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The Marathon

"Medves" area is one of the lesser-known sceneries in Central Europe, rich in history and full of industrial heritages surrounded by a beautiful landscape. It's also the home of the "Novohrad-Nógrád" Geopark which is the first of its kind stretching over the border between Hungary and Slovakia. In 2013 we organized here the first photo marathon which exceeded all our expectations. This year we are preparing for the 4th.

The Marathon and its programme have been organized by Szilárd Drexler, documentary filmmaker, and Péter Komka, report photographer both living in and adoring the "Medves" area. For this 48-hour competition we are expecting anybody who loves exploring beautiful landscapes and/or photography. We are going to provide all the support for the participants to take their excellent photos. The most beautiful parts of the area will be guided by the organizers and there is also going to be lots of interesting extra workshops and events.

In case you are planning to take part please register your interest on our homepage! For personal registration there is going to be options both in Hungary and Slovakia. After paying the registration fee the participants will receive an armband which not only entitles them to take part on all events but also gives extra discounts at several places.

Medvesi Fotós Maraton

Photography all above

We provide guides, properly trained volunteers, information stations and all kinds of support for photographers. There is going to be an opportunity for bird photography with free entrance to the wildlife park. From sunrise till sunset lots of different photo workshops will be organized. An onsite photo competition will be held where participants can send in their best images. As we know the “Medves” area thoroughly you can be sure that its best is going to be shown to you. Nothing will stop you to create hundreds of stunning photos. With the images taken during the various events we like to highlight the importance of the conservation of this spectacular landscape and its wildlife. We wish that one day every nature and landscape photography enthusiast visits us here in the heart of the “Medves” area.

  • We are going to show the best spots for taking stunning landscapes
  • The castles will be lit from dusk
  • Olympus camera and lens advice and trial
  • Photographing from hot air balloon (extra fee)
  • Guided tours showing the industrial heritages of the area
  • Portrait photography workshops with models dressed up in medieval clothings
  • Pole fitness and dance show in Somoskő Castle
  • “The secrets of astrophotography” workshop
  • General photography workshops
  • Onsite photo competition

1-3 june
2018

Novohrad-Nógrád Geopark
Salgótarján

500
participants

48 hours of
photography

Presenters

Medvesi Fotós Maraton

László Francsics

Architect, photographer, university instructor, international prize winner astro-photographer

Medvesi Fotós Maraton

Bence Gyulai

photographer,
owner of an photography school

Medvesi Fotós Maraton

Imre Zalka

Teacher,
old photo technique (Ambrotype)

Medvesi Fotós Maraton

Robert Irházy(Birdie)

photographer, journalist
pixinfo.hu – editor,
fotozz.hu – admin, founder

Medvesi Fotós Maraton

Zoltán Gyetvai

Photographer
archaic technics

Medvesi Fotós Maraton

Imre Potyó

multiple award winning nature photographer, works for MTA Institute for Soil Sciences and Agricultural Chemistry.

Welcome everyone who love photography,
beautiful landscape and special programs

Photo themes: medieval fortress, ruins, Salgó, Somoskő, Hajnáčka, Fil’akovo, basalt rocks, Witch- stone, arched basalt columns, Szilvás-kő, 40 meters high basalt columns, dawn, sunset, Central- Europe’s largest basalt plateau, mushrooms, beech forest, creeks, illuminated fortresses, 2 medieval fortresses in one picture, foggy valleys, peaks in fog, canyon, sandstone deep, stonesea, spotted salamander, forest bird species, beams of light, hills of the Cserhát at sunset, hills of Heves-Borsod at dawn.

Schedule

The pre-registered participants can view the Underground Mining Museum of Salgótarján (1 Zemlinszky Rezső Street, 3100 Salgótarján) It can be freely photographed but the Guided tour fee have to pay!
09:00 - 13:00

Glassblowers

The pre-registered participants can photographed the glassblowers, at Tarján Glass Ltd. (31. Budapesti Street, 3104 Salgótarján)
14:00 - 18:00

Lightroom guidance

Lightroom guidance – Robert Irházy (Birdie) Pixinfo (www.pixinfo.com) – House of the Geological Miracles, Salgóbánya
OLYMPUS products, guidance, tutorship – Fortress of Somoskő, courtyard (SK-H border)
Traditional techniques of photo shooting, practical demonstration, Collodion process, Zoltán Gyetvai - House of Geological Miracles Salgóbánya, Geocsodák háza
Outdoor modell photos - Fortress of Somoskő - Bence Gyulai(Fotóbetyár) (www.fotobetyar.hu)
– Salgóbánya, House of Geological Miracles
Astrophoto presentation, technical review by László Francsics, Hungarian Association of Astronomy – House of the Geological Miracles, Salgóbánya
20:34

Sunset

Sunset – advise: Fortress of Salgó, Medves-plateau (H) if it necessary we can guarantee a guide to shoot together the fortress and the sunset
Dornyay huts, Eresztvény
Nocturnal insects catching (light trap, photography) – glade before Hotel Salgó – István Lantos, Management of Bükk National Park (www.bnpi.hu)
Bat ringing exhibition in Eresztvény – Várberek-creek, Péter Gombkötő Management of Bükk National Park (www.bnpi.hu)
Astrophotography and observation with telescope on the Medves Plateau (H) – start from House of the Geological Miracles, with László Francsics, Hungarian Association of Astronomy (www.mcse.hu)
Sunrise, landscape of medvesalja, Ural Owl, white-backed woodpecker, butterflies, flowers, Medves-plateau – start from House of the Geological Miracles (H)
Two fortress (Salgó, Somoskő), forest reserve, alpine rose, arched basalt columns – start from parking lot of fortress of Somoskő (H)
the tour takes 4 hour, the groups start between 7 am and 9 am in every 30 minutes) – middle-quarry- lake, wild flowers, insects, birch grove, meadow – start from House of the Geological Miracles
The registered participants can view the Underground Mining Museum of Salgótarján (1 Zemlinszky Rezső Street, 3100 Salgótarján) It can be freely photographed but the Guided tour fee have to pay!
09:00 - 18:00

Lightroom guidance

Lightroom guidance – Robert Irházy (Birdie) Pixinfo (www.pixinfo.com) – House of the Geological Miracles, Salgóbánya
Traditional techniques of photo shooting, practical demonstration, Collodion process, Zoltán Gyetvai - House of Geological Miracles Salgóbánya, Geocsodák háza
Travel by bus to the tunnel of the Vízválasztó lake system and the Slag cone of Pintértelep. The bus depart az 8:30 from the House of Geological Miracles, arrive back at 13:00. You can also come by your own car.
Portrait Photography: Palóc folk costume – Bence Gyulai, Fotóbetyár (www.fotobetyar.hu) - House of Geological Miracles
Basics of the astrophotography processing with László Francsics, Hungarian Association of Astronomy (www.mcse.hu) - House of Geological Miracles
- Fortress Salgó (H)
House of Geological Miracles, Salgóbánya
House of Geological Miracles, Salgóbánya
House of Geological Miracles, Salgóbánya
Basics of the astrophotography processing with László Francsics, Hungarian Association of Astronomy (www.mcse.hu) - House of Geological Miracles
with Bence Gyulai, Fotóbetyár (www.fotobetyar.hu) – Fortress Somoskő (SK-H border)
with Bence Gyulai, Fotóbetyár (www.fotobetyar.hu) – Fortress Somoskő (SK-H border)
infantry – Fortress of Salgó (H)
Landscape and sunset photography – Fortress Salgó (H)
- Novohrad-Nógrád Geopark Research and Coordination Centre (Eresztvény, H)
20:35

Sunset

Sunset, advise: Fortress of Salgó, Medves- plateau (H)
Light painting - light drawing – Ruins od Dornyay Turistaház (H)
– start from House of the Geological Miracles, with László Francsics, Hungarian Association of Astronomy (www.mcse.hu)
Dawn tour to the rim of Medves Plateau (H) – Sunrise, landscape of medvesalja, Ural Owl, white-backed woodpecker, butterflies, flowers, Medves-plateau (H) – start from House of the Geological Miracles (H)
Dawn tour to Macacia (SK) – Two fortress (Salgó, Somoskő), forest reserve, alpine rose, arched basalt columns – start from parking lot of fortress of Somoskő (H)
Tour to Medves-plateau (H) – the tour takes 4 hour, the groups start between 7 am and 9 am in every 30 minutes) – middle-quarry- lake, wild flowers, insects, birch grove, meadow – start from House of the Geological Miracles (H)
The registered participants can view the Underground Mining Museum of Salgótarján (1 Zemlinszky Rezső Street, 3100) It can be freely photographed but the Guided tour fee have to pay!

Registration

By pressing the "Save Registration" button, your data will be included the list of participants, within a few days we will send a feedback via e-mail’. The online registration is useful to get know your specific interest and intention, but it doesn’t replace the on- site registration and payment of registration fee, which enables you to take part in the programme.

Registration fee:

Adult: 5000 HUF / 17 EUR
Families: 8000 Ft / 26 EUR
Students: 3000 HUF / 10 EUR

On-site registration available at Novohrad-Nógrád Geopark Research and Coordination Centre (Eresztvény, H) and at House of the Geological Miracles (Salgóbánya, H).

Opening hours:

Novohrad-Nógrád Geopark Research and Coordination Centre
1 june 8,00 – 20,00
2 june 8,00 – 22,00
3 june 9,00 – 18,00

House of the Geological Miracles
1 june 12,00 – 22,00
2 june 6,00 – 22,00
3 june 6,00 – 16,00

The registered will get an armband qualify to be a participant of guided tours, exhibitions, professional programs and other discounts.

Photo Marathon t-shirts can be ordered (2000 HUF) in the pre-registration menu’s message gap (quantity, size).

Online registration

Important Dates

Photo Marathon Online registering deadline 31 may 2018. 23:59
Programs 1-3 june 2018.
Photo Contest Submission deadline 30 june 2018.
Announcement of results 1 august 2018.
Exhibition Novohrad-Nógrád Geopark Research and Coordination Centre 1 september 2018.

Information

Information

Dawn, Sunset, Moon

1 june
Dawn: 4:45 (54,7°)
Sunset: 20:32 (305,5°)
Moon: 90 %
Moonrise: 22:54 (121,9°)

2 june
Dawn: 4:44 (54,4°)
Sunset: 20:33 (305,7°)
Moon: 84 %
Moonrise: 23:36 (120,2°)

3 june
Dawn: 4:43 (54,2°)
Sunset: 20:34 (305,9°)
Moon: 76 %
Moonrise: 00:13 (117,1°)

Night Lighting

We will illuminate the fortress of Salgó and Somoskő.

Recommended equipment

DSLR, remote controller, tripod, MILC, wide angle optics, normal angled optics, LED lights.

Others

Flashlight, sleeping bag, mug, outdoor clothing, hiking shoes, replacement shoes

Prevention, work safety

The guided tours are medium difficulty. Increased caution is required at the peaks and at night. Everyone takes part in the programs at their own risk. For unforeseeable external reasons or in case of permanently bad weather we reserve the right to change the program!

Accomodation

It is necessary to book your accommodation in advance.

Hotel Salgó (discount 10%)

Vendégház a Zöld Kapuhoz / Green Door Guesthouse (discount 10%)

More accomodations can be found : http://www.salgotarjan-turizmus.hu/hu/szallas- szallashelyek- foglalas/

Other services

Zoo Somoskő – free ticket

Underground Mining Museum – free ticket, but guided tour fee must pay (250 HUF)

Fortress of Somoskő – free ticket

Fortress of Fil’akovo – free ticket

Knowing and accepting the information here is a prerequisite for participating in the event.

1.) Everyone takes part in the programs at their own risk. The participant acknowledges that the organizers not responsible to any material or non-material damages.

2.) The organizers and tour guides are not responsible to any harm that happens at the programs.

3.) In the event there is no strict program, the participants are allowed to move between the places.

4.) The tours will pass through nature conservation area therefore do not leave the paths.

5.) Increased attention on rocks, boulders.

6.) Wearing a helmet is mandatory in the Underground Mining Museum , the floor is slippery.

7.) Proper clothing is required.

8.) Extreme caution is necessary at the night shooting, use a flashlight with caution, do not climb to rocks and cliffs.

9.) The discounts are available only after the on-site registration (with the armband)

10.) Beyond the guided tours you have to go to the programs yourself, however, the directors will help you with this.

11.) Participants agree to be photographed, filmed or recorded as part of the event. All video, photo and audio materials acquired on event site is subject to be used in promotional materials for the event without any limitations of time and space and at the sole discretion of the event and its Organisers.

Center

House of the Geological Miracles
Salgóbánya
3109 Salgótarján
Medvesi u. 14.
Telephone: +36 32 431-140
E-mail: info@fotosmaraton.hu

Contact

Sponsors

Medvesi Fotós Maraton
Medvesi Fotós Maraton
Medvesi Fotós Maraton

Partners

The organizer of the Photo Marathon

Novohrad-Nógrád Geopark