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Photo Contest: Paris on the Potomac / France in DC


#ParisonthePotomac #FranceinDC

Washington DC has had links with France and Paris from the very start. Designed by French urbanist L’Enfant, the Nation’s Capital carries so many French or Parisian related locations, objects, names, that the Alliance Française of Washington DC could not have chosen a better theme for its first-ever photo contest. After all, AFDC is THE French Heartbeat of the City.


Entry Categories and Prizes

The Frances Benjamin Johnston -

Photo Pioneer Award

The Alliance Française of Washington DC-

Photography Award

Entrants must be between 15 to 18 years old at the entry deadline

Prize = $ 200

Entrants must be age 18 years old and up

Prize = $ 1,000

Submission Rules

  • Entry is limited to original works that have not formerly been displayed or exhibited and for which the entrant holds all applicable rights.

  • Any equipment can be used: Image data files created with any device capable of taking still images, including smartphones and digital still cameras (including medium and large-format digital cameras)

  • Images that have been retouched by using camera apps, photo editing apps, other software, etc. will be accepted.

  • Both color and monochrome images will be accepted.

  • File size: up to 20 MB of image data per work.

  • Image-data file format: JPEG/150 dpi recommended

  • Winners might be asked to provide higher resolution images for publication or display purposes related to the contest.

  • The limit for submitted works is 5 single photos.

  • Works that have won prizes in other contests or that have been submitted to other contests currently underway, including similar works, are not eligible. No simultaneous submission is accepted.

  • Works that are identical or similar to another submitted work ("identical or similar works"*1) are ineligible for submission.*1 "Identical or similar works" refers to the following works: ① a work produced from identical image data, ② a work produced by cropping or retouching identical image data to alter it, or ③ a work produced from similar, though not identical, image data as described in ① or ② above (e.g. a frame from the same series of shots, photography conducted at a different date or time yet producing the same result, or work otherwise deemed to be similar).


The contest is open to all amateurs regardless of age, gender, or nationality, members and non-members of Alliance Française of Washington DC. Entrants 15 thru 18 years of age require the signed permission of a parent or guardian. The contest is not open to employees of Alliance Française of Washington (the "organizer") or their immediate families.

Timeline and Assessment

The submissions will be reviewed and assessed by a panel of high level and prestigious judges from the realms of journalism, photography, culture etc. from May 15th til June 1st. The exhibition will take place then after.

Send your submissions via WeTransfer to:

Please submit your photos together with the following forms reviewed and signed by the participant:

Registration Form (pdf)

Parent or Guardian Form (pdf) (if under 18 years old)

Release Form (pdf)

Consent Form (pdf)

Entry Period: to be announced soon