The deadline to enter the Black & White + Alternative Photographic Processes Contest is February 26, and we hope you’ve all submitted some inspiring work! If you haven’t yet entered, we wanted to give you the rundown of why you should bother and what winning this contest might mean for you.
This contest is broken up into the Black & White category and the Alternative Photographic Processes category—the latter includes but is not limited to blueprints, bromoils, carbon prints, calotypes, cyanotypes, emulsion lifts, gum bichromated, photograms, platinum and palladiums, Polaroid lifts, temperaprints, wet plate collodions and any other conventionally created alternative process that your creative mind can think up.
Our judges for this year’s competition are Jill Enfield, the author of Photo-Imaging: A Complete Visual Guide to Alternative Techniques and Processes and a photographer and hand-coloring artist best known for her work with cyanotypes and collodions; Chuck Kelton, an artist and master printer of the black-and-white photo lab Kelton Labs, which specializes in gelatin silver printing; and David J. Carol, the director of photography for CBS Outdoor and Photo Finish column writer for Rangefinder.
Now, let’s get to the good part: the prizes. All of the prize winners will be featured in Rangefinder‘s print magazine and in the online gallery, but each level of prizes gets a little something extra, too.
In addition to the Rangefinder feature, the third-place winners will receive a Full Conference Pass to WPPI 2015 in Las Vegas (check out all the amazing things this pass grants you), while the second-place winners get the Full Conference Pass to WPPI 2015 and WPPI University. Those honored with first place win a Full Conference Pass to the PDN PhotoPlus Expo 2014 and a $500 gift card from a major photo retailer. The lucky grand-prize winner of the bunch gets those things plus a Lomography Belair X 6-12 Jetsetter medium-format camera (valued at $299) and an interview and profile in Rangefinder‘s Photo Finish feature.
So, what kind of images do we consider prize-worthy? Check out the gallery of last year’s winners below, plus the accompanying captions of how the images were made. Happy submitting, and good luck!
“Banking in the Rain” by Mark Henley/Panos Pictures
A man running across Paradeplatz, the center of the Swiss banking industry, in a heavy rain storm. This scene echoes the crisis facing the industry, with the future of its hallowed banking secrecy under threat.
“Metamorphosis Betrayed” by Polly Chandler
This image was made using a Mamiya RB67, and the now defunct Polaroid Type 665 Positive/ Negative film. Austin, Texas-based Chandler uses a Polaroid back on the Mamiya to get a 7×7 square on negatives.
“Duchess” by Stina Kase
Talin, Estonia-based Kase says, “This image is the result of experimenting together with a fashion stylist and doing together something that we really love.”
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“Asia” by Fritz Liedtke
This image is part of the series “Astra Velum,” which explores the beauty of flawed human skin, with its freckles and scars, overlaid upon us like a thin veil of stars. Prints are hand-pulled photogravures using a chin-collè printing technique on Japanese paper. The series is also available in the Astra Velum Limited Edition Artist Book. Liedtke is based in Portland, Oregon.
“Ficus, Recoleta” by Scott Davis
A 5×7-inch palladium print from in-camera negative. This ficus tree sits in a park outside Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires. Davis is a Washington, D.C.-based photographer working in platinum palladium from in-camera negatives.
“Untitled” by Michelle Rogers Pritzl
This image was created as part of Boston, Massachusetts-based Pritzl’s work in the MFA program at the Art Institute of Boston. It is a Kallitype, an iron salt process that uses silver nitrate and ferric oxalate handcoated on paper and exposed with a digital negative.