Sixth Annual “The Creative Portrait” Exhibition – 2021


Call for Entries

Photo by Aline Smithson, juror


Deadline for Submission: CLOSED

Notice of Acceptance: Thursday, September 23, 2021

Framed Prints (if accepted) due in gallery: Friday, October 15, 2021

*Opening Reception: Monday, October 25, 7-10 pm PST, 2021

*Exhibition Dates: October 25 – November 30, 2021

*The exhibition and opening reception will be held at the Los Angeles Center of Photography, pending the pandemic and spread of COVID-19. Please note dates may change to due to these uncontrollable circumstances.

About the Exhibition

We are pleased to announce LACP’s Sixth Annual “The Creative Portrait” Exhibition! This juried exhibition will be shown at the Los Angeles Center of Photography, October 25 – November 30, 2021. An opening night reception is scheduled for Monday, October 25, 7-10 pm PST. The theme is “Creative Portraits” and the juror, Aline Smithson, will select images based on creativity, originality, and quality.

What defines a creative portrait?

It’s a portrait that transcends the norm through concept, process, or creativity. For this exhibition, we are not looking for typical portrait capture, but instead something that stretches beyond the classic–a portrait that challenges the viewer to look deeper. A truly creative portrait comes from a particular relationship between both subject and the photographer, with an end result that is not an image that simply breaks the rules, it’s an engaging photograph that both captures the essence of the subject and compels the viewer to stop and take notice.


1st Place winner will receive $500; 2nd Place winner will receive $300; 3rd Place winner will receive $200.
Honorable Mentions will be awarded as well.

The Juror

Aline Smithson is a visual artist, educator, and editor based in Los Angeles, California. Best known for her conceptual portraiture and a practice that uses humor and pathos to explore the performative potential of photography. Growing up in the shadow of Hollywood, her work is influenced by the elevated unreal. She received a BA in art from the University of California at Santa Barbara and was accepted into the College of Creative Studies, studying under artists such as William Wegman, Allen Ruppersburg, and Charles Garabian. After a decade-long career as a New York Fashion Editor, Aline returned to Los Angeles and to her own artistic practice.

She has exhibited widely including over 40 solo shows at institutions such as the Griffin Museum of Photography,the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, the San Jose Art Museum, the Shanghai, Lishui, and Pingyqo Festivals in China, The Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco, the Center of Fine Art Photography in Colorado, the Tagomago Gallery in Barcelona and Paris, and the Verve Gallery in Santa Fe. In addition, her work is held in a number of public collections and her photographs have been featured in publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, PDN, Communication Arts, Eyemazing, Real Simple, Los Angeles, Visura, Shots, Pozytyw, and Silvershotz magazines.

In 2007, Aline founded LENSCRATCH, a photography journal that celebrates a different contemporary photographer each day.

Eligibility and Guidelines

This exhibit is open to all photographers, both amateur and professional. LACP invites photographers working in all mediums and styles to take part in the call for entry.

The deadline to send digital files for consideration is Tuesday, August 24, 2021.

Acceptance Notice

The selection process will be blind. Once the juror has made selections, all entrants will receive an email from LACP by Thursday, September 23, 2021 with a list of images and artists selected for the show. The selected images and artists’ names will be posted on LACP’s website.

LACP is not responsible for connecting the selected artists with the juror. In addition, LACP reserves the right not to use a particular selected image(s) for promotional purposes if the image(s) is deemed inappropriate for use on LACP’s social media, newsletter feed, and/or on in any other marketing material.

Entry Fee

There is no limit to the amount of images which can be submitted. If submitting more than 25 images, please repeat the payment process as necessary.

$50 for 1-5 images ($25.00 for LACP Members)
$75 for 6-10 images ($37.50 for LACP Members)
$100 for 11-15 images ($50.00 for LACP Members)
$125 for 16-20 images ($62.50 for LACP Members)
$150 for 21-25 images ($75.00 for LACP Members)



Liability and Agreement

Each photographer retains all copyrights to his or her images. Photographers whose submissions are chosen for the exhibition grant the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP) the right to use their images for display on LACP’s website and for the purpose of promoting exhibitions, promoting LACP’s programs, and promoting the artist. Promotions and images may also be placed on social networks for LACP with artist credit. Artists grant the use of their image(s) as stated without further contact from LACP. The artist understands that LACP will not be held responsible for loss, theft or other damage, whether caused by the negligence of its officers, members, or others. Photographers are welcome to sell their photos at the exhibit, with 50 percent commission to LACP. Submission of application will constitute an agreement to all these terms and conditions.

Exhibition Prints

All images accepted for exhibition must be printed and framed professionally, wired on the back with eyelets, and labeled on the back of the frame with your name, image title, and contact information (email and phone). Please mount wire and eyelets about 1/4 down from top of frame. There are no specifications on printing and/or framing. Further, there are no size restrictions. Exhibiting photographers will be expected to either drop off their prints or pay for round-trip shipping of their work. You will be required to send us a prepaid express mail label for the return of your artwork. We take no responsibility for damage during shipping, so we suggest that your insure the work during mailing.

Framed prints for exhibition must arrive by Friday, October 15, 2021. There are no exceptions. Please deliver or mail prints to Los Angeles Center of Photography, 5566 W. Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016. (Please deliver them with protective wrapping.)

How to Enter

We now use Submittable for submitting entries and making payment.

To enter please click HERE to submit your work and follow the prompts



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