The assessment

Each Photo Marathon participant's images are printed on a contact sheet in A3 format
Contact sheet with the participants’ series, which were used in the assessment until 2014.

The assessment takes place shortly after the Photo Marathon. We are named winners among participants in the 6, 12 and 24-hour Photo Marathon. Here, the photo series as a whole is judged.

We also find the subject winners. A winner is named for selected topics and here is folused solely on the solution of the topic.

All the images are judged by the idea behind the images, the composition and the uniformity of the image quality.

It is important that the images work both in the context of the series and that they can stand alone.

The judges can be past winners, professional photographers, amateur photographers and people from the photo industry and the like. The judges are kept secret until after the assessment.

How is the assessment conducted?

The assessment is made via a rating system made for FotoMarathon by Klavs Laksø from the organizer group.

In the main competitions, the assessment takes place over three rounds. The first two rounds judge the judges alone from home via their computer and the judges do not talk. In the third round where the winners are found, the judges must sit down with a representative of the Photo Marathon and find the winners of the photo contests.

Screenshot of the assessment program developed for photo marathon

first round.

The first selection. Each judge reviews all series and must choose 15 series to advance to the second round. With two judges, there could be between 15 and 30 series going on. But it would be natural for the judges to agree on several of the series. Therefore, there will usually be less than 30 series. Judges have the opportunity to view each series as a contact sheet and view each large-sized image.

Second round. Here the judges see the series they themselves have forwarded in the first round, but also the series the other judges have forwarded.From them, each judge must choose 5 series to go to the third round – the final rating.

Third round. Now the winners must be found among the series the judges sent on in the 2nd round. The judges sit down together and must jointly find first, second and third place. This is done through discussion and defense of one’s own favorites. The judges rarely fully agree, so they go into depth with the images that are magnified, interpretation of the subjects is critically reviewed and the technical quality plays a part. And not least, the consistency of the series should preferably last all the way through. It is also in the third round that the beetles get checked exif data and this is where the judges decide whether the competition rules are complied with. Photo The marathon is present throughout the third round.

The topic contest. In the subject competition, each subject is judged by 1 judge. The referee is shown all the pictures for the subject and can select all the images to be passed on in the second round. The judge has the opportunity to see the picture large size. In each new round, the referee sees the images that went on from the final round and the referee can continue for an infinite number of rounds until there is only one picture left. And then the winner is found.

The winners will be announced at our prize ceremony and here on the website.

Photo Marathon 2019 judges

In the 6 Hours Photo Marathon, the judges are

  • Maija Hejgaard – Graphic designer and former participant and organizer of photo marathon
  • Hugo Prestegaard – Photo Marathon
  • Klavs Laksø – Photo Marathon

In the 12 Hours Photo Marathon, the judges are

  • Kenneth Olsen – Photographer and former participant and winner of photo marathon
  • Hugo Prestegaard – Photo Marathon

In the 24 Hours Photo Marathon, the judges are

  • Kenneth Olsen – Photographer and former winner of photo marathon
  • Maija Hejgaard – Graphic designer and former participant and organizer of photo marathon

In the subject competition, the judges are

  • Maija Hejgaard – Graphic designer and former participant and organizer of photo marathon
  • Kenneth Olsen – Photographer and former winner of photo marathon
  • Hugo Prestegaard – Photo Marathon
  • Klavs Laksø – Photo Marathon

Photo Marathon 2018 judges

In the 6 Hours Photo Marathon, the judges are

  • Thomas Rousing – Photographer – Website
  • Josephine Ernst – Art Photographer

In the 12 Hours Photo Marathon, the judges are

  • Kenneth Olsen – Photographer and former winner of photo marathon
  • Josefine Ernst – Art Photographer

In the 24 Hours Photo Marathon, the judges are

  • Kenneth Olsen – Photographer and former winner of photo marathon
  • Thomas Rousing – Photographer – Website

In the subject competition, the judges are

  • Thomas Rousing – Photographer
  • Kim Borup – Organizer in Fredericia
  • Josephine Ernst – Art Photographer
  • Kenneth Olsen – Photographer and former winner of photo marathon

Photo Marathon 2017 judges

In the 6 Hours Photo Marathon, the judges are

  • Kenneth Olsen – Former winner
  • Hugo Prestegaard – Photo Marathon

In the 12 Hours Photo Marathon, the judges are

  • Josephine Ernst Art Photographer
  • Daniel Faldborg – Camera House

In the 24 Hours Photo Marathon, the judges are

  • Kenneth Olsen – Former winner
  • Josephine Ernst Art Photographer

In the subject competition, the judges are

  • Klavs Laksø – Photo Marathon
  • Karin Laursen – Organizer in Fredericia
  • Josephine Ernst – Art Photographer
  • Kenneth Olsen – Former winner

Photo Marathon 2016 judges

In the 12 Hours Photo Marathon, the judges are

  • Mathias From The Camera Body
  • Tai from Camera House

In the 24 Hours Photo Marathon, the judges are

  • Kenneth Olsen
  • Eric J

In the subject competition is the referee Hugo Prestegaard from FotoMarathon.

Photo Marathon 2015 judges

Photo The Marathon 2012. Judges Kristine Kern, Tim Vladimir and Lasse Seidelin Bendtsen study a photo series during the 2012 Photo Marathon. Copyright: Klavs Laksø
Photo The 2012 Marathon Judges (Kristine Kern, Tim Vladimir and Lasse Seidelin Bendtsen) study a photo series.

12 and 24 Hours of Competition Judges

  • Patrick Kauffmann. Patrick studied Media Production at Copenhagen Technical School and photography at Bournemouth & Poole College of Art and Design. For the past 15 years, Patrick has been a self-employed photographer. You can find Patrick’s pictures in exhibitions and in various magazines, for example. Bazar, Chili, Elle Decor, Euroman, Politiken. Read more on Patrick Kaufmann’s website.
  • Mr Singt. We met Bent in a basement in Linnesgade in Copenhagen in 1985 and even then the camera was a regular part of Bent’s life. The basement was transformed into Copenhagen’s largest Media Workshop, with everything from photo studios, darkroom and design studio to music studio and printing. In 1988 Bent helped start fotomarathon in Denmark and has been an active organizer for 20 years. Bent is still active during the start-up in Copenhagen. Last summer Bent had a beautiful exhibition in the Glass Universe in Gilleleje. Visit Bent Larsen’s website and read more.

Mobile and 6 Hours Of Competition Judges

  • Marco Zamarin won second place in the 24 Hours Photo Marathon 2014. Marco works at Phase One, which produces the world’s most expensive camera. In addition, Phase One sponsors great software for the winners.
  • Søren Øbro is the co-founder of Picturize, which is behind the app used for the Mobile Photo Marathon and is also a freelance UX designer. Visit Søren Øbro’s website and read more.