NYC4PA Call for Entry: Abstract

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Have a look at photography from when it first became a medium for creating images and you will find portraits as well as still life, street scenes, architecture etc.  They were all accurate depictions of the subject matter. As photography evolved it ultimately became what it is today; an all encompassing art form, generated by camera and lens, and producing a vast sampling of imagery from reality to less recognizable abstracts.

This call is about those abstracts; images that are not instantly identified as that person, that thing, etc.  It doesn’t matter if you photograph something abstract or create the abstraction through photographic processes. Macro shots, close ups of graffiti, fanciful post processing manipulations or just photographing something at an angle that disguises it – they all work.    



  • Grand Prize: One photographer will receive $1,100.
  • First Prize: 3 photographers will receive $400.
  • Second Prize: 3 photographers will each receive $325. 
  • Third Prize: 3 photographers will each receive $250.

Juror: Darren Ching

Image requirements: JPG, TIF or PNG format; no greater than 2MB in file size; the longest side MINIMUM of 1,280 pixels

To submit your digital photographs visit There is no limit to the number of images submitted.


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Like abstract photography itself, there are no cut-and-dry rules for camera settings in abstract photography. In fact, camera settings may not be a consideration at all for some creations. But it would be helpful to discuss camera settings for beginners who need a starting point. Regardless of whether you plan on using one or more photos in a single work of abstract photography, it's best to approach camera settings on a subject-by-subject basis. If you're photographing people, your settings could be quite different from shooting an abstract landscape image. We talk about the basic camera settings that every photographer needs to understand. But if you want to take complete control of the photographic process, consider using Manual Mode. This mode can be used for any subject and allows you to manually change the aperture, ISO, and shutter speed, among other settings. It's always the best option when you have the time to properly photograph the subject.