Call for Entries: Plastic Camera Show

8th Annual International Juried Plastic Camera Show


It’s that time of year again! RayKo’s plastic camera competition is open to artists working with plastic cameras with plastic lenses. The more obsolete, flawed, and lo-tech, the better. Images should be taken with cameras with limited controls, such as, but not limited to Diana, Holga, Lubitel, Lomo, Banner, and Ansco cameras. Beautiful prints from less-than-gorgeous cameras – that’s what we’re looking for!  This is RayKo’s largest exhibition of the year with artists from all over the globe submitting work! We’re excited to see this year’s entries! Long live film!

Best of Show - $400 cash prize and 4 Honorable mention juror awards

Ann Jastrab is currently the Gallery Director at RayKo Photo Center. The RayKo Gallery offers over 1600 square feet of exhibition space and presents eight to ten shows annually featuring many nationally recognized artists.  Ann regularly participates as a juror and reviewer for a multitude of organizations:  the Seoul International Photo Festival, GuatePhoto, Fotofest, Photolucida, Review Santa Fe, Review LA, PhotoAlliance, Palm Springs Photo Festival, SPE, Filter, Medium, the Center for Fine Art Photography, the SFAC, the Academy of Art in SF, Artspan, SFAI, Click646, and Critical Mass. She has also been teaching at the Maine Photographic Workshops (now Maine Media Workshops) since 1994.

ENTRY GUIDELINES – Deadline for Submissions: January 10th, 2015


$30/up to 3 images
$5/additional image up to 10 images 
Limit 10 images per person

Accepted through LensCulture's website

Send files on CD or DVD with submission form & entry fee
Download the Submission Form Here

Juried results will be mailed or emailed on January 17, 2015

March 11 - April 26, 2015

By clicking here, you will be redirected to LensCulture's website to upload your images & pay entry fee

By clicking here, you will be redirected to LensCulture's website to upload your images & pay entry fee

Call for artists: 2015 RayKo Residencies


Apply for the Artist-in-Residence program at RayKo Photo Center! Our residence Program was developed to continue our support and education of fine art photographers. Selected artists will receive unlimited access to RayKo’s facilities for a six-month time period. Residents will receive significant discounts on other services at RayKo plus free workshops, tutorials, and generous staff support. Each artist's residency will culminate in an exhibition in the RayKo Gallery. Up to three final prints from each artist will be selected for donation to RayKo's print collection.  Applications are open to all artists working in photography. The submission deadline for the 2015 residencies is November 15, 2014. There is a non-refundable administration fee of $30 to apply. Finalists will be notified by December 1, 2014 and interviews will be scheduled during the first weeks of December 2014.

How to Apply:
A comprehensive description of the project including an estimated timeframe of completion, workshops of interest, goal of final works that will be produced, and a breakdown of which components and areas of RayKo to be used must be included. Biographies, resumes and artist statements must be submitted for each artist, for individual or group applications. If the project has not already begun, please submit sample pieces, even if they are on a small scale, as part of your image submissions.

 Quick checklist for program application:
* Letter of Intent (Description of Project), specify preferred start date (January or June)
* RayKo facilities to be used for project
* Bio
* CV/resume
* Artist Statement
* Any additional documents including relevant press/publications or letters of recommendation.
* Submit printed copies of the materials above, with artist name on each page
* $30 application & administration fee | Payable to: RayKo Photo Center

* Digital files: Submit 10-20 images saved as .jpg, 72dpi, and sized to 1200 pixels on the longest dimension. Files should not be larger than 2MB.
* Prints: up to 11x14” size | up to 20 individual prints
* Include annotated list of: Image title, size of original piece, year of completion, and medium

Send or drop off materials (include SASE for return of materials):
RayKo Photo Center
c/o Artist-in-Residence Program
428 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Click here to view some of our previous artists-in-residence.