The 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon takes place tomorrow as 60 photographers traverse the city to each capture 12 exposures of 12 subjects. This competition has skyrocketed in popularity in four short years, selling out early each time.
Participants, of all skill levels, get to combine their keen eye for photography with a sort of scavenger hunt all within a 12 hour timeframe. Themes or words to use as inspiration for subjects are announced every hour on the hour from the event’s home base at COFFEEBAR in Gastown. Once it’s all over and done, a panel of judges will review each snapshot from each participant and award prizes for creativity, aesthetics, theme interpretation, and overall series.
Once the rolls of film are developed, no one besides the organizers and judges gets to see the results until the Raw Talent Exhibit. Every single photo is presented, every photographer gets equal billing, every stroke of genius and disastrous technical malfunction is bared to the world. For one day. The photos then live on Flickr under a Creative Commons licence, available for anyone to share. A photographic documentary of a day in Vancouver as seen by the people who shape the city.
The Raw Talent Exhibit will then take place September 22nd at the Salt Building in the Village at False Creek. You can imagine that an exhibit of this magnitude (organizing 720 developed photos from 60 photographers) could use a bit of support so organizers have decided to crowdfund.
“12×12 brings people together to share a common love of art and photography,” says Morten Rand-Hendriksen, Creator of the 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon. “The Raw Talent Crowdfunding project is yet another way to build on this foundation. As all previous cycles of 12×12, this year’s exhibit is free and open to the public. It will also be brought to you BY the public thanks to the online fundraiser!”
If you would like to support the Raw Talent Exhibit, you can click to donate here and help make this unique event possible.
Follow the 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon on Twitter and Facebook and follow the tag #12x12YVR on Saturday, August 18, 2012 as the competition takes place.