The Photomarathon


A Photomarathon is a photographic competition with a twist. Typically you have a set period of time to take a set amount of photographs, on specific topics in a set order. With prizes given on the best interpretation of these topics, it’s not your physical ability that will get you through the day, but your sense of creativity and your eye for a good photo!

Photomarathons have proved popular around the world on every continent, with regular events in Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, the Czech Republic, France and Russia, and until recently in Cardiff.

So why Newport? Newport has a rich photographic history which we will be writing and sharing about over the coming weeks. 


At 10 am on the day of the Photomarathon, doors open for each entrant to register themselves and their chosen camera. Every person taking part starts with either a blank memory card, fresh film or your phone’s camera roll – this will be checked and verified by one of our volunteers..

At high noon entrants will be issued with the first set of 6 topics. They then have until 6 pm to shoot 1 image in sequence for each of these topics. At 6 pm, the second set of 6 topics will be released. Entrants will have until high noon on Sunday to hand in their sequence of 12 images into the team. Each entrant must personally collect the first set of topics from the HQ, and have their entry card stamped to prove attendance. The 2nd set of topics will be delivered to you digitally at 6pm. The HQ will then receive the completed entries – via direct download from your phone, memory card or by handing in your roll of film – from 12 noon until 2 pm.

On the Saturday, there will also be a range of workshops run by professional photographers to sign up to, as well as a photo-social for people to get together, talk about their day and meet others taking part.

After the Photomarathon day, all the images are collated and printed, before our panel of judges meet to decide the winners. All the photos – yes, all of them – then go on show in a free public exhibition.