Every year Mijas Pueblo in Malaga Province, Spain has a one day painting and photography event (The Mijas Painting and Photography Marathon). All photos and paintings submitted have to be taken/completed in Mijas on the day. It creates a great atmosphere in the village as photographers wander the streets looking for inspiration whilst the painters simply stand still and paint, having already found their inspiration.
This year was special because it was the first ‘Marathon’ since we formed The Mijas Photography Group and so we were keen to make it part of our schedule of photo assignments. We are a relatively small group with a mix of nationalities, some professional photographers and some amateurs. As it turned out on the day there were only four of us in Spain, with the others scattered across the globe in Iran, Denmark and Ireland.
This year there were nearly 2,000 photographs submitted to the judges, from those they chose 150 for a slideshow presentation at Mijas Town Hall and of them 30 were printed and exhibited at the Town Hall. Unfortunately none of us made the ’30’ but the Group did have 4 photos in the last 150 which pleased us and creates a good foundation for next year’s competition. On the left is the image of mine selected for the ‘Top 150’ slideshow. It was taken in the bull ring for the category ‘Odd numbers’. The full slideshow can be viewed on YouTube through this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1-jb-ff50k
These are the three other images I submitted: