Off The Clock 2023 Call for Entries - March 1st thru March 31

Fri 31st Mar, 2023

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Fri 31st Mar, 2023

Image by Alisha Cohen Off The Clock 2022 winner




APA LA is pleased to announce the twelfth annual OFF THE CLOCK curated photo competition. OFF THE CLOCK is 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 Darius Himes, International Head of Photographs at Christie’s (see bio below), 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. Himes 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 will gather for a beautiful 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. Best In Show winners will also receive their winning image printed by a premier West Coast fine art print specialist and 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 virtual Fall 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 professionals 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

Non Member Entry Fee: $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.

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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 1200 pixels on the long side and at most 1800 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

 Please Note: Since the US Copyright Office has not provided guidelines to assess the rightful copyright owner of work created using AI (Artificial Intelligence) technology, APA is unable to accept any submission created in whole or in part using AI technology at this time.


  • 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 1200 pixels on the long side and at most 1800 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 42nd 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:

Darius Himes has had a long, storied career in the photographic arts, and is a well-known, knowledgeable and respected scholar of the medium. His impressive credentials brought him to join Christie’s in the Fall of 2014 as International Head of Photographs where he is responsible for setting and implementing a global strategy for the department and managing the international team. He is based in New York, and brings with him a rich knowledge of the history of the medium, with a keen interest in the contemporary market. Most recently Himes was director of Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco. Prior to that, he was a co-founder of Radius Books, a non-profit publisher of books on art and photography, and a founding editor of photo-eye Booklist, a quarterly magazine devoted to photography books. A widely respected lecturer and writer on photography and photobooks, his most recent title, Publish Your Photography Book, was co-authored and published in 2011. He received his Masters of Arts from St. John's College and his Bachelor of Fine Art’s degree in Photography from Arizona State University. Himes also lived in Haifa, Israel, where he oversaw and worked with a permanent collection of over 50,000 photographic objects drawn primarily from the Near and Middle East and dating back as early as the 1870s.

APA Los Angeles is honored and humbled that Darius Himes will be joining us to curate Off The Clock 2023.


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