Second Annual Portfolio Review

APA|DC Second Annual Mid-Atlantic Portfolio Reviews

This is an acceptance only portfolio review for professional commercial and editorial photographers at Dupont Underground in the heart of Washington, DC. This is a once-a-year opportunity to share new work and meet with creatives from around the mid-Atlantic, one-on-one. Afterwards, stay to hang out in the Underground for a social hour with the reviewers.

Each participant will have (3) 17 minute reviews with some of the top creatives in the region from organizations and companies including AARP, Discovery, Ogilvy, Capital One, Washingtonian Magazine, Smithsonian and more. There is a possibility that additional review slots will become available, a la carte, in October.

WHEN        October 18th – 6:30 – 9:00. First reviews begin promptly at 7 pm.

WHERE     Dupont Underground, 19 Dupont Circle NW, Washington, DC. Entrance down the red staircase next to Starbucks.

PRICING    $75 for Professional/Leader level APA members; $95 for other APA members: $125 for the general public. (Refunds may be given on a case by case basis.)


The Reviewers (alphabetical by company):

1. Jill Foley – AARP

2. Caroline Sheen – Air and Space Magazine

3. David Sanchez – APCO Worldwide

4. Tina Caye – Capital One

5. Cory Lawrence – Discovery

6. Kat Scott – Fathom Creative

7. Jamin Hoyle – Freelance

8. Louise Salas – Freelance

9. Stacy Swiderski – Freelance

10. Campbell Kawka – ISL

11. Claudia Barac-Roth – Marriner Marketing

12. Gretchen Carswell – MDB Communications

13. Nicole Cantarella – Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation

14. Julie Hau – National Geographic

15. Kai Fang – Ogilvy Washington

16. Shawn Huddleston – Rosetta Stone

17. Bill Cutter – Smith Gifford

18. Kevin Richards + Jason Free – Subject Matter

19. Jeff Campagna – Smithsonian Magazine

20. Anna Marina Savvidis – Washingtonian Magazine

See Reviewer Biographies


There are several steps in the process, so please read and follow each step completely. Questions? Email Erika Nizborski at or Jason Hornick at

Step 1) Submit your Website for Consideration.

In order to keep these reviews as competitive as possible, all participants are required to submit their websites for acceptance into the reviews. Website reviews will be conducted by an affiliated APA chapter representative and participants will be notified within 24 hours of submitting whether or not they have been accepted. If you were accepted to the review last year, no need for this, go straight to Step 2. 

Submit your website to: at any time for review. There is no application fee.

Step 2) Register.

Upon acceptance, register as soon as your membership allows (i.e. Pro and Leader levels on 9/25.) There are a limited number of attendee slots available.


Registration Period Dates:

•  Professional & Leader level APA members – Monday, 10/2 and later;

• Other APA membership levels – Wednesday, 10/4 and later;

• General Public – Monday, 10/9 and later.

Step 3) Choose your Reviewers.

After registering, we will contact you to choose your top 5 preferred reviewers the week before the event (we are still confirming reviewers). Choices will be awarded in the order you register.

Registration ends at midnight on October 13th. Final schedules will be sent to attendees by Monday October 16th at the latest. We will do everything we can to accommodate participant’s selections but we cannot guarantee specific reviewers.

Step 4) Preparation

We will share tips and strategies leading up to the portfolio reviews as well as updates to our list of reviewers via our social media. Please follow us!

Step 5) Attendance

The reviews will begin promptly at 7 pm. Dupont Underground is in the heart of Dupont Circle, located down the stairs to the right of Starbucks. There is garage parking nearby, as well as easy access to METRO’s Dupont Circle Station via the RED line. Please give yourself time to come in and get settled before the event begins. The venue is literally on Dupont Circle with many food options around. Drinks will be available for purchase at the bar in Dupont Underground.

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