History

For 27 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 photo competition with our partners  Fine Art Solutions  to help provide emerging and mid career artists/photographers opportunities to broaden their career opportunities and promote their work.

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 winner’s of Focus photo la and provide the winners to see and be seen at the largest, longest-running Fine Art Photography exposition in the West: photo l.a.

 

What could I win?

For this Winter edition of FOCUS photo l.a. the work of the top 20 finalists will  be printed and then framed by our partner Fine Art Solutions and exhibited in Los Angeles.    The Grand Prize Winner will win a round trip ticket to Los Angeles and a two night stay.  FOCUS photo l.a. Winter/Spring  2017 exhibition will run March 15 -18, 2018  The opening will be the evening of Thursday, March 15, 2018

 

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

Once you have provided the 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.
Saved as a tiff or jpeg with an embedded profile, “Adobe RGB 1998” suggested.

300 dpi @ 24” wide.  

 

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


When does the competition open and close?

The  Winter competition opens November 22, 2017  

closes January  15 , 2018 Midnight

 

Who are FOCUS photo l.a. and photo l.a.?

For 27 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 photo competition to help provide emerging and mid career artists/photographers opportunities to broaden their career opportunities and promote their work showcasing them at the largest, longest-running Fine Art Photography exposition in the West.

The next edition of  photo l.a. will be February 2019  at the Barker Hanger  showcasing photographic art ranging from vernacular, vintage, modern, contemporary, and photo-based work.  With over 10,000 attendees each year, dozens of programs, lectures and seminars, and over two decades of history, photo l.a. is a fixture in the world of fine art photography, attracting international collectors, galleries, and dealers.

 

Who determines the winners?

The finalists of each FOCUS photo l.a. [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. We may only use images submitted to us for marketing, promoting, and executing FOCUS photo l.a. only.    The winning works are exhibited and then are held for promotional purposes. Our use is non-exclusive, and we will never sell your work without a clear agreement from the photographer that outlines proper compensation.  

 

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