It was a success! The first-ever World Anthotype Day took place on the 20th of August 2022. The theme was HOPE, and over 100 artists sent in their anthotypes! This will now hopefully be an annual event on the 3rd Saturday in August. Whether you are an experienced Anthotyper, or take the opportunity to try the anthotype process for the first time, everyone is welcome to take part. Don’t hesitate to join in! The next date will be on the 19th of August 2023, sign up for the Anthotype newsletter and you will be notified.
How to take part in World Anthotype Day – opens for new entries August 2023
The initiative of World Anthotype Day was started here, by us and if you can we would appreciate can donate the price of a coffee to help with costs. We welcome anyone around the world to run events, workshops, exhibitions, or meet-ups. Please add them to the events listing, so we can share them!
How to participate in World Anthotype Day here on AlternativePhotography.com
|Send in your anthotype with the theme between 1st – 19th of August 2023:
Possibly also in the book:
This day will be a little different from other days…
We didn’t want World Anthtoype Day to be “just a day, and then it’s over”; we want to build on something that can be used by Anthotypers for a long time. So this is how it works:
- All anthotypes will be published in an database of emulsions that can be searched and used over time.
- We will also publish entries in our social media channels.
- We will publish a book “Anthotype Emulsions, Volume 1” (working of e-book and/or printed book).
We had so many good suggestions in the survey, and hopefully, we can grow it over the years.
Need to brush up on your skills or find out more first?
- Start learning the anthotype process in this article: Anthotypes – instructions to making a print using plants
- When you want to build your skills and deeper into the process, pick up a copy of the book Anthotypes – Explore the darkroom in your garden and make photographs using plants.
- Find inspiration: Do take a look at the anthotype galleries here to see what other talented artists have done.
- Read how World Anthotype Day started.
Where and how the anthotype will be published
By entering your work to the Anthotype day, your work may be included in one of the following (but we reserve the right not to include it):
- The anthotype emulsion database.
- The social media channels
- Publication in “Anthotype Emulsions, Volume 1” (working title) as an e-book and a printed book and following volumes, depending on the number and quality of entries.
Submission is no guarantee of publication. There is no guarantee there will be a printed or digital version of a book either; we will have to see what the response is first. Please note that there may be more than one entry for a plant or pigment so try to pick an unusual one.
By entering you grant permission for your image to be used. There will be no monetary compensation if your work is published, but if your work is published in the book, you can add a line on your resume about it and we will email a digital copy of the e-book to you.
Details on how to enter – follow all steps!
An entry consists of 4 items: Do make our lives a little easier by following all of these steps, please. 🙂
Entries NOT following the above will not be entered.
Item 1. Text information
- Fill out the online form (open again in August 2023, but you can see the details below):
- Your contact information – Your contact information will not be published.
- Common name of plant and latin name of plant: For example Lilac, common (Syringa vulgaris) / Blueberry (Vaccinium sect. Cyanococcus)
- “Title” by FirstName Surname: For example: “Summer hope” by Joanne Smith
- Country: For example Canada
- Parts used: For example: Petals / Stem / Powder / Root / Leaves / Anything else
- Application: For example: Brushing / Dipping / Rod coating / Cotton swabs
- Exposure time: For example: 6 hours / 2 days / 4 weeks
- Month, season and year: July, summer, 2022
- Substrate: For example: Watercolour paper / Cotton cloth / Hannemuhle Platinum Rag 300 gsm / Cotton rag / Anything else you used
- Contrast of final print: For example: x (Almost none) / * (Low) / ** (Medium) / *** (High). (We may edit this)
- Amount: For example: A handful for each print / 2 tablespoons / 30 gram
- Extracted using: For example: Mortar / Centrifuge / Soaking / Cooking
- Thinner: For example: Tap water / Distilled water / Alcohol / Vodka
- Layers: For example: 3
- Used to create image: For example: Photogram of petals / Positive on OHP paper / Laser printed OHP positive
- Challenges or observations: For example: The purple-blue petals crushed in a mortar and mixed with a little tap water produced a nice golden-toned print in a very short time / Could have been exposed a few more days.
- The theme Hope: Describe how your image relates to this year’s theme.
- Instagram: (optional) For example: @alternativephotography_com
- Facebook: (optional) For example: https://www.facebook.com/alternativephotography
- Additional information you may want to share: (optional) This could be something about your process, your anthotype or anything else you think others may find interesting. Images of your process can also be sent if you like.
Item 2. The anthotype print
- Create your Anthotype using the anthotype process. No nudes or offensive images are allowed.
- Scan the Anthotype and resize it large enough to print: 2500 pixels LONGEST SIDE at 300 dpi. Name the file as follows: “Common Name Of The Plant-Name Surname-Title Of Image-YearTaken.jpg” for example “Tulip-Joanne Smith-Summer Bliss-2022.jpg”.
Item 3. The picture of the plant or emulsion used
- Take a picture of the plant or pigment.
- Crop it square if you can and resize it large enough to print: 1080 pixels at 300 dpi. Name the file “Common Name Of The Plant-Name Surname.jpg” for example “Tulip-Joanne Smith.jpg”.
Item 4. The permission request form
- Download the permission request form.
- Use one release form for all images; list them on the same form.
- Scan or take a picture of the signed form. If the release form is missing the prints will not be entered.
- Name it “NameSurname-Permission form” for example “Joanne Smith-Permission form”
Now you are ready to send the images and the form to us:
- Send your images and the form by a file transfer such as Dropbox, WeTransfer etc. Send only the link to
- Send only the link to firstname.lastname@example.org. PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL files, they end up in the spam box, get blocked or lost.
- We may or may not publish the work on our social media channels such as Instagram and Facebook. If you have included your Instagram in the form will include it.
- When we receive your entry, you will get a confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation within a week, check with us at email@example.com.
- Artists are also invited to make a 30-60s video of themselves and their print (optional).
We hope you enjoy both making anthotypes and taking part in World Anthotype day!