Büyükada Photography Hunt

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Büyükada Photography Hunt

Now in its fourth year, the Büyükada Photography Hunt invites both professional and amateur shutterbugs to discover little-known parts of the island as they compete against each other to photograph 25 objects or places in four hours. Don’t be fooled by how easy it all sounds; the organizers of the event say the course was designed specifically to be challenging, so it’s impossible to hit all 25 targets (indicated on a map handed to all competing teams at the starting line) in the allotted time. The targets have different point values, so while stationary objects might seem easier to photograph, moving objects (like cats, for instance) will earn you more points. Up to 25 teams of two people can compete in this adrenaline-fueled adventure around the island, but it’s against the rules to split up with your partner to take photos separately. Contestants are asked to bring their own camera, though there are no limitations as to which type you use (whether DSLR, digital or even just your phone). The photo hunt begins at 13.30 and ends at 17.30, with 30 points deducted from your total score for every minute past 17.30. So what’s the prize, you ask? The top three teams receive medals and ice cream, but if you ask us, the real reward is a day spent exploring the great outdoors. And on that note, don’t forget to bring along snacks, water, sunscreen and a hat or umbrella. Happy hunting!

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