12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon: Commercial Drive Edition
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
2206 Commercial Drive
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.
12×12 is a 12-hour photo contest where each contestant is handed a roll of 12 exposure film and 12 themes that have to be interpreted and photographed in the sequence that they are given. 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 film before the end of the 12th hour and only those with a full 12 exposure roll will qualify for judging.
The strict use of 12 exposure 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. It further levels the playing field by removing any non-photographic skill advantages. After all, this is a photo contest, not a Photoshop contest.
You will only be given ONE roll of film to capture all 12 themes, so choose your subject and your shots wisely!