Newsletters

Get Well+Being delivered to your inbox every Monday Morning.

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.    

Read More

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.

Read More

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 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.

>> See a slide show of past winners

Read More

Posted at 09:20 AM/ET, 09/01/2010 | Permalink | Comments ()
Help us pick a winner! By Sarah Zlotnick

>> See a slideshow of the August finalists

Babies, bikers, and Segway riders—with so many ways to be on the move in Washington, we were glad to see that many entries in our transportation-themed photo contest went beyond the standard Metro shots. Now that our judges have whittled down the selection to five finalists, it’s up to you to pick the winner. See our favorites up close in our finalist’s gallery, then vote for your pick in the poll below. The photograph with the most votes as of noon on Tuesday, August 31, will appear in the October issue of The Washingtonian.

Read More

Posted at 10:55 AM/ET, 08/24/2010 | Permalink | Comments ()
Can transportation be sexy? We challenge you to find out in this month’s competition. By Sarah Zlotnick

Was it Yoda or Rafiki who said it’s not the destination but the journey? Origin aside, the old cliché is a direct inspiration for August’s transportation photo contest. Show us how DC gets from point A to point B, and please don’t limit yourself to images of luxury cars or ascending airplanes. Though both are welcome interpretations of the theme, we’re interested both in pictures that capture movement, from a baby’s first walk to a marathon, as well as in the vehicles that move us, be it plane, train, bike, Metro, or even your own feet.

We’ll accept submissions until noon on Monday, August 23. Our judges pick the finalists, but readers decide the winner. The photo that garners the highest percentage of votes in an online poll will be published in the October 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, an explanation of why it fits the theme, and a title for the photograph are all important details. You can submit as many pictures 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.

Good luck, and may the Force be with you.

Read More

Posted at 08:51 AM/ET, 08/02/2010 | Permalink | Comments ()
Vote for your favorite After Hours photo. By Sarah Zlotnick

Neon lights and Latin dancing spiced up several entries in this month’s contest: photos of Washington when the sun goes down. After perusing bright colors and fun times, our judges decided on five pictures to send to the next round. Take a closer look in our finalists’ gallery, then cast your vote in the poll below. The photograph with the most votes as of noon on Friday, July 30, will be in the September issue of The Washingtonian.

Read More

Posted at 02:17 PM/ET, 07/19/2010 | Permalink | Comments ()
Let’s party! By Sarah Zlotnick

For July’s “after hours” photo contest, we’re eagerly anticipating your best nighttime photographs that depict a good time. With summer come impromptu outdoor picnics and late nights at sidewalk cafes, so show us how you blow off steam after a tough work week. Craft cocktails at the Gibson? Friday jazz in the National Gallery Sculpture Garden? Dance parties at the Finnish Embassy? Whatever your take on a Washington night out is, we want to see it.

If you’re new to the game, here’s how our contest works: Submissions are accepted until noon on Monday, July 19. Our judges select the finalists, and then we open the voting up to readers to select a winner. The photo that garners the highest percentage of votes will be published in the September 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 are both important details. 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. 

Snap away, late-night shutterbugs! As Friday night steadily approaches, we’re dreaming of exactly two things: an ice-cold mojito and your shots of Washington after the sun goes down.

>> Check out previous reader favorites in our winners’ gallery.

Posted at 01:37 PM/ET, 07/01/2010 | Permalink | Comments ()
Help us pick a winner! By Sarah Zlotnick

For a town stereotyped with gray suits and conservative necklines, Washington turned out some characters for June’s people-watching photo contest. A wide variety of ages, races, and species (there may or may not have an orangutan somewhere in the mix) were represented in the entries. Bravo, contestants—way to celebrate the diversity of our beloved city.

Read More

Posted at 09:56 AM/ET, 06/22/2010 | Permalink | Comments ()
Clap your hands, say yeah! May’s celebration-themed photo contest is officially ready for fun. By Sarah Zlotnick

Don’t listen to the haters, Washington—we know you know how to have a good time. That’s why this month’s photo contest is about all-things celebration. Whether it’s marking milestones or commemorating jobs well done, we want to see how you rise to the occasion.  

That being said, we know there’s a million and five ways, places, and reasons to get down in our area, so don’t limit yourself to standard party pics. Birthday fetes, victory dances, or even a quiet toast between friends—if there’s a reason to be happy behind the photo, then we’re looking forward to seeing it.

Here’s how the contest works: Submissions will be accepted until noon on Monday, May 17. Our judges will select the finalists, then we’ll open it up to you, dear readers, to select a favorite. The winner will be published in the July issue of The Washingtonian.

Read More

Posted at 10:49 AM/ET, 05/03/2010 | Permalink | Comments ()
To celebrate our new travel blog, we’re looking for your best photos of far-off places.

Last month, Washingtonian.com launched Great Getaways, our new travel blog, to give Washington jet-setters a one-click resource for the latest travel news, tips, getaway deals, and more. In the spirit of vacations—we’re already pining for the summer sun—this month’s photo contest is all about travel.

The sky’s the limit in terms of subjects—a Hawaiian sunset, Mexican ruins, Tibetan mountains. Just make sure you send your most creative images. While snapshots of your smiling kids at the beach are fine, what we really want to see are artfully composed photographs that capture the spirit of a far-off place. Get creative—surprise us.

Here’s how the contest works: Send submissions by noon on Friday, March 19, and our judges will pick the best to advance to the reader-voting round. Then we’ll open it up to you to select a favorite. The winner will be published in the May issue of The Washingtonian.

Photos—one per e-mail—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 and where it was taken and explaining why it fits the theme. Photos should be 300 dpi and at least four by six inches. And remember, the photographer must be from the Washington area, which includes the Maryland and Virginia suburbs.

Happy trails, and good luck!

Need inspiration? Check out our gallery of past winners here.  

Read More

Posted at 02:28 PM/ET, 03/01/2010 | Permalink | Comments ()