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Sunday 15 October




Benaki Museum, Pireos 138

Photography Marathon in Athens

Athens Photo Marathon, the biggest photography contest in Greece, will be held on Sunday 15 October, 2017.

The event constitutes an original cultural initiative, with a competitive character, which seeks to stimulate both involvement in social issues and appreciation for photography.

Contestants using photography as a common language are encouraged to participate in a “photo marathon”, to interact and to express themselves, by recording through their own lens and within six hours, four given subjects inspired by the urban life and its experience. Technical knowledge of the camera is not a prerequisite for participation, but inspiration and desire for creativity are.

Athens Photo Marathon is organised by the Hellenic Centre for Photography, in the framework of the Athens Photo Festival 2017, and is made possible with the support of our sponsor Nikon and our donor Stavros Niarchos Foundation.


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Participation in the competition is free of charge, and has no limits on experience, nationality, or brand of photography equipment. Participants may register online at www.photomarathon.gr.


The winners are selected by a jury of experts and by the general public through online voting. Eight prizes will be awarded in total, and there will be also twelve honorable mentions.


Peak of this year’s event is a special exhibition at the Benaki Museum as part of the Athens Photo Festival 2018, presenting the prize-winning photos.


Where / When / How

Date: Sunday 15 October, 2017
Starting point: Benaki Museum (Pireos St. Annexe)
Duration: 6 hours

Event Outline:
11:00 Arrival at the starting point, where everyone will receive their individual participation package
11:45 Greeting and programme announcement
12:00 Announcement of the 4 themes – competition commencement
18:00 End of the competition, gathering at the finish point (Benaki Museum, Pireos St. Annexe)

The process in detail:
Participants, having brought their own digital cameras, will meet at the event’s starting point (Benaki Museum, Pireos St. Annexe) at 11.00 am.

Upon arrival, entrants will go to the reception desk, where they will receive their special accreditation card with their entrance number.

After that, participants gather for the announcement of the four subjects. Athens Photo Marathon 2017 will finish at 06:00 pm, with the participants’ gathering at the finish point (Benaki Museum, Pireos St. Annexe), and their material submission to the Athens Photo Marathon 2017 working team.

Each entrant will address to the corresponding “receiving station” and hand over four photographs (one for each theme), which they select for submission into the competition segment of the event and which will be placed before the judgement of the committee, initially, and of the public afterwards.

Important Dates

22 September 2017:
Online registration opens

14 October 2017:
Online registration closes at 23:59 EET

► 15 October 2017:
The big day has come

1 November 2017:
Online voting opens

20 November 2017:
Online voting closes

30 November 2017:
Winners are announced

December 2017:
Awards ceremony

June-July 2018:
Exhibition at the Benaki Museum

Prizes and Distinctions

As part of the competition aspect of Athens Photo Marathon 2017, a special five-member judging committee was convened. The jury will evaluate and pre-select the best pictures and it will bring them to the judgment of the public. Visitors to www.photomarathon.gr can vote on-line for the three most popular photographs. In tandem, the jury will award five special prizes that include one for the best overall participation; and four for best theme-based photographs.

Nikon cameras, renowned for their photo image quality, will be given to the winner of the jury prize for the best participation as well as to the three winners of the audience prizes. The prizes of this year’s competition include a kit of Nikon D500 + lens AF-S DX 16-80mm VR, a Nikon D7100 + lens AF-S DX 18-140mm VR kit, a Nikon D3400 + lensAF-P DX 18-55mm kit and a Nikon 1 J5 + lens10–30mm PD-ZOOM VR kit.


Best Participation

Nikon D500 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm VR kit (3.090€)
• 20.9 megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor
• Flagship AF performance with 153 focus points
• High-speed image capture up to 10fps
• ISO 100-51.200 (extended up to ISO 50-1.640.000 equivalent)
• 4Κ/UHD video 30p/25p/24p
• SnapBridge connectivity to smart devices with Bluetooth low energy (BLE)


1st Audience Prize

Nikon D7100 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm VR kit (1.000€)
• 24.1 megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor
• AF system with 51 focus points
• 6fps continuous shooting
• ISO 100-6.400 (extended up to ISO 25.600 equivalent)
• Full HD video 1080p
• Wireless connectivity with optional WU-1a Mobile Adapter

2nd Audience Prize

Nikon D3400 + AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm kit (450€)
• 24.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor
• Full HD video 1080p/50p/60p
• Guide Mode
• SnapBridge connectivity to smart devices with Bluetooth low energy (BLE)

3rd Audience Prize

Nikon 1 J5 + 10–30mm PD-ZOOM VR kit (430€)
• 20,8 megapixel CX-format CMOS image sensor
• Up to 60fps / up to 20fps with continuous AF
• 4K/15p, Full HD video 1080p/60p
• Tiltable touchscreen monitor 3”
• Built-in WiFi/NFC


The jury will award four special prizes, one for each theme. Each winner will receive 400€ gift cards (photographic equipment, photobooks, workshops). These photos will be presented as part of the special exhibition during the Athens Photo Festival 2018.


In addition, the jury will award twelve honorable mentions. Each winner will receive 200€ gift cards (photobooks, workshops). These photos will be presented as part of the special exhibition during the Athens Photo Festival 2018.



Sam Barzilay

Director of Photoville & United Photo Industries, New York

Myrto Papadopoulos


Io Paschou

Professor of Photography, Curator

Nikos Pilos


Takis Tzimas

Editor in Chief of Fotografos magazine


Audience Awards
Online Voting


Participation in the photography marathon is free of charge. The registration period for the Athens Photo Marathon opens on 28 September 2017. Registrations will automatically close once the participation limit is met.

The participants that will submit and complete their registration before 12 October 2017 will receive a personalized card, with their name printed on the given bib number. This is not available for those to register afterwards.

Athens Photo Marathon is organised by the Hellenic Centre for Photography, in the framework of the Athens Photo Festival 2017, with the support of Nikon. Athens Photo Festival 2017 is made possible by a donation of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.