What does dreaming look like?


Photography lovers, this is the chance of a lifetime, the chance to follow your dream, to study professional photography! How can it get better you ask? Your dreams could come true and the possibility to win an amazing Scholarship @ the Italian Institute of Photography is something you cannot miss.
You just have to participate in this competition!

“All human beings are dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together.“
Jack Kerouac – Book of Dreams (1960)

What does dreaming look like? This contest invites participants to take a photo that is inspired by a dream, a day dream, a night dream, a metaphorical dream, someone else’s dream. We are not Sigmund Freud so we will leave the interpretation of ‘dream’ up to you!

Here is what you have to do to participate:

  • Take an analogue picture that represents a dream.
  • Describe your interpretation of dream and why this photo represents a dream. Write your description in the comments section under the photo please.
  • Upload the picture on our contest site to participate.
  • On 11 November 2011, find out if your dream comes true.
  • Film/Camera Type: Any analogue photo not digitally enhanced or manipulated
  • Maximum number of images: 3
  • Size of images: Submissions must be at least 768px in either width or height
  • Meta data must be completed: camera, film, location & 3 tags
  • Competition end date: 6 November 2011, 23:59 Central European Time/GMT+1

A full scholarship (value 8000 Euro) to attend the Intensive Professional Photography Course at the Italian Institute of Photography in Milan, Italy. Drop to the http://www.istitutoitalianodifotografia.it and read all the details about the course you could win!

Read all the competition Terms and Conditions here!

Do you wanna get in touch directly with the IIF?
Write an e-mail to study@iifmilano.com

written by alessiab on 2011-10-17 #news #competition #lomography-camera-live-the-dream-photo


  1. antibiotyx
    antibiotyx ·

    love the theme and prize!

  2. emilios
    emilios ·

    Wow! Nice

  3. tallgrrlrocks
    tallgrrlrocks ·

    Just 3 images? Oh my!

  4. lighttomysoul
    lighttomysoul ·

    hoooooly fuck!!

  5. neja
    neja ·

    I don't understand where should I write the description....

  6. welland
    welland ·

    Crumbs, this is good

  7. laurasulilly
    laurasulilly ·

    wow, that's lovely! i won't participate though, because i couldn't take the course anyways( it'd be clashing with my Master exams). plus I don't think I'd have any chance of winning anyways, plus I think only those who'd be really able to take the course should participate, because else the prize might forfeit. however, i'm so exciting so see which talented community member will win and with which photo!!!

  8. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    :( For me, it's just a DREAM to win this :)

  9. laurasulilly
    laurasulilly ·

    well, i gave it a second thought. i might try it (although there's no chance of winning, really). in the unlikely event of winning (haha) there will be a way...so exciting!

  10. icomewhenieatcaponata
    icomewhenieatcaponata ·

    yes i don't understand it too:::

  11. freyfrey
    freyfrey ·

    where do we write our dream interpretation?? It would be financially tough to move to Italy for half a year but not impossible. My skin tingles just thinking about it!

  12. devrimarie
    devrimarie ·

    this is very exciting.

  13. tuureluure
    tuureluure ·

    This photo represents dreaming because you are never sure what reality is. Perhaps we are dreaming all the time. (Even if it's just a daydream.) Since i was little i'm very interested in lucid dreaming, meaning the dreamer can actively participate and manipulate imaginary experiences in the dream environment. I think it's a very fascinating scientific part from a Dutch psychiatrist named Frederik van Eeden.

  14. webo29
    webo29 ·

    www.lomography.co.th/photos/14411675 I picked this photo for the contest because of the hazy way it turned out. Dreams are often not crystal clear. The image of Marilyn Monroe also represents dreams of grandeur, fame and celebrity.

  15. webo29
    webo29 ·

    www.lomography.co.th/photos/12099823 - classic daydreaming post. I picked this photo because of its simplicity. Having said that, I believe it is centered and well balanced in terms of composition, colour and subject matter.

  16. t82
    t82 ·

    ...have a wall titled "dreaming"!

  17. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    HELLO ADMINISTRATOR, should we wrote the represents/interpretation of our dream in here or in our photo comment?

  18. bribri89
    bribri89 ·

    YES YES YES!!!! my dream school!! can't believe that u offer that... its amazing thanks!!

  19. mgeorgiavaldes
    mgeorgiavaldes ·

    www.lomography.co.th/homes/mgeorgiavaldes/photos/13955254 a bit dusty but the reason i submitted this was because it reminds me of a dream i had about my friend hanging himself. thankfully that was only a dream and this is only a photograph of a prop.

    www.lomography.co.th/homes/mgeorgiavaldes/photos/14282593 after a day tie-dyeing i fell asleep and dreamed of a where everyone's skin was tie-dyed. next morning i took a picture of a towel i'd done and double exposed it with some friends.

    www.lomography.co.th/homes/mgeorgiavaldes/photos/13807352 this is a park in Carmel, California. With all the beautiful flowers everywhere, the place looks like its a dream already but when i printed this image the slight blur and whimsical colors really remind me of being in a dreamlike state.
    Thanks so much for the opportunity, the prize is to die for!!

  20. mgeorgiavaldes
    mgeorgiavaldes ·

    of a place where..*

  21. prettymeggy
    prettymeggy ·

    www.lomography.co.th/homes/prettymeggy/photos/14519115 - The Beauty Of My Dreams

    "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams" - When I was young, i don't have plans, didn't think future all i did is to live my day and let my days will leads me to. Then I met my beautiful man, get married and give birth to a wonderful child. Now I realized the beauty of having dreams, of believing for future and making plans. I have so many dreams for my son, for my husband and for our little family. Little by little I know I could make it...

  22. prettymeggy
    prettymeggy ·

    This flower represents my name. My personality and my character - "you can kill the dreamer but you can't kill the dreams.

  23. domo-guy
    domo-guy ·

    wow. intense.

  24. prettymeggy
    prettymeggy ·

    A garden forever - if i had a flower for everytime you made me smile and smile, i'd have a garden to walk forever.

  25. paytenpurdy
    paytenpurdy ·

    a competition to win a scholarship in photography AND in milan IS a dream come true!!! Oh man!

  26. freyfrey
    freyfrey ·

    Here is my first entry. I have included why the photo represents a dream in the description.

  27. freyfrey
    freyfrey ·

    This is my second entry. Description as above :)

  28. freyfrey
    freyfrey ·

    And this is my final (and favourite) one. I am so excited about this rumble. I hope my dreams come true ;)

  29. freyfrey
    freyfrey ·

    In a dream you are in everything and everything relates to you. You want to sing to the sea but the sea sings to you. You are both lost and found, the good and the bad. you are everything and nothing. You could swallow the world or the world could swallow you. Which will happen first

  30. freyfrey
    freyfrey ·

    In dreams you fall through worlds and different realities. One minute you are lovers despite all the odds. The next you have skipped forward in time, you are on a beach trying to hold onto her but she has gone and you are in another life. You try to put the pieces together when you wake up but you can't. You wish the dream was reality but by the time you have finished wishing you have forgotten that you love her. Until tomorrow night

  31. freyfrey
    freyfrey ·

    In a dream anything is possible. You are still you but tonight you are a child and you play hide and seek in your memories. You play the games you always loved. Wait, no, you FELL in love! Oh dear, you cant remember. As you wake the dream flies away from you, like a kite with a broken string and it's gone.

    The same photos but with the descriptions in the message board. I really dont want to mess this up...

  32. nishichauhan
    nishichauhan ·

    This photograph was inspired by a dream I had on 'memories'. It is about all these memories that I have from my past, happy, sad, strange and all kinds. The photograph represents how dreams are, hazy, blurred in some places, bright in others. I love how it has turned out. I like to call it, 'Memories of memories'.

  33. tpl27
    tpl27 ·

    When we dream, we are alone. This picture is like a dream, waiting to be filled with what lies ahead. Filled with happiness, brightness, people and what you envision it to be. Dreams are what you make it to be.

  34. crazycameracollector28
    crazycameracollector28 ·

    lol. oops got too excited. I'm not even 18 and I submited photos

  35. sciezka
    sciezka ·

    Music festivals, rock shows, concerts in tiny clubs, endless chain of gigs. I think that could be my dream. It's not about being on the top of all that things - to be on the stage, you know, but just to be a part of this - and my dream is to be a guide for different international bands who come to Russia, the native land of LOMO and myself as well: I have a feeling that I can do it. It would be also great to have a chance to come as close as I can to those talented people just to take a couple of pictures and to have a little simple chat. In short, to be with music - that what my dream is.

  36. kiri-girl
    kiri-girl ·

    When you’re all alone and the world around you still moving at a million miles an hour. You take time out, you go for a walk to think and to dream. Dream to escape reality, to escape the rat race that surrounds you, you dream that there is something out there that may be what you never thought possible. Then the sun sets.. and the moment is captured and represents the dream. Dreams are free.

  37. reiga
    reiga ·


    A Dream, its a journey that you could not do in reality. It is like Aristotle cave man, where the cave man interpreted the world from a shadow of a fire inside the cave about what world look like, but reality its not a monochrome shadows though its reflected reality but lack of details. Therefor its half through of reality. You need to do exposure to get the depth of the details. We might want to set our aperture in order to get a correct light so things not always dark for our eyes, and we need speed to paid attention of the movement so we dont miss momentum that might an important for us to grow up, at last our journey its a composition of life, a continues fragmented frames, which at the end we realize that we already walk in the history with a guts, even just to remember it. Dare to live, dare to dream

  38. mantozauras
    mantozauras ·

    I like dreams because you can see all kind off people in it. Mostly I like the image of my grandfather who is resting in peace for about 10 years. I remember the short journeys in my grandfather car while we were exploring our country. And still I remember and the view from the back seat of the car and the smell of that car which brings my memories from the past.
    It is common that man meets woman in his dreams. All kind of woman. Some of them you know well in your regular life and the other ones are living only in your dreams. Once I had a dream with a woman in it. Special one. And I felt in love with that woman. I understood that this woman is not real. But she was so special that I did not wanted to wake up at all. And night after night we were living in the dream. Suddenly one day she was gone. I miss her.
    One of the most terrible nightmares in my life was the dream where I was an old guy and I did not have any relatives and friends. I was so lonely. After that dream I like to visit my grandmother more often and take more photos of her.

  39. laurasulilly
    laurasulilly ·

    I submitted 3 prints of mine to the competition, comments can be found with the pictures themselves:




    While I think that the picture with the little girl (last one in row above/first one submitted) fits the theme best, I nevertheless decided to submit 2 more which I found fitting in the sense that they convey a poetry which I think goes alongside what I conceive of dreams.

  40. coca
    coca ·

    www.lomography.co.th/homes/coca/albums/1757651-weekend-at-t… A boy at the beach, having fun, playing in the sand, feeling safe…. something is going to change dramatically but he doesn’t realize…

  41. coca
    coca ·

    www.lomography.co.th/homes/coca/albums/1750337-more-lubitel… This photo represent the dream of reaching yourself, an invitation to getting to know yourself so clearly like the reflection of a mirror

  42. coca
    coca ·

    www.lomography.co.th/homes/coca/photos/5853282 Represent the eternal dream of flying freely and just letting everything go

  43. saidseni
    saidseni ·

    I didn't understand where we should submit the pictures but since everybody is doing it here...


    This picture is like a dream to me because:
    - I always dream of the sea;
    - In my dreams, I live in this island;
    - It reminds me of the movie "Arizona Dream";
    - Sensia 100 pictures always have a dreamy look;
    - I think that besides of the movie I mentioned and kite festivals, only in dreams you can see fishes in the sky... :)

  44. saidseni
    saidseni ·

    Am I thinking of him or is he dreaming of me?


  45. weidong
    weidong ·


    the expired film brings me in another dimension, and this picture represent for me a really idea of a dream


    this moment, captured in a sunny day of summer, for my point of view is one of my fav picture and represent a dream because my girl is always happy, but in the pic looklike worry about something, and is impossible, so i think is a dream.


    no explanations regarding this. i selected because looklike a real dream, it seems those people come from another world..

  46. beatnik_eyes
    beatnik_eyes ·


    dreams are chaos, subconscious splatter and streaks of memories, forgotten visions, and light


    they're also blurry wonders that can go anywhere and become anything

  47. tpl27
    tpl27 ·

    This picture looks like waking up from a dream. When you are dreaming, it all seems so vivid and clear. But when you wake up it's like a big gigantic blur. It's like spinning out of your dream.

  48. sahilkarkhanis
    sahilkarkhanis ·

    In your dreams you can be trapped in your own mind!

    Inspired by those angsty dreams where it seems like a struggle/ fight between you and yourself!

  49. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    i am not sure if i should join when i read, that you need a digital camera for the course... just sent an email to ask if analogue was also possible...

  50. ahben10
    ahben10 ·

    Everyone has a dream, but not everyone has the courage to try, to try to fulfill it. maybe for once, let me dream for a little longer...

    Music was my passion, my everything. Gave up everything because someone said 'I am not talented'. but deep inside I know it is still a part of me. right now my dream is to snap everything and everyone is around me, everywhere and anytime. i wouldn't want to live in regrets. "Shoot forever!" @ccwu

  51. neonelectricmel
    neonelectricmel ·

    An image appears, hazy. I didn't know how, I didn't know why, but I what I did know was that it sure was beautiful. That moment was so real. So real that I felt that I could reach out and touch it.

    That's what dreaming looks like.

  52. maymosciaro
  53. ccwu
    ccwu ·

    @ahben10 Shoot forever!! :D

  54. veronicy
    veronicy ·

    Los sueños, son una manera de conseguir aquello que por algún motivo no hemos alcanzado aun. Es una vía de escape, una forma de ver hasta qué punto puede llegar nuestra imaginación. Es la única manera que tenemos de juntar cosas aparentemente sin sentido y encontrárselo. Esta foto es un sueño, en el que el cielo y la tierra se unen. Un sueño de colores, flores y alegría. Es una imagen con un toque muy onírico..

  55. kshen
    kshen ·

    I had a dream, a route not many would consider, it is the road less taken. The dream would lead me on to a rough journey, I would be sailing through the rough sea. Would I be able to make it? I don't know. It was a dream, because I only chose to dream, I dare not embark on the journey. Hence my ship will forever be bottled up, and displayed, as a dream,a once-upon-a-time dream.

  56. kshen
    kshen ·

    I dream about the road ahead of me, I can only dream, because I cannot see the future. It is too bright, too full of possibilities. It is a rocky road, getting to the light will not be easy.

  57. kshen
    kshen ·

    What would I become in the future, how would my life be, what would I look like.....I do not know...it is not clear to me, but I can dream....I can imagine. The blurred image of my future will be clear.....slowly

  58. iif_milan
    iif_milan ·

    Hi everyone! Thanks for all the fantastic comments. I noticed that some of you were not sure where to write your description/interpretation of a dream. When you make the submission, there is a space for a description of the photo, so you can write your dream interpretation there. Otherwise, please write the interpretation in the comments section underneath your submission (this is after you have completed the upload and you see the photo on the contest page already...the space where others can also comment).

    Best of luck to all of you! And we look forward to seeing one of you at IIF in Milan soon!

  59. liberadawilly
    liberadawilly ·

    Hundreds of dreams in the air, like colorful balloons or candies. When we kids we want it all, so which one to choose? One, two... all in my kindergarten bag. As an adult I'm keeping the same bag full of colorful balloons, but each one of them will be a different problem. Which one to choose? Does dreams turn into problems? Maybe, but we'll keep playing with them anyway.

  60. ludoka
    ludoka ·

    I like it!

  61. elvismartinezsmith
    elvismartinezsmith ·

    dreams are like multiple exposures: patchworks of memories pasted on each others, creating a whole, which seems damn real. Nothing is impossible, a submarine textured with the multiple sides of a gigantic metal ball, all enlighten by a great rising sun, making it all surreal! But in a dream, as in multiple exposures shots, everything is possible. More than that, in a dream surprise is the essence, it may be a good or a bad one, but you're never prepared to what's going to happen in the end. If you may prepare yourself to something, it should be that nothing is going to be as expected, just like in a dream.

  62. mariaratfingers
    mariaratfingers ·

    beautiful competition! i can't pay a ticket to milan though! good luck everyone!

  63. nanagigi10
    nanagigi10 ·

    I think this picture represent my dream,cause I don't know what my dream is.I just know that I want to do what I like the most,I want to see something special in a simple children or in a old sock.That's what happened in this picture.That what you are seeing is a torn sock,did you know that?I think not.
    My dream is complicated and I think I lived so terrible moments in my life that I just want to get on the top of my dream and see from there that I can do anything ,that this time I'm not leaving with out a yes.That's what this picture represent.
    First picture

  64. nanagigi10
  65. rizkiutami
  66. rizkiutami
  67. rizkiutami
  68. raffivanosi
    raffivanosi ·

    It was 2005 and for me it was a dream just to go to Tibet .... In that travel my dream changes , and my way to take picture changes too . That's became my new dream : to take pictures to people and thier life ... so I came back home and start to take picture non only during a travel or in special situation but espetially in normal situation .... in human situation ....

  69. fabioduarte77
    fabioduarte77 ·

    Competition: What does dreaming look like?
    I remember a recurring dream where I remember the days of childhood with a lot of fun, full of friends and everyone was very happy represented the first photo www.lomography.com.br/homes/fabioduarte77/albums/1759158-ur… , the second represent my dreams about love between people on a more free and unbiased www.lomography.com.br/homes/fabioduarte77/albums/1753050-da… , and in the third picture represent another recurring dream in which I appear on a deserted beach talking to myself www.lomography.com.br/homes/fabioduarte77/albums/1746926-au… . My job as a photographer has an analog load and playful dream that comes very close to not real, not documentary. My idea was to get the relative time and space and it was clear from the photographs, causing the idea of ​​time extended or fragmented, which are characteristic of experiments belonging to experience the act of dreaming. Also tried to work thinking about the aesthetics of cinema, time and motion.
    email: fduarte777@gmail.com

  70. paytenpurdy
    paytenpurdy ·

    Oh shucks. The institute only allows digital photography during session? :(

  71. katey_finley
    katey_finley ·

    First Submission: Dream 1- After all the disaster, the task of bringing beauty back to the burnt world was given to me. I spent so many days recreating the flowers and planting each one by hand, until finally I was so tired I could not go on. I laid down to rest for a day. And then I woke up.

    Second Submission: Dream 2- When I open the book my lover gave me to read, all of the pages are blown away by a sudden gust of wind. The breeze carries them into a dense forest, and I have no choice but to follow the path of pages deeper and deeper into the woods. I gather the lost chapters for hours but the story never seems to end, and now I am lost. Night passes, and as the first light of morning illuminates the words once more, I wake.

    Third Submission: Dream 3- The Oracle told me I would find the key to the chest hanging from a branch in this forest. Upon reaching the tree in question, however, I see that not one, but five keys hang from this same limb. The Oracle never said which one to pick. After much deliberation, I reach for the middle key. As my fingers close around it, I wake up.

  72. clintdarby
    clintdarby ·


    dreams are rarely remembered in full and we are left with vague details of objects. A vivid clown, an open door, and a melting building. Meanings unknown.

  73. pedronobrega
    pedronobrega ·


  74. d_s_elle_r
    d_s_elle_r ·


    The photo wasn't showing up so I deleted it to try to re-upload it and then the caption and title were deleted but the photo wasn't. I can't re-enter it in the competition because the site is telling me I've reached my limit of three. I contacted support but haven't gotten an e-mail back yet, so this is why I'm commenting here instead of on my photo. This photograph has a description which I find very important and I spent a long time on everything pertaining to it so I thought since I can't comment on the photo for some reason it I'd leave it here.

    They all say follow your dreams...but where will they take you?

    Your goal is your dream.

    Absolutely terrifying and yet so unbelievably stunning. You wish to reach it, to go towards it but are extremely frightened to push yourself out of the norm; what you're already used to, where you've settled. You're comfortably unsatisfied.

    You're content.

    But something about where you are isn't right. You're not complete, weak. Half broken. You're not using all of your potential. But leaving that side to go to the other is scary.

    It's a scale waiting to be toppled. Which is more frightening? Staying where you already are, or pushing yourself disregarding everything you already know, where you feel safe, to reach your dream no matter how absolutely horrifying it is? Which one's worth the fear? Uncertainty or the rush of following your dreams, becoming engulfed and lost in them? Which one are you willing to pursue?

    Choose your poison. Make sure to pick wisely.

  75. ariannapaloma
    ariannapaloma ·

    these are my photos:

    i repeat my comment here, just to be sure ;)

    There's nothing easier and - at the same time - more powerful than a DREAM. Everyone of us has, at least, one great dream and uses it as the first step to make great changes in his life.
    So, in my pictures, i try to interpret these characteristics of dreams through two of the most simple-but-powerful visual things that life offers to us: COLORS and LAUGHTERS.
    In my life as in my works, I believe there's nothing as intense as a bright color; nothing as expressive as a loud laughter. Nothing as POWERFUL as a dream and the will of its DREAMER.

    Thanks for this great opportunity!

  76. dylanl
    dylanl ·

    Dreaming. It's art of your own mind. Simplicity and complexity. Close your eyes to see. Taking you farther into your mind the any drug could. Find things your try to hide or find. The deepest colors of insanity and euphoria. Close your eyes to see.

  77. _nat_
    _nat_ ·

    Sonhar é tornar real aquilo que desejamos, não importando o quão absurdo possa ser; não existe limite para o sonho. É dar vida à desejos profundos, talvez impossíveis... É sentir-se capaz de qualquer coisa. É apostar no inesperado. Na imagem, uno em instantes, pessoas, viagens, texturas, loucuras, objetos cotidianos... A vida é assim, um mix de coisas, de emoções, múltiplas exposições, sobreposições; um sonho.

  78. guilhermecunha
  79. a_lion
    a_lion ·

    Dreaming is escaping, it is to break free of the constraints of life, without consequence, without change. To be able to dream, by day or by night, is to release trapped thoughts, to evolve lives of their own, and make anything happen. It is to lie above the world and watch it take on a hyper reality, that you are both a part of, but at the same time, merely an observer of. Dreaming, is a key to a new world, that surpasses the emotions, and feelings of reality- a time and place where logic, and sense take a back seat, and absurdity becomes the driver. A key that gathers the confusing, disturbing and mixed-up thoughts of reality and sets them free to re-arrange, led by absurdity, to create a new truth, a new understanding.
    What do dreams look like? some dreams can be vivid, so lifelike they lie on the cusp of reality. Sometimes they don't even have a visual manifestation. They can be just a feeling, an awareness of a subconscious state, where the confusion, and thoughts and feelings have already been released, and are replaced by a comforting void of visuals and thoughts- it is a dream, of dreaming.


  80. bonesai
    bonesai ·

    I came back here to see my entry, and I don't see it? Here it is again... This is dreaming to me.
    I took this as my first official black and white film as a serious photographer artist. This was in Children's Park in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. I had walked over to this area and what seemed like a million moths and butterflies were flying up into the sunset through the trees. Tiny little wings illuminated like fairie wings, and so I named this "Photographing Fairies." Several of my friends have seen this photo and to each of them they have told me their interpretation of how it makes them feel. One friend likes to look at it before falling asleep and when waking up. Another one looks it in her home and feels calm. Another friend sees it and says the tree reminds him of the tree he used to climb in front of his house when he was a child. Every person soon after has told me a similar story. And because of this, it reminds me to always dream. To see something I've seen already and look again and dream more and more and more. To expand my dreams into unlimited reality. Recently, the first friend I mentioned found something new in the trees... the Green Man. This is what dreaming looks like.

  81. bloemetje
    bloemetje ·

    Awww, I just saw this right now, too late... But I wish all the applicants very very much luck & succes! ♥ Hopefully there will be any competion like this one sometime again!

  82. glenn
    glenn ·

    I submitted the photo. I recognise that I must write about the dream: It is good to dream but reality is also important. We must create a balance between both reality and dreams. A dream can become a reality. A reality can inspire a person to create a dream. The camera can create both a dream and a reality. The image can inspire people to dream while also showing a reality!

  83. glenn
    glenn ·

    OK. I spent too much time writing about my dreams, that I had forgotten to post the photo that represented the dream...

  84. in3sa
    in3sa ·

    Who is the dreamer - winner ?

  85. sadiekiss
    sadiekiss ·

    Did anyone win yet?? I know I would love to.. Haha*

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