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Expand and Contract: Photography and Mixed Media

Apr 4, 2024 – May 13, 2024

Photo by Yulia Morris

Open Call

In-Person & Virtual Exhibition

Juror & Curator

Dr. Rotem Rozental, Los Angeles Center of Photography Executive Director and Chief Curator. 


1st Place winner will receive $1,000; 2nd Place winner will receive a $500 LACP gift card; 3rd Place winner will receive $250 LACP gift card. Top 3 Winners will also be invited to show their work in our in-person show! Honorable Mentions: Other artists will receive honorable mentions and have their work shown in our online gallery + up to 3 will be invited to show their work in our in-person show!

Deadline for Submission

Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at Midnight

Notice of Acceptance

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Opening Reception (In-Person)

Thursday, April 4, 2024, 6-8 pm PST @ LACP, 252 S. Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Exhibition Run Dates (In-Person & Virtual)

April 4, 2024 – May 13, 2024 (In-Person)

April 4, 2024 – Sept 30, 2024 (Virtual)


External conditions – climate, light, heat, cold, location – may change materials into something new and unexpected. Expand and Contract thinks about photographic practice in similar terms, exploring how the melding (or separation) of various materials and perspectives may shift our sensorial experience.

Beyond its materiality, photography finds itself in the most public and the fiercely private arenas – from popular media, to institutional archives, art institutions, commercial spaces, on official documentation, or in precious family albums. In that sense, photography can be seen through its ability to function in and with various fields of practice, systems and discourses.

Considering such extended functions and contexts of the photographic field, and photography’s ability to be both a singular object and a vital part of countless areas of visual culture, this open call invites submissions for works and projects that consider the relationships between photographic technologies and other visual disciplines and media, including, but not limited to, 3d and 4d spaces and objects, sculpture, painting, performance and craft.

Winners and up to three select honorable mentions’ work will be invited to show via an in-person curated exhibition at LACP’s Downtown LA home, in addition to being featured online on the LACP website.

The Juror

Rotem Rozental, Ph.D, is the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Center of Photography. Between 2016-2022, she served as Chief Curator at American Jewish University, where she was also Assistant Dean of the Whizin Center for Continuing Education and Senior Director of Arts and Creative Programming. Her upcoming book, Pre-State Photographic Archives and the Zionist Movement will be released by Routledge Publishers in March 2023, and was named recipient of the Jordan Schnitzer First Book Award by the Association for Jewish Studies.

Rotem is a lecturer at USC Roski School of Art and Design Critical Studies Department. She mentors artists worldwide and contributes regularly to magazines, journals and exhibition catalogues. Her writings about contemporary art and image-based media, as well as Jewish and Israeli art, were published in, Photographies, Jewish Currents, Tablet and Forward, among other outlets.

Eligibility and Guidelines

The exhibition is open internationally to all levels. The juror will select works based on creativity, originality, and quality. LACP invites artists working in all mediums and styles with a relationship to photography to take part in the exhibition.

When you submit, please remember this call is meant for both virtual and in-person exhibitions. The in-person exhibition at LACP will include works by the top prize winners and up to three select honorable mentions, in addition to artists curated by the juror. We highly encourage to consider the size of the work you choose to submit and its logistical needs, including shipping and handling.

The deadline to send digital files for consideration is Tuesday, February 6, 12:00 midnight, 2024.

Acceptance Notice

The selection process will be blind. Once the juror has made selections, all entrants will receive an email from LACP 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

$25 for 1 image ($12.50 for LACP Members)
$50 for 2-5 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)
$175 for 26-30 images ($87.50 for LACP Members)
$200 for 31-35 images ($100.00 for LACP Members)

How to Enter

Click HERE to enter and pay. You will be taken to Submittable to create your submission.

NOTE: Please DO NOT watermark your images when submitting. Thank you.

Not an LACP Member? To become a Member, click HERE

Exhibit Works

All works accepted for exhibition must be presentation ready, if a print: 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 a third of the way down the from the top of the frame. There are no specifications on printing and/or framing. Similar requirements for sculptural pieces. Further, there are no size restrictions (but keep shipping in mind). Artists will be required to submit an artist statement, materials/techniques used, and size/dimensions of each artwork when entering. Exhibiting artists will be expected to either drop off their work 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.

Works for exhibition must arrive by Monday, March 18, 2024. There are no exceptions. Please deliver or mail prints to Los Angeles Center of Photography, 252 S. Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90012. (Please deliver them with protective wrapping.)

Liability & Agreement

Each photographer retains all copyrights to their images & works. 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 during the online exhibit, with 50 percent commission to LACP. Submission of application will constitute an agreement to all these terms and conditions.


For Expand and Contract, are there any restrictions on the type of media that can be submitted? Does the work have to be solely photographic?

Will this be an in-person exhibition or online exhibition?

Does LACP offer scholarships for the entry costs?

Do I have to be a member to submit to this open call?

Do I have to be a professional photographer to participate in the open call?

If chosen for an in-person show, how does shipping work?

What if my piece gets damaged during shipping or the show?

Will my work be for sale during the run of the show? Will LACP take a percentage of that?

Can I get installation shots of my work in a show? I live out of town.


For questions please email