News & Politics

April Photo Contest: Architecture

This month, we’re on the hunt for your best building shots.

Sure, nothing quite compares to the the natural beauty of a setting sun or blooming flower, but, when done right, man-made creations run a close second. That’s why our April photo contest is focused on all things architecture.

When it comes to subjects, angles, and composition, we recommend getting creative. Skyscraper shots are great, but there’s also something to be said for capturing the controlled elegance of winding stairs or the ornate decoration of a weathered church. Photos can feature entire edifices, close-ups of the most interesting parts, or even complete skylines—readers, it’s up to you!

Here’s how the contest works: Send submissions by noon on Friday, April 16, 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 June 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 and where it was taken and explaining 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.

Good luck, and happy picture-taking!

Curious to see what’s previously caught our eye? Check out past winners here

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.

Subscribe to Washingtonian
Follow Washingtonian on Twitter

More>> Capital Comment Blog | News & Politics | Party Photos 

Don’t Miss Another Big Story—Get Our Weekend Newsletter

Our most popular stories of the week, sent every Saturday.

Or, see all of our newsletters. By signing up, you agree to our terms.

Sarah is the Editor-in-Chief of Washingtonian Bride & Groom, and writes about weddings, fashion, and shopping. Her work has also appeared in Refinery29, Bethesda Magazine, and Washington City Paper, among others. She is a Georgetown University graduate, lives in Columbia Heights, and you can find her on Instagram at @washbridegroom and @sarahzlot.