From Eliza French. Follow her on TwitterÂ @elizaenbref; email her atÂ eliza[AT]borderstan.com.
Aspiring local photographers can submit their photographic flashes of brilliance in the seventh annual DCist Exposed Photography Competition through January 9, 2013.
Heather Goss, former DCist Managing and Arts Editor, founded the competition in 2007. The idea sprung from the success of DCist’ Flickr photo community, and the number of compelling images of the city posted there. The contest’s popularity quickly took off, and DCist has hosted the event with help from Goss’Â Ten Mile SquareÂ ever since.
The competition culminates withÂ an exhibition of selected entries atÂ Long View GalleryÂ fromÂ March 27Â through April 7. Last year, the exhibit drew more than 1,000 visitors, thanks in part to theÂ opening night parties.Â The number of contestants has grown from just over 200 in 2007 to over 650 in 2012, and 40 people were selected to show their photos at Long View in 2012.
This year, DCist has launched a newÂ siteÂ for the competition with all of the details about entering and a complete list of past winners. Those who want to enter should join DCist Exposed Flickr photoÂ group, submit three of their best photos, fill out an onlineÂ application, and pay the $10 entry fee. The contest organizers will be looking for images that capture “amazing, every day Washington, D.C. experiences.”