Lightbox Photographic Gallery Call for Entries


Submissions to MobileMagic XVIII are open until Tuesday, March 31, Midnight, pst.

We are happy to have Polly Chandler serving as juror for this Month’s MobileMagic Show

Mobile Phone Photographic Images are part of our everyday life. We nearly all have smart phones, allowing us to create images with the immediacy of reaching into our pocket, using the processing tools of the myriad of apps, which allow us to create with a serendipity similar to toy camera photography. In our MobileMagic Exhibits we wish to bring these uniquely creative images to the final print, off of our phones and into the beauty of a fine photographic print.
MobileMagic is a monthly exhibit for display in the gallery and online, opening during our regular Second Saturday Monthly Openings. Each month we display archival pigment prints of the top 25 juried images, selected by a renown juror from the photographic community. LightBox will print every submission, that’s right, every single submission, not just the juror’s top 25. All are printed as a 100% archival rag pigment print and mailed to the photographer. A Juror’s choice will receive a $50 cash award.

Submission Guidelines

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I am, admittedly, a die-hard film lover, and I primarily photograph with a Large Format View Camera using the now defunct Polaroid Type 55, which I stocked up on in 2009. I truly enjoy the level of difficulty with a large format camera; when shooting with film it is not easy, it’s a challenge. You must make sure to hone your craft, get it right in the camera, without being able to see the outcome instantaneously. Shooting with film is 100 times more challenging than digitally, in my humble opinion, and that is why I like it. For myself, there is such a sense of accomplishment that I don’t find when I shoot digitally. If it were easy, it wouldn’t be as fun.
Having said that, when I first got my iPhone I will admit that I was dubious about using the camera, but then I began to realize it IS simply another great tool, and that I can utilize it to make images I see all around me with ease, because I always have my phone on me.
I liken using a Phone-Camera to “an athlete stretching for a race”, if that makes sense. It allows me to use my creative mind daily, I can practice using my visual skills (stretching), and noticing things that the average person might simply walk right past, and take the image with ease right then and there. Then, when I’m ready to lug out all my film equipment, I’ve been using my creative mind daily with my camera-phone (again, stretching my creativity mind with my iPhone camera)!
There have been plenty of times where I thought, dangit, wish I’d gotten that one on a big ol’ 4X5 negative, ha! But I’m pretty proud of some of the shots I’ve made with the phone! It’s a good time. And I am definitely hooked on the iPhone Camera! I even have a section on my website dedicated to the images I have created with my phone. It is a great tool, and a lot of fun! ~ Polly Chandler

Polly Chandler grew up in Southern Illinois and graduated with an MFA in photography from Southern Illinois University. She has taught many classes at both the Art Institute of Austin, and a Traditional Darkroom Class at Austin Community College. Polly has also exhibited her work nationally and her photographs have been published in magazines such as PDN, Rangefinder and B&W Magazine. She was also nominated for the prestigious Lucie Award presented at The Carnegie Hall in NYC, a personal highlight. Polly now lives in Nashville, TN, and continues to make photographs as well as strives to challenge herself in her work.

All the submissions are printed as archival prints on 100% rag paper and mailed to you. 

A cash award of $50 will be given to the photographer receiving the Juror’s Award!
Your submission fee is of great help in supporting the gallery and our mission. Thanks!

Current & Past MobileMagic Exhibits


Submission Guidelines

All submissions must be exposed and processed on a mobile phone or mobile device and must be the creation of the submitter.

Email your image(s) to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Include your name, image title, and mailing address in the email.
Please enter Mobile Magic in the Subject title of the email
Please submit images at the highest resolution available.

Each submission cost $10 and must be paid for using PayPal “contact for exceptions”
LightBox’s paypal ID is
Subject of the payment should be Mobile Magic,
Message with payment should include the image title(s) and your name.
International entries are encouraged and welcome at no extra cost!
Submissions are due by Midnight on the last day of every calendar month.

Every submission will be printed by LightBox using pigment inks and archival 100% cotton rag stock in the size of 5.5” x 8.5” and mailed to the photographer.

Juror’s Award: One image will be chosen, a Juror’s choice, receiving a $50 cash award.

The top twenty-five images chosen by the juror will be printed and displayed on the wall of LightBox starting on the Second Saturday of every month, posted on the LightBox website and the prints will be mailed to the photographer after the show.

The twenty-five juried images will remain in an online gallery for one year and will be available for sale at the set price of $35. The photographer will receive a paypal payment of $25 every time their image sells. Prints are printed by LightBox using 100% cotton rag stock and archival pigment inks, on paper size of 5.5” x 8.5” and mailed to the buyer.

By entering the show you give LightBox the right to offer the image for sale in the gallery and online for a period of one year from the opening of that months exhibit. *You may choose to notify the gallery that you do not wish to offer your image for sale.

Every image and print is the creative property of the photographer. LightBox retains no rights to use your image other than to offer your image for sale in the gallery and online for a period of one year from the date of the opening of that months exhibit. You may choose to notify the gallery that you do not wish to offer your image for sale.

The online gallery will be posted on the Second Saturday of every month where you can see if your image made it into the exhibit for that month!

All submission fees and funds raised through these monthly exhibits go toward supporting LightBox Photographic Gallery’s Mission to provide a center for the promotion of creative and alternative photography on the North Coast of Oregon.

Thank you and have Fun!
Michael and Chelsea Granger, Directors of LightBox Photographic Gallery

LightBox Photographic Gallery
1045 Marine Dr. Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 468-0238

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