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What is the Photography Decathlon?

Do you have a good picture of what the +Photography Decathlon is?

This post should give you a clear picture of the vision of the competition and how video will play a large part.

As per usual we hope this event is epic enough that it inspire many much sharing and rejoicing!

The vision, the challenge and the show

The article you've been wanting to read for a really good vision of what we're doing.

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The photography decathlon is the first photography competition of its kind representing a unique, fair and extremely challenging photography event for photographers of any level and experience. It will bring passionate photographers together to test and improve their shooting skills while educating, inspiring and generating excitement for the global photography community.

Multiple teams of 4 photographers each will spend 2.5 days strategizing how they’ll photograph subjects across 10 different styles of photography. They’ll schedule their time and then photograph, edit and submit a portfolio for each of the 10 styles.

Their work will be judged by a team of select and well known ambassadors representing each of the different style who will also give presentations about their style, interact with the teams and then ultimately do the hard work of sorting through all the pictures and crowning the winners.

This is an event for all of the photography community.
The community will see the best photographers pushing themselves to work hard, do more and do better than they’ve ever done before. And it will all be done in a competition that avoids gimmicks that degrade the challenge and sport of it all.

So that the global photography community may be a part of the Photography Decathlon we will be documenting the entire event with multiple videographers and spending considerable effort creating entertaining video content that will be syndicated across numerous social video platforms (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) Daily films of the teams competing will be created as well as longer form programs showcasing the entire event. Sponsors will have significant opportunities to showcase their product and brand messaging throughout this content.

(The Show)
The filming will take place throughout the whole competition. Starting as they sit in their planning sessions and map out their attack plan and as they go out into the field and photograph in all 10 styles of photography. We will also watch as they choose, edit and submit their final images. Video will continue as the judges review their work, make their decisions and reveal the winning teams.
The videos will show the fun that the teams are having as well as the challenges and frustrations they face as they strive to show their mastery in categories familiar and new to them all. They will show strategies that succeeded and ideas that didn’t work out.

The videos will be educational, inspiring and motivational to all working and aspiring photographers. Just as many people that are rarely or never cook watch cooking shows, we believe everyone will find enjoyment in this series and find themselves invested in the outcome.

We believe that the benefit of the Photography Decathlon goes beyond providing entertainment for the masses. We believe it will act to raise the bar for photography such as other competitions raise the level of play for their respective sports and fields. Just as the Olympics show us just how good is good and inspire and motivate a generation to work hard and to raise the bar, we believe the Photography Decathlon has the same power to show the world what great photography is all about as well as the hard work, skills and dedication it takes to make it to that level.

Utah (as seen in the picture) in the fall October 9-12 (autumn colors and no snow unlike this picture)

Don't forget the massive free Photowalk 13th-14th come into town and enjoy the awards show and some partying friday the 12th

In the next post we will be formally announcing official opening of Teams
(10 openings)

And we'll share more about our big news that anyone can enter (even without a sponsor)

Don't forget to join the event... competing or the WEEKEND PHOTOWALK
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p.s. in the article we kind of allude to our next big announcement.
It will be about teams.
-10 of them.
-No sponsor needed.
-Video coverage of all.
-Greatly reduced cost (~$700person)

Kind of exciting developments don't you think?
Its just the most important event of the century. Any one who's anyone will be there! Right +Scott Jarvie
Yes!!!  I am so stoked about this!
Man if some of the 10 teams were as follows we're in for a treat!
I have no idea what they'll end up being.

Team SLOAN - +Brad Sloan +Mandy Sloan +Gilmar Smith  
Team THORNES? - +Erika Thornes maybe +Jacob Lucas +2 
Team ANDROID - +Romain Guy and his crew maybe +Mike Spinak 
Team COUPLES - +Barry Blanchard +Chris Chabot and their gals
Team GOOGLEPHOTOS - +Brian Rose +Vincent Mo +Ricardo Lagos 
Team PANARAMIO - +Gerard Sanz and some other googlers
Team EAST COAST - +Vivienne Gucwa 

Dang these teams could fill up fast!
Because there are some non googleplus people interested as well.
haha, but then nobody else would stand a chance of winning.  you do want a fair competition, don't you?  
; )
No, we don't. :) We want a BLAST of massive skills :) 
Well it looks like we're getting some great interest in the individual contest. That's pretty hardcore!
I think I'd get my butt kicked in the individual, I think the team thing would be much better, how many people are on one team?
4 people on a team

Yeah I think we'll be double checking that the individual competitors are up to it. It's a ton of work... and not divided by 4... but the non-shared glory is probably very worth it.
+Erika Thornes, 40 people might be plenty, but limiting the number of teams implies some type of selection process.  And unless there's qualifying rounds, it'll be a fairly non-objective selection process.  The devil is in the details, but it doesn't initially strike me as a good thing.
Ah... It still looks like it is going to be expensive, and maybe a first come first serve.
Initially, wasn't there zero cost for teams--sponsors were going to cover it?
Nice. I am still looking forward to knowing the details. I don't think it is expensive for the experience, but just in general. ( there is a difference)
+John H. Moore feel free to have sponsors cover your team. We did not take that away. We added an option and lowered the costs.
I'm just referring to what you previously published, Scott... which was that team costs should be covered by sponsors and that the Decathlon was going to work to connect teams with sponsors.  If that didn't work out as planned, so be it, but maybe best not to be snarky about it?

Like Erika, I'll await the details....  Thanks.
why don't we have different classes or divisions.....the upper division will be more scrutinized and more competitive and have prizes, but I think it would be cool to have some lower divisions that are either free or cheap, like $50 or something for those who aren't full time photographers and wouldn't be able to keep up with the photographers in the upper division anyway even if they had 700 clams.  Then you could have some volunteers judge them and give them feedback.......probably too late now for any of that, but just a thought.
Wait, confused +Scott Jarvie - I am a little tired so excuse my lack of comprehension. Are there no longer any sponsors for the 10 teams? If so, I am definitely out due to the cost(s). 
Thank you, +Scott Jarvie. Barry and I just got home from a day out shooting. I'll carefully read through everything here, a little later, after settling in.
+Vivienne Gucwa NO, sponsored teams did not change... +John H. Moore was confused by that as well.
So I'm sorry for the way I communicated the message.

What I did was to open it up for those that were having a really hard time finding sponsors. It's just not a strong hard requirement.

Personally I'll still be going out and looking for sponsored teams.
+Scott Jarvie the jury is in. 

My team idea will not work due to timing. Next year with better planning I could do this.

I am teamless... sorry. 
+Barry Blanchard Oh well you will not remain teamless I can almost guarantee that. But next year for your super team!
~closes eyes and wishes really hard~
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