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Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation
TOCA Foundation 2023 Photography Juried Show

The TOCA Foundation 2023 Photography Juried Show recognizes the best in original photography. 40 photographs will be selected from the prestigious field of artist entries to be included in an exhibition at the June 24th, 2023 TOCApalooza (formerly SouthBay Festival of the Arts).

Judges will select the top 3 photographs by adults and top 3 by youth to receive the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards. 



Entry Application Deadline: May 29, 2023

To be eligible for the youth category, the photographer must be 17-years-old or younger.

This exhibition is open to all photographers worldwide.

Entry Application, Artwork Submission, and Fees must be completed on the Onlinejuriedshows website, where you will log in and click Enter This Show to begin.



Diane Cockerill


A fourth generation Angelino, Diane Cockerill studied Fine Art at UCLA. She has shown work at several local and national galleries as well as in Tokyo, Paris, 

Hungary, and South Korea


After receiving her first point-and-shoot at the age ten, Diane later transitioned to a 35mm camera with a more serious interest in photography. New technology introduced the digital world and the immediacy it provided suited her street shooting style. Diane is now fully immersed in photographing her native city.


Mark Comon


Mark R. Comon, CPC, CPI

Mark Comon is President of PAUL’S PHOTO and founder of Creative PhotoAcademy. Mark is an award-winning photographer, world renown educator andindustry leading retail professional.


 At PAUL’S PHOTO he has led the charge of a single-location family-owned camera store from the days of film to digital and into the online era. While other brick-and-mortar technology business struggle PAUL’S PHOTO continues to grow and prosper. Mark speaks often at meetings of retails camera store owners and photo labs on customer service, retail ideas and leadership.


Since 1988, Mark Comon has taught more than two hundred-fifty students per month in his popular classes in PAUL’S PHOTO’S Creative Photo Academy. As a dynamic lecturer, Comon has entertained and educated audiences from first- time snap-shooters and hobbyists to industry professionals. He delivers concise information, plain-language explanations, and inspirational images. In addition to teaching his inspirational programs popular in and out of the photo industry as motivational programs.


 Mark has taken student groups on photographic tours through Europe, Africa and the American Southwest. Mark’s popular Photo Adventures to California’s natural wonders (Death Valley, Monterey, Eastern Sierra and Yosemite) are always sold out! Comon has taught alongside many of today’s photographic greats at his workshops in Carmel, Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly. He is the originator of the Los Angeles Zoo Photo Day, now in its 29th year. As a photographic artist Mark’s images have been featured in many local and regional photographic and artistic exhibitions. His award winning landscape, insightful travel and stirring documentary images capture the light, drama and full range of the human experience


Paul Kartsonis


Paul Kartsonis owns Bakers Man Productions in Torrance, CA.  Shooting for clients including Amazon, AT&T, Honda, SCE, Johns Hopkins University, Providence, Informa, and the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Paul’s keen eye has won him 4 Telly Awards, as well as Horizon awards, and Digital Health Awards.



Complete the Entry Application, submit images of your photography for jury review and pay the entry fees on Log in and click Enter This Show to begin your entries.


Entry Fees are non-refundableThere will be no refunds for any reason. By entering the competition, you are confirming that you accept the refund policy.




3 photographers will receive awards, gifts, unlimited rights to the use of the TOCA award logo, see their photography featured on the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation Website and in 3 Armstrong Performing Art Programs. All artists have the opportunity to be included in the Del Amo Fashion Center show.


TOCA Best of Show - Gold Award

-   Award

-   $1000 prize

TOCA Silver Award

-   Award

-   $500 prize

TOCA Bronze Award

-   Award

-   $250 prize



TOCA Best of Show - Gold Award

-   Award

-   $500 prize

TOCA Silver Award

-   Award

-   $250

TOCA Bronze Award

-   Award

-   $100


Full Show Audience Favorite

-   Certificate

-   $200




This is a juried exhibition. Photographers may submit unlimited digital images of their works to for the jury selection process. The adult category entry fee is $30 for each image, for the youth category the entry fee is $20 for each image. Entry fees are non – refundable and must be paid by the entry deadline. 





May 29, 2023 ENTRY DEADLINE:  Completed Entry application with accompanying digital images and jury fee submitted to 

May 30 - June 5, 2023 JURY SESSION:  Exhibition Photography Judging

June 5 - 6, 2023 EXHIBITION ACCEPTANCE NOTIFICATION:    Photographer’s will be notified by email no later than June 6, 2023 to view the results in their OnlineJuriedShows artist profile. Photographers will have until June 21st to frame and prepare their photography for hanging and submission.

TBD between June 19th & 23rd  EXHIBITION ARTWORK TURN-IN DAYS:  Hand-deliver your juror-accepted and ready-to-hang photograph(s) between 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on either of these dates to the Ken Miller Center at:

Torrance Cultural Arts Center

3300 Civic Center Drive

Torrance, CA 90503

* Out-of-town exhibition photographs that cannot be delivered in person on the designated date and time can be shipped.

Shipments MUST arrive the no earlier than June 18th and received no later than 21st June to be accepted for exhibition. Photographers will be responsible for the cost of crating, handling, and shipping artwork to and from the exhibition.

Please ship artwork to:

Bakers Man Productions

3904 Del Amo Blvd #803

Torrance CA 90503

Attn: David Kartsonis


June 24th TOCA 2023 JURIED FINE ARTS SHOW & AWARDS:          11:00 AM – 5:00 PM  Exhibition

  4:00 PM – 5:00 PM  Champagne Reception & Awards Announcement


Ken Miller Center

Torrance Cultural Arts Center

3300 Civic Center Drive

Torrance, CA 90503


June 24 th PHOTOGRAPHY PICKUP:  Artists are responsible to arrange to pick up of their photographs at the Ken Miller Center between 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM following the Awards Reception.


LIABILITY:  Photography will be handled with the utmost care, and TOCA will make every reasonable effort to keep all submitted artwork safe. However, Artists are responsible for insuring their artwork. TOCA and its representatives are not responsible for loss, theft or damage of your artwork while in the organization’s possession or in transit, including those artworks sold during the exhibition. Submission of the online entry form and fee, along with a signed waiver form for accepted art works at the take-in, shall constitute agreement with ALL conditions set forth in this prospectus.



Entering your images:

1. Before uploading your images, make sure they are smaller than 4MB, but at least 1920 pixels on the longest side at 72 dpi. Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space. Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found

2. Entry form must be filled out in its entirety. List photograph size up to the nearest inch. Submitted images must not include matting or frame. Crop the photos to include only the image. Be sure your images are right - side - up. 

3. Single works composed of multiple separate pieces (Diptychs, triptychs, etc.) are not allowed as one entry unless framed together in one frame within the stated size restrictions. 

4. Model releases are the responsibility of the photographer.

5. Photographs accepted for the exhibition cannot differ from the uploaded image or it will be disqualified. 

6. Accepted delivered entries not conforming to the rules for media, size and proper presentation will be disqualified. 

7. Failure to abide by the size and weight guidelines will result in disqualification. Due to space limitations and fairness to all, sizes will be strictly enforced. 

8. Final acceptance of the entry will be left to the discretion of the Program Coordinator. 

9. Due to the family-oriented theme of the TOCA SouthBay Festival of the Arts, no work dealing with drug use, obscenity, defamatory statements, violence or gang activity, satanic or cult themes or other offensive or objectionable content will be accepted. This is at the discretion of the TOCA Southbay Festival of the Arts staff. 

10. Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images for submission can be found at: 

11. If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please email us at: or call 888-666-1351

12. Please add and to your safe senders list to ensure notifications are received. 



This exhibition is designed to provide the South Bay and surrounding communities exposure to the rich diversity of the arts and their contribution to our culture. The TOCA 2023 Juried Show will celebrate the artists who capture this beauty in their creative process. It also provides emerging and established artists the opportunity to be recognized for their work and for the public to purchase excellent examples of original art.

The exhibition is part of the 2023 TOCA SouthBay Festival of the Arts. Our 2019 festival (prior to Covid-19 closures) drew an attendance of over 4,500. This year over 4,500 attendees are expected. The event features performing arts on 3 stages, children’s art demonstrations and crafts, food, beer & wine, and art displays. All proceeds benefit the mission of the non-profit Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation.

The juried exhibition will be held in the Ken Miller Center at the Torrance Cultural Center and will be followed by an Awards Reception.

Date: Saturday 24 June 2023

Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Ken Miller Center

Torrance Cultural Art Center

3300 Civic Center Drive

Torrance, California



The public and artists are invited to attend the Awards Reception to recognize the artists and awards presentation following the show from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM.



1. All photography must be original, created by the named artist and not created under an instructor’s supervision and not exhibited in any previous TOCA juried show.

2. SIZE RESTRICTIONS: Work must not exceed 36” in height and 36” in width; weight may not exceed 30 lb.

3. Photographer agrees to permit TOCA to reproduce the accepted artwork for TOCA publicity and documentation purposes.

4. For tips on how to best photograph and submit images, click on the active link back to “Image Help” under



Due to space limitations, size limits are strictly enforced. 


Size Limits for Photography Wall Mounted entries: 

1. Size includes the outside dimensions of the frame. 

Rectangular Images:

Minimum Size: 11inches x 14 inches
Maximum Size: 24 inches x 28 inches 

(allows for up to 2-inch frame thickness for a standard 20” x 24” frame size) (any ratio of the size with the minimum and maximum is allowed)

Square Images:
Minimum Size: 9 inches x 9 inches 

Maximum Size: 24 inches x 24 inches 


Panoramic Images:
Maximum Size: 44 inches x 24 inches 


2. Weight Limit: 20 pounds for all wall-hung photography

3. See Juried Exhibition Photography Framing & Hanging Instructions. 


Right to deny acceptance

TOCApalooza is a family event and therefor, TOCA reserves the right to deny acceptance of any piece of photography due to objectionable content at TOCA’s sole discretion.


Proper presentation is critical for the safe display and gallery standards for exhibiting your work and is part of the judging criteria when awarding ribbons. Aesthetics is also a large factor in frame and matte selection, which should complement and not distract from the work. Any accepted work when delivered that is deemed unsafe to display and/ or is poorly presented will be disqualified. 

You can frame the work yourself, but if you’re unexperienced at framing for gallery presentation, then it’s best to take the work to a professional framer. 

Artwork must be securely labeled on the back of each entry with a printout of the following information:
Photographers Name:
Image Title:
Image Size Including Mat and Frame: 

Sales price: 


2. Framing Wall Mounted Artwork
You can have your work professionally framed or frame the work yourself either way please follow these guidelines.
• Works on any media must be framed.
• Due to safety and handling, metal prints have to be framed.
• Black frames with white mats are highly recommended.
• Proper presentation and framing are part of the award judging criteria.

3. Hardware for Hanging
All wall-hanging works must have a taut, braided steel wire attached securely with D-rings for hanging. NO sawtooth hangers or spring clips. 

·      D-Ring Hangers 

D-Ring hangers are preferred and are available in several standard sizes and weight ratings. Make sure the moulding is thick enough to be able to screw in the D-rings. If the wood frame moulding is too thin, the screws can split the frame. Drill a small pilot hole for the screw so as to not split the wood frame when fastening the D-Ring. 

·      Hanging Wire
A multi-strand braided galvanized steel wire is required (weight rated for at least four times the weight of the artwork and frame) and the ends of the wire should be secured so they do not poke into the back of the image.  (String, thread, fishing line or anything other than wire mentioned above will not be accepted) 

Hanging wire is available in various weight-rated sizes and is looped through the D-Ring hangers that are secured in the left and right sides of the wood frame moulding.  Hanging wire is securely looped around both D-Rings. Check that the Apex of the wire is at least 2 inches below top of frame. Make sure the wire does not extend outside the frame. 

·      Sawtooth Hangers are not safe to hang work in a busy public venue such as the festival. The work can easily fall off the wall.  Sawtooth hangers are strictly prohibited. 

4. Frames Containing Glass

• Framing with plastic or Plexiglas is preferred.

• Artists framing their entry with glass assume responsibility for damage to their own artwork and the artwork of others should the glass break. Our staff uses extreme care in handling artwork but assumes no responsibility for damage. 

5. Framing Tips and Informational Links 

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6. Each photograph is required to be delivered to the show framed and ready to hang, including hanging wire. Be sure that the highest part of the hanging wire is at least 1 - 1/2 inch from the top of the frame so that the hanging hardware will be hidden from view behind the frame. Wiring must be in good condition and substantial enough for the weight of the artwork. No saw - tooth hangers. 

7. Submitted work should be correctly oriented (vertical or horizontal).

8. All photographs must be framed.

9. Works on paper must be framed and under glass (Museum or Anti - Reflective Glass is preferred) or Plexiglas. 

10. Delivered work must match the image juried. No substitutions of accepted works will be allowed. 

11. All accepted work must remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibit (If a buyer needs to take the painting home sooner, the artist should provide a suitable replacement). 

12. Prices quoted on the entry form may not be changed after acceptance. 



Artwork will be handled with the utmost care, and TOCA will make every
reasonable effort to keep all submitted artwork safe. However, Artists are
responsible for insuring their artwork. TOCA and its representatives are not responsible for loss, theft or damage of your artwork while in the organization’s possession or in transit, including those artworks sold during the exhibition. Submission of the online entry form and fee, along with a signed waiver form for accepted art works at the take-in, shall constitute agreement with ALL conditions set forth in this prospectus. 




Entries may be marked NFS (Not For Sale), POR (Price on Request) or For Sale by indicating the price on the turn in form. Consider printing, materials, framing costs, TOCA’s fee, and your time when pricing. 

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