Image ©Debra Achen 'Rivers in the Sky'

This call is for photographic work that includes a handmade component to help tell your story, whether that means printed in an ‘alternative’ process (e.g., platinum; cyanotype; gum bichromate; carbon; salt, lumen, silver-gelatin, photogravure, anthotype, gumoil)— or any hand-applied technique that adds dimension and meaning to your digital prints (folding, sewing, silver, copper, or gold leaf backing, collage, etc).

In this call, an ‘alternative’ technique also includes the creation of work with lensless cameras (pinhole/zone-plate), no cameras (e.g., photograms), or toy cameras (e.g., Holga, Diana, home-made). Both 2-D and 3-D work are welcome.

There are so many compelling ways of interpreting your imagery and telling your unique story, meshing technique with content. You are limited only by your imagination. We look forward to seeing your creations!
Deadline:  August 10, 2024
5% of artist entry fees goes to the charity of the curators. 
Bloomfield and Achen have chosen the World Central Kitchen.They say, "We would like to help in some small way with the great and immediate humanitarian need of families in war-torn Gaza and Ukraine."
The World Central Kitchen's mission:
“World Central Kitchen responds to natural disasters, man-made crises, and humanitarian emergencies around the world. We're a team of food first responders, mobilizing with the urgency of now to get meals to the people who need them most. Deploying our model of quick action, leveraging local resources, and adapting in real time, we know that a nourishing meal in a time of crisis is so much more than a plate of food—it's hope, it's dignity, and it's a sign that someone cares.” 
World Central Kitchen has resumed operations in Gaza following the April 1, 2024 Israeli Defense Forces attack that killed seven team members. 
Another 5% will go to the first place winner's choice of charity.

All images submitted to L.A. and N.Y. Photo Curator are eligible to be considered for the Top 40 images of the year.
ALL entrants work is shown on their own page with their artist statement, website info & bio. Early entries may be featured on L.A. Photo Curator's Facebook and Instagram pages.

First Place winner receives Q&A with the jurors. Jurors review first place winner. The Q&A is all done online and the results are included in a piece about the artist in L.A. Photo Curator's themed exhibition. One or more past jurors may contribute reviews as well. 5% of artist fees goes to the first place winner's charity. The first place image shows on our splash page for a month.

We will waive the fee for 2 entrants per competition based on need. Just contact us at and make the request.
How to Apply:

Hit BUY NOW button to check out using paypal as well as credit cards. Cost of submission is $25 for 3 OR 6 images. 


Send your paypal transaction ID # with your images to
(You won't get an acknowledgement email from us until you send all your work. 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 what.)
Enter in the email Subject box: L.A. Photo Curator + Your name +  The Handmade Tale

Enter in the body of the email:

1- The title of the competition and your name
Write it like this:  
 The Handmade Tale- Your Name

2- Artist Statement & Bio only (you can insert your career highlights in your bio. CV's are no longer accepted.
(No word docs or pdfs accepted)

3- Add your social media at the end of your entry. 

Make sure to write out your website like this-
(Links you send don't translate across all media)

Make sure to write out your instagram like this -
(Writing instagram like this @lauriefreitagphotography doesn't translate across all media)

If you don't have a website just add your email address so viewers will know how to contact you.


1- Titling images-
    First name, Last name, name of image
  (Do not write your last name first)

2- Size your images-
    Jpg files, 1024 pixels on the longest side at 72 DPI, not to exceed 1 MB.

    (Zip files not accepted)

3- Send your images in a zip file. 

IMAGES FOR SALE. This is up to you. If you don't want to list images for sale just say so. All proceeds go to the artist. Make sure to list contact info so viewers can contact you.

List your images like this.


Boy in Boat- 11"H x 14" W
Archival paper
$350 unframed
Limited edition of 15
Signed on back
Contact: Your Name and email address

Please only list your contact info once- at the end of the last image.

Please check and recheck how many images you are sending in. It should be EITHER 3 OR 6 IMAGES. I'm receiving many submissions with 5 images.

All information requested 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. 

Please do not contact the curator under any circumstances. If you want to get a message to them email us at and we will get a message to them. Thanks.

By submitting your work to our competitions, you agree to the Terms and Conditions below.

Terms and Conditions for L.A. Photo Curator (LA Photo Curator)

All sales are conducted solely between the artist and the buyer. 

L.A. Photo Curator does not handle any part of sales or commissions.

By entering, entrants automatically accept the conditions of the competition; they grant L.A. Photo Curator nonexclusive rights to use and reproduce submitted photographs for promotional (e.g.: website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and competition advertising purposes. No royalties or compensation will be paid for these purposes. We also use your image and info to promote your work at random times on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. 

All copyright rights to the photographs remain with the photographer. 

Work and entry fee must be submitted by the prospectus deadline date or otherwise not be eligible to participate in competition. There are no refunds.

L.A. Photo Curator reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify and remove any photograph that does not comply with the following requirements, even after the photograph appears on the website. You warrant, in respect of the photographs submitted by you, as follows:

1- You are the sole copyright owner and creator of the photographs
2- You have the right to enter your photographs in this competition.
3- To the best of your knowledge, the photographs do not contain any infringing, threatening, false, misleading, abusive, harassing, libelous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, scandalous, inflammatory, pornographic or profane content.
4- To the best of your knowledge, the photographs do not contain any material that could constitute or encourage conduct which would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any law.
5- The photograph does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, contract rights, or any other intellectual property rights of any third person or entity, or violate any person's rights of privacy or publicity, and your photograph does not include: trademarks owned by third parties, copyrighted materials owned by third parties, entries in which you have purchased or secured the rights to use stock images.
Due to the limitations of this webhost Icompendium, your images in our online competitions may appear in Google Image Search without your credit.  Sometimes Google Image Search will link information to associate images to search results, and other times it will be ignored. 
Your image will appear in google and may list the source of the image only; the source being the competition that your image is viewable in. 

You agree to fully indemnify L.A. Photo Curator in respect of all royalties, fees and any other monies owing to any person by reason of your breaching any of the foregoing.

You indemnify L.A. Photo Curator from and against all claims, suits, demands, actions, liabilities, costs and expenses (including legal costs and expenses on a full indemnity basis) resulting from your participation in this competition.
In no event will L.A. Photo Curator be liable for any loss, damage, cost or expense including legal costs and expenses (whether direct or indirect) incurred by you in connection with this competition.

By submitting to this competition you understand and agree to the terms & conditions stated above.

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