History

For 28 years, PHOTO L.A. has celebrated and brought together the photography and arts community. It is with this mission in mind that we presented a biannual photography competition with our partners  A & I FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY  to help provide emerging and mid-career artists/photographers a platform to broaden their career opportunities and promote their work on the Photo L.A. network.

Arden Surdam - "Fascimile of a Rhino", Summer/Fall 2015 Grand Prize Winner

Arden Surdam - "Fascimile of a Rhino", Summer/Fall 2015 Grand Prize Winner

Frequently Asked Questions

What is FOCUS PHOTO L.A.?

Through our long established partnerships with world-renowned photography galleries, art fairs, museums, and publications, FOCUS PHOTO L.A. seeks to expanded career opportunities for the winners of FOCUS PHOTO L.A. and provide the winners an international platform that would not normally be within their reach.

What could I win?

For the Summer 2019 edition of FOCUS PHOTO L.A. the work of the Top 20 Finalists will be professionally printed by A & I Fine Art + Photography, expertly framed, and showcased at a special exhibition in New York City. The Grand Prize Winner will also win a round-trip ticket to NYC along with a two-night stay to attend the exhibition opening in Summer 2019.

SUMMER 2019 COMPETITION NOW OPEN

How do I enter?

To enter, simply Register Here. Upload your 10 images, and submit them into the competition.  

UPLOAD INSTRUCTIONS:  JPG images only! Images must be less than 8mb in file size.  Photos must be saved at 72 DPI before being uploaded. (300 DPI will be requested and sent separately if you become a finalist)
Rename files before uploading so they do not contain any APOSTROPHES or SPECIAL CHARACTERS (" ' @ \ / | : < > *) .

Once you have provided nominal entry fee ($60 for 10 images), your images will officially be entered into the current competition and you will receive a confirmation email. 

 What are the file requirements for printing if I'm chosen as a finalist?

Finalists will need to provide a file that is 24" on the longest side at 300 DPI in either a .JPEG or .TIFF file format.

All layers flattened. 8-bit RGB mode.
Embedded profile “Adobe RGB 1998” suggested.

 

Can I submit more than the minimum of 10 photos?

Yes. You may submit as many photos as you wish. Just fill out the form again- the nominal entry fee is per every 10 photos.   

UPLOAD INSTRUCTIONS:  

JPG images only! Images must be less than 8mb in file size.  

Photos must be saved at 72 DPI before being uploaded.

(300 DPI will be requested and sent separately if you become a finalist)


Rename files before uploading so they do not contain any APOSTROPHES or SPECIAL CHARACTERS (" ' @ \ / | : < > *) .


When does the competition open and close?

Summer 2019 competition

opens January 27th, 2019

closes May 27th, 2019 (Midnight PST)

Who are FOCUS Photo L.A. and Photo L.A.?

 For 28 years  Photo L.A. has celebrated and brought together the photography and arts community.  It is with this mission in mind that we have presented a biannual photography competition to help provide emerging and mid-career artists/photographers opportunities to broaden their career opportunities by providing a platform to promote their work both nationally and internationally.

 

Who determines the winners?

The finalists of each FOCUS Photo L.A. biannual competition are determined by a rotating panel of world-renowned art and photography experts. Following their decisions for the Top 20 Finalists for each competition, the judges will move forward to determine who will be the Grand, Second, and Third Place Winners.

 

Who owns the rights to the images I submit?

You do. The artist/photographer retains all rights to submitted images. 

Photo L.A. may only use digital images of finalists' works submitted to the organization for marketing, promoting, and executing FOCUS Photo L.A. only. All winning works are printed, framed, and exhibited and then held indefinitely by Photo L.A. for future promotional purposes after the terminus of the juried exhibition. Photo L.A. use of finalists' digital images is non-exclusive and will never sell the framed exhibited work.

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