Alliance Française of Washington, DC is back with the second edition of the Photo Contest “Paris on the Potomac!” This year, we are extending the geographic zone to a broader area and will be accepting photos taken in DC, Virginia, or Maryland. While the Nation’s Capital has had links with France and Paris from the very start – after all, it was designed by French architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant – many other places in the DMV area carry French names and remind us of France... We hope you will enjoy capturing this connection between the US and France, as well as the change of seasons!


Victoria Creux Laroche, the winner of the Audience Award for her photo "French Girl Finds Paris in DC"


Guillaume Laplace, the winner of The AFDC Photography Award for 18+ for his photo "Gardening lovebirds"


Raphael Fox, the winner of the Photo Pioneer Award for 15-17 years old for his gorgeous photo of the Bartholdi Fountain


Check out more photos from the exhibit here:



$1000 - The Alliance Française of Washington DC Photography Award for 18+
$500 - Photo Pioneer Award for 15-17 years old
$250 - The Audience Award for All Participants

*The participant needs to be present in the US to be able to receive the prize, we will be
unable to send the prize money abroad.

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Photo Contest Jury


Sarah Diligenti

Sarah Diligenti comes from a multicultural family. She spent her childhood in the West Indies and arrived in Toulouse at age 6. She moved to the US in 1995, where she joined the Alliance in 2004 and became its Executive Director in 2013.


Emanuel K. Miranda

Emanuel K. Miranda is an Uruguayan producer and film director based in Washington, DC. He leads a practice with extensive experience in cinema, advertisement and journalism, focused on capturing the stories and pulse of human nature and cultural identity.



Nassereen Mirza

Nassereen Mirza is a photographer and Press & Communication Officer at the Embassy of France in the United States.

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.

• Photos should be taken in the DMV area (DC - Maryland - Virginia) and should
illustrate a connection with France.

• 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 lightly retouched by using camera apps, photo editing apps,
other software, etc. will be accepted.

• Both color and monochrome images will be accepted

• Send your photos in digital format to (you can use
WeTransfer if the photos are too heavy).

• Digital 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 3 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") are ineligible for submission. "Identical or similar works" refers to the
following works: a work produced from identical image data; a work produced by
cropping or retouching identical image data to alter it; or a work produced from similar,
though not identical, image data as described 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 photography amateurs, members and non-members of Alliance
Française of Washington DC. Entrants 15-17 years of age require the signed permission of
a parent or guardian. The contest is not open to employees of Alliance Française of
Washington or their immediate families.

Timeline and Assessment

•  The jury will assess all the submitted works according to this evaluation form. You can
download it here for your reference. All participants will have at least one photo displayed at the VEN hotel at 2015 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC. The closing ceremony where the winners will be announced will take place on July 7, 2023 at the VEN hotel. Registration link to come.

Forms to sign and submit (via e-mail)

Please submit your photos together with the following forms reviewed and signed by the
participant before June 15th, 2023. Only send forms by email to - do not mail the forms.

Please download all forms here (PDF)