FotoDC 2013 Regional Focus Awards


APA|DC is pleased to be the sponsor of the Regional Focus category in the 2013 FotoDC International Competition.

This category is open to all photographers currently living in Washington, D.C, Virginia, and Maryland, and seeks to award the best unpublished single images from the region’s top talent. Entries must not have been created prior to 2012 and must represent the photographer’s own vision. Entries must not have been created for a client or separate individual or entity. This excludes personal social media outlets and photographer’s personal website.

Images will be judged on originality, technical accomplishment, aesthetic, and adherence to the criterion. The competition will be broken into two sub-categories as follows:

Professional: Entrants must be working professional photographers (deriving more than 50 percent of income from photography) and must reside in Washington, D.C., Virginia, or Maryland.

Non-Professional: Entrants do not derive a majority of their income from photography and must reside in Washington, D.C., Virginia, or Maryland.

The first place winner in each sub-category will be awarded $500, second place is $300 and third place is $200. All images, including a number of honorable mentions, will be displayed at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C. for the month of November and shown online and at various locations throughout the region in 2013 and 2014.

We are also pleased to announce that the first place winner in the Professional Category will also win a pricing and negotiating consult with Wonderful Machine and the first place winner in the amateur division will get website hosting for one year through Squarespace.


Regular Entry Deadline is 9/15

Last Minute Entry Ends 9/22.



Our Judges:



David Hicks has over 20 years of experience in the photography industry, working as a photo editor for Washingtonian Media, USA WEEKEND, and, as well as serving as a photo editor for the White House during the Clinton Administration.  In January 2013, David helped produce and edit Barack Obama/The Official Inaugural Book with David Hume Kennerly and Robert McNeely.  A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he is a lead portfolio reviewer for FotoDC and photojournalism students at the Corcoran College of Art & Design.  He is currently on the faculty of Boston Universityʼs Center for Digital Imaging Arts in Washington, DC.







Suzanne Sease is a consultant and branding expert who has spent the last decade working with photographers to help them achieve their goals. Before striking out on her own, she established the art buying department at The Martin Agency and has also worked with Kaplan-Thaler, Capital One, and Best Buy. She has been published several times in the British Journal of Photography, Photo District News Resource Magazine, and is a regular contributing writer on







Susan Wetherby is a Photo Manager/Producer at Discovery Communications. The home of Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, Science, OWN, Destination America, Military Channel, Velocity, Discovery Fit and Health, 3Net and Hub. In this role she supervises a team of photo producers to commission and acquire still photography and illustration for use in everything from marketing, communications, and the web. Susan is also responsible for finding and maintaining relationships with creative vendors– including photographers– for assignments relating to Discovery’s many channels and various other needs.







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