Capital Curiosities: Photography Exhibition—Call for Entries Extended

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The District of Columbia and surrounding region is a bubble of curiosities. Rediscover the city’s past and present with an inquisitive eye as you seek out the majestic, surprising, and unfamiliar. Stimulate the imagination—paint pictures on the wonders of architecture in the National Capital Region.

What are we looking for?

This presentation seeks artistic photographs with unique perspectives and/or storytelling attributes. Genres can include abstract, documentary, fine art, landscape, or street—all with emphasis on architectural wonderment. Submit color, black and white, or other output.

20 to 30 photographs will be selected for exhibition at the District Architecture Center or up to seven (7) photographers with one or more photographs each, depending on the number of submissions and exhibition space. Final selection is the sole discretion of the jury.


Eligible applicants include professional, non-professional, and student photographers living in Washington, DC, Maryland, or Virginia.


Austin Graff Juror

Austin Graff

Austin Graff is a social media consultant, writer and travel guide. He’s the founder of Curiosity & Connection, a consultancy based in D.C. He’s currently a contributing writer with The Washington Post, the By The Way’s D.C. local guide and one of the co-leaders of IGDC, D.C.’s first Instagram community.


Best in Show, Runner-up, and Honorable Mention will be selected by the jury and recognized in the exhibition after the opening reception. Selections will also be featured in the fall edition of ArchitectureDC.

Submission Requirements

  • Five (5) total entries per applicant; up to three (3) photographs minimum with two (2) optional, additional entries.
  • Submit one (1) 8.5 in. x 11 in. PDF no larger than 6MB via the entry platform.
  • Include one (1) page with the following information:
    • Applicant’s name;
    • Applicant’s address in Washington, DC, Maryland, or Virginia
    • Category such as professional, non-professional, or student;
    • Email and phone number;
    • Bio of 100 words or less;
    • Website and/or Instagram handle.
  • Include additional pages with one (1) photograph on each page; note the photograph’s title and year the photograph was taken—do not identify photographer’s name on pages with photographs. Optional: include a description of fifty (50) words or less below the title and year of each photograph.
  • Do not embed text directly into/on top of photographs.

Terms & Conditions 

  • Photographers, hereafter applicants, must by 18 years or older.
  • Applicants must live in Washington, DC, Maryland, or Virginia.
  • Photographs must be authored by the applicant—no entries on another person’s behalf.
  • No restriction on date/year the photos were taken.
  • Photographs must be taken within the boundaries of the National Capital Region with preference in the District of Columbia.
  • If selected, photographs must be delivered *installation ready* to the District Architecture Center; applicants are responsible for matting, framing, and wiring/d-rings.
  • Applicants are responsible for pick-up at the District Architecture Center after the exhibition closes; date and time to be coordinated later with AIA|DC/WAF.
  • Photographs may be framed up to 16 in. x 20 in. for exhibition.
  • Applicants—acting on their own behalf—may sell their framed photographs during exhibition, but framed photographs must remain in the gallery until the end of the exhibition. AIA|DC/WAF will not handle sales.
  • Photographs will be on view at the District Architecture Center for approximately three (3) months.
  • For exhibition, AIA|DC/WAF will publish the applicant’s name, category, bio, website and/or Instagram handle (if applicable), and title, year, and description (if applicable) of each photograph associated with the applicant.
  • AIA|DC/WAF will not publish personal contact information.
  • The District Architecture Center has limited security systems in place for the purpose of exhibition and does not employ the use of gallery representatives to guard displays or monitor exhibitions.
  • AIA|DC/WAF does not insure property on display for the purpose of exhibition at the District Architecture Center.