World Anthotype Day – 3rd Saturday in August

It’s here, it’s official, the first ever World Anthotype Day will be on the 20th of August 2022the 3rd Saturday in August. The theme is HOPE, and here is your chance to take part. If successful, this will be an annual event. Whether you are an experienced Anthotyper, or take the opportunity to try the anthotype process for the first time, you are welcome to take part. Don’t hesitate to join in!

How to take part in World Anthotype Day 2022

The initiative of World Anthotype Day was started here, by us, but we, of course, welcome anyone around the world to run events, workshops, exhibitions, or meet-ups. Please add them to the events listing, so we can share them!

How to participate in World Anthotype Day here on


  • Online

For whom:

  • Global – everyone welcome
How to participate:

Where will the anthotypes be on display?

Possibly also in the books:

  • Encyclopedia of anthotype emulsions (working title)
  • World Anthotype Day exhibition catalog 2022 (working title)

This day will be a little different from other days…

We don’t want World Anthtoype Day 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. So the plan is:

  • Artists are encouraged to send in work, BUT the Anthotypes will be published in an online database of emulsions that artists can search and use over time.
  • Like the other days, we will also publish it on the social media channels for
  • In addition to this, there will be a book “Encyclopedia of anthotype emulsions” (working title and most likely an e-book and/or printed book), depending on the number and quality of entries.
  • There may also be a catalog of the year’s entries. Most likely, it will be an e-book and/or printed book, depending on the number and quality of entries and the time and energy we have left after the event. 

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

Need to brush up on your skills or find out more first?

How to participate in World Anthotype Day 2022 here on

By entering your work to the Anthotype day, your work may be included in one of the following (but we reserve the right not to include it):

  • The online anthotype emulsion database on
  • The social media channels for
  • Publication in “Encyclopedia of anthotype emulsions” (working title) as an e-book and a printed book and following editions, depending on the number and quality of entries.
  • Publication in a catalog of the year’s entries, depending on the number and quality of entries and the time we have when the event is over.

Submission is no guarantee of publication. There is no guarantee there will be a printed or digital version of a book either; we will have to see what the response is first. Please note that there may be more than one entry for a plant or emulsion since the print can turn out differently depending on which part of the plant is used and variations in the process.

There will be no monetary compensation if your work is published, but if your work is published in the book, you can add a line on your resume about it. If your work is published in the e-book, we will email a digital copy of the e-book(s) to you.

Prepare to participate in World Anthotype Day – follow all steps!

The event will be open for entries from the 1st of August, but you can start preparing now.  An entry consists of 4 items: An anthotype print, a picture of the plant or extract used to make the emulsion in two sizes, a text entry, and a permission request form.
Do make our lives a little easier by following all of these steps, please. 🙂
Entries NOT following the above will not be entered.

Item 1. The anthotype print

  • Create your Anthotype using the anthotype process. No nudes or offensive images are allowed.
  • Scan the Anthotype resize it to be:
    Icon resize images square 2500Large enough to print: 2500 x 2500 pixels (square) at 300 dpi. If the image is not square already, add whitespace to fill it out to 2500 pixels, if you don’t know how to do this, we’ll help you.  Name the file as follows:
    “CommonNameOfThePlant-NameSurname-TitleOfImage-YearTaken.jpg” for example “Tulip-JoanneSmith-SummerBliss-2022.jpg”. The credit will be based on this information.

Item 2. The picture of the plant or emulsion used

Take a picture of the plant or pigment used and resize it to be:

  • Icon resize images to 1080 squareLarge enough for print: 1080 x 1080 pixels (square) at 300 dpi. If the image is not square already, crop it to 1080 pixels, if you don’t know how to do this we’ll help you. Name the file “CommonNameOfThePlant-NameSurname.jpg” for example “Tulip-JoanneSmith.jpg”.

Item 3. Text information

Take notes in the form that will be provided when the event is open for entries. Fill in:

  • Which species or pigment used (popular name)
  • Which species or pigment used (Latin name)
  • Which part of the plant was used (i.e. petals, stem etc)
  • Rating (3 brilliant, 2 good, 1 ok, 0 waste of time)

In a few short sentences the following facts should be described:

  • Which amount of the plant was used (in grams, ounces or volume)
  • How the pigment was extracted (mortar, centrifuge, soaking, cooking, etc)
  • Which thinner was used (if so, indicate tap water, distilled water, alcohol)
  • How the emulsion was applied (brush, dip, floating, cotton swabs, etc)
  • How many layers of coating
  • Substrate (which surface was used; paper, fabric, etc)
  • Exposure time (how long in sun)
  • Country/city of exposure
  • Month of exposure
  • During which season it was exposed
  • Any challenges
  • Other relevant observations or facts
  • Your contact information (not for publication)
  • We may or may not publish the work on our social media channels such as Instagram and Facebook. Include your Instagram handle and we will try to tag you if we post it.

Item 4. The permission request form

  1. Download the permission request form here and print it out.
  2. You can use one release form for both the print and the images of the plant; just list both of them on the same form.
  3. Scan or take a picture of the signed form and send us the picture. If the release form is missing the prints will not be entered.

Now you are ready to send us your files.

  • Fill out the online form (available here when the event is open for entries).
  • Send your images and the form by dropbox (free account here:, or another transfer service you have. Send only the link to [email protected] PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL files, they end up in the spam box or get blocked and we may miss them.
  • When we receive your entry, you will get a confirmation email within a week. If you do not receive a confirmation, the entry may have gotten stuck or sorted as spam. Just try again.

We hope you enjoy both making anthotypes and taking part in World Anthotype day!

Learn more in the Anthotype book
Anthotypes – Explore the darkroom in your garden and make photographs using plants