2nd Annual Unfiltered Photography Contest

Downtown’s Unfiltered photography contest launches for its second year, providing an opportunity for novice and professional photographers to engage with the downtown area. Contest participants will act as envoys providing their take on four categories for submission that include: people/place/events, architecture, environment, and skyline of Downtown Long Beach. UNFILTERED is a signature public art program that will archive the cityscape through the lenses of its residents and visitors from year to year.

Any DTLB photograph taken from October 1 – 31, 2018 which meets the submission requirements is eligible. All photos must be submitted through the online submission form from which a panel of community members and artists will choose 20 finalists for a public exhibitionOne photograph will be selected from each of the four categories to receive recognition as a Viewfinder Award winner. Viewfinder Awardees will receive a prize. Additionally, a Fan Favorite will be selected from the 20 finalist photos through a public online vote following the exhibition. Lastly, all 20 finalist photos will be on display at the DLBA office for the entire year following the exhibition.


Join the Arts Council for Long Beach and the DLBA for the 2nd Annual DTLB UNFILTERED Art Gallery. The official opening of the gallery will begin on Saturday, December 8th at CommonGrounds. Please join us on opening night from 5pm to 7pm to celebrate all of the finalists with light refreshments and live entertainment. Voting for the Fan Favorite will also begin on December 8th at 4:00 pm and close on January 5th at 11:59pm.

Category Descriptions

People, Places, Events:

This category asks photographers to frame the unexpected in Downtown Long Beach living; highlighting the people, places and events that create our unique and diverse character.


Long Beach is both an urban center and coastal city. Not only is it home to various downtown neighborhoods, but also flora and fauna and breathtaking views that make it a special place to unwind.


By highlighting the rich architectural history of Downtown Long Beach, photographers can capture the undeniable grace of our aging buildings and the vibrant lines of the newest developments.


This category looks to the unforgettable views of our Downtown skyline that no matter the time of day tells the story of a port town, a commercial center with a robust history of growth.

2017 Finalists

Reproduction and distribution of the artwork without written permission of the artist is prohibited.
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