The Urban Photo Race Amsterdam 2017

Urban Photo Race Amsterdam 2017

Every year at the end of spring and the beginning of summer the organization behind the urban photo race organizes a photo walk through the city of Amsterdam. A 10 hour walk through parts of the city where you have never been. 6 themes, 3 images per theme and upfront it is unknown what themes you will get.

The first stop is a cafe where you would fetch your first card. With on the card the first 3 themes.

Theme 1: ‘I Finally became an old guy’ by Anton Corbijn.
Theme 2: On track
Theme 3: Not close enough

On the card also the location of the next checkpoint and the timeslot in which you would have to be passing by the checkpoint.

Theme 1: ‘I Finally Became an Old Guy’

Daily Observations Urban Photo Race 2017 Amsterdam 10 Hours, 6 Themes 4 locations, Per theme 3 pictures.
Daily Observations Urban Photo Race 2017 Amsterdam 10 Hours, 6 Themes 4 locations, Per theme 3 pictures.
Daily Observations Urban Photo Race 2017 Amsterdam 10 Hours, 6 Themes 4 locations, Per theme 3 pictures.

My entrance for the first theme ‘I finally became an old guy’ – Anton Corbijn. Earned me a price for ‘Best Theme’. So proud that in this difficult race I managed to win a price.

Theme 2: On track

Daily Observations Urban Photo Race 2017 Amsterdam 10 Hours, 6 Themes 4 locations, Per theme 3 pictures.
Daily Observations Urban Photo Race 2017 Amsterdam 10 Hours, 6 Themes 4 locations, Per theme 3 pictures.
Daily Observations Urban Photo Race 2017 Amsterdam 10 Hours, 6 Themes 4 locations, Per theme 3 pictures.

Theme 3: Not close enough

Daily Observations Urban Photo Race 2017 Amsterdam 10 Hours, 6 Themes 4 locations, Per theme 3 pictures.
Daily Observations Urban Photo Race 2017 Amsterdam 10 Hours, 6 Themes 4 locations, Per theme 3 pictures.
Daily Observations Urban Photo Race 2017 Amsterdam 10 Hours, 6 Themes 4 locations, Per theme 3 pictures.

Theme 4: Noise

Daily Observations Urban Photo Race 2017 Amsterdam 10 Hours, 6 Themes 4 locations, Per theme 3 pictures.
Daily Observations Urban Photo Race 2017 Amsterdam 10 Hours, 6 Themes 4 locations, Per theme 3 pictures.
Daily Observations Urban Photo Race 2017 Amsterdam 10 Hours, 6 Themes 4 locations, Per theme 3 pictures.

Theme 5: Body language

Daily Observations Urban Photo Race 2017 Amsterdam 10 Hours, 6 Themes 4 locations, Per theme 3 pictures.
Daily Observations Urban Photo Race 2017 Amsterdam 10 Hours, 6 Themes 4 locations, Per theme 3 pictures.
Daily Observations Urban Photo Race 2017 Amsterdam 10 Hours, 6 Themes 4 locations, Per theme 3 pictures.

Theme 6: Warm

Daily Observations Urban Photo Race 2017 Amsterdam 10 Hours, 6 Themes 4 locations, Per theme 3 pictures.
Daily Observations Urban Photo Race 2017 Amsterdam 10 Hours, 6 Themes 4 locations, Per theme 3 pictures.
Daily Observations Urban Photo Race 2017 Amsterdam 10 Hours, 6 Themes 4 locations, Per theme 3 pictures.

The Urban Photo Race Amsterdam 2017 was the first time that I participated in such a race. I did not expect what would be coming my way. It was way harder than I anticipated.

6 Themes and then 3 photos per theme all in 10 hours, that is 18 good pictures that resemble the theme. That is hard. You have to have creativity flowing in your veins.

You have to think about all the themes at once. Combine the series in your head and hope you have it all. During the day I had a mental breakdown. I did not know how I would manage it to fill all the themes with good photographs. That was also a way to keep me sharp. I just sat on a bench, fetched a cup of coffee and sat in the sun. After 5 to 10 minutes I stood up and continued. Just the will and the challenge to finish it.

The mental breakdown and loss of confidence I experienced during the Urban Photo race Amsterdam 2017 that I experienced was the reason for me to participate in the workshop of Eric Kim in Berlin in November 2017.

All in all a great race to participate in. A challenge to create great work in a short period of time and to explore the city.

On 16 June 2018, the next edition of the Urban Photo Race Amsterdam will be organized. I will be participating and I am curious if I am able to win again.

Are you up for the challenge? Maybe I see you there?