Photomarathon in Washington D.C.

Creative outdoor contest in which your team can win $1,000 cash
on Saturday, September 18, 2021

Sorry, but we have to cancel the event due to danger in DC close to planed checkpoints. We hope to do a Photomarathon someday in the future.
How It Works
You will get detailed rules closer to the event. We host live Q&A sessions on September 6 and September 13.
1
Receive list of topics and checkpoints
On Saturday, September 18, 10:00 am you r team will get an email with the list of topics and checkpoints in Washington D.C. to visit. We suggest to be in the city by that time.
2
Take a photo per topic
8 photos on 8 topics within 8 hours. Be original. Be on topic. Be artistic. Make 1 Instagram post per 1 photo. Use your smartphone or any other digital camera. Photo montage isn't allowed (Instagram filters are ok). Try to construct/arrange/catch/spot a great shot.
3
Submit your work
Use our form to submit links to your public Instagram posts.
You get significant bonus points for the speed of the finish. Teams get penalty points for every skipped checkpoint. Our judges will evaluate every photo by criteria. Then organizers will calculate total points for every team. In the case of a draw, the faster submission time wins.
4
Participate in exhibition 
Gather together in the outdoor Metrobar (Sep 19, Sun, 1 pm) to show your work. Each participant will vote for his/her favorite team. You are not allowed to vote for your team 😜. The best gallery gets a prize!
5
Watch awards ceremony
On Monday, September 20, 6 pm come here (online) to see the best photos per topic and the $1,000 grand prize winner.
Our Partners
The first Indonesian specialty coffee shop in the nation’s capital, Washington DC. Coffee connects people! That’s why we love what we do. Our days are filled with a mission to create smiles, bring warmth and happiness to those who enter our store or consume our products.
At the crossroads of art, science and technology, ARTECHOUSE brings true 21st century art experience as the first innovative platform for experiential, genre-bending, one-of-a-kind multimedia art exhibitions and explorations.
Metrobar is a new DC-focused, arts-driven hospitality venue. 11,000-square-foot outdoor space is already open with plenty of picnic tables and cabanas will host Sunday Photomarathon Exhibition. The family-friendly venue has also hosted movie nights and a tasting events. Going forward, the team is looking to add art and games.
Quality and affordability. Style and sustainability. Treating yourself and helping others. We are an ethical apparel brand that calls many places home.
What’s both warm and cool? No Slip Guarantee - If our socks fall off while you're walking in your shoes, we'll give you your money back. Seriously.
National Geographic photojournalists harnessing the power of #PhotographyForGood to shine a light on the power of women and children globally.
Never forget how a moment made you feel!
Bringing back memories, and the smiles that went along with them, is only the beginning of what we do! Our goal? Making it fast and easy for millions of customers to create beautiful products in just seconds. From photo prints to innovative tools and beyond; when it comes to what we do, the sky's the limit!
Judges
Here are the amazing judges who volunteered to evaluate every submission with their professional eyes. Our set of judges is as diverse as possible!
Wedding photographer for the positive,
yoga instructor who’s never taught a class,
oh, & professional hype girl.
As seen on Green Wedding Shoes, HuffPost Weddings & JuneBug Weddings
Photojournalist and Producer based in NJ, USA. Dave was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he was named as 40 Under 40 (Drexel University’s), for his photo career and work as a volunteer firefighter.

When I am not photographing loving couples, I am holding down my household with my husband. We have 3 amazing children and a cute pup that we adopted right before the pandemic!

Owner of Tori Del Photography
Here work was featured on Layers of Luxe Magazine, The B Collective, RangeFinder, Tacari Weddings, and Black Nuptials
MD photojournalist and portrait photographer with a strong portfolio of editorial fashion shots. His photos are full of eccentric individuals brimming with intelligence, life, and hope
Spent the past 25 years teaching, traveling and exhibiting around the world and is currently holding photography workshops in and around the DMV. His background in Art History as well as Sculpture, Filmmaking and Documentary Photography inform his work in ways that are both cinematic and intimately personal
A successful photojournalist whose work has been recognized within the art photography
community as well, John's images have been enjoyed by a diverse array of audiences over the course of his career. Employing a patient and persistent approach to his image-making, he continues to capture honest, telling and engaging pictures of our world.
VA BASED, Girl mom x3
LifeStyle + Portraits
Rich & Bold Colors
Dedicated to portrait, personal branding, fine art, and commercial photography. She also loves to design dream shoots for special occasions. “There is something truly special about taking a portrait that brings out your beauty, your confidence, and will mark a time in history. ”
Commercial and fine art photographer who finds beauty everywhere. Her 2020 book, "Enraptured by Raptors, The Story of a Red-Shouldered Hawk Family That Captured The Heart of a Community," raised funds and awareness for wildlife conservation. Her work has also been featured in USA Today, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Washingtonian, and Arlington Magazine.
His works have been featured in numerous local and national media outlets including CNN, the Washington Post, New York Times, and ABC News. When not photographing around the area, he can be seen cycling, taking a fitness class, traveling, or finding some delicious eats.
John is an award-winning Washington, DC-based photographer, director and podcast host, and the co-founder of Runway 4 creative studio. Best known for his creative concepts and dynamic portraiture, Loomis has made arresting visuals for top commercial and editorial clients for nearly 20 years.
Washington, D.C. based documentary style freelance photographer, specializing in portraiture and lifestyle coverage. Her work was chosen to be in the permanent collection of the National Museum of American Diplomacy on commission for the United States Department.
Getty Images staff photographer based in Washington, DC.
Léa Phillips
From organizing fashion editorial shoots to publishing marketing and social media campaigns for Pictarine, a leading creator of mobile apps designed to bring maximum enjoyment from photos, Léa has a passion for photography! She loves that a picture is worth 1000 words and tells a story.
from Ripple Effect Images
Executive Director of Ripple Effect Images, a nonprofit that sends world-class photographers and filmmakers to shine a light on solutions empowering women and children globally. Liz has deployed around the world supporting programs that empower communities facing extraordinary challenges.
Organizers
We wanted to participate in such an event, but nobody organized it! So we decided to make it. Please, help us.
I've organized 2 hackathons for designers. The one in 2020 was fully remote due to COVID. So why not have fun on the street and still participate in the creative competition? I'm sure there are many more good photographers now than 10 years ago. For example, my wife Marina is a much better photographer than me because she practices weekly on her Instagram.
I would love to participate in such an event, but Vlad doesn't let me 😄. So I will help him organize such fun and friendlily events for the creative people in the DC area. In the past, I participated in 3 photo marathons, and all of them gave me great memories.
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