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Deadline: 8th July 2011
Winner is: Judged
Entry: Paid Entry
Entry Fee: $25 for up to three entries, $5 additional

Toyed With :: A low-fi/alt-pro juried exhibition

ToyedWithlogo This competition is open to all artists creating low-fidelity and/or alternative process photographs. Works must be original, created within the last two years and may not have been shown previously at Open Shutter Gallery. All works must be framed, ready to hang, and for sale.
Artists are encouraged to submit as many entries as they wish.

Accepted works will be on display August 27 – October 1 in the Red Room at Open Shutter Gallery ( and online at A reception will be held during the Durango Showcase for the Arts Gallery Walk, Friday, September 9th.

Artwork must be received via carrier on August 24th or 25th (plan your shipping accordingly). Hand delivered works will be accepted Thursday, August 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Juror: Michelle Bates has been a passionate photographer since she was young, and learned her way around a camera in 1991 at the Maine Photographic Workshops, where she first discovered the Holga. Since then, Michelle has shown work in solo exhibitions in the Pacific Northwest, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Israel; and in group shows internationally. She has photographed for weekly newspapers, album covers, performers, artists, and many others. Michelle loves teaching, and has given lectures on plastic and toy cameras to groups all over the US, including the Society for Photographic Education, SF Camerawork, Powell’s Books, and the Creative Center for Photography. She teaches at the Photographic Center Northwest, Newspace (PDX), and photo schools and centers nationwide. Her book, Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity was published in 2006 by Focal Press and the second edition in October 2010, and was called the “complete and essential reference for plastic-camera shooters” by American Photo. Michelle is a member of Freestyle Photographic Supply’s Advisory Board of Photographic Professionals.

Awards will be chosen from actual works by the juror. Winners will be notified at the show’s close.

Friday, July 8 – Digital submissions due
Saturday, July 23 – Artists notified via email
Monday, August 1 – Early reservation for Michelle’s workshop
Wednesday & Thursday, August 24 & 25 – Artwork due via shipping carrier
Thursday, August 25, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. – Hand-deliver accepted artwork
August 27–October 1 – Show Dates
Friday, September 9, 5–9 p.m. – Gallery Walk
September 9-25 – Durango Showcase of the Arts
Saturday & Sunday, September 17 & 18 – Workshop with Michelle Bates
Monday, October 3 – Artwork packed and returned to artists
or may be picked up 11 a.m.–2 p.m.


Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: Holga Cameras sponsored by Holga Inspire: Holga 120N (white), Holga 120 GN (glass lens), Holga 120TLR (Twin Lens Reflex)
Books sponsored by Maria's Bookshop: "Toying with Creativity" by Michelle Bates, "The Book of Alternative Processes" by Christopher James
Cash prizes ELIGIBILITY: Open to all artists creating low-fidelity and/or alternative process photographs. Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: No Copyright Policy USAGE RIGHTS: Artist allows all accepted submissions to be photographed and used for marketing and promotion.

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