CALL FOR ENTRY: 'The Human Relationship to Water' with curator Adriaan Van Der Plas

Note from Van Der Plas:
Cultures have been historically defined by their relationship to water. The rapid growth of many of the world's major cities can be attributed to the success of their trading ports.

Water was a means of transport and commerce that sustained interconnectivity as well as a source of vitality for humans. These water-based industries attracted workforces from all over the world that would come to make up entire communities within a city. So it is water that has brought us together, kept us connected and quenched our thirst.

However man's relationship with water has become estranged. As ports closed and moved outside of the city, as planes and cars took over the role of the seas, and as the individual came to expect their cargo at their doorstep, so too did human interconnectivity lose its relationship to water and the natural elements.

We have come to see water as wilderness and cannot truly understand it's purpose. Our relationship to drinking water has been disrupted by Nestle and Poland Spring. We go deep-sea diving and take ferries for enjoyment all while we unload our waste in its depths and drive its populations to extinction.

Walking on the Hudson or East River promenade in NYC feels like walking the citys outskirts. The West Side Highway and FDR encompass the cities outer edges, making way for the automobile in place of waterfront access.

These isolated edges attract those that seek freedom from the cities grid for the purposes of recreation or survival.

Submissions should grapple with the intersection between culture and water, highlighting it's most pertinent physical manifestations."

The Van Der Plas gallery has been a conduit for contemporary outsider artists for over 40 years. Whether it be street art or contemporary art, the gallery strives to showcase art rising from the innermost human creative spirit.

Founder Adriaan Van Der Plas was once himself an outsider, having left his hometown of Vienna, Austria in 1973 to immigrate to New York City. Around this time, artist Konstantin Bokov was preparing to make the same transition. Inspired by the works of Van Gogh and unable to show his art in the political climate of the USSR, he decided to leave the Ukraine for New York city. The two became acquainted in 1993, when Bokov approached Adriaan at his former art pushcart concept in the South Street Seaport district, “Art a la carte”.

Adriaan became an avid collector of his work, recognizing the sincerity by which the work was able to portray New York’s spirit and materiality. With the opening of the Van Der Plas gallery on 156 Orchard Street, Adriaan made it the gallerys mission to bring contemporary outsiders  into the public eye.

I met Adriaan when one of my photographs was chosen to be included in his gallerys Anthology show. Here is the link:  ... Laurie Freitag/Director-L.A. Photo Curator

15% of artist fees go to 2 charities per competition. 7.5% to the curator's choice of charity and 7.5% to the first place winner's chosen charity.

Adriaan Van Der Plas has chosen Clean Water Action as his charity.
ALL entrants work is exhibited in a group online exhibition. Each entrant is asked to submit 3 images so they can have their own page with their images, bio, artist statement and contact info.
In keeping with our mission of creating exposure opportunities and PR, we are proud to offer this feature.  We hope this creates a vehicle that can take your work further and be seen by more people.

The curator chooses one first place winner, one second place winner and three honorable mentions. The first place winner will receive a review by one or more curators including a Q&A about the photographer's work. In addition, their image will be on our home page for a month. Second place and honorable mentions will have their image shown along with their bio, artist statement, C.V. and a link back to their website.
Images are shared on our social media as they come in with up to 10,000 views from all over the world.
See past entrants work at

We will waive the fee for 2 entrants per competition based on need. Just contact us at and make the request.

Submit work deadline: April 5, 2017 (Midnight PST)
Opening date for show and online results: April 25, 2017
Show closes and is archived on website: May 25, 2017

How to Apply:

1-Hit BUY NOW button to check out using paypal as well as credit cards. Cost of submission is $20 for 3 images. It's recommended you submit 3 images so the website formatting is compatible, which basically means that you will have your own page with 3 images and text. If you submit less there is chance your images will be split up and viewable on 2 pages.


2-Send your paypal transaction ID # with your images to

3- Enter in the email Subject box: The Human Relationship to Water + Your name

4- In the body of the email please include the following info:
    Your name
    Monthly theme
    Titles of included photographs (Titling is very important. The titles must be the same on your image as what you submit here. Photographs will not be accepted if titles don't match the labeling.) See example below.

Name Files:
PLEASE FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS. First name must be first, second name second. First letter of first name and second name MUST BE in capitol letters. Do not write your last name first please.


5- File set-up- Jpeg files, 1024 pixels on the longest side at 72 DPI, not to exceed 3 MB.

Images must not have any embedded marks, logos, names or borders.

6- Please include your C.V. (resume), bio and artist statement  Include your website link in your artist statement or in your bio. You can also cut and paste all of the above info in the body of the email. If you don't have a resume please just send your bio and artist statement. If you want to include a line or two about the image feel free as that will be posted with your image. If you don't have a bio feel free to elaborate on your artist statement.

7- Please send word docs only. Pdf's will not be accepted. Pdf's and zipped files will not be accepted. When you send these files that we cannot use this makes extra work for us.

8- Please tell us how you found out about us. It helps with ad costs.

All information requested, including c.v., bio and images must be sent before the contest deadline to be eligible for contest. Non-payment disqualifies an entrant unless they have made arrangements for the entry fee waiver.

Eligibility:  The exhibition is open to all photographers world wide, both amateur and professional. 

Please do not contact the curator under any circumstances. If you want to get a message to them email us at and we will get a message to them. Thanks.

Terms and Conditions:

All sales are conducted solely between the artist and the buyer. LA Photo Curator does not handle any part of sales or commissions.

By entering, entrants automatically accept the conditions of the competition; they grant LA Photo Curator nonexclusive rights to use and reproduce submitted photographs (with the name of the photographer and the title of the work indicated) for promotional (e.g.: website and facebook purposes.) No royalties or compensation will be paid for these purposes.

Copyright: All rights to the photographs remain with the photographer.

Work and entry fee must be submitted by the prospectus deadline date or otherwise not be eligible to participate in competition. There are no refunds.

By submitting to this competition you understand and agree to the terms & conditions stated above.

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