Off The Clock 2022 Call for Entries - *DEADLINE EXTENDED to April 5th NOON PST*

Tue 01st Mar, 2022

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Tue 01st Mar, 2022

Contest is closed. Thank you to everyone who entered! Good luck.  




APA LA is pleased to announce the eleventh annual OFF THE CLOCK curated photo competition. OFF THE CLOCKis the pre-eminent opportunity to present your inspired personal photography to the world. Each year APA LA invites a well-respected, influential visionary from the international photo community to contribute their talent towards curating this prestigious exhibition. This year we are honored that Paul Martineau, the Curator of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum, has accepted our invitation to apply his unique vision in carefully selecting his top one hundred images from all submissions. And this year, as an added incentive, Mr. Martineau will also select three images as Best In Show!

Once our curator has chosen his 100 favorite images, the winners' work begins to gain exceptional exposure through our beautifully printed and PDF catalog which will be sent to each winner as well as key influencers in the advertising, corporate and fine-art sectors. The winners’ images will also gain exposure through our online gallery and artist features on our social media and web platforms. Through the APA global network, your finest personal work will be available for viewing by thousands of potential clients, gallerists and curators throughout the world. 

PLUS – this year we hope to gather for a beautiful, outdoor, gala opening reception to celebrate all the winners with special invitations sent to top creatives in the Southern California region.  Further details to follow.

As for the three Best In Show winners, they will be featured on the APA LA website, as well as featured in our printed and PDF catalog that will be sent to key industry influencers and will receive their winning image beautifully custom matted and framed by one of the West Coast's most respected fine art framers. In addition, each of the three Best in Show winners will be awarded one twenty-minute portfolio review session at APA LA’s upcoming Spring Portfolio Review – an invaluable opportunity to meet and discuss your work with a top industry professional: creative director, art director or art producer. These are folks on the front lines of hiring photographers 

OFF THE CLOCK is easy to enter with no confusing categories, no image series restrictions, and no creation date restrictions. The most important parameter is that your submitted work should be strong, original, creative and truly personal. Entries may be black and white, duotone, or color, and should be self-commissioned and must represent what you consider to be your finest personal work. Our easy-to-use online submission interface allows you to enter as many images as you like! What are you waiting for? Give it your best shot. Show the world your personal vision. The curator will limit the number of selects from any one entrant to a maximum of four.


APA Member Entry Fee: $20 per image

APA Non Member Entry Fees: $40 per image

Not an APA member? Now is a great time to JOIN APA and receive up to a 50% discount on each image submission. Current APA member looking to upgrade your membership contact:

Questions?  Please

Ready to ENTER?    Here is what you need to know ....


  1. Only digital images are accepted through our online submission process.
  2. Image size no smaller than 800 pixels on the long side and at most 1280 pixels, 72 dpi, sRGB color profile, with no visible identifying text/symbols
  3. Image files need no unique title by the entrant. Image files are identified to the entry and assigned an arbitrary ID for the "blind" judging. 
  4. A single entry is one image.
  5. Sorry, no panoramas, diptychs or triptychs will be accepted.
  6. While there is no limit to the number of single entries submitted, we recommend uploading no more than 10 images at a time (Check out, before submitting additional images). 
  7. You may not enter an image that has won Off The Clock in previous years.
  8. You may not enter substantially similar images that have won Off The Clock in previous years.
  9. There is no restriction on when the entry image is created.
  10. The curator for Off The Clock may select a maximum of four images by the same artist.
  11. You do not need to be an APA member to enter the contest, but members receive a discount on entry fees.
  12. Anyone claiming APA membership must be current in their dues at the time of entry and when winners are announced

Questions? Please email:


  • All files must be jpgs with a file size limit of 10mb.
  • Simple file naming conventions please do not use special characters like @, #. Title name is not seen by judge so it is ok to use your name in the title.
  • Image size no smaller than 800 pixels on the long side and at most 1280 pixels
  • Color profile is sRGB, image resolution 72ppi
  • Images should have no visible identifying text/symbols; entries are assigned an arbitrary ID for the "blind" judging.
  • Single image entries only



About APA: American Photographic Artists (APA) is celebrating its 41st year as a leading national trade organization run by and for professional photographers. With a culture that promotes a spirit of mutual cooperation, sharing and support, APA offers outstanding benefits, educational programs and essential business resources to help its members achieve their professional and artistic goals. With chapters in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Charlotte and Washington, DC, APA strives to improve the environment for photographic artists and clear the pathways to success in the industry. Recognized for its broad industry reach, APA continues to expand benefits for its members and works to champion the rights of photographers and image-makers worldwide.

About The Curator: Paul Martineau is Curator of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum. He received his BA from the University of Massachusetts Boston and his MA from the Williams College Graduate Program in Art History. Before joining the Getty Museum in 2003, he held positions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Mr. Martineau has organized numerous exhibitions, covering a diverse range of topics spanning the medium's birth to today. He is the author or co-author of ten books, including, most recently, Imogen Cunningham: A Retrospective (2020), Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography (2018), Robert Mapplethorpe: The Photographs (2016), and The Thrill of the Chase: The Wagstaff Collection of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum (2016).

APA Los Angeles is honored and humbled that Paul Martineau will be joining us to curate Off The Clock 2022.


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