They Got The Shot! Winners Announced

Washington, DC [October 13, 2011] – The winning images in the 2011 FotoWeek DC International Awards Competition have proven to be the most stimulating and evocative in the festival’s four year history. With over 5,600 submissionsfrom 44 countries, the panel of judges had a challenging, yet rewarding task.

“Along with stunning art photography and exciting commercial work, many of this year’s entries had a powerful social message. Themes of social justice, human rights, and environmentalism lent a particular poignancy to so many of the images we reviewed,” said FotoDC Founder and Executive Director, Theo Adamstein. “These are photographs with the power to change the way we view our world.”

The following is a listing of the competition winners:


Photojournalism/Social Documentary Fine Art
1st Place: Pedro Pardo 1st Place: Alessandro Belgiojoso
2nd Place: Glenna Gordon 2nd Place: Michael Borek
3rd Place: Marco Longari 3rd Place: Michael JN Bowles
Honorable Mention: Sebastian Meyer Honorable Mention: Nicolo Sertorio
Honorable Mention: Pedro Pardo Honorable Mention: Caroline Space


Commercial Portrait
1st Place: Cade Martin 1st Place: Brandon Thibodeaux 
2nd Place: Peter McBride 2nd Place: Monika Merva
3rd Place: Sam Kittner 3rd Place: Chris Usher
Honorable Mention: Cade Martin Honorable Mention: Muriel Hasbun


Contemporary Life Travel
1st Place: Val Proudkii 1st Place: Serli
2nd Place: Michael Zeller 2nd Place: James Morgan
3rd Place: Peter Dazeley 3rd Place: Aristide Economopulos/The Star Ledger
Honorable Mention: Val Proudkii Honorable Mention: Val Proudkii
Honorable Mention: Yacouba Tanou Honorable Mention: Daniel Bedell



Single Image Portfolio
1st Place: Nick Minton 1st Place: Gabriel Romero
2nd Place: Gabriella Demczuk 2nd Place: Jared DiMartine
3rd Place: Robert Gomez 3rd PlaceChong Kok Yew
Honorable Mention: Gabriel Romero Honorable Mention: Pavla Teie
Honorable Mention: Samatha Shuma Honorable Mention: Omar A. Juarez



Photojournalism/Social Documentary Fine Art
1st Place: Pedro Pardo 1st Place: Josh Rushling
2nd Place: Jahi Chikwendiu 2nd Place: Harold Ross
3rd Place: Aris Messinis 3rd PlaceJames Crable
Honorable Mention: Julie Glassberg Honorable Mention: Jimmy Williams
Honorable Mention: Gabriela Bulisova Honorable Mention: Andreas Franke

The Natural World

1st Place: Peter McBride
2nd Place: Gaston Lacombe
3rd Place: Mary Clay Berry
Honorable Mention: Robin Moore
Honorable Mention: Josephine Elizabeth Cox


Spirit of Washington General
1st Place: Julie Flygare 1st Place: Jocelyn Augustino
2nd Place: Alyona Vogelmann 2nd Place: Skip Brown
3rd Place: Paulette Waltz 3rd PlaceMichael DeAngelis
Honorable Mention: Devon Rowland Honorable Mention: Guillermo Cervera
Honorable Mention: Chantal Dussuel  



1st Place: MediaStorm

2nd Place: Peter McBride

Honorable Mention: James Morgan

Honorable Mention: Amelia Kunhardt

The committee of judges was comprised of 25 photography specialists. They included photo editors, world-renowned photographers and curators.

The 2011 winners received over $20,000 in cash prizes across 14 photography and new media categories. The contest was open to professional and amateur photographers from theWashington,DCregion and beyond.

The International Awards Competition winning images will be on display in a special exhibition at FotoWeek Central located at1800 L St. NW,Washington,DC. FotoWeek Central will be open to the public during the FotoWeek DC Festival: November 5-12, 10 AM to 7 PM daily.  Admission will be free of charge; advance or on-site registration will be required. Another highlight of FotoWeek Central will be the Thumbnail Show, featuring every image submitted for the awards competition.

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About FotoDC

FotoDC is a non-profit organization that evolved from a city-centric annual photography festival,FotoWeekDC, founded in 2008. In 2010,FotoWeekDCgrew to FotoDC, an organization dedicated to year-round tributes 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.  FotoDC / FotoWeek DC provides a dynamic, evocative, engaging experience for photographers, cultural institutions, galleries, curators, schools, area residents and visitors to the Nation’s Capital. FotoWeekDCcontinues to play a central role in FotoDC programming, with its annual festival in November.

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