Today, you should… picture Downtown Long Beach in UNFILTERED photo contest


Photo by Aaron Barrera for the DLBA’s 2nd Annual DTLB Unfiltered contest.

Now in its third year, UNFILTERED is a photo contest open to anyone. Like anyone. Have a camera? Like how the evening light shimmers off the Farmers & Merchant Bank building? Click! You’re in! Contest participants are invited to provide their perspective in four categories for submission: people/place/events, architecture, environment and the skyline of Downtown Long Beach.

Photo by Ban Deloviar for the DLBA’s 2nd Annual DTLB Unfiltered contest.

We’ve provided you with some of the finalists from last year’s contest to give you a little context and inspiration. But here’s the deal. If you haven’t taken that photo yet, you only have Oct. 30 and 31 to do it because the contest ends, and all submissions have to be submitted online, by Halloween.

A panel of community members and artists will choose 20 finalists (five photos per category) for a public exhibition and artist reception at Fingerprints Music during the December 14 Art Walk. One photograph will be selected from each of the four categories to receive recognition as a Viewfinder Award winner and recipient of a prize. Additionally, a fan favorite will be selected from the 20 finalist photos through a public online vote. All 20 finalist photos will be on display at the DLBA office for the year.

Got it? OK, get clicking. For more information, submission material or just a little inspiration, click (Ha!) here.

Another great thing: If you find you like clicking for UNFILTERED, why not keep right on going by participating in our Overlooked LB series. We’ve asked readers to slow down and notice the overlooked details of their neighborhood or just about any place in town you find lovely or fascinating or both. Whether those end up being plants or people or buildings, that’s up to you. Do it!

Giving us a moment’s pause:

Photo by Maureen Vastardis for the DLBA’s 2nd Annual DTLB Unfiltered contest.


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Steve Lowery began his journalism career at the Los Angeles Times, where he planned to spend his entire career. God, as usual, laughed at his plans and he has since written for the short-lived sports publication The National, the L.A. Daily News, the Press-Telegram, New Times LA, the District and the OC Weekly. He is the Arts & Culture Editor for the Post, overseeing the Hi-lo.