Behind the Veil: International Juried Photography Competition

Elizabeth Opalenik, Juror

Reflections on veiled reality, emergence and obfuscation, and interpretations (both literal and metaphorical) of hidden mysteries and inner truths revealed.


Submission Dates:
May 1 – June 16, 2024

Grand Prize Winner: $1000
First Place Winner: $500
Second Place Winner: $250
Third Place Winner $100

Entry Fee:
First 3 Submissions Free for IPHF Members
$35 for Non-Members
Additional Submissions $10 Each
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Juror: Elizabeth Opalenik

As a photographic artist, Elizabeth Opalenik believes that all good photographs are self-portraits that lie somewhere between imagination and dreams. Her nearly 45-year career has found her teaching or making images on six continents, seeking the beauty and grace that exists within all things while creating a sense of wonder and possibility. Elizabeth is committed to her black and white darkroom preferring alternative processes, but combines digital usage when appropriate. Her preference is working with water in any form or illusion and furthering her work in the French process Mordançage where she has added her signature style by creating veils of floating silver emulsion. Elizabeth’s work is collected, published and exhibited internationally. In addition, Opalenik travels with Medical Ministry International, documenting the projects of eye doctors in Colombia, Bolivia and the Amazon. Following a lifelong dream, she published her first monograph, Poetic Grace-Elizabeth Opalenik Photographs 1979-2007. During the pandemic she conjured into existence, Workshop Stories: Changed through Photography sharing over 100 stories and images from photographic workshop teachers. 

Her website is

All Images © Elizabeth Opalenik, unless otherwise noted.