Krappy Kamera Competition - 2024

©Kate DelaVaughn "Floating"
2023 First Place Winner 

Juror Ann Jastrab

Susan Burnstine
Photo ©Natalie Young



Soho Photo Gallery is pleased to announce the 26th International Krappy Kamera Competition. The gallery is located in lower Manhattan and 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, March 7 from 6 to 8 pm.

What is a Krappy Kamera

Our philosophy at Soho Photo Gallery is that in the hands of any artist great photographs can be made with basic equipment. To explore this talent, we are searching for extraordinary photographs made with lousy lenses. Examples of some Krappy Kameras are the Holga, Diana, Ansco, and pinhole cameras. You can also create your own Krappy Kamera by using your non-Krappy Kamera (e.g. 4x5, SRL, DSLR) and exchanging the lens with a Krappy lens (e.g.pinhole body cap or Holga-type lens). Cell phones, disposables and point and shoot cameras are ineligible. No AI generated work is allowed.. Remember, just because a camera is old and moldy doesn't make it Krappy. The lens is the determining factor.


Susan Burnstine is an award-winning professional fine art and commercial photographer who builds homemade cameras and lenses using plastic, vintage camera parts, and random household objects. Susan is represented in galleries across the world, and has written for several photography magazines, including a longstanding monthly column entitled American Connection for Black & White Photography Magazine (UK). She regularly teaches workshops, is a frequent reviewer, and has curated and juried many exhibitions for galleries and festivals across the country. Susan has had over 35 solo exhibitions, and her work is held in numerous museum and private collections. She has two award winning monographs, “Within Shadows”  2011 and “Absence of Being” 2016.


Digital entries must be uploaded at where you will find instructions for submissions. The competition is open to all photographers 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)


1st Place: $300, 2nd Place: $200, 3rd Place: $100, three
Honorable Mentions and a People’s Choice award. There are also
additional prizes from our sponsors for the winners.
Soho Photo Gallery shall receive 30% commissions for any sales.

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

Important Dates

Deadline for Submission: January 16, 2024
Notification of Winners: February 6, 2024
Opening Reception: March 7, 2024



Links to Recent Past Krappy Kamera Competitions:

2023 Krappy Kamera Competition

2022 Krappy Kamera Competition



Myra Hafetz

Myra Hafetz

Chairperson Alternative Processes Competition