Photo marathons in Iceland

  • Volunteer Opportunity posted by CADIP




Short-Term (few weeks/months)


Capital Region


This is the 11th year that series of International Photo marathons are organized! Throughout the year, participants from all over the world come to Iceland for an immersive photography related learning camp. The coordinators help the participants to develop their unique photographic skills through workshops and feedback sessions on technical settings, compositional considerations as well as developing conceptual frameworks which progress the participants' individual style.

When the workshops end, we select some of our best pictures from the project and prepare those images for an informal group exhibition in a local independent cinema.

Participants should bring with them their own digital cameras, lenses and laptops if possible. They should be prepared for walking and visually exploring the city streets and working within a flexible time schedule. Participants will be photographing in their free time outside of workshop hours with images to be discussed at group feedback sessions.

Apart from working on the photography tasks, participants in the projects from December 3 to December 21 may join the festive atmosphere during some days by handing out hot chocolate in the city centre as a way of fundraising for non-for-profit projects of the Icelandic Red Cross.

In this project we will organize a night photography and Aurora hunting (Northern lights) workshop in the countryside in the close vicinity of Reykjavik. This will take place during late evening and possibly into the night. We will choose a night according to the Aurora forecast by the Icelandic meteorological office. It is possible that we do not see any northern lights during the trip but we will in any case organise the night photography workshop. Please note, we cannot guarantee that you will see northern lights as solar activity is irregular and it depends on weather and meteorological conditions.

The project combines learning, sharing, exploring Reykjavík, hunting for Aurora and having fun. Participants should also use this opportunity to share something about their own culture, such as food, music, and films with the international group.

Project dates:

  • September 18 - September 27, 2018
  • September 29 - October 8, 2018
  • October 22 - October 31, 2018
  • November 1 - November 10, 2018
  • November 12 - November 21, 2018
  • November 22 - December 1, 2018
  • December 3 - December 12, 2018
  • December 12 - December 21, 2018
  • December 27, 2018 - January 5, 2019
  • January 6 - January 15, 2019
  • January 17 - January 26, 2019
  • January 28 - February 6, 2019
  • February 7 - February 16, 2019
  • February 18 - February 27, 2019
  • February 28 - March 9, 2019

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