. Also note, that you may be met with hostility if you try to bring a DSLR as they claim they are not allowed.

    A charity run where the runners will be plastered with dye.

    Photographers love colour so this seems like a perfect opportunity to capture some interesting photos. Just don't get too close to the dye stations!

    I am in no way associated with this event other than the fact I am thinking of running in it. It's a public event though so photographers should be welcome on the sides.

    EDIT: As pointed out by Mike, you will not be allowed DSLR cameras at the event. That may affect whether you want to photograph or not.

    EDIT2: When I proposed this idea I did not imagine it might be so hazardous on the camera gear. Please proceed with caution.

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  • Sivaruban

    Where you guys going to meet up ???

    August 30, 2013

  • Darren B.

    I am going to cancel this meetup. You can make your own decisions about whether to attend.

    August 30, 2013

  • Ron L.

    Not sure what the point is if you are not allowed to take a DSLR without press credentials.

    August 19, 2013

  • stephanie

    Id love to cover this event!

    August 15, 2013

  • Deb M.

    I am volunteering for this event.

    August 13, 2013

  • Ming L.

    I believe this is the article that warns about cameras and the fine dye that is thrown

    1 · June 19, 2013

    • Mike

      Very helpful! Everyone should read this.

      June 19, 2013

  • Mike

    Since May 9, I have tried twice by e-mail and twice by telephone to contact the organizers about their Media Policy. It begins to look like they have no intention of communicating with me.

    I think it's safe to assume that the policy is just bluster, and they don't want to defend it.

    It seems, as Darren has posted, that a bit of care is needed, so a bit of research is in order. I did shoot an Ironman event for twelve hours in the wettest day I have ever lived through, so I'm confident I can protect my gear. I suggest that you use the longest lens you have. The telephoto will make for stronger impact and also keep you a safer distance from the mess.

    June 12, 2013

  • Darren B.

    The internet is flooded with warnings that shooting these types of events often will ruin your camera. So although it sounds like a cool idea, I'm thinking it might not be a good one.

    1 · May 30, 2013

  • Dan G.

    Kind of want to go to spite them, I respect wishes of privacy and all but this is ludicrous, you need a pass to bring a dslr but a point and shoot is ok? Lots of people have lower end dslr camera that they use as point and shoots....what about MIL cameras?? I really don't understand

    May 30, 2013

  • Daniel

    I think worse than the restriction of using a DSLR without credentials is their claim of ownership over all the images. So if you're not fined for trespassing you could face a copyright infringement claim if you publish your photos.

    May 9, 2013

  • Mike

    It's worth having a look at their media policy page.

    It looks like you might have to dig out your point-and-shoot. Which is probably a good idea, anway. Nothing like a nice dye job on your full-frame DSLR.

    On second thought, this policy seems a little bit high-handed. I think I will contact the organizers. Unless this event is run indoors somewhere, photography of the event, and the people in it, is entirely legal.

    May 9, 2013

    • Darren B.

      I agree Mike. I think they could keep you away from the dye area (but you wouldn't want to be too close anyway!) but on the public streets? I'm not sure how they can justify that.

      May 9, 2013

    • Ron L.

      I agree that shooting would be legal if it's "run" in public space. Their restrictions are only enforceable (in Ontario) if it's on private property, where runners also have a reasonable expectation of privacy. This hardly seems likely.

      May 9, 2013

  • Barry T.

    The organizers are a little out of control, see below

    Run or Dye issues media credentials to all photographers, videographers, and media representatives who wish to capture images, video, or provide coverage of Run or Dye. If you don't have credentials, professional photography and/or videography is strictly prohibited at all Run or Dye events. This prohibition includes DSLR equipment.

    Anyone in violation of this policy will be asked to leave the premises. By participating in Run or Dye, you agree that all professional ######photos/video taken are solely owned by Run or Dye.#####

    If you are a member of the media and would like to be issued credentials, please fill out our form for the media.

    Freelance photographers or videographers can apply for a licensing agreement with Run or Dye as a precursor to receiving credentials, but please be aware that there are very few such agreements available. If you would like an agreement, please fill out our application form.

    May 9, 2013

  • Wojciech K.

    If you plan to photograph at the event, make sure to take precautions. The fine powder can cause problems even for for weather-sealed photo gear. (

    2 · May 9, 2013

    • Darren B.

      Well it seemed like a good idea...

      1 · May 9, 2013

    • Wojciech K.

      With the hazardous conditions at the race, maybe we should make this a Cheap Camera Challenge... First prize for the best photo on the crappiest gear! :)

      2 · May 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Having done two colour races before.. RUN IT. It's so much fun. I was going to post that I'd be there running, but I checked my schedule and I'm already at a different race that morning at Mooney's Bay :( Photographers are welcome - I've never heard of them being turned away etc, but please make sure your camera is safe/sealed! It is a powder and it goes everywhere!

    May 9, 2013

  • Angelina

    oh my gosh, i am caught between running this event, or taking photographs???

    2 · May 9, 2013

    • Darren B.

      Me too! If I don't run, I'll be there with my camera.

      1 · May 9, 2013


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