Alternative Processes Competition - 2023

2022 Alternative Processes First Place Winner
©Rachel Cox

Juror Ann Jastrab

Elizabeth Avedon
© Jerry Atnip

Soho Photo Gallery is pleased to announce the 19th International Alternative Processes Competition. Located in lower Manhattan, SPG is New York City’s longest running co-operative photography gallery.  All selected photographs will be exhibited at the Gallery as well as on our website. The opening reception is Thursday, November 16th from 6 to 8 pm

What are Alternative Processes?

Alternative processes include, but are not limited to: Albumen, Cyanotype, Van Dyke Brown, Platinum/ Palladium, Gum Bichromate, Bromoil, Salt Print, Tintype, Ziatype, Daguerreotype, Image Transfers, Liquid Emulsion, Chemigram, Photogravure as well as handmade prints created from digital negatives. Traditional Silver Gelatin Prints, C-Prints and Digital Prints are not eligible nor can any AI generated work be submitted. There is no limitation as to subject matter.

Elizabeth Avedon is an independent curator and consultant. She works with photographers at all stages of their careers, emerging to established, to help edit and shape their work for exhibitions, books, presentations and photography events. In 2017 she received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Griffin Museum of Photography.

Digital entries must be uploaded at where you will find instructions for submissions. The competition is open to all photographers age 18 years old or older, excluding members of Soho Photo Gallery.

US $45.00 (1-5 images)
US $5.00 for each additional image (up to 15 images)

First Place:  $300
Second Place:  $200
Third Place:  $100

Winning Photographs
Winning Photographs will be exhibited at Soho Photo Gallery.

Commission and Insurance
The Gallery’s commission for the sale of prints during the exhibition is 30%. 

If you have any questions regarding camera eligibility or submissions requirements, please contact Myra Hafetz using the form below.

Important Dates
Deadline for Submission: September 22, 2023
Notification: October 19, 2023
Opening Reception:  November 16, 2023
Exhibition: November 15 - December 2, 2023


Links to Recent Alternative Process Competitions:

2022 Alternative Processes Competition

2021 Alternative Processes Competition


Myra Hafetz

Myra Hafetz

Chairperson Alternative Processes Competition