We decided to issue these simple rules, which weren't published before, because we have gained new insights from the experiences with the Moscow and Paris events. Taking in mind, that all LPWA events should be for artists and for the activation of their growth, through meetings and possible collaboration opportunities, their artworks at the exhibition should mostly serve the purpose of inspiring visitors. It is them, regular people, art critics, journalists, gallery owners and so on that we want to excite about the possibilities of Light Painting.
1) We will not accept a photo which has been exhibited on previous LPWA events. We could accept the photos, which were submitted to previous LPWA events, but not accepted to be exhibited. We don't accept photos, which were taken 3 years before the exhibition. Only LPWA members could take a part in LPWA exhibitions.
2) In case there is any doubt about whether an image is SOOC we’ll ask for original file with EXIF data. We can accept light painting images that have slight adjustments (i.e. exposure, contrast, crop, masking equipment) but only if there are no changes to the creative message and light painting performance.
In order to improve our selection process for more wide creative ranges, we suggest following for submissions:
a) Light painting images:
Long exposure image where light painted effects play a major role in the execution. Image without any post processing that affects the composition of the original photo or creates effects that haven't existed in the original file. No HDR or other photo stacking techniques. Minor cropping is allowed. Combining light painting photos into single image so that the original composition of the images isn't affected is allowed and if all images is not overlapped. Hot pixel removal, moderate adjustments in exposure and other basic levels is allowed.
b) Creative long exposure images:
Long exposure image where the final result is manipulated using other methods besides the ambient lighting. Image without any post processing that affects the composition of the original photo or creates effects that haven't existed in the original file. No HDR or other photo stacking techniques. We accept stack in case if it used as background for foreground light painting and do not play major role. Minor cropping is allowed. Combining light painting photos into single image so that the original composition of the images isn't affected is allowed and if all images is not overlapped. Hot pixel removal, moderate adjustments in exposure and other basic levels is allowed. Using images that are taken via projections, screens or from real time light painting softwares is allowed as long as the other light painting criterias are fulfilled.
If the author fails to provide the original files, his/her submission will be declined without explanation.
3) Author of the image have right to mark his artwork with original signature. Such signature shouldn't contain advertise of third parties.
4) Please be responsible with the deadlines for submission and make sure to provide all the required information in your application form. If you miss the deadline or provide us incomplete (or incorrect) information, we will decline your submission without explanation.
5) All submissions to all LPWA events are free and have always been free. Sometimes we ask for replacement of your submitted image with another image. We do this to maintain coherence between all works in exhibition set. You have the right to not accept such replacement.
6) We have the right to decline your submission without explanation.
7) Artworks for LPLWA exhibitions will be selected by LPWA Advisory Board, which consists of Darren Pearson (USA), Janne Parviainen (Finland), Eric Mellinger (USA), Brian Hart (USA), Roy Wang (China) and Sergey Churkin (Russia).