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3 JUNE 2017, 2 TOPICS/ 6 HOURS


Photomaraton is a project of FotoFabrika Fondation. It is a photographic competition where participants must produce a series of photographs on predefined topics in a given period of time.

Photomarathon Sofia 2018 is organized by FotoFabrika Foundation and will be held on 2 June 2018. This year the challenge will cover 2 topics in 6 hours.

As elsewhere in the world, the pictures have to be submitted straight from the camera. Editing or processing are not allowed. The jury will evaluate the photographs anonymously taking into account the shooting technique and the creativity in interpreting the topic. Only entrants who finish the whole challenge will be eligible.

The topics are chosen and made known on the day of the Photomarathon. The winners will be chosen the same day at the end of the competition.

There are over 80 such events around the world and the concept of the Photomarathon began in Madrid in 1986. This year Sofia will enter the international calendar of photomarathons for the third time.

Photomarathon Sofia 2017 was held on 3rd of June 2017 and was organized by FotoFabrika Foundation. This challenge covered 2 topics in 6 hours. 92 participants finished the challenge. The first edition of the format in Sofia, Photomarathon Sofia 2016, was organized by FotoFabrika with the financial support of Sofia Municipality, Program Europe 2016, together with the French Institute in Bulgaria, Société Générale Expressbank and Photosynthesis. It supported Sofia's application for the European Month of Photography. It was held on September 10, 2016 with 3 topics for 6 hours. 144 participants finished the challenge.


1. PhotoMarathon Sofia is an entirely digital event. You can take part only with a digital camera (no film cameras or mobile phone cameras, this year no drones). You must provide your own memory card, which must be empty of images at the beginning of the day. This will be checked by a member of the PM team at registration on the day of the event.

2. You must capture 2 images on 2 given topics, in the same order that the topics appear on the list given to you. You can delete a photo on the memory card before you continue to the next topic. Images must be in the order the items are listed in on the topics list. i.e topic 1 is first on the memory card, followed by topic 2.

3. All photographs must be taken on the day of the PhotoMarathon event between 11am and 5pm.

4. All images must be taken on the same camera.

5. All images must be shot as JPEG files. RAW files will not be accepted.

6. You are free to use flashguns, filters (including in-camera) and tripods.

7. You are not permitted to edit the images, use any image-processing programs or use images that are not taken during PhotoMarathon. You are not permitted to amend the filename or any exif-data related to the images. Any manipulation (or suspected manipulation) of the image or its metadata will cause the entry to be disqualified. This decision will be at the discretion of the judges and/or the organisers of the event and is final.

8. Only memory cards with 2 images on them will be eligible for downloading. You are not permitted to have more than 2 images on your card at the end of the day.

9. You must collect the topics at the allotted times, in person, from the PhotoMarathon HQ at Bar Friday.

10. To cross the finish line you must return your memory card for downloading by the 5 p.m. deadline.

11. PhotoMarathon HQ will be downloading completed entries from 4.00 p.m. until the deadline at 5:30 p.m.


Can I enter with a digital camera?

Yes. PhotoMarathon is a fully digital event.

Can I use my film camera?

Unfortunately not, we're sticking with digital only.

Can I use my camera phone?

Not for this time but it's something that we'll certainly consider for future editions depending on feedback.

Do I need to bring my own memory card?

Yes, you will need to bring your own memory card. It will need to be completely blank at the beginning of the PhotoMarathon, and our team will check this before you start. We will accept standard SD cards. If yours isn't a typical SD type please bring a USB cable for us to download your images at the end of the day.

Can I use multiple cameras?

No, we accept one camera only. Feel free to use different lens, filters etc though. No drones are accepted this time, sorry.

Can I use in-camera art filters?

If it's a filter you're applying prior to taking the photo, we will accept it, but we want to avoid post-processing of any kind. Multiple exposure is allowed.

Can I enter with a friend or in a group?

Absolutely! This is an opportunity for photographers to work together, as it often helps to get the creative inspiration flowing. If you're working in a team, and submitting one portfolio between you, you do need all the images on one memory card. Use one camera, submit one card.

How do I register a team?

If you want to compete in a team, you can either use your registration as a single competitor (better send us an e-mail using your e-mail for Photomarathon registration) and "surprise us" during the registration time, or if you are aware earlier that you will be competing in a team write your team first or last names during the registration. One mail for all, guys.

Where is HQ for the event day?

We're taking over the very busy heart of the city - Bar Friday for the whole day! They're located in a very photogenic inner yard on 21, Gurko Street. Definitely no parking for cars. See location.

Registrations are closed

Photomarathon Sofia 2017 is over! See you next year!