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April Photo Contest: Babies!

Get ready for a battle of the cute.

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

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

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.

Ladies and gents, we’ve already put in the warning to rest of our building for some high-decible “awww-ing” come April 22, so please don’t disappoint.

>> See a slide show of past winners

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 submissions online in relation to the photo contest.

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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.