This event launched the concept of photo adventures open to all. Since we started in 1988, we have welcomed participants from over 20 countries. You will explore Scandinavia during the period of the midnight sun, from the fjords of Norway to Finland’s lakes, from the Swedish Alps to coastal Denmark
Pictures on each rally
Participants since 1988
PARIS-NORTH CAPE Photo Adventure
Paris-North Cape allows people of all ages and from all backgrounds to come together and enjoy a NATURE, ADVENTURE and CULTURE adventure. It is a long and tiring event that will challenge your stamina and test your vehicle, but it has been successfully completed by people of all ages, from 1 to 88.
Not a timed event
but a photographic journey through the most beautiful Scandinavian landscapes with stages in the car and hikes in nature reserves or isolated islands.
Control of the respect of the itinerary
suggested in the road book
to be submitted every five days
A written report on the subject of your choice
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The novelty of the Rally is that the final classification takes into account three criteria:
- first, teams must check in at all the checkpoints within the designated time period (2 to 4 hours) in order to prove they have followed the route described in the road book. Between these checkpoints, they are free to choose their own itineraries and to stop whenever they wish to take photos.
- Second, each team must submit ten photos (two for each theme) every five days. These photos will be judged by a jury of professional photographers and journalists.
- Finally, each team must produce a written report on a subject of their choice relating to the areas visited by the rally (but not the Rally itself). This is a very good way of finding out more about the countries we visit and getting to know local people.
We ask our participants to open their eyes, to be inquisitive, respectful and open-minded.
If you have all these qualities, the Rally is for you. The best photos will be published in partner magazines and newspapers, including National Geographic Nordic Editions, Helsingin Sanomat (Finland’s biggest daily paper) and Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden’s 2nd biggest daily paper).
The Paris-North Cape, an adventure based on exploration, respect for others, self-discovery and curiosity about the world around us.
FEE OF €890
(€790 if you register before
31st December 2018)) , it covers :
- The organisation of the rally programme
- Reductions on the ferries and campsites we use
- The road book
- The photo competitions, photo treks, juries and prizes.
budget of €3000 to €4500 per team of two people
There are no restrictions on the age or model of the cars teams use, but campervans, trucks and motorbikes are not permitted. Registration is open until 30th June 2017 (for the 2017 rally), but the number of places available is limited.
AN ADVENTURE OPEN TO EVERYONE
Philippe BOUCHER and his team invite anyone attracted by the Rally’s principles
to join us in taking thousands of photos during a 10,000-km road trip far from the usual tourist track. The Rally gives participants an opportunity to explore the length and breadth of Scandinavia and to discover some of the hidden treasures of northern Europe. Evenings sitting round the campfire while soaking up the amazing spectacle of the midnight sun in an unspoilt wilderness are a prefect way of getting to know fellow travellers from far and wide.
Completing the PARIS-NORTH CAPE PHOTO RALLY requires a large amount of physical and mental effort, especially on the PHOTO TREKS in Norway (across remote islands and to the top of Scandinavia’s highest mountain), Sweden (Europe’s largest nature reserve and an area where reindeer roam wild) and Finland (lakes and canyons).
Participants will also need to call upon their reserves of stamina during the “Midnight Sun” stages – for some people, being out and about from 8 pm until 3 am is already a challenge. Extremes of temperature are also a factor to take into account – the average temperature at the top of the Glittertind (2,465 m), Scandinavia’s second highest mountain, is -10°C, whereas the temperature can soar to +36°C in Finland. However, the camaraderie that develops between participants helps soothe the difficulties of the Rally’s long stages.
We will visit some of the most beautiful corners of these contrasting lands, from Norway’s fjords and spectacular Lofoten islands to Sweden’s northern hills, home to the last herds of wild reindeer, the southern plains of Finland, dotted with 100,000 lakes, and Europe’s biggest nature reserves.
For many participants, Paris-North Cape is a revelation.
Some of our participants have become addicted to photography or to travel; some have even changed their lives:
The winner of the 1995 Rally abandoned his career as a chartered accountant to become a professional photographer.
Others enlist the support of the people around them to help them make their dream come true:
Nathalie and Nicolas are just 20 years old. By selling t-shirts to more than 360 family members, friends, colleagues and acquaintances, and with help from private and public sponsors, they managed to live up to their slogan of “beyond the borders”. They wanted to go far, and they did… they won the rally!
PARIS-NORTH CAPE RALLY
THE PIONEERING PHOTO RALLY
Our races for images have attracted participants from all over France, as well as from 21 other countries (in addition to teams from Belgium and Switzerland, present for every edition, participants have come from Canada, Ukraine, Russia, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Iceland, Portugal (and the Azores), Spain, Greece, the Netherlands, Austria, Luxembourg and New Zealand).
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