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The Washingtonian honors females who've made it to the top with a luncheon at the St. Regis Hotel By Washingtonian Staff

Most Powerful Women Debbie Dingell, Julie Rogers, and Mary Kay Henderson. Photograph by Erik Uecke

The Washingtonian honored the 100 Most Powerful Women featured in the October issue at a luncheon at the elegant St. Regis hotel. The honorees were encouraged to bring as a guest a woman with talent and tenacity whom Washingtonian should watch in the future.

PricewaterhouseCoopers was the presenting sponsor of the luncheon, and managing partner Chris Simmons served as the keynote speaker. Washingtonian partnered with Vital Voices, an international organization dedicated to identifying, investing in, and bringing visibility to women around the world.  Guests had the opportunity to appear on a mock Washingtonian cover, thanks to Event Digital Photography. Lexus, the automotive sponsor, provided a sleek RX 450h, which was parked out front for attendees to admire. Floral arrangements by MultiFlor decorated the venue, which was equipped with tables and linens from Select Event Rentals. Music inside and out was provided by Elan Artists, while Event EQ coordinated the audio and visual elements of the afternoon's presentations.

Posted at 02:12 PM/ET, 10/20/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
What's better than pictures of adorable baby cheetahs? By Kay Steiger
Animal care staff at the Smithsonian National Zoo weighed the five new cheetah cubs this week, which weigh an average of 2 pounds each. Photo courtesy National Zoological Park

We alerted you to the fact that five cheetah cubs were born in Fort Royal, Virginia, at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute earlier this month, but now there are pictures! Can you say, "Aww"?

The five cubs, which were born on May 28, underwent their first weigh-in this week. The cubs weigh an average of two pounds each."When I was weighing the last cub, he was being a very tough little guy," said Adrienne Crosier, SCBI cheetah biologist in statement from the National Zoo Park. "We’re already starting to see differences in their dispositions and look forward to watching them grow and learning all we can from them."

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Posted at 09:16 AM/ET, 07/11/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
Honoring locals who encourage sustainability and protect our environment By Laura McKenzie

The 2011 Green Awards recipients. Photograph by Erik Uecke

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In Green Giants, a feature in our May 2011 issue, The Washingtonian honors five individuals who protect our environment by finding local food treasures, by sending kids into the wild, and by building and living in ways that benefit us all. This year's winners include LEED-certified housing constructor Peter Guida, former CIA director R. James Woolsey, Casey Tree's president Barbara Shea, Poste restaurant chef Robert Weland, and Newton Marasco Foundation founder Amy Marasco Newton. The award recipients were honored with a reception Monday night.  

To read more about the work of our Green Awards winners, pick up a copy of our May 2011 issue, on stands today!  

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Posted at 04:29 PM/ET, 05/26/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
Promising filmmaker and photojournalist dies in Libya By Sophie Gilbert

Tim Hetherington. Photo courtesy Outpost Films.
I first met Tim Hetherington, who died Wednesday alongside Pulitzer Prize-winning Getty Images photographer Chris Hondros in Libya, in the fall of 2007, at a New York event hosted by the Frontline Club, a British society for journalists covering conflict overseas. Hetherington had just won the World Press Photo competition for his Vanity Fair photograph of an American soldier in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley, and he was on crutches following a fall down a mountain in the middle of the night, which had resulted in a broken ankle. Hetherington and his Vanity Fair collaborator, author Sebastian Junger, screened footage the pair had captured from Afghanistan for ABC News—images of graphic conflict that were seen by over 22 million Americans. “I don’t want to preach to the converted,” Hetherington said later about the project. “I don’t want to reach intellectuals who already know what the story is. I want to reach the road sweeper who has ABC News on in the morning, or the mom who’s taking her kids to school. In some ways I think that has much more utility.”

Hetherington agreed to talk to me for a class project, and we met in a brunch place on the Upper West Side where he told me about his life. He was born in Liverpool, England, and had what he called “an unusual upbringing,” living in 12 different cities with his family before he was sent to Stoneyhurst, a Jesuit boarding school. “It was a strange place,” he said, “a real Jesuit prison camp. Hard weather, and they used to beat you in that private schoolboy tradition.” He studied English, Latin, and Greek at university, and worked for a while publishing and editing children’s books. After his grandmother died and left him a few thousand pounds, Hetherington took two years off and traveled alone to China, India, and Pakistan, staying mostly out of contact with family and friends. When he returned to England, he felt dissatisfied with writing as a medium. “I’d had a lot of experiences, and I was suffering from culture shock,” he said. “I had a lot of things inside me that I needed to express, and I was having difficulty expressing them with words. I said to myself there and then that I wanted to get involved in more visual culture.”

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Posted at 01:24 PM/ET, 04/21/2011 | 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 ()
Striking scenes from the Mall to Arlington to the Chesapeake Bay—all entries in FotoWeek DC's photography competition By Emily Leaman
Arlington resident Walter Grio convinced a friend to don a panda costume for this shot taken on an Orange Line Metro train. The giant bear hardly fazed commuters.

>> See more of our favorite pictures from FotoWeek DC 2010

Didn't make it to any of this year's Fotoweek events? Not a problem—we rounded up the festival's best shots of Washington in our December issue, and now, for our online readers, we've wrapped them up in a nice little slide show. Merry Christmas.    

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Posted at 10:36 AM/ET, 12/15/2010 | Permalink | Comments ()
Today's the last day to vote for your favorite photo! By Sarah Zlotnick

>> See a slideshow of the September finalists

Well shutterbugs, we are officially impressed. Just when we thought we’d be wading in predictable old cherry-blossom pics, you go and send us hundreds of color-drenched, completely modern interpretations of September’s “flora and fauna” photo contest. Our judges spent all afternoon whittling down the options to six finalists, and we’re finally ready to have you pick the winner. See our favorites up close in our finalists’ gallery, then vote for your pick below. The photograph with the most votes as of noon on Thursday, September 30, will appear in the November issue of The Washingtonian.

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Posted at 11:19 AM/ET, 09/30/2010 | Permalink | Comments ()
Head in to the Washington wild—or at least the outdoors By Sarah Zlotnick

Before the cooler weather slowly draws you inside, we’re putting in one last bid for greenery and cuddly animals. We’ve dubbed September’s photo contest “Flora and Fauna” in hopes of bringing in pictures of super-cute zoo babies, the beauty of our local parks, gardens, conservatories, and of course, the awe and intrigue of the Washington wild. Or, you know, the backwoods of your Bethesda neighborhood. C’mon, Washington, we know you can do it! Especially considering the amount of National Zoo and cherry-blossom photos we receive regardless of the theme.

Here’s how the contest works: Submissions will be accepted until noon on Monday, September 20. Our judges will select the finalists, then we’ll open it up to you to select a favorite. The winner will be published in the November issue of The Washingtonian.

Photos—one per e-mail, please—should be sent to 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.

>> See a slide show of past winners

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Posted at 09:20 AM/ET, 09/01/2010 | Permalink | Comments ()