Calling all Petzval Fans! We're inviting you to participate in a special photo competition that aims to highlight your Petzval prowess. The Petzval Apprentice Competition is the first photo contest that is dedicated to the esteemed New Petzval Lens; it's your chance to make a mark in analogue history! Start polishing those optics and get ready to begin shooting your winning masterpiece. The 5 winning photos will even be displayed in our Lomography Gallery Stores worldwide and you can get your winning photo as a print to keep!
The New Petzval Lens is a truly amazing optic that gives your photographs a beautiful, cinematic effect. Paired with your keen eye and creativity, we’re certain that you can effortlessly come up with breathtaking photos that deserve recognition!
So why not put your Petzval talent to good use and take part in the Petzval Apprentice Competition? This is the first photo competition that is dedicated exclusively to the New Petzval Lens. You may submit any photo that you like, as long as it’s taken with this lens.
Important Note: Since the winning Petzval photos will be printed and displayed in Lomography Gallery Stores, we need the photos entered to be print quality. This means that they need to be scanned at a minimum of 300dpi and 5000 pixels at the longest side. Unfortunately, photos which do not fit this criteria cannot win.
All photos taken with the New Petzval Lens are welcome and eligible to win. There are no specific themes to this photo competition; we just want to be blown away with your Petzval photos!
If your forte is taking portraits, the Petzval is an ideal choice. It will draw focus to your subject while making the background sparkle with dreamy bokeh.
If taking photos of everyday scenes is your specialty, the Petzval Lens will make it more cinematic and dramatic.
You can experiment with different themes as you wish, just make sure you submit the best ones for a greater chance of winning! Take a look at some stunning examples below.
We’re looking for the best Petzval pictures from across the globe! The 5 winning entries will be:
- Showcased next to photographs shot by renowned Petzval artists from around the world, in the first ever in-store exhibition of Petzval Photographs!
- A print of your winning photo (after the exhibitions have taken place)
- Awarded with a special Petzval Apprentice Certificate
- Featured in an interview for the Lomography Magazine
- Featured on the Petzval Microsite (Interview and Galleries)
- No specific themes required
- Photo submissions should be taken with the New Petzval Lens
- Analogue and digital photos are welcome
- Photos need to be scanned at a minimum of 300dpi and 5000 pixels at the longest side.
The Panel of Judges
This competition will be judged by an esteemed panel of Lomography Petzval Lovers and Geoffrey Berliner, a Petzval Collector and the Executive Director of the Penumbra Foundation and the Center of Alternative Photography in New York City. Get to know more about him by watching our interview with him here.
Good luck and happy Petzval shooting!