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1 Photo Marathons Using New Technologies to Support Student Learning and Assessment on Field Work

2 Timetable Time (1435 – 1545)Activity 15 minsPhotomarathon Introduction 5 minsCompetition organisation 35 minsPHOTOMARATHON 15 minsResults and voting Workshop Aims: Participate in small Photomarathon Establish how such exercises may be run Realise the potential value of such an approach to fieldwork NB. No conclusion to workshop, but happy to discuss later

3 What is a Photo Marathon? Photomarathons have been around for 25 years, with regular events in Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, the Czech Republic, France and Russia The Copenhagen Photomarathon is the longest running event, having started in 1989 The first UK Photomarathon was held in Cardiff in the summer of 2004 when 120 people took up the challenge. Last year, on June 20th 2009, the fifth UK Photomarathon saw over 350 entrants taking part. Digital photography makes competition accessible as most people now take photographs using cameras, phones and PVDs

4 Photo Marathons and Field Work Used on introductory and residential field courses, often as a daily exercise Essence of Photomarathon competitions is 12 images, on 12 given topics over 12 hours Within our working day, maybe 4 images in 2 hours, on 4 given topics Photographic skills are not the point, rather the way GEES students view the world! A sense of improvisation, fun and creativity is stressed throughout the Photomarathon

5 Photo Marathon Rules Students participate with a digital camera or mobile telephone Students capture 4 images on 4 given topics, in the same order that the topics appear on the list provided Images must be stored in the order of the list Students are free to use flashguns, filters and tripods, and any in-built effects No image may be edited or image-processed

6 Reflections on Photo Marathons Enhances student engagement Rapid way of assessing new environment Challenges traditional perceptions of subject Breeds healthy competition! Inclusive exercise Vehicle for further analysis Low intensity – high impact

7 Photomarathon Wall

8 Now Its Your Turn! As individuals: 20 minutes to photograph – GEES – Urban Plymouth – Recreation – University Photograph in that order; submit 4 images ONE image each FIVE minutes


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