Topping off the Nightless Night Photography Workshop in Saariselkä, the Photomarathon will be held on 1–2. July. Participants have 12 hours to take a certain number of photos on the themes assigned to them. The competitors are kept on edge for as long as possible, since the task is announced only when the competition begins.

Photomarathon competitions have been held throughout the world, but this time the competition comes for the first time to Finnish Lapland to Saariselkä. What makes the competition special is that the twelve-hour competition begins at six in the evening and ends at six in the morning. Since it runs through the night, the competition takes advantage of what is a particularly inspirational time for photography. The soft light of the nightless Lappish night shapes the fells and the area’s numerous waterways, giving the photographers many hours to indulge in their dear hobby.

The Northern Lapland camera club has dreamt of organising a suitable photography competition for photography that would attract visitors to the area.

“Now, we finally get to hold such a competition,” rejoices one of the club’s active members, Jan-Eerik Paadar, who is also one of the event’s experts.

The aim is to draw photography enthusiasts and professionals to a social event with the opportunity of capturing and presenting their own vision of the nightless night. At the same time, the competition is a great addition to the Nightless Night photography event. The participants will now have the chance to put their skills into practice.

“We will arrange transportations in the area during the competition, so that competitors will have no trouble in getting to the area without a car. Interesting photo opportunities are also available right in the vicinity of Saariselkä,” says event coordinator Johanna Alatorvinen.

Everyone who registers for the photography event is automatically entitled to participate in the competition. However, it is also possible to sign up for the competition on the event website. The jury consists of a representative of the Northern Lapland camera club and photography event experts. The judges won’t have an easy time, since the winners will be announced at the end of the last day of the event. The award-winning pictures will be published in the Kamera magazine plus to other prizes.

The event is part of the Arctic Light project, which aims to develop and improve international events in the Inari-Saariselkä tourist area. The two-year project is funded by the Regional Council of Lapland, Inari Municipal Business & Development Nordica, and Inari-Saariselkä Travel Ltd.

For more on the  photomarathon, go to

Further information: project coordinator Johanna Alatorvinen,, tel. +358 (0)40 1379228

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