Reminder: No running shoes required — Edmonds Photomarathon set for Sept. 8


The 2018 Edmonds Photomarathon is set for Sept. 8, with a top prize this year of $500. This annual event, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Edmonds, is a digital photo contest, but with a twist. All you need to participate is a digital camera or a smart
phone and a little imagination.

A photo marathon is not a running event, but a competition where photographers are given certain topics to interpret within a time limit. In this case, six topics will be announced at 10 a.m. (and posted online). Participants may start at any time after that,
and will have until 4 p.m. to take their photos and submit their best shots by email, only one per topic.

All photos must be shot in Edmonds, and on the day of the event. Editing features or Apps (like Instagram, etc) are not allowed — making for a fun, spontaneous effort for amateur and professional photographers alike. Topics are broad and open ended, allowing for creative interpretation.

The competition will begin at the offices of RBC Wealth Management, 303 5th Ave. S., in downtown Edmonds. Registration is $25 for individuals or for teams of up to four
people. Prizes will be awarded for best interpretation of each topic. The top prize of $500 will be awarded for the overall Best of Show.

Awards will be presented at a reception and exhibit on Sept. 20 at FIS (Foundation for International Services, Inc.), 505 5th Ave. S., Edmonds. All photos entered will be on display at that time.

Proceeds from this event go to support scholarships and community service projects of the Rotary Club of Edmonds.
For more information, or to register online, visit

2 Replies to “Reminder: No running shoes required — Edmonds Photomarathon set for Sept. 8”

  1. This is REALLY fun and you don’t even need to be an experienced photographer; you just need imagination and creativity. I even used a smart phone and received honorable mention one year (judging in done via a number system so the judge does not know the entrant). Every year, this fun event has one or two more entrants that get hooked on the idea and it has become a very “artsy” event and we hope folks will join in as it makes for a great family event. Thank-you Rotarian Pat Thorpe for bringing this idea to Edmonds as we are one of the first (if not the first) City to have this type of “marathon”. So, mark your calendars and hope to see you then.


  2. This is an event that occurs around the world. A couple of yeRs ago there were only two events in the United States: New York City and Edmonds.

    Let’s make this a world class event that brings photographers to our little corner of the world. We have everything that they will need to enjoy this fabulous community.

    Thanks Pat for organizing this fundraiser for the Edmonds Rotary Club. Please know that funds collected go back to the community: such as college scholarships; donations for organizations like Kids in Transition,;and support for Trinity Place.


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