About World Anthotype Day

How World Anthotype Day started and how to take part in World Anthotype Day – on the 3rd Saturday in August. Join the anthotype newsletter and you will be notified.


How World Anthotype Day started

The Entries for World Anthotype Day 2023
The entries for 2023

The initiative of World Anththotype Day was started here, by us, after sending out the Anthotype Day survey and getting an overwhelmingly positive response. The core team for the first year consists of Malin Fabbri, the editor of this website, and Dennis Humphrey, both of us working on a voluntary basis. We will also need to hire developers to help with the technical aspects of the database, and students to help during the event itself, given all the hours it takes to keep the social media channels updated. We hope to expand the team of volunteers over the years.

Before you ask, Anthotype Day and World Anthotype Day are the same things. The official name is World Anthotype Day to emphasize that it is a global event. The dates of  World Anthotype Day so far are:

  • 20th of August 2022 – theme “Hope”
  • 19th of August 2023 – no theme, instead find unusual plants for emulsions
  • 17th of August 2024 – no theme, find unsual emsulsions. Planned for August 17th, open for entries on 1st of August

Hopefully hereafter, every year, on the 3rd Saturday in August.

Since anthotypes can have a very long exposure time and are also dependent on UV light for exposure—which differs, depending on where in the world you arewe encourage participants to start working on their image sooner rather than later. There will not be a specific theme, instead, we encourage you to EXPERIMENT and find UNUSUAL emulsions.

How to participate, what to enter, and the deadline

Anthotype book

This day will be a little different from other days…

If you have taken part in World Cyanotype Day or World Pinhole Day before, you know the drill. BUT, with World Anthotype Day, we don’t want it to be just a day, and then it’s over. We want to build on something that can be used by Anthotypers for a long time. This is what happens:

We had so many good suggestions in the survey, so, hopefully, this event will grow over the years, and others all over the world will also have events of their own.

Official hashtags

The official hashtags for the day that we will be posting under are:
#worldanthotypeday. Also tag us in your Insta posts: @alternativephotography_com
You can also use: #anthotypeday
These have also been used:
#anthotypeday2022 #anthotypeday2023

Theme: World Anthotype Day does not have a theme

In 2022 the theme was “Hope” but in 2023 and going forward there is no theme, instead, we encourage you to EXPERIMENT and find UNUSUAL emulsions.

The theme in 2022: Hope: After 2 years with a pandemic, with lockdowns, loss and restrictions, the tragic start of a war in Europe that will have consequences we are not yet even aware of, as well as the ongoing environmental crisis, Dennis Humphrey came up with a most fitting theme for this year during a planning meeting. The theme will be HOPE, because that’s what we thought the world needs right now… Hope.

All the links and archives

World Anthotype Day

World Anthtotype Day 2024 is planned for 17th August, open for entries 1st of August

Anthotype Day 2023 timeline
Call for Entries

World Anthotype Day 2023

Map for World Anthotype Day 2023 with participants from 31 countries.

World Anthotype Day 2022

Final map for World Anthotype Day 2022 with participants from 31 countries
Map for World Anthotype Day 2022 with participants from 31 countries
 

Of course, we also hope that you join in the fun!

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Anthotype Emulsions, Volume 2 – The collective research from photographers on World Anthotype Day 2023
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8 thoughts on “About World Anthotype Day”

  1. hi! I participated in the first two events but have unfortunately relocated temporarily to a studio apartment with no yard/big windows and much further north.

    I have an anthotype I made last year that will definitely qualify as UNUSUAL in that it’s not made a dye derived from a plant or an animal … also not a mushroom ;)… and I would love to contribute it but it was made slightly over a year ago. I have scans from when it was first completed and now as well (the dye color has really held up!)

    would it be ok to submit this anthotype even though it is older than the usual guideline of the last 12 months? … I would wager a good deal of money that most people would not even be aware my “source” could produce a dye (let alone of the color it has).

    sadly, between work and no longer having a huge sunny lawn in Texas to use, I’m not sure I’ll be able to do more anthotypes this summer although I’ve been coating papers with different dyes in anticipation of when I can resume.

  2. Question! Must the image be made with one plant/pigment or are multiple allowed (in combination or in separate sections of the submission,), if everything is exposed at the same time?

    Thank you, this is very exciting

  3. Thank you for establishing World Anthotype Day, especially with the refreshing message of ‘HOPE’!
    Creating Anthotypes from the garden was good way to cope with the pandemic shut down.

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