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A "found object" is one that is discovered by chance and assigned esthetic value by an artist. Found art can include an array of objects and items that were either discarded, dropped, forgotten, or misplaced – such as shopping carts, shoes, a fork, doll heads, old photographs, clocks, signs, industrial machinery, abandoned cars, mementos, or any object that can be reimagined through the lens of a camera long as the artist believes that the discovered object possesses a certain esthetic or talismanic quality - stemming from its appearance, social or personal history.

Submissions for this exhibit can be a study of the “found object” as a pure visual form, detached from its history or utility. Conversely, the representation of the object could be a catalyst for exploring broader issues such as subjectivity and socialization, memory and loss, or love and death.

All genres, capture types, color and black & white, traditional and non-traditional photographic and digital post-production processes are welcome for submission.



Aline Smithson is a Los Angeles based visual artist, editor, and educator. She is the Founder and Editor- in-Chief of Lenscratch, a daily journal on photography that has offered exposure and opportunities for thousands of photographic artists since 2007. Aline has been an educator at the Los Angeles Center of Photography since 2001, and she teaches at venues around the globe.  She has curated and juried exhibitions for a number of galleries, organizations, and publications, including Review Santa Fe, Critical Mass, Flash Forward, and the Griffin Museum. In addition, she is a reviewer and educator at many photo festivals across the United States. Aline received the Rising Star Award through the Griffin Museum of Photography for her contributions to the photographic community and the Excellence in Teaching Award from CENTER. Her work was selected for the Critical Mass Top 50 and in 2015, the Magenta Foundation published her first significant monograph, Self & Others: Portrait as Autobiography. In 2016, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum commissioned Aline to a series of portraits for the upcoming Faces of Our Planet Exhibition. In 2018 and 2019, Aline’s work was selected as a finalist in the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize by the National Portrait Gallery in London. In 2019, Kris Graves Projects published LOST; Los Angeles. She is a dedicated film shooter.



Forty-two images will be selected by the juror for exhibition at Praxis Gallery. A Juror’s Choice, Directors Choice, and three Honorable Mentions will be awarded and featured in the exhibition, the printed show catalog and the online show gallery. Award winners will receive a free show catalog. Artists selected for Juror’s Choice & Directors Choice awards will receive free entry into three juried calls-for-entry of their choice. Artists selected for Honorable Mention will receive free entry into one juried call for entry of their choice.


ENTRY FEE | $35.00

The submission fee for entry is $35.00 for the first five images and $5.00 for each additional image. Payment is accepted by Credit / Debit Card through our secure online submission site.



Artist retains all copyrights to their own images. The artist's name and photo title will be included wherever the photographs are displayed. Artists whose photographs are accepted for exhibition grant Praxis Gallery the nonexclusive right to use submitted photographs for exhibition purposes and for the purpose of marketing the exhibition, marketing related programs and subsequent display on Praxis Gallery's website. 


Entry Deadline | October 31st, 2019

Notice of Acceptance | November 12th, 2019

Exhibition Dates | December 20th, 2019 – January 21st, 2020




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