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October Photo Contest: Contrast

Another month, another photo contest—enter for a chance to be published in The Washingtonian.

Congrats to last month’s winner, Elise Benjamin! Look for her photo in the November issue of The Washingtonian.

It’s the first of the month—October already!—and that means it’s time for another photo contest. For this month’s theme, show us how you interpret the idea of contrast. We want you to play on opposites and juxatposition: Dark and light? Big and small? Hot and cold? You decide—just get creative.

Veterans to this contest are probably familiar with how it works, but for all the newbies, here are the details: Send your submissions by noon on Friday, October 16, and our judges will pick the best shots to advance to the reader-voting round. Then we’ll open it up to you, the reader, to select a favorite. The winner will be published in the December issue of the magazine.

Photos—one per e-mail—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 describing the photo and explaining why it fits the theme. Photos should be 300 dpi and at least four by six inches. And remember, both the photographer and the photo’s subject need to be from the Washington area, which includes the Maryland and Virginia suburbs.

Good luck!

Our policy on photo rights: The photographer retains the copyright. However, because the photographer has submitted his or her photo to the contest, the magazine has the right to print the winning photograph in the current issue of the magazine and online as well as in any future issues as long as usage is related to the photo contest. The magazine also has the right to use the finalists online in relation to the photo contest.

Need inspiration? Check out all the past photo contest winners here.  

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