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May Photo Contest: Give Us Your All

You’ve got three days to send us your best pictures!

Ladies, gentleman, and loyal followers of the Washingtonian photo contest—

We come to you today with a bit of sad news. After years of requesting your pictures for our monthly photo contest, The Washingtonian has decided to take a break from running the winner in our print magazine. This is in no way a reflection on your efforts. From the haunting colors of Vincent Carney’s abandoned hospital shots to the infectious smile of Bobby Hong’s adorable son Tyler, we’ve honestly delighted in every single submission—even when we couldn’t quite figure out how they related to the theme. (To whoever sent in chickens running through the French countryside for our transportation contest, we’re still waiting on an explanation.) We may spend day in and day out writing about this fair city, but you’ve shown us sides, corners, alleys, and personalities we never would have uncovered. Thank you for that.

Because this month will be the last time the winner will be featured in the magazine, we want you to give it your all. That means there is no theme this time; we just want your best picture. Period. Go ahead, take our breath away. And since you’ve only got until Friday to submit your photos, send them in quickly!

Here’s the fine print: Submissions will be accepted until noon on Friday, May 27. The Washingtonian will select the finalists, but readers will vote on the Web site (the poll will be available through Memorial Day weekend) and those votes will determine 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 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 submission 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.

Watch for coming details on how the photo contest will carry on after this month. Drop your input in the comments section. Would you be upset if it disappeared altogether? Barely notice that it’s gone (*sniff*—we hope that’s not the case!)? This contest is for you, so we want to make sure it continues in a manner you’re satisfied with.

Thanks for playing, readers. Now go rummage through your archives and show us what you’ve got!

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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.