The 2020 Photomarathon is now Closed! Watch this space for the winners and four information on  next years competition.

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Visit Inverness Loch Ness Photomarathon
Saturday 29th February 2020, 10AM – 4PM

A fun family-friendly activity day, simply use your smartphone or camera to take six pictures (that’s why it’s a Photo Marathon – no running is involved!). Start at the Highland Archive Centre any time after 10 am, have a great day out and take six photos along the way, then return to the Highland Archive Centre by 4 pm to submit your images. One entry fee is for six photos, so, for example, a family of four can enter together for just £10!

You will receive a wristband and there are thirteen prizes to be won! The winning images will then be made into a calendar.

What is a Photomarathon?

So, you’re asking, how does a photomarathon work? Once registered for this wonderful event you simply turn up at the Highland Archive Centre any time after 10am on February the 29th to sign in. Then you leave to explore the area with your friends and family to take six of your best photos (one for each of the below, set themes) on either a smartphone or camera (you can only use one photo device). Finally, return to the Highland Archive Centre by 4pm to upload your competition entries. It’s as simple as that!

Find out more about it in our video:

More Information

The brand new Visit Inverness Loch Ness Photomarathon invites visitors and locals alike to take 6 photos over 6 hours on topics we select. It’s a one-day photography adventure through our beautiful land for all ages and abilities. If you are someone who can look around and see what others can’t, this is the challenge for you.

You’ll need heaps of curiosity, a dollop of creativity and a fair amount of spontaneity to complete this challenge! Stay up to date with the latest news on our Facebook page.

What is a photomarathon?

A one-day photography adventure for all ages, exploring Inverness and Loch Ness for inspiration and to express your creativity. The challenge is to take 6 photos on 6 themes, in 6 hours. No set route. No need to run, or even walk, fast. All you need is a digital camera or smartphone, and a keen eye.

How do I enter?


It’s £10 per entry of your 6 photos. You can even enter as a team with your friends and family!

All entrants get a wristband, discounts at a number of restaurants and cafes on the day, and chance to win great prizes – (full prize details coming soon).

cyclist taking a picuture in the Inverness Loch Nessphotomarathon

Visit Inverness Loch Ness Photomarathon 29th February 2020

1. Register online first

2. Then arrive between 10am – 2pm Registration at the Highland Archive Centre

3. Explore our local area

4. Snap your Images

5. Return to the Highland Archive Centre before 4pm

6. Upload your entries anytime before the event finishes at 4pm

Share everything on Social Media

Share the event and your day on social media using the #vilnphotomarathon

Inverness Photomarathon Photographer

The Photomarathon Picture Themes

You must submit one picture for each of the following six photography categories:

1. The postcard I would send

2. Just for me – The photo I want on my wall

3. Capture the 21st Century Highlands

4. My Wellbeing Escape

5. Go Fast or Go Slow

6. Exploring High or Low

The Winners & Prizes

An adult and junior, under 16, the winner will be chosen for each of the themes and the final twelve images will compete to be the overall winner!


Adult Prize sponsored by Ffordes Photographic:

Fujifilm X-A10 + 16-50mm Silver x1

Junior Prize sponsored by Ffordes Photographic

Leica Sofort – Mint x1

Prizes for each winning photo per category, in both age groups, is sponsored by Firth Media:

A 24inch x 16inch canvas for each winning photo

All winning photos will be made into a calendar.

Photomarathon Incentives

Show your Photomarathon lanyard at the following places to take advantage of these brilliant offers:

Photomarathon Photograper

The Inverness  Loch Ness Photomarathon Rules

Images must be within our catchment area:

VILN Map of Bid Regions

All photos must be taken on 29th February 2020, in the VILN area, between 10am and 4pm.

No RAW format photos (we want JPEG pics. Don’t worry – unless you’ve changed your camera’s settings to RAW, you’ll be fine).

Return to the Highland Archive Centre to submit your photos anytime up until 4pm.

 Camera Entries – Start with an empty memory card and end with 6 photos – 1 photo per topic. Our software will automatically take the 6 photos from your memory card and sort them into topics according to the order they were taken in.

Smartphone Entries – There will be a smartphone web portal to upload the images.  To make this process go as quickly as possible, please download or locate a QR code scanner app on your phone in advance.

Other info & guidelines:

Copyright remains with the photographer. By entering the competition, you give permission for Visit Inverness Loch Ness Photomarathon to use your images and name in the exhibition and promotional materials. Visit Inverness Loch Ness Photomarathon will not pass on your images or details to a third party without permission.

Visit Inverness Loch Ness Photomarathon cannot accept responsibility for any lost or damaged cameras, memory cards or kit, and responsibility for personal safety at the event lies with the entrant or their parent/guardian.

Our press release on the Photomarathon is available here.

mobile photography in the loch ness photomarathon


Inverness Loch Ness 2020 Photomarathon

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