Photo 24 FAQs

What is Photo 24?

Photo 24 is a 24-hour Photo shoot around London organized by Photography News, in association with Nikon and Nikon School. The idea is to challenge yourself to take creative shots of the capital, in the company of other photography enthusiasts.

When is Photo 24?

Photo 24 starts at 12 noon on Friday 17 June, and finishes at 12 noon on Saturday 18 June. You might want to arrive a bit earlier to sign in and collect your Photo 24 Passport.

Where do we meet for Photo 24?

The initial meeting place for Photo 24 is Kingsway Hall Hotel, 66 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5BX. Sign In, Briefing and the Debrief will take place here. At all other times the base will be at the Nikon School, 64 Margaret Street, London W1W 8SW. Here you will find toilets, refreshments and a place to edit photos, plus there will always be a member of staff present to help you.

How much does Photo 24 cost?

Photo 24 is brought to you for free by Photography News, Nikon UK and Nikon School. What’s included for free: The Photo 24 Passport, entry wristbands, meet-ups, photo walks, shooting tips, Nikon photo critique sessions, photography competitions and a souvenir T-shirt for everyone who attends the final debrief at noon, 18 June. You will have to pay for your own transport to and around London, accommodation if you’re not pulling an all-nighter, and our Extra Events.

Will I get a confirmation email for the Extra Events?

No, unfortunately we don’t send out confirmation emails. When you pay by Paypal, you will receive a confirmation of payment, and so do we, so we can see exactly who has paid for which events.

The camera I use isn’t a Nikon – is that a problem?

Not at all. We welcome all photographers of all brand preferences. The only downside is if you have a technical question with a non-Nikon product, assistance will be more limited. If you are curious about trying out some Nikon kit, this opportunity will be available during the event, at the Nikon School.

I can’t join Photo 24 until later on Friday – what do I do?

If you can’t make it for the briefing at midday on Friday, don’t worry. Once the briefing is over at around 1pm, the sign-in desk will move to the Nikon School on Margaret Street. Head there to collect your Passport and find out where the group is.

When will you be releasing the schedule of events?

Details of the initierary for the full 24 hours are still being finalised, and the Passport is currently being produced. This year, once the Passport is complete we will email you a PDF version so that you can see what’s going on and plan your day. The PDF Passport should land in your inboxes on Friday 10 June.  

This is the provisional itinerary for Photo 24, which is subject to change.

There are meet-ups at the same time as optional events, for those who haven’t chosen to pay for activities. If you’re worried about missing out on anything, you can always shoot each location at another time in the event.

11.00 am – Sign in opens at Kingsway Hall Hotel

12.00 noon – Photo 24 briefing at Kingsway Hall Hotel

1.00 pm – Late sign in moves to Nikon School

1.00pm – First-timers Photowalk: Covent Garden to Trafalgar Square

3.00-4.00 pm – Meet-up: Camden Market

4.45-6.30 pm – Optional event: Tower Bridge

5.00-6.00pm – Meet-up: Outside the Shard

8.00-9.00pm – Meet-up: Westminster bridge

8.45-9.30pm – Optional event: Sunset at the London Eye

8.30-10.00pm – Optional event: Sunset at The Shard

11.00-1.00am – Photo walk: Starting at Liverpool Street

2.30am – Optional event: London Bus photo tour

4.30am – Meet-up: Sunrise at Millennium bridge

8am-11.00am – Optional Event: River boat to Greenwich

12noon – Photo 24 debrief, Kingsway Hall Hotel

Do I have to stick to the itinerary?

Photo 24 is designed to be flexible, so you are welcome to spend the time however you like. Feel free to drop into some meet-ups, but if you have your sights on locations that aren’t in the itinerary, grab a buddy and go for it!

There is also no obligation to power through the entire 24 hours – we understand if you need a nap, but don’t forget to book a B&B. For the troopers that make it to the Saturday debrief, there will be souvenir T-shirts.

What should I bring to Photo 24?

We recommend you pack sensibly, and don’t bring anything unnecessary. Crucially, remember comfy shoes, a waterproof, phone and phone charger and a water bottle. Photography equipment: DSLR or CSC body, standard zoom, wide-angle zoom and telezoom lenses, travel tripod, remote release, polariser and spare battery pack.

I’m coming on my own, but I’d like to wander around with someone – what do I do?

We understand that coming to a 24-hour event in London can be quite daunting, so if you would like find a Photo 24 ‘buddy’, there’s no better time than at the briefing or during the first-timers photo walk. Let us know if you’re searching for a Photo 24 buddy, and we can arrange to get you paired up with someone on the day.

Do I have to do the full 24 hours?

There is no obligation to do the full 24 hours and we understand if you need some beauty sleep. If you are planning on a sleep, we recommend booking a B&B as soon as you can!

Will I be sent tickets for the optional activities I’ve booked?

No you won’t receive a ticket prior to going to the attraction. When you sign in at Photo 24 you will receive a colour-coded wristband for each activity that you’ve booked.

What do we do during the night?

Photo 24 is yours to do what you want and it is up to you whether you take part in the night walk, get a nap or go on a night shoot.

What if I get separated from the group?

If by the rare chance you find you’re alone in London there are several things you can do: check your Photo 24 passport to see when the next meetup is; Tweet the Photo24London account and someone will get back to you, or return to Nikon school as there is likely to be someone there you can buddy up with.