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The history of PhotoMarathon

It started in the eighties

In many years, we thought that the first PhotoMarathon was born in New York in 1987 - but that was not true. The PhotoMarathon concept is developed by two friends Antonio Bolivar and Eduardo Soto in Madrid in 1984. They called it Maratón Fotográfico.

On Wikipedia Antonio Bolivar has wrote "At 1984, with my friend, Eduardo Soto, we developed a photo contest that we called Maratón Fotográfico (PhotoMarathon). We offer it to Madrid council and they sponsored it with Kodak and a photo laboratory called Albacolor. We celebrate 4 consecutive editions from 1985 to 1988 with Madrid Council and Kodak, and later we did several other PhotoMaraton in Lisbon, Santiago de Compostela, etc. "

PhotoMarathon goes around the world

Someone must have heard about this great idea, because in 1987 there was a PhotoMarathon in New York, in 1988 there was one in Stockholm and in 1989 the first PhotoMarathon took place in Copenghagen.
Then came Berlin in ?? and then Cardif, Nice, New Castle... Today the PhotoMarathon is spread all over the world, from Miami Beach to Palestine, africa, Myanmar...

I don't think that Antonio and Eduardo in 1984 had imagined, that their idea in the following years, would be spread worldwide. We all owe these two men great respect and honor. Thanks to them, it is possible for so many people around the world to participate in this unique photo event.