Darkroom Gallery Photo Contest - Haunted

Publish Date: Aug 12, 2016

Deadline: Sep 07, 2016

What is it that haunts you?

We all have things that seem to follow us around… memories, artifacts from the past, our successes and failures, objects and relics with special meaning, fleeting glimpses from the corner of an eye. And for us photographers there are the unexplained flashes of light, streaks, and ghostly figures that sometimes appear in our images that sometimes defy logical explanation.

A fascination with things that "aren't there" except on film goes back to nearly the beginning of photography. Think of the spirit photography and the depiction of "fairies" in the Victorian era; yes, they were cleverly (and sometimes not cleverly) faked but they nonetheless are capable of arousing a certain creepy feeling.

For this exhibition we're challenging you to send us your interpretations of what it is that you find to be haunting. The creepy and Gothic is welcome, but your submission doesn't have to be ghostly or the somber; we can just as easily be haunted by happy events, things we just can't forget, like the melody of a favorite song we can't get out of our heads. For this exhibit you can let your imagination take over.

Credit starting from largest white space : @Brittany Markert ©Tim Gottshall ©Candi Kalinsky ©Robert Gullie ©Nathalie Nostrand ©Candi Kalinsky ©Ken Signorello ©Robert DePaolo ©Ken Signorello ©Robert DePaolo ©Ken Signorello ©Candi Kalinsky ©Jennie Seib ©Brittany Markert

  • All selected entries are exhibited in our gallery and included in a full color exhibit catalog.
  • Juror's Choice receives a 30x48" vinyl exhibit banner featuring their image, free entry into a future exhibition, a free exhibition catalog and will also receive a signed copy of juror Russell Joslin's book BLACK FOREST:
  • Honorable Mentions receive free exhibition catalogs and free entry in a future exhibition.
  • People's Choice gains free entry into a future exhibit.
  • We offer free matting and framing of accepted entries for the duration of each of our exhibition, subject to standard sizes.
  • Photographers set their own prices if they wish to sell their work and retain all rights to their photographs.

Juror: Russell Joslin

About his work: It is commonly believed that the primary function of dreams is to psychologically balance and compensate for matters left unsettled during our waking hours. In the dream world, the censors of our mind dissipate and the material in our heads becomes fluid and nonlinear—our past memories, fears and desires all surface symbolically, revealing to us a deeper understanding of ourselves. Metaphorically, this is how I have come to understand my photographic work. I see my photographs as visual manifestations of my subconscious mind—images that bypass intellectualization to reveal authentic feeling.

Bio: Russell Joslin has worked primarily in photography beginning in the early 90s. His work has been internationally published and exhibited in numerous solo and group shows. In addition to being a photographer, he is the Editor & Publisher of SHOTS Magazine, an independent, reader-supported quarterly journal of fine art photography that reaches an international audience. His first book, Black Forest, is now available from Candela Books. He lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Rules for Photo Submission

  • Entrants must be at least 18 years old. If you are younger. you must have a parent or legal guardian make the submission for you.
  • All submitted photos must have been taken by the photographer making the entry. If you are a parent or legal guardian submitting for a minor, please make it clear and who you are actually submitting for.
  • Images may not have been exhibited at the Darkroom Gallery within the last year.
  • All submissions must be made by digital files through:
    upload on DarkroomGallery.com or
    sent via email to submissions@DarkroomGallery.com along with an application form. There is a $5.00 surcharge for email entries.
  • Images should be as large as possible but no larger than 1280 pixels on the longest side, type jpg - set to the highest quality. The color space should be set to sRGB. DPI is only relevant for output purposes and does not effect the stored size of the image. It can be set to any number, but if you must specify something go with 72 dpi. Click here for help with resizing.
  • Up to five images may be submitted for a non-refundable fee of $29 US for on-line submission and $34 for email submission.
  • Additional images may be submitted for an additional $5 US per image.
  • Images must be received by midnight EST on the submission closing date for the exhibition you are submitting for
  • Payment must be received by the close of submissions for the exhibit you are submitting for.


Photographers retain all rights to their work, except for submissions accepted for exhibition: artists grant Darkroom Gallery the right to use their images to promote the exhibition and for display on Darkroom Gallery website and for inclusion in an exhibit catalog.


For submissions that are selected, photographers may offer their work for sale and establish their own price for framed and unframed prints.

  • For Darkroom Gallery framed work we retain 66% of the sale price.
  • For works framed by the artist Darkroom Gallery retains 34%.
  • For unframed prints Darkroom Gallery retains 25% of the print sale price.
  • Local sales tax of 6% is collected on all sales at the gallery. 

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