PROJECT: This is the eleventh year that SEEDS organizes series of International Photo marathons. Throughout the year participants from all over the world come to Iceland for an intense photography related learning camp. SEEDS coordinators help the participants to develop their unique photographic skills through workshops and feedback sessions on technical settings, compositional considerations as well as developing conceptual frameworks which progress the participants individual style.
When the workshops end, we select some of our best pictures from the camp and prepare those images for an informal group exhibition in a local independent cinema. Participants should bring with them their own digital cameras, lenses, and laptops if possible. They should be prepared for walking and visually exploring the city streets and working within a flexible time schedule. Participants will be photographing in their free time outside of workshop hours with images to be discussed at group feedback sessions.
Please note this project is more of a learning/sharing camp and not a regular work camp; we may be able to organize some outdoor voluntary service but it depends on our partners and weather conditions. Additionally, the camp combines exploring Reykjavík, hunting for Aurora and having fun. Participants should also use this opportunity to share something about their own culture with the international group.
In this project SEEDS will organize an Aurora hunting trip (Northern lights) to the countryside in the close vicinity of Reykjavík. This will take place during late evening and possibly into the night. We will pick a night with the best chances given by the Aurora forecast by the Icelandic meteorological office. If we do not catch any northern lights in the first excursion, SEEDS will organise a second trip. Please note, we cannot guarantee that you will see northern lights as solar activity is irregular and it depends on weather and meteorological conditions.
ACCOMMODATION: SEEDS participants will stay in an equipped house in Reykjavík, which is located about 4 kilometers from the centre of the city. The facilities are basic with a shower, kitchen and a washing machine. The group will sleep in shared rooms and shall bring their own sleeping bag. Participants from other projects may also stay in the house for part of the time.
Participants will receive food supplies and be in charge of the cooking and cleaning activities. Do not forget some traditional/typical food, drinks and recipes from your home country for the international evening.
LOCATION: Reykjavik is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources - geothermal- and hydropower. The world’s northernmost capital bridges the Atlantic, between Europe and North America. Reykjavík is spread across a peninsula with a panoramic view of the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean on almost all sides. Reykjavík is an International city with a lively cosmopolitan cultural scene surrounded with beautiful nature.
During the time of the camp, the international LGBT winter pride festival takes place, from February 8 to 11. The small pride festival features different activities in the city. During the time you may sit in cosy cafes and party until the wee hours of the morning with LGBT people from all over the world, in the charming and very cosmopolitan city of Reykjavik. For more information and details, please check https://www.rainbowreykjavik.is/
SEEDS does not provide passes for the festival, there are however some free events around town to attend.
LANGUAGE: English will be the language in the camp; basic conversational skills are needed.
TERMINAL: Closest international Airport: Keflavík/Reykjavík (KEF). Bus station: Central Reykjavík (BSÍ).
EXTRAS / SPECIAL REMARKS: Participation fee EUR 350 (Euros). Please note that these fees are to be paid to SEEDS on arrival in either Euros or Icelandic krónas. The fee includes transportation from the meeting point to the camp & back into SEEDS office (on the first and last day), as well as the Aurora hunting/Northern lights trip.
Meeting time will be 17:00 (5:00 pm) on February 6 at SEEDS Office. Participants that cannot arrive on time (later or delayed flights) will be sent information on how to reach the camp.
Some excursions (eg. Golden Circle, South Shore, Hot River hike or Reykjanes) can be arranged at discount fares for SEEDS participants. We also offer some local leisure activities such as the cinema and the flea market.
Weather may be cold and/or rainy, so we recommend to bring warm and/or waterproof clothes (overcoats, scarves, gloves and hats) as part of the project takes place outside.