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PHOTO ROYALE 


Ryan Marshall was bored.

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;So he came up with an idea.

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;What if he created a contest featuring teams of people (in costume, of course) running around downtown Orlando on a Monday night, solving riddles and taking pictures? And what if that contest were held at a bar, so that each time teams checked in after taking pictures they had a round of drinks before heading back out?

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;Thus, Photo Royale was born. Ten teams of six people competed in the first (but not the last!) contest July 10. Judges examined their photos a week later to make sure teams had met all the challenges (getting a photo with a shopping cart in it, for example). If art was created that night, fine. But that wasn't the objective.

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; "My goal was to have it so that everyone who played would say it was the best time they'd ever had downtown," says Marshall. "That was the consensus I heard."

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; His team – the Future Failures of America – won, by the way, but Marshall insists the contest wasn't rigged.

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; Look for Photo Royale II in early September.

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;I see you baby, shaking that ass (at Independent Bar)
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; Team East Coast X-posure performing a required dance
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;Team Man Cabaret gives a tow
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;Team Cat Burglar sniffing out 'downtown's worst bathroom'
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;A member of Team Cat Burglar with a scantily clad denizen of the night
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;Stark, yet somehow beautiful
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;'Worst tattoo' category
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;Assignment: 'include a shopping cart in a photo'
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;Assignment: 'Make out ...
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;... with a stranger'
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;Team East Coast X-pozure checks off the swan boat assignment
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;Team Bizarro Matador in a staged smackdown
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