Perhaps you can best describe it as a scavenger hunt with a lot of creative freedom.
Within a 24 hour period, amateur and professional photographers alike were given a roll of 35mm film with only 12 frames to capture their interpretations of 12 secret themes for the 4th Toronto Photography Marathon. Having already taken place on February 17, final shots submitted by participants will be displayed at The Gladstone (1214 Queen St. West) for your judging pleasure this Saturday, March 3 from 6-10 p.m. Anonymous photos from the 90 participants will be grouped via their themes and attendees of the exhibit will be able to vote on the photos that they feel best represent the theme. Voting will close at 8:30 p.m. and a $10 cover is required to gain entrance (cover is waived for marathoners and volunteers). Serenading the event will be live music provided by Bossa Massa, a Brazilian bossa nova ensemble.
First holding the yearly photography event in 2004, the Toronto Photography Marathon is a not-for-profit organization created by Everton Souza and Lalo Porto to encourage the “proliferation of photography as an art form.” Inspired by the Maratona Fotográfica de Florianópolis held in the Brazilian island city of Florianópolis, participants were broadcast secret themes live over the radio every few hours and would race through the streets to photograph an image best demonstrating the theme. It has been running for over a decade now with hundreds of participants and thousands of dollars in prizes. More information at the Toronto Photography Marathon website.
Photo by ariehsinger from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.