World Anthotype Day – 3rd Saturday in August

It was a success! The first-ever World Anthotype Day took place on the 20th of August 2022. The theme was HOPE, and over 100 artists sent in their anthotypes! This will now hopefully be an annual event on the 3rd Saturday in August. Whether you are an experienced Anthotyper, or take the opportunity to try the anthotype process for the first time, everyone is welcome to take part. Don’t hesitate to join in! The next date will be on the 19th of August 2023,  sign up for the Anthotype newsletter and you will be notified.

How to take part in World Anthotype Day – opens for new entries August 2023

The initiative of World Anthotype Day was started here, by us and if you can we would appreciate can donate the price of a coffee to help with costs. We 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

Send in your anthotype with the theme between 1st – 19th of August 2023:

  1. Fill out the online form (opens again in August 2023)
  2. Prepare your Anthotype by sizing it 2500 pixels longest side and naming it “Common Name Of Plant-Name Surname-Title Of Image-YearTaken.jpg”.
  3. Prepare a picture of your plant or pigment by sizing it 1080 pixels and cropping it square. Name it “Common Name Of Plant-Name Surname.jpg”
  4. Download the permission request form and fill it out, name it “NameSurname-Permission form”.
  5. Send it all by Dropbox (free account), WeTransfer or other file transfer service. Send only the link to DO NOT EMAIL files, they get blocked and lost.
  6. Do make our lives a little easier by following all of these steps. Details in full below.

Possibly also in the book:

  • Anthotype emulsions, volume 1 (working title)

This day will be a little different from other days…

We didn’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 this is how it works:

We had so many good suggestions in the survey, and hopefully, we can grow it over the years.

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

Where and how the anthotype will be published

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):

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 pigment so try to pick an unusual one.

By entering you grant permission for your image to be used. 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 and we will email a digital copy of the e-book to you.

Details on how to enter – follow all steps!

An entry consists of 4 items: 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 (open again in August 2023, but you can see the details below):
  • 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 FirstName Surname: For example: “Summer hope” by Joanne Smith
  • Country: For example Canada
  • Parts used: For example: Petals / Stem / Powder / Root / Leaves / Anything else
  • Application: For example: Brushing / Dipping / Rod coating / Cotton swabs
  • Exposure time: For example: 6 hours / 2 days / 4 weeks
  • Month, season and year: July, summer, 2022
  • Substrate: For example: Watercolour paper / Cotton cloth / Hannemuhle Platinum Rag 300 gsm / Cotton rag / Anything else you used
  • Contrast of final print: For example: x (Almost none) / * (Low) / ** (Medium) / *** (High). (We may edit this)
  • 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.
  • The theme Hope: Describe how your image relates to this year’s theme.
  • Instagram: (optional) For example: @alternativephotography_com
  • Facebook: (optional) For example:
  • Additional information you may want to share: (optional) This could be something about your process, your anthotype or anything else you think others may find interesting. Images of your process can also be sent if you like.

Item 2. The anthotype print

  • Icon resize images square 2500Create your Anthotype using the anthotype process. No nudes or offensive images are allowed.
  • Scan the Anthotype and resize it large enough to print: 2500 pixels LONGEST SIDE at 300 dpi. Name the file as follows: “Common Name Of The Plant-Name Surname-Title Of Image-YearTaken.jpg” for example “Tulip-Joanne Smith-Summer Bliss-2022.jpg”.

Item 3. The picture of the plant or emulsion used

  • 1080 squareTake a picture of the plant or pigment.
  • Crop it square if you can and resize it large enough to print: 1080 pixels at 300 dpi. Name the file “Common Name Of The Plant-Name Surname.jpg” for example “Tulip-Joanne Smith.jpg”.

Item 4. The permission request form

  1. Download the permission request form.
  2. Use one release form for all images; list them on the same form.
  3. Scan or take a picture of the signed form. If the release form is missing the prints will not be entered.
  4. Name it “NameSurname-Permission form” for example “Joanne Smith-Permission form”

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

  • Send your images and the form by a file transfer such as Dropbox, WeTransfer etc. Send only the link to
  •  Send only the link to PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL files, they end up in the spam box, get blocked or lost.
  • We may or may not publish the work on our social media channels such as Instagram and Facebook. If you have included your Instagram in the form will include it.
  • When we receive your entry, you will get a confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation within a week, check with us at
  • Artists are also invited to make a 30-60s video of themselves and their print (optional).

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

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