World Anthotype Day – 3rd Saturday in August – open for entries!

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! And sign up for the Anthotype newsletter to keep updated.


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 AlternativePhotography.com

Location:

  • 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 AlternativePhotography.com.
  • 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 AlternativePhotography.com

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 AlternativePhotography.com.
  • The social media channels for AlternativePhotography.com.
  • 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: A text entry, an anthotype print, a picture of the plant, 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. Text information

  • Fill out the online form:
  • Your contact information – Your contact information will not be published.
  • Common name of plant and latin name of plant: For example Lilac, common (Syringa vulgaris) / Blueberry (Vaccinium sect. Cyanococcus)
  • “Title” by Your Name: For example: “Summer hope” by Joanne Smith
  • Parts used: For example: Petals / Stem / Powder / Root
  • Application: For example: Brushing / Dipping / Rod coating / Cotton swabs
  • Exposure time: For example: 6 hours / 2 days / 4 weeks
  • Country, months, season and year: For example: USA, July, summer, 2022
  • Substrate: For example watercolour paper / cotton cloth / Hannemuhle Platinum Rag 300 gsm / cotton rag.
  • Rating of emulsion: For example: x (Waste of time) / * (Ok) / ** (Good) / *** (Brilliant, every time)
  • Amount: For example: A handful for each print / 2 tablespoons / 30 gram
  • Extracted using: For example: Mortar / Centrifuge / Soaking / Cooking
  • Thinner: For example: Tap water / Distilled water / Alcohol / Vodka
  • Layers: For example: 3
  • Used to create image: For example: Photogram of petals / Positive on OHP paper / Laser printed OHP positive
  • Challenges or observations: For example: The purple-blue petals crushed in a mortar and mixed with a little tap water produced a nice golden-toned print in a very short time / Could have been exposed a few more days.
  • Your Instagram and Facebook “handle” – only if you want to include it.

Item 2. 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 3. 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 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.
  4.  

Now you are ready to send the images and the form to us:

  • Send your images and the form by dropbox (free account here: https://db.tt/ItIGDrgM), 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.
  • 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.
  • When we receive your entry, you will get a confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation within a week, the entry may have gotten stuck or sorted as spam. Contact us on [email protected]

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