Call for Entries: Hand + Eye Photo Competition

Creators of handcrafted photographs from around the world are invited to redefine “contemporary photography” in “Hand/Eye” an International Competition of Handcrafted Photography. Winners will be presented in an exhibition at Through This Lens Gallery , in the show catalogue, and at

Any photographic prints created as a product of a handcrafted process are eligible. Processes may include, but are not limited to: Cyanotype, Albumen, Temperaprints, Bromoil, Tintypes, Salt Prints, Daguerrotypes, Platinotypes, Oilprints, Gum Bichromate and other hand-applied emulsions. Hybrid or Combo images incorporating conventional and/or digital processes with handcrafted applications are also welcome. Conventional Silver Gelatin, Digital, Polaroid or other transfer and C-prints are not eligible.

We recognize that the field of handcrafted photography is being developed and expanded constantly. If you have a question as to whether your particular process or combination is eligible, please e-mail us at:

Christina Z. Anderson

Christina Z. Anderson came to photography by way of painting. She holds degrees in French, Painting and Photography along with an MFA in Photography from Clemson University. Anderson is Assistant Professor of Photography and Photo Option Coordinator at Montana State University, Bozeman, where she teaches alternative and experimental process photography. Aside from her duties at MSU she teaches at workshops across the country.

Ms. Anderson is on the National Board of the Society for Photographic Education (SPE) and the Educational Advisory Board for Freestyle Photo. She is the author of The Experimental Photography Workbook and Alternative Processes, Condensed. Her work has been exhibited nationwide and around the world as well as being published in Christopher James’ The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes (2nd Ed.) and Robert Hirsch’s Photographic Possibilities (3rd Ed.)
Sam Wang

Sam Wang was born in China and grew up in Hong Kong. He received an MFA in Photography from the University of Iowa in 1966 and began a 40-year teaching career at Clemson University, where he taught photography, “art with computer”, and helped create the Digital Production Arts Program. He retired as Alumni Distinguished Professor of Art in 2006.

Sam’s work has been exhibited and published widely. They are in the collections of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, (SC State Collection), Coca-Cola USA, Hartsfield Jackson Int’l Airport, High Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art among many others.

In 2010, Jiangsu Arts Publishing issued a retrospective book on Sam’s work, SAM WANG – Four Decades of Photographic Explorations.


1st Place will receive $250 and a main gallery show at Through This Lens Gallery. 2nd and 3rd Places will receive $150 and $50 respectively and be featured in a Spotlight Gallery Show at Through This Lens Gallery.

All juror-selected entries will be featured in the Gallery Exhibition and in the online gallery. Selected entries need only be matted prior to shipping by the artist. Framing for the duration of the show will be provided by Through This Lens Gallery.

Entries and Notification

* All entries must be received by August 15, 2011
* Notifications of acceptance will be sent by September 1, 2011
* Accepted work must be received by September 24, 2011
* The Entry Fee for up to 3 images is $35.00. You may enter up to 5 images for $45.00.
* Files should be saved as 8-bit JPEG’s at 150 dpi, no longer than 1200 pixels in the longest dimension.
* Name files: LastName_FirstName_ImageNumber.jpg. Example; logan_maria_1.jpg.
* Entries not conforming to this format will not be considered by the jurors.
* There is no limitation on subject matter.
* Please note: Accepted entries must be matted to 16″x20. Entries should be sized accordingly.

There Are Two Ways to Enter
Entering Online

Make your payment via PayPal, then fill out the PDF Entry Form (including your PayPal Confirmation #) and email it along with your jpeg images as attachments.
Entering by Mail

Print and complete the PDF Entry Form and mail it along with your check payable to Through This Lens and a CD (clearly labeled with your name and phone number) with your images to; Through This Lens, 303 East Chapel Hill St., Durham, NC, 27701. CDs will be returned if a SASE is included with the entry, otherwise they will be discarded after judging.


Selected entries will be exhibited at Through This Lens Gallery in historic Durham. Located in the Triangle area of North Carolina, home to such prestigious institutions as Duke University, Wake Forest and the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Through This Lens is one of the South’s leading galleries dedicated solely to the exhibition of photography.

* Accepted work (both shipped and hand-delivered) must be received by September 24, 2011
* Exhibition dates: October 15 – November 16, 2011
* All prints for exhibition must be matted to 16″x20″. Accepted entries should be shipped with appropriate backing and a single, white window mat.
* Framing for the exhibition will be provided by the gallery, at no cost to the photographer. After the exhibition, unsold, matted prints will be removed from the frames and shipped back in the original shipping containers.
* Upon receipt and through return shipping, accepted entries will be insured for 60% of their list price.
* Through This Lens will retain a 40% commission on any images sold during the exhibition.
* Photos may be listed as NFS, however an insurance value must be provided.
* The sponsors reserve the right to reject any photos received which do not conform to the specifications listed above or which are not accurately depicted in the entry jpegs.

Catalogue and Online Exhibition

All selected entries will also appear in a special online gallery at in addition to the hard-copy catalogue of the exhibition.

Entry in the competition constitutes consent to be included in the exhibition, online gallery and exhibition catalogue in addition to use of image(s) in publicity for the exhibition. All other rights, including full copyright, remain with the photographer.