It’s all in the details, #iseeDC2016 – Photo by Alec Higinbotham (@alechiginbotham)

It’s all in the details, #iseeDC2016 – Photo by Alec Higinbotham (@alechiginbotham)


The #iseeDC2019 Instagram Photo Contest is open for entries! Celebrate architecture and culture in our nation’s capital. Tag your photo with #iseeDC2019 to participate.

Entry Deadline:
All entries must be tagged by 11:59pm on February 22, 2019.

Architecture and Culture

Engage with the city around you and explore, through a photographic lens, the cultural exchange between people, place, time, and space. Using Instagram, document how buildings, landscapes, and cultural activities shape our experiences. Capture all that inspires you. Organized by the AIA|DC Design Excellence Committee, this contest seeks to inspire interaction between the public and architecture in Washington, DC.

Entries are open to all.

How to Enter:

  • Focus on a subject relevant to the theme somewhere in Washington, DC
  • Snap a compelling photo!
  • Post to Instagram with #iseeDC2019
  • Include a title, location, and date
  • Limit 5 images per entrant

Photos will be evaluated on originality, creativity, and visual spirit.

Photos will be judged by a member of the Instagram community, a professional photographer, and a local architect. Judges will select up to 100 images for digital display and 50 to 75 images for print display. Additionally, judges will select 10 favorites for special recognition. Final numbers to be determined.

Entrants whose photos are selected will be contacted via direct message on Instagram and will be expected to provide a high-resolution photo of their submission via email to Scott Clowney,

Selected photos will be exhibited at the District Architecture Center from April to June with a reception and tentative related programming. The exhibition coincides with Architecture Month, a series of public events that celebrate Washington's design culture for architectural enthusiasts of all ages.

February 22: Deadline to tag entries on Instagram by 11:59pm
March 1: Entries sorted by organizer
March 4–15: Jury deliberates
March 18–19: Entrants whose photos are selected for exhibition will be contacted by Scott Clowney,
March 26: Deadline to submit high-resolution photo to Scott Clowney,; submissions not received by COB on this date will be omitted from the exhibition
April 9: Exhibition opens to the public
April 16, 6:30–8pm: Reception
June 7: Exhibition closes

*Dates subject to change at the discretion of AIA|DC

By participating in the #iseeDC2019 Instagram Photo Contest, you grant AIA|DC the rights to use your photo for the purpose of exhibition and/or promotion. As the photographer, you agree to hold harmless AIA|DC, its agents, employees, and members from any and all liability claims, and/or expenses of any kind arising from this contest.

Photos with a recognizable person or people must, if selected by the jury, be accompanied by a Model Release from the subject(s) or, in the case of a minor, the subject’s parent or legal guardian who permit the use of such photo. Download a model release form here.

Photos that contain objectionable or inappropriate content, as determined by AIA|DC in its sole discretion, will not be considered.

In order to enter, your Instagram account must be open to the public for the duration of the contest. Per Instagram rules, this contest is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. Instagram rules and conditions apply.

Contact Scott Clowney, Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs,