One hundred and thirty seven signed up for the fun photo event, challenged with 12 subjects to capture in 24 hours. Campbell’s images won the overall prize, seeing him win a £100 gift voucher, professionally framed images, a bottle of Penderyn Gin and an annual membership to RPS. Guest judge CBE British documentary photographer, Martin Parr chose the overall winner.

RCT PhotoMarathon a community photography competition, was originally planned for 2020 but postponed due to the Covid19 pandemic until June 2021. Open to all ages and abilities, Ariane Burgess from Pontypool won the under 18 prize. 12 further prizes have been won for each subject, with the newly opened Zip World sponsoring a prize for the “Valleys” category winner.

During Winter 2019 a passing conversation between Father and Daughter duo about how they missed the Cardiff PhotoMarathon since its ending in 2015 was the starting point for RCTPhotoMarathon. With help from the Welsh Royal Photographic Society, Penderyn Distillery and a number of other supporters the event took place on the 5th June 2021. All the pictures can be viewed at TheFactory in Porth RCT from the 16th Aug until the 3rd September 2021 (pre booked slots).

“Judging the images was an extremely hard task, from laughter to tears and everything in between there is so much joy to be found amongst the images during such a difficult time.” – Gaby Bromage (Event Creator).

“Really struggled to go out and shoot due to the lack of travel and this was just what I needed. It’s such a great thing for the community too. Hope it continues!” – Competitor.

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2021 Subjects

1) My superpower

2) Yellow

3) Twist

4) Where am I

5) Empty

6) Lost

7) Valleys

8) Eye(s)

9) Plastic

10) Incognito

11) Cwtched

12) Sky

Images found using the following the link can be downloaded and used for the purpose of a news article. With credits to the photographer & RCTPhotoMarathon.

Todd Campbell winning images:

Ariane Burgess winning images:

Runner up Jacqueline Jones – Thomas images:

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The ‘Photomarathon’ is an idea created by Eduardo Soto Perez and Antonio Bolivar Sanchez Cañete, who then were called Collective Cartela (along with Juan Antonio Manzano Aróstegui and Luis Alvarez Gallovich), in late 1983. In 1984 the idea was presented to the Youth Department of the City of Madrid (Spain), where Chema de Mingo and Chus Medrano considered the interest of its sponsorship to the cultural dynamism of the city. They obtained the support of Kodak Spain and Albacolor laboratories.

There are over 80 Photomarathons held around the world in over 30 countries. The vast majority are throughout Europe, North America and South America. In Asia there is a competition in Yangon, Myanmar and since 2014 in Shenyang, China. In Africa a Photomarathon is held in Nairobi, Kenya.

Betina Skovbro introduced the Photomarathon to Cardiff in the summer of 2004 and ran 11 very successful events. With the last event during 2015. An announcement in 2017 said that the Cardiff event would end.

We were introduced to the Cardiff event in 2013 and took part as competitors during 2013, 2014 and 2015. We were devastated when the event ended.

Gaby was quoted by Wales Online “Former participant Gaby Bromage said: Although I have only taken part for the past three years, what an honour it was to take part in not a competition but an experience. I can’t thank all of the team enough.”

Martin Parr

CBE (born 23 May 1952) is a British documentary photographer, photojournalist and photobook collector. He is known for his photographic projects that take an intimate, satirical and anthropological look at aspects of modern life, in particular documenting the social classes of England, and more broadly the wealth of the Western world.