Off The Clock 2021 - Call for Entries NOW OPEN

Thu 25th Feb, 2021

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Read Contest Rules and Guidelines then    ENTER OFF THE CLOCK. 




APA LA is pleased to announce the tenth 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 Rebecca Morse, the Curator of the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), has accepted our invitation to apply her unique vision in carefully selecting her top one hundred images from all submissions. And this year, as an added incentive, Ms. Morse will also select three images as Best In Show!

Once our curator has chosen her 100 favorite images, the winners' work begins to gain exceptional exposure through our beautifully printed catalog which will be sent to each winner as well as key influencers in the advertising, corporate and fine-art sectors. The winner's 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. 

In addition, each of the three Best In Show winners will be awarded a personal one-on-one twenty-minute portfolio review session with the curator–an invaluable opportunity for you to meet and discuss your work with one of the world's renowned photo curators. Best In Show winners will also be featured on the APA LA website and will receive their winning image beautifully custom matted and framed by one of the West Coast's most respected fine art framers. 

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.


By entering The APA Off The Clock Curated Competition, Entrants:

1. Warrant to APA LA that they have created and own all rights to the work submitted (including all elements of the work) and that nothing within any work has been copied or added from another person’s work.

2. Warrant that the whole copyright and any other form of intellectual property right in the work is vested in them and does not infringe the rights of any other person.

3. Warrant that they have not in any way assigned, licensed, disposed of, or otherwise encumbered any of their intellectual property rights which allow them to deal freely with the work and the copyright therein.

4. Warrant that they have obtained appropriate model or property releases from any persons and/or property owners requiring such, featured in their submitted photographs allowing publication in any and all media forms.

5. Acknowledge and agree that APA may exhibit or otherwise display their work during APA sponsored events, as well as on any APA website, APA social media and/or on APA promotional materials.

6. Acknowledge and agree that APA may reproduce and may allow reproduction of winning images in APA approved publications and promotional materials. Credit will be given to the photographer for any image(s) used.

7. Acknowledge that APA LA relies fully upon the warranties and license given by Entrants when submitting their entries for consideration to The APA LA Off The Clock competition. Entrants shall indemnify and hold APA harmless from any claims, actions, proceedings, costs and expenses arising out of or related to any allegation that the relevant Entrant did not own or is not wholly entitled and authorized to allow publication and reproduction of the work by APA LA.

8. Acknowledge and agree that APA LA reserves the right to disqualify any winner not providing the required personal information, headshot, and/or winning image in the requested file format and size within two weeks of APA's request via the contact information supplied by the entrant. Replacement winners will be selected at the curator's discretion.

9. Acknowledge that curating is a blind process. Photographer's names will only be disclosed to the curator after the curating process has been completed. The decision of the curator of the competition shall be final and binding.

10. Acknowledge and agree that winning images from past APA Off The Clock competitions are not eligible for submission and consideration in subsequent APA Off The Clock competitions.   

11. Acknowledge that entrants retain full copyright to their images and grant no usage to APA other than those granted herein. 

12. APA, APA LA, the Sponsors, or Venues showing an exhibition of winners shall not be liable for any loss or damage of any entry. 

13. Acknowledge and agree that submission of an entry to the competition automatically constitutes the contestant's acceptance of all terms and conditions set forth in these rules. It also acknowledges and accepts the right of APA to use the photographer's likeness and information, as well as the winning images, in exhibitions and promotions, in any and all forms of print, electronic and digital media, related to APA LA Off The Clock Curated Exhibit for up to 24 months following the 2020 Competition winners announcement.

14. Acknowledge that the deadline for entries is MARCH 31, 2021. Entry fees cannot be refunded, once submitted.

15. Acknowledge that winners will be announced on/or about June 2021.

16. Acknowledge that Best In Show winners are responsible for creating and shipping their winning print in accordance with APA print specifications (TBD) and at the winner's expense in order to receive complimentary matting and framing of their winning image.

17. Acknowledge that APA LA will designate, at their sole discretion, the date and time for the Best In Show portfolio reviews with the curator to take place. APA LA will strive to accommodate the respective schedules of both Best In Show winners and the curator. Should a Best In Show winner be unable to attend the portfolio review at the designated time, APA LA does not guarantee that the appointment will be rescheduled. 

18. Should the curator be unable to attend the portfolio review at the designated scheduled time, APA LA will strive to reschedule the reviews. However, APA LA shall not be held liable should the curator be unable to reschedule the reviews.


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:


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

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• 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 40th 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, the Northwest 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: Rebecca Morse is the Curator of the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the largest art museum in the western United States. She was previously Associate Curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) where she organized such profound exhibitions as Amanda Ross Ho: Teeny Tiny Woman, Cai Guo-Qiang: Ladder to the Sky, Rodarte: States of Matter, The Artist’s Museum, and Florian Maier-Aichen.

Since joining LACMA in 2013, Morse has curated inspired exhibitions of work by Larry Sultan: Here and Home, Thomas Joshua Cooper: The World’s Edge and Sarah Charlesworth: Doubleworld. Morse's upcoming projects at LACMA include Barbara Kruger: Thinking of You, I Mean Me, I Mean You and Objects of Desire: Photography and the Language of Advertising that examines the ways in which artists have mined the language of commercial photography for their own work.

With her broad experience in the fine art and museum world as well as a deep knowledge of photography’s roots — Morse has a singular and invaluable perspective on the medium of photography and its evolving role in contemporary art. APA Los Angeles is honored and humbled that Rebecca Morse will be joining us to curate Off The Clock 2021.   

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