FAQs

General Information | Walk Registration

Q: What is Oxford Photo Walk? Oxford Photo Walk (OPW) was founded to bring together a community of local photographers (anyone with a camera and interest in photography) to meet on a regular basis to explore Oxford together. It is run by local volunteers. The members of OPW come from all walks of life, are of different ages, and come from different countries. As well as organising photo walks once a month, OPW also runs regular photo contests, a blog, a Facebook Group and Page, and an Instagram account.

Q: What is a Photo Walk? Wikipedia has a great explanation for photowalking:

“Photowalking is the act of walking with a camera for the main purpose of taking pictures of things that the photographer may find interesting. It is often a communal activity organised by camera clubs, online forums or commercial organisations, sometimes in the form of a walking tour. Often the aim is to practice and improve one’s own photography skills rather than a specific focus on documentary photography. While the camera need not be a digital camera, in practice the low cost of digital photography and the ease of digital photo processing and online photo sharing allow a casual approach in photo walking. While related to street photography, photowalking is differentiated by its impetus to photograph things of interest rather than people specifically. As with any walking that may go a few miles or kilometers, photowalking can also promote physical fitness.”

Q: What type of photo walks does OPW run? We run monthly, ticketed photo walks that are typically up to three hours long. The walks take place in and around Oxford, and the meeting places can always be easily accessed on foot or by public transport.

Registered walk members are expected to arrive at the meeting place independently and cover their own travel expenses. We ask that our members be punctual, as the group cannot wait for latecomers. Both the meeting time and place are always clearly stated in the photo walk invitation instructions.

The walks are themed, and are always at a different location. To get a heads-up on upcoming walks, keep an eye on our Facebook group page and Instagram for walk announcements. We always love to hear from the group, so if you’ve got any theme or location suggestions please drop us an email.

PLEASE NOTE: Our events are not guided tours – i.e. your walk leader is under no obligation to provide you with a potted-history or commentary about the buildings/locations you see. Our photo walks are simply an opportunity for local photographers to get together in the same place at the same time, and shoot the same subjects under the same conditions. And, whilst happily snapping away, exchange ideas, learn new things, and even make a few new friends.

Q: How can I join OPW? It’s very easy to join! Any of the following steps will get you started:

  • Register for one of our upcoming walks
  • Join our Facebook Group to be the first to know about any of our upcoming walks, and to join the conversation/share ideas with other members in the group.
  • Follow us on Instagram to keep track of what we’re up to, and tag your photos with #OxfordPhotoWalk for a chance to be featured

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Q: Do I need a specific camera or to have a certain level of experience? It doesn’t matter whether you are a complete beginner or a professional photographer, and it doesn’t matter whether you have a smartphone, compact camera, disposable camera, polaroid camera, or a DSLR – everyone is welcome! 🙂

Q: Aside from my camera, do I need to bring anything specific to the Photo Walk? There is nothing you must bring with you, but we do recommend having an extra battery and memory card/film, wearing comfortable shoes, bringing a water bottle if it is hot outside and, generally, dressing weather-appropriately.

After the photo walks we try, whenever possible, to sit down in a café or pub to chat and get to know one another more. Drinks and snacks are not included in our walks, so if you’d like to join us please be sure to have some money on you.

Q: What do I do if I show up late and no one’s there? Please make every effort to be on time or, better yet, a little early. This is a group event and we do not wait for latecomers. If you arrive late and don’t see anyone you may try to contact us via oxfordphotowalk@gmail.com but we cannot guarantee that you will hear back once the walk starts; these are volunteer-lead walks so there is no Hotline to call, and no one “back at the office” to provide customer service. The people who answer your emails, organise the walks, run the social media, and handle Eventbrite are the same people physically leading the walks on the day.

Q: What happens with the photos taken during the photo walk? The culmination of each photo walk is the monthly photo contest. This gives our members the chance to shine, by sharing their best/favourite photos from the photo walk.

This is how it works…

  1. We invite those members who attended the walk to e-mail us a maximum of 2 photos each taken during the photo walk. The photos may be in colour, b/w, cropped, edited, etc.
  2. Once the submission deadline has passed all the photos are uploaded to our Facebook Group by an OPW Admin. The photos are posted in an album in no particular order and anonymously. (This ensures that the voting is unbiased, and it’s always fun when the identities are unveiled at the end of the contest! 😉 )
  3. All members of the group then have access to this album and may give out as many “likes” as they want. Members who participated in the walk may cast votes too, but may not vote for their own contributions.
  4. Once the voting deadline has passed the votes are counted, and a winner in announced. As we are operating on a non-profit basis, there are no physical prizes to be won (although we do hope to change this in the future). However, the winner does get their 5 Minutes of Fame on our website via a feature interview, showcasing their work, and including links to their websites/social media channels.

Aside from the photo contest, members are encouraged to post other photos (not submitted to the contest) taken during the walk to the Facebook Group. Similarly, during and after the walk we invite those members active on Instagram to post their pictures to the social media platform, tagging the images with the hashtag #OxfordPhotoWalk.

OPW does not own any of the images shared and posted by its members, but does reserve the right to use them throughout its website and social media channels to promote its own events. We will, of course, always add a credit line (first name and last name initial, or use the appropriate social media handle) for any photos we use.

Q: I’m not going on a photo walk – may I still share my work via OPW? Even if you never come along to a single photo walk, we still encourage you to share your work with the rest of the group. You may do so by:

  • posting photos on Instagram and tagging them using the hashtags #OxfordPhotoWalk
  • posting photos to our Facebook Group
  • adding your details to our OPW Photographer’s Directory so other members can look up your work

Q: I would love to get more involved with VPW – how can I do that? We are a small group of volunteers and can always use more help! If you’re good with social media, marketing, communication, web design, fundraising, tour guiding, event planning, teaching workshops, etc and want a new challenge, then we’d love to hear from you! Please drop us an email.

General Information | Walk Registration

Q: How much does it cost to attend a photo walk? All walks are ticketed and are FREE, unless otherwise stated.
Please note that ‘on-the-door’ tickets are not available – you must register online via Eventbrite at least 24 hours in advance.

Q: What is Eventbrite? Eventbrite is our online event management and ticketing service provider. It helps us manage how many people will be attending the event. When you register to attend a photo walk, you will do so via Eventbrite. When you successfully register you will receive an email and “ticket” from Eventbrite.

Q: What do I do if I can no longer attend a photo walk? Please email us as soon as you can if you are unable to attend. There is often a waiting list for our photo walks, and someone will be grateful for your ticket!

Q: The name on the registration/ticket doesn’t match the attendee. Is that ok? Yes, as long as you have emailed us with the name of the person who will attend instead.

Q: Once the walk has sold out, is there a waiting list? If we have already sold out please email us and we will add you to the waiting list. If a place then becomes available we will notify you by email.

Q: Can an event be cancelled or rescheduled? We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule an event, for example due to insufficient enrollment (typically a minimum of 8 photo walkers per event) or appalling weather (such as torrential downpour for a planned nature walk). Such decision will be made at least 24 hours before the event.

Registered walkers will be notified of any cancellations via email and an announcement will also be posted on the Facebook Group and Page. Every effort will be made to avoid cancelling or rescheduling.

Your ticket will still be valid if OPW reschedules an event. If you can’t make the new date, please email us at least 48-hours before the rescheduled event is due to take place and you will be refunded the full amount.

Please remember: these are volunteer-lead walks, so the people who answer your emails, organise the walks, run the social media, and handle Eventbrite are the same people physically leading the walks. If an OPW Admin member is ill or unable to lead the walk – and cannot find a volunteer member to take over this responsibility – the walk would have to be cancelled.

Still got a question? Then please email us and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. 🙂

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