Deadline: 01/05/2015  |  Published: 15/03/2015  |  Venue: ACTINIC festival  |  City: Edinburgh  |  Alternative Photography Scotland

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Call for art! For exhibition in Edinburgh Festival July 2015. Running under the Institute of Photography Scotland's 'Season of Photography'


akˈtɪnɪk   Adjective technical

: of light relating to, resulting from, or exhibiting chemical reactions, as in photography produced by radiant energy especially in the visible and ultraviolet parts of the spectrum

The ACTINIC Festival is a celebration of photograph, print and other arts created with some element of actinism- analogue light-sensitive solutions. This could come in the form of alternative or historic photographic work such as (but not limited to) pinhole, salt albumen, chemigram, gum bichromate, collodion process, lipman plate, platinum, carbon, bromoil, or instant film. We are also seeking work from printmaking realms as there is crossover between these two fields - work utilising screen print, photo litho, photo or polymer graveur and others as well as other work which might include photochromism, sculpture or installation, including analogue photography elements. While we want work that references the past with use of materials we are looking for contemporary application! Send us an email if you're unsure but please do not send us images directly.

We are not apposed to the use of digital tools, however the work must have been made with an actinic element. Please do not submit conventional silver gelatin or chromogenic prints (they must have something 'more') or straight inkjet prints, though photograms, photo encaustics, and digital transfers are acceptable. Surprise us with your most ingenious and interesting work. We're honoured to be having this festival (in the spirit of the pinhole festival and alt- photo fest of previous years) in Edinburgh, Scotland at a number of esteemed venues including: Stills: Scotland's Centre for Photography, Edinburgh Printmakers, Summerhall and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh with more to be announced! We are part of the Institute of Photography Scotland's 'Season of Photography'.

'The 2015 Season of Photography is a lively series of exhibitions and events taking place in Scotland from April to September.’

Submission fees go directly into funding the events and program of the festival. We are so thankful for the support of our sponsors: Shutterhub, Ilford Photo and Permajet.


Deadline for Entries: May, 1 2015
Notification of Acceptance: May 21, 2015
Deadline for Receipt of Accepted Pieces: June 15, 2015
Exhibition: June 26—July 26, 2015
Opening Reception: July 3, 2015: 6–8pm
Pieces Return Shipped: August 15, 2015

 Entry Fee

£15 for the first four images
£5 for each additional image 

Make a payment

To pay the entry fee select the relevant option below and click "Add to Cart" to add to your PayPal shopping cart. Repeat this for each additional image you wish to include.


This call for entries is open to amateur and professional photographers world wide.


Best in Show: 1 year membership to Shutter Hub, follow-up mentoring/development session and feature in exhibition catalog plus free copy
2nd Place: 1year membership to Shutter Hub and 1 IIford Camera Obscura kit
3rd Place: 1 year membership to Shutter Hub

Submission Procedure

Images are submitted online through this call for art website. We will not accept submissions that are emailed. Please fill out the submission form and include your PayPal reference number for the submission in the section Additional requirements. You may also use this section to include links to videos if you are submitting installation or other art that would benefit from it.  Fee should be paid to  Do also include information about your work and if it is part of a series or single images. Please contact us with any questions. 

Images for submission are to be sized at 1280 pixels on the longest side at 72ppi.

All layers must be flattened.

Colour space must be sRGB, Adobe RGB, or grayscale.

Save the file as a high-quality JPEG.

Please lable your images ex:  lastname_1.jpg and so on

Please include animage description list with numbers corelating to image names with name, title, medium/process, dimensions, year

Notification of Acceptance and Next Steps

All entrants will receive an email telling them whether any of their pieces are accepted or not. Entrants with accepted pieces will receive further instruction. The following is a summary of what to expect only for those with accepted pieces:

• Accepted entrants will be asked to email accepted images at a higher resolution so that they may be used in an exhibition catalog.
• Presentation and Frames should be of professional standing and ready to install. Please use clean and undamaged frames.
• Photographs must be well-packed and shipped with pre-paid return shipping and a return label. We will use the same box to return your work.
• You will be responsible for insuring your own work, unless notified by us, dependant on venue.

 Accepted entries will also be posted on our website.

We look forward to seeing your work!

Contact the curator
Who is eligible for this opportunity?
All persons world wide.
When is the deadline?
May 1, 2015
How many works can I submit? How much?
£15 for first 4 and £5 for each additional

(you must include your paypal reference number with your submission)
When is the delivery date?
June 15, 2015

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