Eurovision Song Contest

Karin Ott

Eurovision Song Contest – ever heard of that? 37 countries from UK to Belarus meet once a year to battle over who presents the best song.

This is not a talent show. Each country holds a competition to determine who should represent them this year. It’s been running for over 50 years, at first with a lot fewer countries. By now there are two semi finals before the big night because there are just too many counties who wants to be part of the event.

Mostly it’s a kitsch event. There’s glitter, wind machines and songs that never would never have been played twice on the radio. Denmark has won three times only. In 1963, 2000 and last year, 2013. This means that we are hosting the Eurovision Song Contest in May. Right here in Copenhagen, just a few miles from my home.

Guess what – I want to goooo. Not to watch the show. No, who cares… But to take pictures. To be able to walk around in as many places as possible (preferably in all the hidden ones), take pictures and tell stories. And guess what – I am going, with my camera. In my capacity of volunteer photographer for the very local newspaper my application for accreditations got approved. OMG, it’s going to be so much fun. There must be so many images to capture.

The image at the top of this post is not from a song contest. It’s from my on-going project, portraying the dance teams at local school clubs as they compete against each other. So is this second image. I hope I will be able to shoot something remotely like this in May 🙂

Karin Ott


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