4th Annual Unfiltered Photography Contest

Ready to take your shot?

Whether you are a novice or professional, the Downtown Long Beach Unfiltered photography contest provides a great way to show your creativity and perspective on our Downtown community and compete for some great prizes and recognition.

Contest participants act as envoys providing their creative take on four categories for submission: People/Places/Events, Architecture, Environment, and the Downtown Long Beach Skyline.

Unfiltered is a DLBA signature public art program, in conjunction with the Arts Council for Long Beach, that archives the cityscape through the lenses of its residents and visitors from year to year. The program is designed to showcase the beauty, creativity, and unique sense of place that is Downtown Long Beach.

Contest Overview
Any DTLB photograph taken between November 1 – November 30, 2021, which meets the submission requirements, is eligible. All photos must be submitted through the online submission form. A panel of community members and artists will choose 20 finalists for a public exhibition during Dec. 17’s 3rd Friday on Pine. One photograph from each of the four categories of finalists will be selected as a Viewfinder Award winner. Viewfinder Awardees receive a prize. Additionally, a Fan Favorite also will be selected from the 20 finalist photos through a public online vote following the exhibition. All 20 finalist photos will be on display at the DLBA office for the entire year following the exhibition.

Unfiltered Orientation

On Thursday, November 4 the DLBA and the Arts Council for Long Beach will be hosting a virtual orientation via Zoom. This orientation will cover how to apply, the rules, the judging categories, where to submit, and the waiver you’ll be signing. Tune in at 5PM here with the password: 482404.

Unfiltered Art Gallery

Join the Arts Council for Long Beach and the DLBA for the 4th Annual DTLB Unfiltered Art Gallery on December 17, 2021 at 3rd Fridays on Pine. Please join us on the opening night from 5PM-9PM to celebrate all the finalists with light refreshments and live entertainment. Voting for the Fan Favorite will also begin on December 17, 2021 and close on January 5, 2022 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.