Winning Digital Photo Contests

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

International Foundation for Electoral Systems Contest

WASHINGTON – Jan. 20 - The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is accepting submissions for its 2011 Photography Contest. Entries will be accepted until March 11 at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.

Since 2009, IFES, the world’s premiere election-assistance and democracy-promotion NGO, has sponsored this annual democracy-themed contest to highlight the many ways people around the world demonstrate a sense of civic responsibility and call to action. The contest seeks photographs of individuals taking part in elections or other activities that embody the values of democratic governance and civic engagement.

The competition is open to amateur and professional photographers and will be divided into two categories:
·         The Public Category is open to all photographers who are at least 18 years of age at the time of entry.
·         The IFES’ Choice Category is open only to current IFES employees.

One winner and up to 10 finalists will be chosen in each category. The winner of each category will receive $600 (USD).

Previous contests have drawn hundreds of entries from talented photographers from around the world. Outstanding entries are exhibited at IFES’ headquarters in Washington, displayed online at, and frequently featured in IFES publications and outreach materials, including the annual IFES wall calendar.

Full contest rules and entry information are available online at  Previous contest entries can be viewed on IFES’ Flickr page at

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

First Annual Cherry Blossom Photo Festival Announced

Washington, DC [January 5, 2011] – FotoDC and the National Cherry Blossom Festival have joined to co-produce the first annual National Cherry Blossom Photo Contest focused on cherry blossoms and the nation’s greatest celebration of spring.

The contest, which runs from February 11 – April 9, 2011, will accept entries in three categories: Landscape, People, and Festivities, taken during this year’s Festival, March 26 – April 10, or taken within the previous two years.  Winners of each category will receive $500 in prize money, exposure on the popular FotoDC and National Cherry Blossom Festival websites, and recognition through a special winners’ celebration. In addition, winners and the top 100 images will be exhibited in print or projection form during FotoWeek DC’s annual festival in November 2011.

This important collaboration with the National Cherry Blossom Festival is among the first photography projects undertaken by FotoDC since the organization became a year-round operation.  “We wanted our initial FotoDC projects to be a launch pad for us as we move from a once-a-year festival to year-round programming.  The dramatic profusion of cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin and the excitement of Festival activities make the perfect platform for contestants.  I have high expectations for our entries,” said Theo Adamstein, FotoDC founder.

President of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Diana Mayhew, is enthusiastic as well.  “We are excited to see the essence of the Festival captured in the contest – spring and beauty in our natural environment, unparalled entertainment and culture, and the spirit of the community.  The partnership between our organizations and first annual contest will showcase all the wonderful photographers who join us each year,” she said.

Details regarding the First Annual Cherry Blossom Photo Contest will be available on February 10, 2011, with submissions beginning on February 11.

Founded in 2008, FotoWeek DC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has evolved from a city-centric photography festival to FotoDC, a multi-season tribute to photography in all its forms. FotoDC celebrates the transformative power of photography through the exhibition of inspiring and provocative images, diverse programming, and collaboration with the local and international community.  FotoWeek DC continues to play a central role in FotoDC programming, with its annual festival in November.  For further information visit