Springtime is just around the corner. And, though I may be biased, Washington, DC, is by far one of the most beautiful places in the country to enjoy the season. That’s largely because of the Japanese cherry trees, whose delicate pink and white blossoms provide a colorful and fragrant backdrop to the National Mall, particularly the Tidal Basin.
The annual National Cherry Blossom Festival, one of Washington, DC’s biggest events, will take place March 26 to April 10, 2011. But even before the cherry trees begin to sprout their blooms, festival organizers and FotoDC are holding a first ever contest for the best cherry blossom photos. Through April 9, the National Cherry Blossom Photo Contest will accept entries in three categories – Landscape, People, and Festivities. Photographs must have been taken within the past two years. First place winners of each category will be awarded $500. Second place winners will get a weekend stay at the Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel. And all winners, including 94 other finalists, will have their work exhibited at FotoWeekDC. Full details on the contest and prizes available here.
This is an awesome opportunity for both locals and tourists to show off their best photographs of DC’s “state” flower. So, think pink and enter today!