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The Great LC-A Race

You better do your stretching exercises as the great LC-A race is on!

The LC-A Race is on! Ever since we first announced this marvelous project we have been flooded with e-mails from Lomographers who wanted to be a part of this. We have also received reminders about the race, and we apologize that it has taken a little bit of time to get it in order. Since the original announcement we have seen a number of changes – please read on to see what’s new!

So now you’re probably wondering – did you make it? In the original post we said that there would be 4 teams of 25 people. We have modified this idea a little bit and instead present to you 10 (!) teams of 10 Lomographers each! We figured that we could make the race faster this way, and we hope that you agree! We have furthermore decided to group the teams according to their location.

Euro Team 1

mattcharnock, hanspan, oldskool_rider, dakota99, maxpinckers, larslau, , Dave Spender, Callum Christie, James Dewar, Ian Hurley

Euro Team 2

disdis, riki_87, kuasimodo, zulupt, brunomiguel, vicuna, misskhali, Francois Pitot, fab, drumfire

Euro Team 3

zekiyeayse, Gencer Soytemiz, mephisto19, stellastellar, Sebastian Lammers, makeyuu, Anarchy, Javier Romero Gonzalez-Nicolas, dogma, iggipoo

North America Team 1

stouf, dirklancer, Simon Wright, Tasha Taylor, rater, Matt Hannon, demetri, myrissa, jennay_jean, Nickole Patterson

North America Team 2

ssamm66, strangelilgirl, vtayeh, cheeso, dcause, Nick Bock, Neil Doocy, satomi, Noah Kolb, ScUbAdUbA72091

North America Team 3

day3hugger, lomosexual_manboy, the_fstops_here, mont, plaidleaf, Grant Bennett, Alana Sims, Steven Hayashida, daredeye, comezone

South America

rebeca rasel, Rafael Schaefer da Silva, Julio França, Andre Rabelo, Fabiano Coelho, Maicon Garcia, gwidman, lza, Sophia Durand Fernandez, Jacquie Fonseca

Asia Team 1

northwardnimbus, James Alba, Oliver Sarmiento, Airnel Abarra, Clair Ching, halfawakehaiku, Jerry Jose, Allan Florendo, Mikhail Yap, wekster

Asia Team 2

cyanwater, Lee Jyh Yeong, Denise Marilyn, Patrina, djtang, ray, dotdotdot, Dominic Leong, weechonghooi, eastmoe

Asia Team 3

pola, shooter, felicita, akabee, makotoooooo, poulain, anapaulah, grad, kirri, Manoj Jadhav

We are sad to mention that not everyone can take part in this race. We limited it to the first 100 people who wrote to us. If you did not make it this time, don’t be too sad, if this race works out we will soon be launching a second one!

Now – the cameras will be shipped to the first Lomographer in each team. The package will include a list of the address to all other Lomographers in the team along with a LC-A camera, a GPS device, a notebook, and further instructions.

We expect the cameras to start arriving with the first team member sometime next week. Now before it does, there is plenty of time to read through the rules of the race :)


Once you get the camera you will need to do several things with the camera.


At first we said that each person would take one picture and send the camera on. We have changed our minds (for the better!) and instead decided that you can take as many pictures as you want! You provide the film however (we will reimburse you – keep reading and you will see how).


Each team member needs to write up at least 3 Locations. From each participant we need a Location of the following theme:

  • Urban adventures – a modern place of interest in a city (park, bus station, etc)
  • Jewels of the city – a traditional place in the city (Church, square, bridge, etc)
  • Night & Music Delirium – a nice night hotspot (bar, view, park)

Each Location need to be tagged with “LC-A race”

Of course you are allowed to submit more locations if you want! You will also receive the common 5 piggies per Location entry.

Locations have something to do with the prizes and winners of this race – keep reading to learn more!


Once the camera arrives we want you to take two pictures of yourself, this is before you shoot anything else:

  • Mirror self portrait with the camera
  • Self portrait with the cover of a daily newspaper popular in your city


We like missions. Do you? For each stage there will be a specific mission that all participants must do for their teams! What are they, you ask? They will be announced with each stage.

Camera Customization

The LC-A cameras that will travel the world are special indeed. We want you to brand them! Got a sticker? Something to write? Be sure to leave your mark on the camera – but bear in mind that there needs to be enough space left for the members getting the camera later! Remember – 10 people need to leave their signature!

We will then do something fun with the cameras once they are back in our office :)


We will also send out a Lomo Notebook with each package. Please document your time with the camera and we want you to get as creative as possible and go wild with it: drawings, poems, sonnets, the works! Here are some suggestions:

  • Expectations of the camera before you begin to shoot
  • An account of where you went with the camera
  • Comments on the race and why you think that your locations are worthy winners
  • Description of what you drew/wrote on the camera
  • Advice to the next team members
  • Do something creative with a few pages. Rule number 10 – “There are no rules!”
  • Your profile, including name, age, location, Lomography username, signature, Lomography style
  • Other ideas? Add it in there!

Above all, we want you to be artistic with this notebook and create as much artistic content as possible. At the end of the race we will display the notebooks in some form.


Once you have taken all your pictures you need to upload all your photos to your LomoHome. Please add an album called “LC-A Race” and tag with “lc-a race.” Be sure to mention that you used the LC-A camera, which film you used, what your location was any any other tag that you might find useful!


In the original post we said that the first camera back wins a prize! Well, when we had a second thought about it and we realized that this would not be fair. We should not let the postal system decide who wins! As such, time is not a factor for this race!

But on the other hand we do not want this race to take too long! Hence we will divide the race into stages (a stage being one participant – hence the race having 10 stages). We want each participant to have the camera for 2 weeks to have enough time to take all the pictures that you need. Again, if you want to shoot 10 rolls of film – great, the more the better!

When we say 2 weeks this means from the time that you receive the camera until the time that you send it of to the next person.

In order to diminish the roles of shipping times in certain countries we ask that everyone send Ron an email once you have received the camera. Once Ron has received an email from all 10 teams the 2 weeks starts. We ask that everyone takes their pictures in time so that they can send of the camera to the next person once the 2 weeks are up.

Stage Winners & Grand Champion

Before you get too excited about the number of Piggy points that you can win with this race – remember that this is a team event and there is no “I” in “TEAM”!

Individual Stage Winners

We will announce a winner with each stage as judged by a Jury (See below). The winner of stage will be judged by the quality of their work:

  • Number of Locations
  • Quality of Locations
  • Remoteness of Locations

If you do a good job we got 100 Piggies waiting for you!

The announcement of stage winners will take 2 or 3 weeks after each stage has been completed.

The winners will be picked by a Jury consisting of:

Grand Champion

This is all about teamwork people! Collective effort and camaraderie from all team members are needed to win the grandest of prizes. No showboating here!

  • Based on combined team Locations – quality of output
  • Logbook completion – are all the journal entries per participant complete?
  • Customized Camera design – blow us away with your designs!
  • 500 fat piggies divvied up by the whole team (50/participant)!

Each participant as well will additionally get 20 piggies added to cover the cost of film and development!

If you do a really good job you can take home 185 Piggies! (100 for the individual win + 50 for the group win + 20 for each participant + 15 for the locations). If you submit more locations you get more piggies!


The race will be covered by stages meaning that once all teams have passed the camera on we will do a Blog post informing all teams and spectators of the progress. At the end will do a final post including interviews with the winners of the race!

GPS Device

Each camera will come with a GPS device attached to it. The GPS is accurate to 5 meters and will be able to plot the exact route of the camera on a world map once the race is done. Please be aware that we are not doing this because we want to track your every move, but because we though it would be nice to be able to show where the camera has been at the end of the journey. The device is not live and does not transmit any signal but rather simply stores information on the device that can be updated to a computer at the end of the journey.

Please take the GPS device with you wherever you go with the camera. If you do not the map won’t be complete!

Each participant must send Ron an email when they are done with the stage. This includes having sent of the camera, developed their pictures, submitted their Locations and sent us a statement mentioning their thoughts on the race.

In case the camera breaks

If a camera breaks the participant must immediately contact Ron. Ron will then see what the best possibility is for getting the camera replaced are depending on the situation.

We hope that you will enjoy this race as much as we do!

written by cruzron


  1. somapic


    finally done with marathon preparations for a monster project! Good luck and a lomofoliobag full of fun to all contestors!!!!

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  2. rater



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  3. vicuna


    WAOOOOW, that's sooooo great!!!!! And I'm so happy to be part of it! Go Euro team 2, go!! :)))))

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  4. oldskool_rider


    this will be soooo fun!!

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  5. halfawakehaiku


    Woohoo! I'm so Psyched !

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  6. dirklancer


    I pre-emptively apologize to all on behalf of North America Team 1 for kicking your butts!
    Just kidding...
    kind of.
    This is going to be AWESOME!

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  7. cruzron


    goodluck everyone!

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  8. cinzinc


    EXCITING!!! i wanna take part in this if there is a "next time"haha! Have fun with this race! lets go ASIA TEAMS!

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  9. d_i_hunter


    This is gonna be so cool!

    Go Euros!

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  10. lomosexual_manboy


    This is amazing. North America Team 3 is gonna kill it. I mean, look at that roster!!! This will be so much fun.

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  11. stouf


    @dirklancer 8DDD !!! THIS IS THE HOLY GRAIL !!! Good luck everyone !

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  12. dogma


    Wow everything sounds so fantastic :))))) Euro Team 3 rules! :))

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  13. xbalboax


    soo awesome...for north american team 1 you said demetri, do you mean me?

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  14. lomosexual_manboy


    Dang, reading through all this info...this is like a BIG deal. Can't wait to see all the results from all these great lomographers.

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  15. anarchy


    Wow, this is just toooo awesome!!! I think I'm about to faint..................

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  16. mephisto19


    YEAH GREAT!!!!!!

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  17. vtayeh


    YEEEAAAAAHHHH!! The RACE is ON!! This is going to be sooo great!!

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  18. riki_87


    LET'S DO THIS!! GO EURO TEAM 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  19. maxpinckers



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  20. lomollete


    THIS IS SO COOL, I WANT TO DO THIS!!! (but I thought it was only for people without an LC-A so I didn´t try) PLEEEASSEE, REPEAT IT!!!!

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  21. lomollete


    PS ¡ORALE COMEZONE! come on Mexico!

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  22. lomollete



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  23. sugiyamasatomi


    mmmmmmm. My head is spinning! @ LSI, in the north america team 2, it says satomi....could that be me? sugiyamasatomi? I hope so:)

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  24. quaisoir


    gd luck Asia team 2!!!! :)

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  25. day3hugger


    waaaaaaaaaaaaheeeeeeee!! this is sooo exciting !! there's one problem though, it's impossible to submit to locations, would this be fixed soon??

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  26. blue-dog


    AHHYAAA! This looks great..best of luck to all. I (like lomollete) thought it was open to those who did'nt have a LCA..also why I did not try...Any way, the great race looks like great fun.

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  27. dux_x



    i´m in south america team!

    niiiice, i can wait to start!!!!

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  28. rebecarasel


    along with julio, down in south america!
    let's lomo, folks!

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  29. myvitaminx



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  30. dirklancer


    I keep coming back and reading the rules over and over again. I can't wait, this project is awesome! :D

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  31. dirklancer


    it's me again... can we get links to lomo homes in the team lists. I'd love to check out all of my team mates ahead of time and chat a bit.

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  32. halfawakehaiku


    Yeah. maybe an email should be sent to those who got in. Would appreciate it if we were sent the email addy's of team mates

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  33. comezone


    wow, I´m so excited! even if my team camera will arrive here in about 5 months... hahaha. I love this project. Thanks for making me part of it. Good luck to all of you guys! Go north america 3... go!

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  34. eastmoe


    go asia team 2 =)

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  35. kazarareta


    good luck to everyone!

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  36. yoscolmi


    crazy! this is going to be interesting!

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  37. fuzztone04


    Go Team North America 1!!!

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  38. sohrabmk


    cool! let's lomo on guys :)
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  39. fabyen


    soooo sad not to be part of it !! but enjoy everyone !

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  40. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-


    GOOD LUCK to everyone...i miss this race but in few days i will choose my favourite team...

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  41. northwardnimbus


    drat. its rainy here. how the hell do we shoot? pffft. bring it on.

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  42. lomodirk


    Wow, wish you all lots of fun :)

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  43. mimjamil


    go asian team! :)

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  44. xbalboax


    Lets do it North American team 1! i got ideas flowing already !

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  45. grad


    It is not fair!!!
    Your rule said:
    "Anyone who does not own an LCA can take part in the race, everyone else can cheer, whoop and holla."
    Why now it not so?
    I'm very sad!
    You could have a big team from Russia!

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  46. monoflow


    wow if i knew about this i wouldve joined

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  47. anapaulah


    WOW!!! Asia team 3!! I'm so happy =D
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  48. ssamm66


    SOOO COOOL!! But I'm the first member on North America Team 2 and my address has changed since I last sent the email in Jan!!! What do I do? Who do I contact?!

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  49. ssamm66


    Please send me an email with instructions or info on who to contact: ssamm66@hotmail.com THANKS!!

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  50. halfawakehaiku


    email cruzron he is the race overlord

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  51. larslau



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  52. fabyen


    ouhouh finally I'm in, I received an email this morning, so coooool !
    all this because I have 2 nicknames ahah

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  53. weechonghooi


    i say... LCA is going to move the Earth this time~!!! Let's go~!!!

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  54. jeepeng


    this is so cool! weechonghooi, "jia you"!

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  55. iaki


    i´m in the southamerica team!!

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  56. tttheresa


    I can't wait to see the results!!

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  57. fabiz


    South America!!!!

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  58. bikepht


    North America Team 3!!!!!!!!!!!

    Kick some ass

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  59. kvboyle


    Go Euro 2: if the route takes you through Sevilla you can rely on me for water and orange quarters.....

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  60. hailkingstewie



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  61. champi


    Awesome project!! Go Euro team 2!!!!

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  62. misskhali


    wowowowowww !!!! this is awesome ! I just forgot about this race until Champi tell me tonight that I'm in !
    Go euro team 2 !

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  63. mattcharnock



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  64. kuasimudo


    it's not kuasimodo, but kuasimudo!.. go euro team 2!!

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  65. xbalboax


    The LC-A+ for North American Team 1 has arrived!

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  66. callumbum


    it has arrived for euro team 1

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  67. rebecarasel


    not yet in brazil... air mails sometimes are not that fast...

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  68. anabananaangel


    that is wayyy too cool, i wish i had enterd it, so sad there is no AUSTRALIA team. that would be fantastic. australia is not a continent, but its bigger than most. hahaha

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  69. graefin


    Oh! I completely missed that one! damn it :)
    Have fun! Go Team Europe 3!!!

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  70. mephisto19


    do the photos at aall count? or only the ones you submit to the missions/locations????

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