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Photography Competition


The Studio for Southern California History is now accepting entries from Southern California residents responding to the “My Neighborhood” Photo-Essay challenge. The Studio seeks to cover neighborhoods across the region that reflect the truly unique and diverse communities set well apart from traditional stereotypes. Examples of past winners are featured on the LA History Archive.

Each entry must include five (5) photographs taken in Southern California along with a 500 - 1,000 word essay that explain how the images illustrate “my neighborhood.” This is an ongoing challenge and an 8 GB Nano (a $149 value) will be awarded to the quarterly winners. The deadline for submissions are as follows:

February 1; April 1; July 1 & November 1

Each submission must include the following information:
Photographer's Name
School Currently Attending (if applicable)
Home Address (Number Street, Apt #)
City, State, Zip code
Home Phone Number
E-mail address (if applicable)
500-1,000 Word Essay
Photographs with title, location and date

Guidelines: Each submission must contain original, analytical or interpretive photographic images that has not been formally published elsewhere. Photographs should be a minimum size of 5" x 7"; film transparencies must be in 35mm format (no glass); digital images must be no less than 300 dpi. If submitting by mail, digital entries should be sent on a CD-Rom. Group and/or joint-projects cannot be accepted. One entry per person. All entries will be judged anonymously and will become property of the Studio for Southern California History and included in the Studio for Southern California History's programming and digital archive. Your submission must be postmarked, or your email dated, on or before the contest deadline. One entry per person and you may only win once.

Submit entries electronically to: with the words "My Neighborhood Photo Essay" in the Subject Line.

Entries may be mailed to

Photo Essay Competition
c/o Studio for Southern California History
818 N. Hill Street PMB 740
Los Angeles, CA 90012


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