FAQs

 

General Information | Walk Registration

Q: What is Vienna Photo Walk? Vienna Photo Walk (VPW) 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 the city together. This is a non-profit organisation run by local volunteers. The members of VPW come from all walks of life, are of different ages, and come from different countries; our common language is English. As well as organising photo walks once a month, VPW also runs regular photo challenges, photo competitions, a blog, a Facebook Group and Page, and an Instagram account.

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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 photowalking.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.”

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Q: What type of Photo Walks does VPW run? We run monthly photo walks that are typically up to 3 hours long. The walks take place in the city of Vienna, and the meeting places can always be easily accessed on foot or by public transportation. 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; please contact us 1-2 days ahead of the event if you have any questions. The walks are themed, and always different; you may check out some of our past walks here, and stay up-to-date and connected by keeping an eye on our Facebook group page for news on our upcoming walks. We always love to hear from the group, so if you’ve got any theme or location suggestions please drop us an email.

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Q: How can I become a part of VPW? It’s very easy to take part! Any of the following steps will get you started:

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Q: I’m not going on a Photo Walk – may I still share my work via VPW? 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:

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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 does not matter whether you bring a smartphone, compact camera, disposable camera, polaroid camera, or a DSLR; everyone is welcome!

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Q: What happens with the photos taken during the Photo Walk? The culmination of each Photo Walk is the Monthly Photo Contest. The winner of the contest is selected by all the members of the group (we are currently 400+ members strong).

For the competition we ask those members who were present at the walk to e-mail us max. 2 photos taken during the stroll; the photos may be in colour, b/w, cropped, edited, etc.

Once the submission deadline has passed all the photos are uploaded to Facebook by a VPW admin; the photos are posted in an album in no particular order and anonymously. 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.

Once the voting deadline has passed the votes are counted, and a winner in announced. As our walks are currently free of charge and we are operating on a non-profit basis, there are no physical prizes to be won. We hope to change this in the future. However, the winner does get their 5 Minutes of Fame: they are interviewed for the website and blog, invited to submit other photographs of their choice, and links to their websites/social media channels are published on the blog and website.

Aside from the competition, 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 #viennaphotowalk.

VPW 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. Credit (first name, last name initial) is, of course, always given to the photographer whose work is used.

Vienna Photo Walk on Facebook | Vienna Photo Walk on Instagram

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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 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 (cash is best for when we are somewhere a little more remote, where cards may not be accepted).

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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 viennaphotowalk@gmail.com but we cannot guarantee that you will hear back once the walk starts; these are free 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, organize the walks, run the social media, and handle Eventbrite are the same people physically leading the walks on the day.

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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 – we’ll be happy to hear from you!

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General Information | Walk Registration

Q: How much does it cost to attend a photo walk? At the moment our walks are completely FREE to attend.

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Q: What is Eventbrite? Eventbrite is our provider of online event management and ticketing services. It helps us manage how many people will be attending the event. When you register to attend a Photo Walk, you will be doing so through Eventbrite. When you successfully register you will receive a (free) “ticket” from Eventbrite.

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

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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.

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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.

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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 7 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.

Please remember: these are free volunteer-lead walks, so the people who answer your emails, organize the walks, run the social media, and handle Eventbrite are the same people physically leading the walks! If a VPW 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.

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

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Still got a question? Please email us.