Expand & Contract: Photography & Mixed Media

1st Place winner will receive $1,000

  • Deadline: 6 February 2024
  • Entry fee: $25 for 1 image ($12.50 for LACP Members)
  • Website: http://lacphoto.org

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.

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


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.
Honorable Mentions: Other selected artists will receive honorable mentions.


The exhibition is open internationally to photographers of all levels. The juror will select images based on creativity, originality, and quality. LACP invites photographers working in all mediums and styles to take part in the exhibition. We do not accept images and texts created by AI at this time. We are discussing how to incorporate works created with AI in our exhibitions and events. The deadline to send digital files for consideration is Tuesday, December 12, 12:00 midnight, 2023.

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

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.