The Search for Analogue Stars Competition: Portraits


Ready yourself for the biggest analogue photography competition of the year, starting on the biggest analogue photography day of the year! To coincide with Film Photography Day 2014 on April 12th, we are on a mission to discover the best portraits EVER shot on analogue. To be in for a chance to win a Petzval Lens and tons of other big prizes, stay with us after the jump!

Credits: neja

Please Note: This competition will begin on April 12th 2014 and end on May 24th 2014

The Search For Analogue Stars: Portraits

On April 12th, we will celebrate the second ever Film Photography Day! On the same day as this joyous analogue occasion, we will kick off one of our biggest competitions ever: The Search for Analogue Stars – Portraits. For this amazing competition, we are looking for creative photographers, just like you! And what’s more, the concept couldn’t be simpler: shoot a sensational portrait of your choice with an analogue camera and submit it to us. It could be the analogue selfie which you took on the happiest day of your life, the portrait that captured the sadness of a poignant moment, the emotion of a stark black and white portrait, the color of a face-painted child and their joyful emotion – whichever portrait you pick, we would love to see it! Now, you have 6 weeks from April 12th to go out there, camera in hand, creativity in your soul. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Credits: aprilrich427


A star-studded competition deserves some humungous prizes and we have gone all-out for you guys and gals here. This is your chance to win some ridiculous big Lomography treats and all you have to do is do what you love, shoot analogue! Check out the goodies we are offering below:

Gold Prize

  • A selection of 100 rolls of film picked by Lomography
  • 1 New Petzval Lens Nikon or Canon mount (or the equivalent prizing in Piggy Points)

Silver Prize

  • A selection of 50 rolls of film picked by Lomography
  • 1 LC-A+ Camera

Bronze Prize

Credits: alienmeatsack


  • Film/Camera Type: Any analogue photo not digitally enhanced or manipulated.
  • Upload Limit: 5 photos per user
  • Minimum Photo Dimensions: Submissions must be at least 768px in either width or height.
  • Meta data must be completed (camera, film, location, & 3 tags)
  • Start Date: April 12th – End Date: May 24th

To enter for the Landscape shot version of this competition: click here

written by hembot on 2014-04-04 in #competitions #analogue-photography #film-photography-day-2014 #portraits #prizes #analogue-stars-competition #competition


  1. motagirl2
    motagirl2 ·

    Why are we able to send pictures to this competition if it's supposed to start in a few days?

  2. badjuju
    badjuju ·


  3. pearlgirl77
    pearlgirl77 ·

    ohhhh what a great prize!!!

  4. iamtheju
    iamtheju ·

    I wish I was better at portraits but I will give this a go as it is such a great competition!

  5. superkingdavid
    superkingdavid ·

    How are you supposed to submit a digital file if it can't be digitally manipulated?

    Even the slightest changes happen when scanning in film... What about contrast? Can we do that digitally? If not - are you asking us to shoot film, then create a print in the darkroom using contrast filters and scan in the print?

  6. hembot
    hembot ·

    Thanks for your question @superkingdavid! The main rule is that people to shoot on film (that's the point of the comp :) and you shouldn't massively rework your images post production as they should be true examples of great analogue shooting! Hope that's clearer.

  7. neja
    neja ·

    wow, my picture is used here:) thank u

  8. sizer77
    sizer77 ·

    Why in this pic of mine… I can see metadata and in the same pic uploaded in the competition are the metadata invisible?!

  9. sebin
    sebin ·

    WOW...this is nice !!

  10. pearlgirl77
    pearlgirl77 ·

    so.. now i cross my fingers for meeee :D :D :D :D

  11. beblo
    beblo ·

    The #1 guideline was not strictly enforced, I think. But, only one person seems to be complaining? So, next year, why don't lomography hold another competition where in the film it self would be submitted to a lomography embassy for scanning (using a standard film scanner world wide). This way, everthing would be fair. Lomography would be, and act as, "the equalizer".

  12. beblo
    beblo ·

    And one more thing, why don't 1 lomography Lab (using only 1 machine) print all the entries so that the judging will be based on the photograph(s)?

  13. rnichols
    rnichols ·

    There are some beautiful images that have been submitted! When do we find out the results?

  14. hembot
    hembot ·

    @beblo, thanks for your suggestions :)
    @michols, we are currently looking over all the images carefully and will announce the winners very soon!

  15. beblo
    beblo ·

    You're welcome, Miss hembot.

  16. jourdanlynch
    jourdanlynch ·

    I don't think the #1 guideline has to be that straight edge as in "absolutely no digital enhancement" scanners automatically correct contrast etc so every analogue image is enhanced (unless you have physically enlarged it on a enlarger onto paper) is enhanced... I think the competition rules mean nothing that takes away from the photograph and replaces it with anything artificial... Like photoshopping out a light leak or cloning my face into the frame.

  17. beblo
    beblo ·

    From your phrase above Mr. jourdanlynch: " (unless you have physically enlarged it on an enlarger onto paper) ", this is what I am suggesting, Sir.*@:-)

  18. pearlgirl77
    pearlgirl77 ·

    lalala.. waiiit and waiiit.. hehe... i know there are many pictures to look ;)

  19. reimerphotograph
    reimerphotograph ·

    I'm excited!

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