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Get ready for a battle of the cute. By Sarah Zlotnick

Pure infant bliss.

Food, sports, architecture. . . it doesn’t matter the theme. Month in and month out, The Washingtonian photo-contest judges invariably end up sifting through dozens of sickeningly sweet pictures of our readers’ children. And hey—we’re definitely not complaining. Nearly everyone on staff would pay serious money to pinch just one of baby Tyler’s cherubic little cheeks.

So, after weeks of fighting off baby fever, we’re finally giving in. For April’s photo contest, we’re calling for pictures of adorable Washington kiddies doing adorable Washington things. Only the cutest will survive.

For those new to the contest, here’s how it works: Submissions will be accepted until noon on Friday, April 22. The Washingtonian will select the finalists, but reader vote determines the winner.

Photos—one per e-mail, please—should be sent to photocontest@washingtonian.com.

In each e-mail, be sure to include:
• A title for the photo
• A sentence or two about the photo explaining where it was taken and why it fits theme
• The photographer’s name, phone number, e-mail address, and place of residence

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Posted at 01:30 PM/ET, 04/01/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
Five mouth-watering photos (as picked by our very own food photographer) have moved on to the next round. Vote for your favorite! By Sarah Zlotnick

>> See a slide show of the finalists

It takes one to know one—a good food photographer, that is. And because we most definitely are not one (but can’t help but feel slightly jealous of a guy with such a cool gig), we enlisted the help of an expert in selecting the finalists for March’s Foodie Photo Contest. That expert is Scott Suchman, whose work in our utterly delectable 100 Very Best Restaurants issue may have caused you immediate hunger pangs. In addition to The Washingtonian, Scott also shoots for the Washington Post, Baltimore magazine, and Southern Living. He selected the five finalists above, and his reasoning behind each choice follows after the jump.

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Posted at 12:11 PM/ET, 03/24/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
Three cheers for food porn! By Sarah Zlotnick

Think you can make a dish look as pretty as this?
We here at The Washingtonian always appreciate a good meal. From scouting for 100 Very Best Restaurants to digging up dives for Cheap Eats and keeping up with the latest in the Washington restaurant scene, it’s safe to say a sizeable portion of our day is dedicated to whetting appetites all over this city. So who wants to help us in the process?

For our Foodie Photo Contest, we’re seeking snaps of anything and everything related to eating. Pictures of mouth-watering meals, the restaurant scene, beautifully laid tables, cooking in the kitchen—if it’s going to make stomachs rumble, send it our way. Amateur foodie photographers, this is your chance!

Here’s how the contest works: Submissions will be accepted until noon on Wednesday, March 23. This month, the top five will be selected by Scott Suchman, The Washingtonian's go-to guy for mouth-watering food photography (you've seen his work all over our 100 Best Restaurant issue). Reader votes ultimately determines the winning image, which will be published in the May issue of The Washingtonian.

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Posted at 09:53 AM/ET, 03/22/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
What's the best "Love Actually" picture? By Sarah Zlotnick

>> See the slide show of the finalists

Valentine's Day may have passed, but the finalists of February's photo contest still have us gushing over all sorts of sweet moments. From sleeping babes to sunset kisses, it's nice to see Washington take a break from work deadlines and spend some time with the people who matter most.

Who should be crowned the winner? That's up to you to decide. Check out the pictures in our finalists gallery, then vote for your favorite in the poll below. The photograph with the most votes as of noon on Monday, February 28, with be published in the April issue of The Washingtonian.

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Posted at 12:22 PM/ET, 02/28/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
Predictable, we know, but how could we resist? By Sarah Zlotnick

Between swooning over the picture of the sweet couple that Danie Smallwood submitted to last month’s “Caught in the Moment” contest and planning for our stuffed-to-the-brim Valentine’s Day Guide (be sure to check it out for restaurant specials and dozens of great date ideas), it seemed only fitting to focus on falling in love for our February photo contest. Are your friends and family sick of staring at all your mushy photos? Send them our way. Proposals, first dates, hand-holding, wedding pictures, Eskimo kisses—if the picture’s got anything to do with love, sweet love (in Washington, of course), we can’t wait to see it. PS—We’re also on the lookout for love stories for a special Valentnine’s Day feature. If you’re better at writing this stuff down than capturing it with a camera, be sure to share those as well!

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Posted at 10:00 AM/ET, 01/31/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
Because the dreary snow-drizzle outside is depressing us. By Sarah Zlotnick

In December, we ran a Snowmaggedon photo contest, and readers submitted hundreds of awesome pictures from last February's storm. Today, we're showing you thirteen of our favorite runners up (view the finalists here) because the current weather situation is just one big, grey-sky tease. Let's get to the white stuff already! 

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Posted at 09:14 AM/ET, 01/26/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
What's your favorite "Caught in the Moment" picture? By Sarah Zlotnick

>> See a slideshow of the finalists

January's candid photography contest swamped the Washingtonian offices with some of the most vibrant photography we've seen in months. Playing off the "Caught in the Moment" theme, participants snapped their subjects in all sorts of surprising poses and positions. Hey Washington—thanks for the mid-winter pick-me-up!

The six shots you see here represent the cream of the crop. See the full pictures in our finalists' gallery, then vote for your favorite in the poll below (It's tough this month!). The photograph with the most votes as of noon on Tuesday, February 1 will be published in the March issue of The Washingtonian.

Please remember to play fair! The rules allow one vote per person, and we monitor the polls closely. If we catch voting irregularities for a particular photograph, it’ll be disqualified.      

*To help keep this contest fair, we’ve elected to use an IP-address-based poll. This means that if you’re voting from an office or network setting, not everybody in that setting will be able to vote. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we hope you’ll encourage coworkers to vote from their home computers.

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Posted at 02:14 PM/ET, 01/25/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
We’ll forgive your focus just this once By Sarah Zlotnick

Truly excellent impromptu photographs take serious dedication. For every killer concert picture or funny party photo, there are five dozen closed-eye, off-angle shots. Yep, candid photography can be a tough business—which is why we’re using January’s photo contest to celebrate the times you got it right. Be it a quiet moment between lovers or Rallying to Restore Sanity, send us your best candid picture, and it could end up as a January finalist.

Here’s how the contest works: Submissions will be accepted until noon on Tuesday, January 25. Our judges will sift through the entries to find their five favorites, and reader votes ultimately determine the winning photo, which will be published in the March issue of The Washingtonian.

Photos—one per e-mail, please—should be sent to photocontest@washingtonian.com. Be sure to include the photographer’s name, phone number, e-mail address, and place of residence along with a sentence or two about the photo, where it was taken, and an explanation of why it fits the theme. You can submit as many photos as you’d like, but make sure each is 300 dpi and at least four by six inches. And remember, the photographer and the subject must be from the Washington area, which includes the Maryland and Virginia suburbs.

>> See a slide show of past winners

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Posted at 07:21 AM/ET, 01/03/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
Relive Snowmaggedon, then vote for your favorite! By Sarah Zlotnick

>> See the Snowmaggedon Photo Contest Finalists

Well folks, we were definitely impressed with your photo contest efforts this month. Between the Twitter #hashtags, bros mugging with their jeeps, and impromptu snowball fights, it was great to see the truly fun side of the storm that ate Washington show through.  That being said, the judging process was not without its few touching moments—K.N. Vinod, the paramedics who reconnected your father's oxygen supply deserve much more than the shout-out we're attempting right here. 

The six shots selected here don't cover all our favorites, but do best represent a cross-sample of angles and subjects.  See them up-close in our finalists gallery, then vote for your favorite in the poll below. The photograph with the most votes as of noon on Monday, January 3 will appear in the February issue of The Washingtonian, just in time to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the storm that inspired it. 

Please remember to play nice! The rules allow one vote per person, and we monitor the polls closely. If we catch voting irregularities for a particular photograph, it’ll be disqualified.   

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Posted at 01:50 PM/ET, 12/20/2010 | Permalink | Comments ()
This month, we pay our respects to the storm that ate Washington By Sarah Zlotnick

Georgetown University alum Charlie Nutting shot this photo of a man kite-skiing—yes, really kite-skiing—on the National Mall during last February's snowstorm, and entered it into June's People-Watching photo contest.
Last February’s Snowmageddon will go down in Washington history. As with the legendary blizzard of 1996, people were trapped in neighborhoods and homes for days on end—sometimes without power, almost always without modern modes of entertainment. Those who braved the storms—and brought cameras along—ended up with some epic pictures. With the probable onslaught of winter (who can tell with global warming anymore?), we’ve dubbed December’s photo contest “Snowmageddon” in hopes of collecting your best shots of wintry white. No, the photo doesn’t have to be from last winter’s Snowpocalypose, but that certainly won’t hurt.

Here’s how the contest works: Submissions will be accepted until noon on Monday, December 20. Our judges will sift through the entries to find the five best, but it’s up to you, dear readers, to vote for your favorite. The winner will be published in the February issue of The Washingtonian, just in time to commemorate the first anniversary of our snowstorm double whammy.

Photos—one per e-mail, please—should be sent to photocontest@washingtonian.com. Be sure to include the photographer’s name, phone number, e-mail address, and place of residence along with a sentence or two about the photo, where it was taken, and an explanation of why it fits the theme. You can submit as many photos as you’d like, but just make sure each is 300 dpi and at least four by six inches. And remember, the photographer and the subject must be from the Washington area, which includes the Maryland and Virginia suburbs.

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Posted at 12:00 PM/ET, 12/10/2010 | Permalink | Comments ()