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Photography submissions for Love + Lust are currently closed.


Love + Lust Photography Calls for Entry

Lust is an intense appetite, craving, or untamed desire. We lust for an array of things—money, power, objects, sex, or just living life. Love is a powerful affection or personal attachment and comes in a variety of forms, which can encompass romantic, sexual, platonic, narcissistic, or even religious feelings or attitudes. Show us your interpretations. Who or what do you love or lust for? What images capture these emotions for you?

(Note: Love and Lust don't both need to be depicted in your submissions. Choose one or the other ... but then again sometimes they do overlap!)




Open to Interpretation: Love/Lust is currently closed. Please watch for winners to be posted on March 26, 2013.


Photo Credit: Diane Davies, Carl Moore, Clare O'Neill, Emma Powell, Ken Choat,
Kristine Heykants, Rosemary Davis, Shelly Mosman, and Cynthia Henebry. 


Publication and Awards

$1000 Cover Image
$500 Judge's Choice Award Photography
$500 Judge's Choice Award Writing or Poetry

Being selected to be part of this publication puts you in great company with other photographers, writers, and poets. This publication is dedicated to providing a place for artists to gain recognition and exposure for their work. All participants chosen, if so desired, will have their name, web page and/or mailing address indexed in the book so as they can be contacted directly regarding their work.




Photography Judge

After a career as a New York Fashion Editor and working along side the greats of fashion photography, Aline Smithson discovered the family Rolleiflex and never looked back. Now represented by galleries in the U.S. and Europe and published throughout the world, Aline continues to create her award-winning photography with humor, compassion, and a 50-year-old camera.

She has exhibited widely including solo shows at the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, the Lishui Festival in China, the Tagomago Gallery in Barcelona and Pairs, and the Wallspace Gallery in Seattle and Santa Barbara. In addition, her work is held in a number of museum collections. Her photographs have been featured in publications including PDN (cover), the PDN Photo Annual, Communication Arts Photo Annual, Eyemazing, Soura, Visura, Fraction, Artworks, Lenswork Extended, Shots, Pozytyw, and Silvershotz magazines.

In 2012, Aline received the Rising Star Award through the Griffin Museum of Photography for her contributions to the photographic community.

Aline founded and writes the blogzine, Lenscratch, that celebrates a different contemporary photographer each day and offers opportunity for exhibition. She has been the Gallery Editor for Light Leaks Magazine, is a contributing writer for Diffusion, Too Much Chocolate, Lucida, and F Stop Magazines, has written book reviews for photoeye, and has provided the forwards for artist’s books byTom Chambers, Flash Forward 12, Robert Rutoed, amongst others.  

Aline has curated and jurored exhibitions for a number of galleries, organizations, and on-line magazines. She was an overall juror in 2012 for Review Santa Fe, a 2009, 2010, and 2011, 2012 juror for Critical Mass, and a reviewer at many photo festivals across the United States. Though she was nominated for The Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 and for The Santa Fe Prize in Photography in 2009 by Center, she considers her children her greatest achievement.



Photography Guidelines

Each volume of Open to Interpretation represents a unique collaboration between photographers and writers. The content for each book is sought via two distinct calls for entry/submissions:

  1. Photography "Call for Entry." After judging takes place, the selected images will be posted online.
  2. Writing “Call for Submissions.” After viewing the selected photographs online, writers craft and submit an interpretation of an image in poetry or prose. Two written works will be selected for each photograph.


Eligibility and Submission Guidelines

Any amateur or professional photographer is welcome to submit work for consideration. The image must be original and created by the person entering the work. All images created will be accepted for consideration, including but not limited to film, digital, alternative process, mixed media, digital manipulations, old world processes, pinhole, solar etchings, iPhone, etc. Either color or black & white is acceptable. All images must be submitted electronically. Previously published material for which non-exclusive rights were granted may be entered as long as you still maintain the rights.  For a photo in which a person is recognizable, and the image was taken in a non-public setting, you must secure a model release from the subject and provide upon request. Mailed/emailed submissions will not be accepted.

Note: Images selected by jurors for publication in a previous issue of Open to Interpretation are NOT eligible. Images previously submitted but not yet selected for publication may be resubmitted as often as you wish. 


Preparing your Submission

  • sRGB or RGB color space (standard) - not CMYK.
  • Save files to 72 dpi resolution, flattened layers, 8 bit JPG files.
  • Sized to 1280 pixels on the longest side, the other size width or height proportional.
  • JPG compression at level 7 (medium). This compression level will not affect the quality of the images viewed on the monitor.
  • Each image should be titled.
  • DO NOT USE characters other than a period or underscore preceding jpg in the file name. The following characters !@#$%^&*()+?/"~ will lead to image uploading problems.
  • Enter zero in the field for width, height and depth.


Uploading your Submission

  • Click here to go to Smarter Entry submission site
  • Select Account Login
  • If this is your first visit, please create an account.
  • When asked for width, height, and depth, enter 0 (zero)
  • If a thumbnail image of your work appears, the image has been successfully submitted




Open to Interpretation judges are asked to choose photographs that speak to them, that have something to say, and/or tell a story. Images will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit. All work is reviewed anonymously by the judge and decisions are final. 




The selected work will be announced via email. Accepted images will be posted online. Open to Interpretation reserves the right to disqualify those who are unable to provide a high-resolution file. Further information will be provided for those that are accepted.


Use of Images

The photographer warrants that his or her submission does not infringe on any third party's rights, and that the entrant has obtained any necessary permission from any third party to submit the photograph. All entrants agree that any image submitted to Open to Interpretation may be used for marketing and promotional purposes directly relating to the publication. This may include, but is not limited to, publication in any printed materials, advertisements, electronic media, displays and websites. The artist grants the use of their images as stated without further contact or compensation. Any image used shall carry a credit line of the artist. Copyright and all other rights remain with the artist.




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Photography submissions for Love + Lust are currently closed. View the online gallery for the images selected. Sign up for our mailing list for details on our next photography competition.

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