CALL FOR ENTRY: 'Overlooked and In-Between’
with curator Jeff Alu.
Deadline to enter September 10, 2017
Alu says about 'Overlooked and In-Between'...objects and situations we normally ignore, expressions existing in-between posed expressions, new discoveries found by zooming in.  
I’m a huge believer that we often overlook the potential that is right in front of us. This might be because we’re trained by society to focus on what it thinks is important and separate out everything else.  We’re constantly required to go through this kind of exercise in our daily lives and become so used to it that we might be inclined to carry it over to our photography as well.
A good example is the posed photograph.  Somehow it isn’t worth shooting until everything is perfect, in its place, and exactly as it should be.  What about the moments building up to and after the shot.  Don’t these tell an interesting story as well?
When I’m walking through a given area, I’m constantly imagining zooming in on smaller objects around me.  When I do, those objects become as important to me as the larger, zoomed out image in front of me.  As a result, everything around me becomes of equal importance, and as a result, many additional potential photographic subjects come into view.
It’s as if we’re zooming in or out of a fractal.  One level of zoom is not any less or more important than another.  Everything becomes equally important, and applying that way of thinking to our photography, the act of picking and choosing our subjects becomes much more fluid.
I’m interested in seeing the results of your own explorations in this area.  Try to turn what is normally thought of as unimportant or uninteresting into something worth photographing.  Just relax the mind and let it flow!”
You can some of Alu’s fractal work at this link: 
Jeff Alu is a former exhibitions director at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA) in Santa Ana, CA.  During his time there he curated 5 photographic exhibitions, including two dedicated exclusively to cell phone photography, as well as numerous other exhibitions. 
Prior to his life as a photographer, Jeff worked for a number of years at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory hunting for asteroids and comets.  This work involved using the 18” Schmidt Telescope at Palomar Observatory.
Alu has been published in Black and White Magazine, Lenswork Extended, Adori Noir, Shots, as well as online at the Art Photo Index and the aCurator blog.  A book of his images, “Jeff Alu:Surrealities” is published through Zero+ Publishing.  
His work can be seen at
20% of artist fees go to charity. 10% to the curator's charity and 10% to the first place winner's charity.
Alu has chosen The Los Angeles Music and Art School (LAMusArt) as his charity.
Their mission is to provide the community of East Los Angeles with equitable and affordable access to multidisciplinary arts education programs.

ALL entrants work is exhibited in a group online exhibition. Each entrant is asked to submit 3 images so they can have their own page with their images, bio, artist statement and contact info.
In keeping with our mission of creating exposure opportunities and PR, we are proud to offer this feature.  We hope this creates a vehicle that can take your work further and be seen by more people. No fewer than three images will be accepted to keep with the format of our website. Submitting less than three images will disqualify your entry.

The curator chooses one first place winner, one second place winner and three honorable mentions. The first place winner will receive a review by one or more curators including a Q&A about the photographer's work. In addition, their image will be on our home page for a month. Second place and honorable mentions will have their image shown along with their bio, artist statement, C.V. and a link back to their website.
Images are shared on our social media as they come in with up to 10,000 views from all over the world.
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We will waive the fee for 2 entrants per competition based on need. Just contact us at and make the request.

Submit work deadline: September 10, 2017 (Midnight PST)
Opening date for show and online results: October 29, 2017
Show closes and is archived on website: November 29, 2017

How to Apply:

1-Hit BUY NOW button to check out using paypal as well as credit cards. Cost of submission is $20 for 3 images. It's recommended you submit 3 images so the website formatting is compatible, which basically means that you will have your own page with 3 images and text. If you submit less there is chance your images will be split up and viewable on 2 pages.


2-Send your paypal transaction ID # with your images to

3- Enter in the email Subject box: Overlooked and In-Between + Your name

4- It is imperative that you include the name of the person paying on the paypal account when you submit your work. We have had many problems trying to figure out who paid for who.

4- In the body of the email please include the following info:
    Your name
    Monthly theme
    Titles of included photographs (Titling is very important. The titles must be the same on your image as what you submit here. Photographs will not be accepted if titles don't match the labeling.) See example below.

Name Files: 
PLEASE FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS. First name must be first, second name second. First letter of first name and second name MUST BE in capitol letters. Do not write your last name first please.


5- File set-up- Jpeg files, 1024 pixels on the longest side at 72 DPI, not to exceed 3 MB.

Images must not have any embedded marks, logos, names or borders.

6- Please include your C.V. (resume), bio and artist statement  Include your website link in your artist statement or in your bio. You can also cut and paste all of the above info in the body of the email. If you don't have a resume please just send your bio and artist statement. If you want to include a line or two about the image feel free as that will be posted with your image. If you don't have a bio feel free to elaborate on your artist statement.

7- Please send word docs only. Pdf's will not be accepted. Pdf's and zipped files will not be accepted. When you send these files that we cannot use this makes extra work for us.

8- Please tell us how you found out about us. It helps with ad costs.

All information requested, including c.v., bio and images must be sent before the contest deadline to be eligible for contest. Non-payment disqualifies an entrant unless they have made arrangements for the entry fee waiver.

Eligibility:  The exhibition is open to all photographers world wide, both amateur and professional. 

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