Exposure Like Never Before!


Enter today for the opportunity to become a Top 20 Finalist and have your work exhibited at a live Los Angeles pop-up in September!

photo l.a. has celebrated and brought together the photography + art community from around the world for 30 years. It is with this mission that we present FOCUS photo l.a. a biannual competition open to help provide emerging & mid-career artists/photographers a platform to promote their work and expand career opportunities.

FOCUS photo l.a. Finalists are determined by a panel of renowned art + photography experts who select the Top 20 photographers from the completed submissions. Entrants can submit a MAXIMUM of ten (10) photographs for consideration.

All finalists will have his or her winning photograph professionally printed by our partner The Icon and expertly framed for a special live Los Angeles exhibition pop-up in September! All finalists will also be invited by our partner Open Show to present their projects at a live programming event during the Los Angeles exhibition ~ please note, final shortlist of artist talk presentations will be curated by organizers for scheduling purposes.

NEW IN 2021 ~ One (1) Grand Prize Winner will be selected from the Top 20 Finalists by the jury and receive a $1000 cash award!

Submissions are open to all Artists & Photographers working in all themes, types, and genres of photography. No original works will be exhibited.

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Top 20 Finalists exhibited at a live Los Angeles pop-up in September | All finalists will be invited to present their project to a live audience | One (1) Grand Prize Winner will receive a $1000 cash award!


Submissions are open to all Artists & Photographers working in all themes, types, and genres of photography.

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

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 potential promotional purposes after the terminus of the juried exhibition or destroyed at the request of finalist and/or at the discretion of photo l.a. fair organizers. Local exhibition print pickups may also be available only in Los Angeles at sole decision of photo l.a. fair director; no delivery of exhibition prints will ever be arranged.

No original works will be accepted for exhibition!

photo l.a. use of finalists' digital images is non-exclusive and will never sell the framed exhibited work without a written mutual contract.


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