Raw Talent 2013: 12×12 Exhibit

Posted by on September 12, 2013 at 10:39 am.
Raw Talent Exhibit by John Biehler

Photo by: John Biehler

RAW TALENT 2013
The 5th Annual 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon Exhibit Takes Place on October 12th

Vancouver, BC (September 12, 2013): Imagine capturing 12 frames on 12 themes in a single roll of 12 exposure 35mm film over the course of 12 hours. That is what 60 adventurous photographers did one sunny summer day, and whose works will be showcased at the 5th annual 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon Exhibit. Come and celebrate the art of film photography as the excitement of that day’s events is relived through the 720 images that will be on display in their purest and unedited form, making this one-of-a-kind event a true showcase of Vancouver’s Raw Talent.

RAW TALENT 2013: THE 12×12 VANCOUVER PHOTO MARATHON EXHIBIT
SATURDAY OCTOBER 12, 2013   |   DOORS AT 6PM   |   FREE
SCOTIABANK DANCE CENTRE AT 677 DAVIE STREET, VANCOUVER
RSVP AT VANCOUVERPHOTOMARATHON.COM/TICKETS

12×12 creator Morten Rand-Hendriksen is known for creating a certain degree of DRAMA* leading up to the reveal of the photo marathon’s first theme, especially when no one knows what MY ENTRY NUMBER will be paired with. After Rickrolling everyone with NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP*, the end began to look FAR AWAY SO CLOSE* for many participants. But to REJECT* the themes is never an option. “I BET…* your IMPRESS(ION)* of MY OWN REALITY*, as well as your own perceptions will change when you see some of these theme interpretations,” says Rand-Hendriksen, “- a METAMORPHOSIS* of sorts.” The public is encouraged to view the exhibit BEFORE THE STORM* of guests arrive at the 12×12 Raw Talent Exhibit. Attendees will have the ADVANTAGE* of speaking with the many OVERACHIEVERs* who participated in this year’s challenge, including those that photographed their FAVOURITE* photo series.

Join the fun on Saturday October 12th as 60 photographers regroup with nervous anticipation to find out how their images developed. With winners announced and their prints revealed for the first time, you will not want to miss this always highly anticipated one-night event.

About the 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon:

12×12 is the first and only not-for-profit annual photo marathon in BC, and one of the rare film-based ones in the world. Beginning at 10am on the day of the photo marathon, and at the top of every hour for the next 12 hours, a theme is randomly drawn and released. With only 1 exposure allowed for each theme, participants have to interpret and capture them in the given sequence. When the clock strikes 10pm, only the completed rolls that are returned on time move on to the final phase. Negatives are then developed and judged, the results of which are showcased at a free public exhibit.

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For more information or to book an interview, please contact:

Angela Chih, Event Producer
778.388.3690 | Email

* The 12 themes – in sequence – randomly drawn during the 2013 12×12 on August 31st

2013 Judges

Posted by on September 12, 2013 at 5:27 am.

We’re very proud to announce the judging panel for the 2013 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon!

Dawn ChubaiDawn Chubai

TV Personality, Actress, Vocalist • Twitter | Website

For 2 decades Dawn has been in the public eye, be it on the stage, on the big screen, or on the TV screens of homes across the country. Celebrating 9 years on Breakfast Television, her role as a Live Eye host has her doing everything from rappelling down a 20-storey building in a latex catsuit, to flying with the Snowbirds, and cooking with the city’s best chefs. Dawn is also one of the In-Arena Hosts for the Vancouver Canucks.

An established jazz vocalist in her own right (winning an ARIA award for her debut CD, “New Chapters for an Old Book”), Dawn performs with the legendary Dal Richards and has had the privilege of performing at the Orpheum with the VSO and Conductor Bramwell Tovey.

Dawn can often be spotted in several TV productions and feature films including Mission Impossible 4, Twilight: Eclipse, and Robert Redford’s latest film, The Company You Keep.

Vancouver Photographer Brendan MeadowsBrendan Meadows

Photographer • Twitter | Website

Brendan’s subject matter is people, whether they come from the glamorous worlds of music and television or the gritty reaches of poverty and war. He snapped his very first photograph of Princess Diana during Expo ’86. She was 23; he was 10. From there the fascination with the human persona began. Over the years, he has founded three hugely successful and influential art projects: Drawn to Develop, Front Lines, and The Covet Exhibition.

He has contributed photographs to Vice, Inventory, AMC, and continues to work fervently in the worlds of portrait and entertainment photography. “There are no wasted hours,” says Brendan through a mouthful of puttanesca, atop a mountain of camera equipment. Simply put, he is a gifted wanderer; a collector of people and places; a catcher of beauty as it changes.

Vancouver Photographer Mathew SmithMathew Smith

Photographer • Twitter | Website

Primarily a people person (but also a cat person), he shoots photographs that capture people as they are, as well as how he imagines them. Mathew believes that photographs only offer part of the truth, but never expose it in its entirely. Instead, he believes people always keep a part of themselves that is impossible to capture.

Mathew discovered his love of photography as a child on a road trip across the country that transplanted him from one coast to the other. He spent that trip shooting with a tiny plastic 110 camera from the back seat of a late 80’s Ford Aerostar. Later, as one of the early adopters of digital photography, Mathew found a new reason to embrace the medium.

Currently Mathew is focused on a number of projects that target his interest in DIY photographic experiments. “It’ll be fun,” he says. “It always is.”

Arlen RedekopArlen Redekop

Photojournalist • Facebook

Arlen is a newspaper photographer with 30 years experience, now working at the Vancouver Sun and The Province newspapers. He has freelanced for UPI, Reuters, AP and CP wire services.

His first 8 years in the business was with a number of community newspapers in the Lower Mainland such as the Now newspapers, Tri-City/Maple Ridge News and the Surrey Leader.

He started his career at age 18 at the Maple Ridge Gazette and Coquitlam Herald weekly newspapers and has been a member of NPPA and WCNPA (now NPAC). Arlen has photographed a wide range of people, from Prime Ministers to residents and drug addicts in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Sports photography has also been his passion as a result of growing up playing most sports, including soccer and road hockey.

Arlen’s history with 12×12 dates back to its inaugural year, when he was dispatched to capture a shot of photo marathon creator Morten Rand-Hendriksen for the annual challenge’s first print media feature in The Province newspaper. It is only fitting that after five very successful years of this grassroots project, we invite him to participate in the 2013 12×12 as the year’s Master Judge.

12x12 on The Province

Building a Foundation with Kerrisdale Cameras

Posted by on August 19, 2013 at 2:37 pm.

As an organizer of the 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon, people are sometimes surprised when they find out that I have virtually no background in photography. I’d never even changed a lens until Morten came around some 12 years ago toting his beloved EOS-1 and going on (and on) about some kooky idea of running with cameras. I also would have never realized that Kerrisdale Cameras existed a mere block away from home!

We vividly remember the first time we walked into the unassuming shop. Initially surprised by its modest surroundings, we quickly found out why there was no need for flash or frills. Rick was on hand to offer us not only advice and suggestions, but also a few useful photo tips. We had not gone in with the intention of buying anything and never felt pressured to go home with anything off the shelves. Some managers may think of that as a lost opportunity, but for all the years that followed, the Burnaby location of Kerrisdale became our shop of choice whenever we ‘needed’ a new toy and Rick became our go-to-guy for everything photo related. We’ve always wanted to team up with Kerrisdale Cameras and are very excited and proud to announce them as the official 2013 sponsor of 12×12’s film development, printing, and scanning.

Its unpretentious approach is what won us over and this is one of the qualities that has made Kerrisdale the province’s largest photo specialty chain. Now celebrating 52 years as a family owned and operated business, it is obvious that a solid foundation is at the root of this company’s history of success. As we oft like to do, we’re going to take you back in time. As we dial 1961 into the DeLorean, we strongly recommend that you bring a friend along to catch you when you faint at the sight of new houses going for $13,000.

While John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as President of the United States, sweeping the nation off its feet half a century ago were go-go booted dancers prancing to the Pony and giving Surrender to Elvis’ gyrating hips, boat-sized guzzlers road-tripping at 7 cents a litre, Holly Golightly having her first Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Michael J. Fox taking his first breath 5 months after Wayne Gretzky. The average income may have been $5,000, but boy was it spent well, especially if you were snap happy because also saying hello to the world that year was the first Kerrisdale store in Vancouver.

Bob Hudson with a Canon F1 circa 1972

Bob Hudson with a Canon F1 circa 1972

Co-founded by Bob Hudson and his mother Mary, the original location on West 41st and Yew St has stood the test of time and continues to serve recreational and professional photographers seeking fair prices and sound advice. Having already had a good 10 years of experience selling cameras while studying commerce at UBC, Bob not only knew exactly what to ask to fit customers to the right equipment, but he also remembered all the answers the next time that same customer came back for an upgrade! Always progressive, the young entrepreneur was Googling well before it was added to the Oxford English Dictionary.

But staying ahead of the curve doesn’t mean forgetting the past. Just as a solid foundation grounds a business, a firm grasp of the principles of photography makes a photographer into an artist. For all its modern conveniences, the digital medium still doesn’t hold a candle to the nuances and richness that film photography affords. Why else would art schools continue to teach core photography programs using only film? While other specialty stores clear their shelves of range finders and manual drives, Kerrisdale continues to accept trade-ins and continues to process film. Morten and I never leave the store without gazing at the huge selection of classic cameras and are always floored by how much they now go for. They don’t make them like they used to, so consider taking home one of these gems.

Shelves upon shelves of 35mm cameras, lenses, and accessories for sale at Kerrisdale Cameras

Dilemma: Picking one out of so many 35mm cameras and lenses. Solution: Get one for each day of the week!

Linda Hudson, owner of Kerrisdale Cameras

Daughter Linda Hudson Carries on the Legacy Her Late Father Built

Kerrisdale’s web list of used film equipment is updated twice a week:

Used Film Cameras | Used Lenses & Lens Accessories

Boy, would we have had a blast shooting the breeze with Bob, who like his mother never stopped working at the main store. Having passed away in 2011, he is remembered fondly by the community and rests easy knowing that his daughter Linda now carries on the legacy he and his mother have built.

If you have any questions about the camera you’ll be running around with on August 31st, Kerrisdale is staffed with many photographers that still shoot in film, including Stuart at the Vancouver location who is so dedicated to the medium it is permanently inked on his arm. If anyone knows film, it would be him. With a collection of nearly 300 film cameras, Stuart still shoots entirely in the classic medium.

Film Tattoo on Stuart KennedyAnd here are the other sales associates that know their way around a film camera. Recognize any of ‘em? ;o)Kerrisdale Camera Associates That Still Shoot Film: Mike Wilson, Robert Anderson, Jolene Reiniger, John Roberts, Chris McDonaldKerrisdale Camera Associates That Still Shoot Film: Meghan Oram, Alex Hakonson, Bill Green, Jason Hamper, Lynann Colligan

It’s clear that another foundation for Kerrisdale’s success is its staff, almost 50% of which have been with the company for over 10 years! If you’ve been itching to buy a camera, ask any of them about this current promotion (which includes film cameras) ending August 31.Kerrisdale Cameras Promotion

2013 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon!

Posted by on July 15, 2013 at 9:20 am.

2013 12x12 Press Release HeaderDRIVEN BY PHOTOGRAPHY
The 5th Annual 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon: Commercial Drive Edition

Vancouver, BC (July 15, 2013): Summer always sees the return of the city’s many beloved events. The 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon is one of them and it is back on Saturday August 31st for another exhilarating round of creative challenges that is sure to inspire those driven by photography.

A 35mm camera being the only requirement, recreational and professional photographers will each be assigned a 12-exposure roll of film (yes, film!). Beginning at 10am and at the top of every hour for the next 12 hours, a theme will be randomly drawn and released. With only 1 exposure allowed for each theme, participants must interpret and capture them in the correct sequence and on time. Once the clock strikes 10pm, only the completed rolls that have been returned will move on to the final phase of the challenge. Negatives will be developed and judged after the marathon, the results of which will be showcased at a free public exhibit where more than 700 photos will be on display and the winning entries announced and celebrated.

Be it to express, provoke, document, exalt, or humble, all photographers are driven by an inexplicable compulsion to communicate using one of the most powerful mediums available: The camera. But is the ubiquity of smartphones, boasting upwards of 41 megapixels, now blurring the lines of communication? As much as people love to see mouth-watering food truck fare and impossibly cute kittens in crocheted costumes, one can’t help but wonder what effects this digital deluge will have on the classic art form of photography. 12×12 strips away all filters and effects to help you reconnect with your subject. “It has encouraged me to become more decisive in the way I photograph,” reflects 2012 winner Ryan Mah. “With a single image or many, what stays ‘in’ or ‘out’ of frame becomes crucial in telling a compelling story.” As 4-time marathoner Elizabeth Peña attests, “12×12 has allowed me to challenge the way I look at photography and the world…it presses your limitations and creativity.”

“If you’re driven by photography,” says creator Morten Rand-Hendriksen, “this ride’s for you.”

THE 2013 12×12 VANCOUVER PHOTO MARATHON
SATURDAY AUGUST 31st, 2013 • 10AM – 10PM
JJ BEAN • 2206 COMMERCIAL DRIVE, VANCOUVER

The 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon is the first not-for-profit annual photo marathon in British Columbia and one of the rare film-based ones in the world. It is open to anyone with a 35mm film camera. Tickets ($36 + Eventbrite fee each) must be purchased in advance, include film, and will go on sale at 8pm on Wednesday July 31st, 2013. Last year’s marathon sold out in 1 minute (that’s right, ONE minute), so mark your calendars if you don’t want to miss out on this highly anticipated event!

Check out the full 2013 12×12 Media Kit for more details!

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For more information or to book an interview, please contact:
Angela Chih, Event Producer
c: 778.388.3690

Help-Portrait Vancouver

Posted by on November 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm.

It’s a typically chilly Autumn day in Vancouver as the door of the Union Gospel Mission swings open. A blast of cold comes through, but with it also the warmth that emanates from the renewed soul of a man who has kicked his dark past life of addiction to the curb. Now a year clean, he is hoping to commemorate his new lease on life with a gift for his mother: the image of a transformed son with his life back on track. Ten years it has been since his image was last taken, and though happy at heart, he cannot smile for the camera lest he reveal the loss of all his teeth. A kind-hearted photographer gently coaxes him to do so without showing any of the signs indicative of prolonged drug habits and as the shutter releases, a new door opens, one through which the man now walks with a reawakened sense of purpose to share the moment with the one person he is most proud to celebrate this milestone with: Mom.

This is a true story. The year was 2011, the photographer is Roger Hur, and the project which enabled the aforementioned man to memorialize a turning point in his life is Help-Portrait Vancouver.

On Saturday December 1st 2012, a group of photographers, editors, and make-up artists will once again volunteer their time and talents to propel an annual international non-profit movement to give back to those who are less fortunate with the gift of a beautiful portrait. Spread over 60 countries in over 600 locations with more than 7000 photographers involved, we can all image how many inspirational stories have been shared throughout the world. This moment is when any one of us can help someone in Vancouver tell their story. If we pool our resources, we can easily help this wonderful project reach its goal of raising the $800 necessary to cover some basic but essential costs of production. Please consider contributing what you can through the link below.

DONATE TO HELP-PORTRAIT VANCOUVER BY CLICKING HERE

Help-Portrait Vancouver Volunteers

We have the privilege of knowing two members of Help-Portrait Vancouver‘s organizing committee: 12x12ers Roger Hur and Bernard Ng, who have been involved with the project since its inaugural year in 2009. It was the vision of celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart that brought a world-wide community of photographers together. As its Mission states, Help-Portrait “is about GIVING the pictures, not taking them. These portraits are not for your portfolio, website, or for sale. Money isn’t involved here. This holiday season, you have the chance to give a family something they may have never had before – a portrait together.”

Help-Portrait Vancouver Roger Hur

It is easy to see why Help-Portrait has captured the hearts of so many. “The participants hold their heads higher,” says Hur. “They love all the fuss we make over them. It’s an experience that I thoroughly enjoy and look forward to every year. The people that come in aren’t used to the kind of attention we’re giving them. It’s a shock to their system.”

Help-Portrait Vancouver Bernard Ng

New to this year’s team of volunteers are Ryan Mah and Andres Vargas, 12x12ers as well! We are so proud to know these amazing men and commend them for being leaders in the photography community.

Like us, you probably want to see some of the incredible images given by Help-Portrait. The spirit of the Vancouver event however, is to preserve the anonymity and privacy of the recipients. All the photographs are deleted as soon as they are printed so that no individual can use them for any other purpose. It keeps the event very pure in its intent and that is to give the portrait to the person. We have our own portraits to share with you though. Here are our guys who are making a difference.

Roger Hur & Bernard NgRyan Mah & Andres Vargas

Help-Portrait LogoHelp-Portrait is a movement of photographers who are using their time, equipment and expertise to give back to those who are less fortunate.

The goal is simple:
Find someone in need, take their portrait, print their portrait, and deliver them.

Yep. It’s really that easy.

RAW TALENT 2012

Posted by on September 5, 2012 at 12:40 pm.

Click here to download a PDF version of this press release

RAW TALENT: THE 12×12 VANCOUVER PHOTO MARATHON EXHIBIT
SPECIAL BLACK & WHITE EDITION

Raw Talent 2012 on September 22nd at the Salt Building

Vancouver, BC (September 5, 2012): Imagine capturing 12 frames on 12 themes in a single roll of 12 exposure film over the course of 12 hours during one of Vancouver’s hottest summer days. That’s what 60 adventurous photographers did, and to honour their results, we’re having a big party that the entire city is invited to. Come and celebrate the art of film photography as the excitement of that day’s events is relived at the 4th annual 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon Exhibit. Every image will be on display in its purest and unedited form, making this unique event a true showcase of Raw Talent.

RAW TALENT 2012: THE 12×12 VANCOUVER PHOTO MARATHON EXHIBIT
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2012 • 6PM – LATE • FREE
SALT BUILDING AT THE VILLAGE ON FALSE CREEK (OLYMPIC VILLAGE)
PLEASE RSVP AT RAWTALENT2012.EVENTBRITE.COM

There was no surprise when the theme “My Entry Number”* was announced in hour one of the 2012 12×12, but when we threw “+ Colour” into the mix to be interpreted in black & white film, marathoners knew it wasn’t going to be an easy cycle. “Through the Looking Glass”* they explored the city, the bright summer rays exposing the “Nude”* nooks and crannies that have transformed Gastown so much “In 20 Years.”* Toting “Old School”* photo gear, most wished they could shoot their subjects “Three Times”* to increase their chances at the “Top”* prize. Even though some said they wanted to “Hide”* their shots, we know they were all very “Clever.”* Whatever may “Float”* your boat, you’ll be sure to find it at Raw Talent, where you’ll get the full “Background Story”* behind each “(D)Evolved”* frame.

Over 700 photos will be on display and the winning prints announced. Join the fun on Saturday September 22nd as 60 marathoners regroup with nervous anticipation to find out how their images developed. You won’t want to miss this always highly anticipated one-night event!

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For more information or to book an interview, please contact:
Angela Chih, Event Producer
Click here to email Angela
c: 778.388.3690

* The 12 themes – in sequence – randomly drawn during the 2012 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon which was held on August 18 at Coffeebar in Gastown

Raw Talent is a free public event for the entire city to enjoy and is supported in full by its fans and sponsors. If you would like to help, please consider a contribution to our Crowdfunding Project.
♥ Thank you! ♥

2012 12x12 Marathoners

2012 Judges

Posted by on September 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm.

Virginie Lamarche +
Bastien Desfriches Doria

Judges Bastien Desfriches Doria & Virginie LamarcheOriginally from France, Virginie & Bastien have spent the past decade in the US first getting their MFA degrees in Photography, then teaching full-time respectively at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio, and at Governors State University in Chicago, Illinois. Working in Academia allowed them to develop successful artistic careers, having both received numerous photography awards and having exhibited their fine art work nationally and internationally.

Virginie & Bastien are the co-founders of Canada’s first and exclusive film photography workshops, specializing in the teaching, promoting and publishing of contemporary film photography. VNB Fine Art Photo Workshops is all about reigniting passion for all things film and analog, and their workshops highlight the unique quality, aesthetics and artistic benefits of the film medium. VNB’s latest project is BC’s first ecologically sensitive public darkroom in the heart of downtown to give our beautiful city’s talented film photography community an innovative working and networking place to use and abuse for the sake of art.

grEGORy simpson

Judge grEGORy simpson

Equal parts philosopher and photographer, grEGORy simpson’s subject of choice is whatever or whomever no one else is bothering to photograph. Any contestant wishing to get a leg up on this years’ competition needs only to read his Bartlett’s Rejects article for insight into egor’s photography views. Right this moment, he’s likely on the streets documenting humans simply being. He might even be documenting you! His most recent photos and writings can be seen on both his ULTRAsomething site and on the Leica Camera Blog, where he writes the f/Egor column.

Jonathan Canlas

Judge Jonathan CanlasJonathan is a world-travelling film photographer who was first introduced to photography in Japan when a friend let him borrow an old Canon AE1. When he returned to the US, he became enthralled with the photographic process and eventually graduated with a degree in photography from Brigham Young University. Since that time, photography has become both his passion and his job. He has shot hundreds of events and his work has been published in several magazines. He’s loud, he’s funny, he’s an open book in every sense of the word – even down to the fact that he’s now a published author of Film Is Not Dead: A Digital Photographer’s Guide to Shooting Film, which all of this year’s winners receive a copy of. He teaches Film Is Not Dead workshops to give him an excuse to get fired up about film on a regular basis.

Although he is a giant advocate of film photography, Jon’s true passion is his family. Jon, his beautiful and talented wife Callie, and their six kids live in Lehi, Utah. Jon’s home and family is the primary feature and expression of joy – and source of inspiration – in his personal work.

Michael Lawrence

Mystery Judge (revealed September 22 at Raw Talent 2012)

Judge Michael LawrenceMichael Lawrence is a Nova Scotia expat who moved to BC in pursuit of higher education. Currently residing in Port Moody, Michael is a keen, self-taught amateur who has photographed everything from cyclists to cyclotrons, from elevations of 10,000 feet to negative 50 feet. He has a bias towards cleanliness and simplicity and is not beholden to any particular piece of equipment. He has participated in the 2009 and 2011 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathons, and empathizes with this year’s marathoners after experiencing both the lows of improperly loaded film and the highs of winning a grand prize.

Click here to view Michael Lawrence’s 2009 photo set
Click here to view Michael Lawrence’s 2011 photo set

Awards:

2009 Winner for Best Theme Interpretation: High Hope by Michael Lawrence

2009 Winner for Best Theme Interpretation: High Hope by Michael Lawrence

2009 Winner for Theme 10: Flash by Michael Lawrence

2009 Winner for Theme 10: Flash by Michael Lawrence

2011 Winner for Theme 02: The Usual Suspects by Michael Lawrence

2011 Winner for Theme 02: The Usual Suspects by Michael Lawrence

2011 Winner for Theme 09: Take it to the Grave by Michael Lawrence

2011 Winner for Theme 09: Take it to the Grave by Michael Lawrence

4th Annual 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon: The Black & White Edition!

Posted by on June 18, 2012 at 4:25 am.

A candid shot of Michael Kalus during the 2009 12x12 Vancouver Photo Marathon by John Biehler

AN EYE FOR STORYTELLING: TALES IN SINGLE MONOCHROMATIC SHOTS
The 4th Annual 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon: B&W Edition

Vancouver, BC (June 18, 2012): Dust off those 35mm cameras because the 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon is back on Saturday August 18 and this time, we’re turning back the pages to a forgotten chapter in photographic history. Set in the heart and birth place of the city where it all began, this year’s participants will gather in Gastown where they will explore the art of storytelling by capturing their images in black and white film.

With a 35mm camera as the only requirement to take part, recreational and professional photographers will each be given a marked roll of film containing only 12 exposures. Beginning at 10am and at the top of every hour for the next 12 hours, a theme will be randomly drawn and released. Participants must interpret and capture each theme in one single exposure of film in the exact sequence that they are revealed. Once the clock strikes 10pm, only the completed rolls that have been returned will move on to the next stage of the challenge. Negatives will be developed and judged after the marathon, the results of which will be showcased at a free public exhibit where more than 700 photos will be on display and the winning entries announced and celebrated.

With the highly anticipated vibrancy that summer brings, it’s no wonder that the city’s explosion of colour becomes the source of inspiration for many photographers. The brilliant blues of a child’s eyes create the perfect focal point in a still. The fiery red of a runaway balloon seizes attention. Now imagine the curtain falling on this play of colours, leaving nothing but infinite shades of gray. How do you then communicate your story? Suddenly, composition and lighting take centre stage. Perspective gets the limelight. Context now plays a role. In essence, a whole new world is brought forth. “Since photography emerged in monochrome format,” says 12×12 creator Morten Rand-Hendriksen, “what better way to play tribute to the classic medium of film than by revitalizing this art form.”

If a picture is worth a thousand words, get ready for an epic story.

THE 2012 12×12 VANCOUVER PHOTO MARATHON
SATURDAY AUGUST 18, 2012 • 10AM – 10PM
COFFEEBAR • 10 WATER STREET, VANCOUVER (GASTOWN)

The 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon is the first not-for-profit annual film-based photo marathon in British Columbia. It is open to anyone with a 35mm film camera. Tickets ($36 each) must be purchased in advance, include film, and will go on sale here at 8pm on Wednesday July 18th, 2012. Last year’s marathon sold out within 10 minutes, so mark your calendars if you don’t want to miss out!

Check www.VancouverPhotoMarathon.com for updates.

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For more information or media inquiries, please contact:
Angela Chih, Event Producer
e: Click here to submit an email
c: 778.388.3690

Click the following links to view the individual pages of the full media kit:

Page 1: Cover
Page 2: Media Release
Page 3: Event Photos
Page 4: Media Coverage
Page 5: What Marathoners are Saying About 12×12
Page 6: Frequently Asked Questions
Page 7: Sponsor Packages

Click here to download the full Media Kit in PDF format (approx. 839KB)

2011 Audience Picks

Posted by on October 3, 2011 at 8:41 am.

Attendees of Raw Talent 2011: The Third Annual 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon Exhibit were given the chance to fill out ballots to cast votes for their favourite photos. Here are the results from the tally.

Audience Pick for Best Series: #39 Kenny Louie

Audience Pick for Best Series Runner-Up: #46 Eric Tong

Audience Pick for Best Photo:
#56 Ryan Mah for Theme #11 (Not for Sale)

Audience Pick for Best Photo Runner-Up:
#40 Michael Lawrence for Theme #09 (Take it to the Grave)

Audience Pick for Individual Themes:

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Theme 01 (My Entry Number + Different Angle): #08 Yvonne Fong

Theme 02 (The Usual Suspects): #40 Michael Lawrence

Theme 03 (Human Nature): #39 Kenny Louie

Theme 04 (Reliable): #50 Shannon Leonard

Theme 05 (My Greatest Wish): #08 Yvonne Fong

Theme 06 (Odour): #56 Ryan Mah

Theme 07 (Echo): #47 Kathy Booth

Theme 08 (Trapped): #08 Yvonne Fong

Theme 09 (Take it to the Grave): #40 Michael Lawrence

Theme 10 (Second Chance): #53 Ian Kerr

Theme 11 (Not for Sale): #56 Ryan Mah

Theme 12 (Expectation): #39 Kenny Louie

2011 Winning Photos

Posted by on October 2, 2011 at 11:42 pm.

Updated: 11.10.03 at 4:07PM

60 marathoners registered for the third annual 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon and all 60 handed in their 12exp 35mm rolls by 10pm on Saturday August 6th, 2011. From the 720 photos that we had developed, our judges selected winners for Best Series and Best Photo, along with Runner-Ups for both categories, and 1 winner for each of the 12 themes. Here are the results that were revealed at Raw Talent 2011 on Sunday September 25th:

2011 12x12 winners (L-R): Eric Bucad (#11), Ryan Mah (#56), Ayoe for Bob Lai (#01), Sophia Knowles (#33), Ian Kerr (#53), Allison McDougall (#58), Michael Lawrence (#40), and Kenny Louie (#39).
Missing: Mariette Baynton (#15), Caitlin Bridger (#22), and Ryan Marchant (#21).

Best Series: #33 Sophia Knowles

Best Series Runner-Up: #01 Bob Lai

Best Photo:
#33 Sophia Knowles for Theme #10 (Second Chance)

Best Photo Runner-Up:
#56 Ryan Mah for Theme #08 (Trapped)

Individual Theme Winners:

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Theme 01 (My Entry Number + Different Angle): #53 Ian Kerr

Theme 02 (The Usual Suspects): #40 Michael Lawrence

Theme 03 (Human Nature): #22 Caitlin Bridger

Theme 04 (Reliable): #58 Allison McDougall

Theme 05 (My Greatest Wish): #01 Bob Lai

Theme 06 (Odour): #56 Ryan Mah

Theme 07 (Echo): #21 Ryan Marchant

Theme 08 (Trapped): #15 Mariette Baynton

Theme 09 (Take it to the Grave): #40 Michael Lawrence

Theme 10 (Second Chance): #11 Eric Bucad

Theme 11 (Not for Sale): #56 Ryan Mah

Theme 12 (Expectation): #39 Kenny Louie

 

Marathoners Who Were Also in the Running:

For Best Series:

#08 Yvonne Fong & #39 Kenny Louie

For Best Series Runner-Up:

#50 Shannon Leonard & #53 Ian Kerr

For Best Photo:

#53 Ian Kerr for Theme 10: Second Chance & #01 Bob Lai for Theme 07: Echo

For Best Photo Runner-Up:

#15 Mariette Baynton for Theme 08: Trapped & #51 Irvine Chow for Theme 02: The Usual Suspects

For Theme 01: My Entry Number + Different Angle

#57 Michael Burns & #13 Val Chirkov

For Theme 02: The Usual Suspects

#23 Craig Sinclair & #51 Irvine Chow

For Theme 03: Human Nature

#07 Chrissy Davey & #21 Ryan Marchant

For Theme 04: Reliable

#13 Val Chirkov & #32 Ruwan Fernando

For Theme 05: My Greatest Wish

#08 Yvonne Fong & #50 Shannon Leonard

For Theme 06: Odour

#47 Kathy Booth & #43 Martha McKenzie

For Theme 07: Echo

#01 Bob Lai

For Theme 08: Trapped

#56 Ryan Mah & #20 Sam Chua

For Theme 09: Take it to the Grave

#50 Shannon Leonard & #01 Bob Lai

For Theme 10: Second Chance

#53 Ian Kerr & 33 Sophia Knowles

For Theme 11: Not for Sale

None. #56 Ryan Mah’s photo was a unanimous choice.

For Theme 12: Expectation

#06 Bruce Entus & #56 Ryan Mah

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