Focus on the Story

501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization
Location: Washington, D.C.
Biography: Focus on the Story is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Washington, DC, with a mission to support and encourage visual storytellers of diverse backgrounds in bringing attention to critical issues, bridging cultural gaps and sparking... read on
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Focus on the Story Portrait Awards 2021
focus on the story
Dec 5, 2020
Location: Washington, D.C.
The Focus on the Story Portrait Awards recognize photo-based artists who have achieved excellence at telling stories through the people they photograph.

[Entries open on Dec 8 and close on January 14 at 11:59 p.m. EST]

An independent jury impaneled by Focus on the Story will select winners and finalists. Jurors will evaluate entries on how well the images tell a story, their use of light and composition and how well the setting complements the storytelling.

In addition to being featured in an outdoor installation at Focus on the Story 2021 and in a virtual gallery, Focus on the Story will invite the winners to talk about their work in front of an international online audience during the festival.

This call is open to all genres of portraiture, including environmental, studio, fine art, family, candid and street.

Call for Entries: Focus on the Story Portrait Awards 2021
Winners and honorable mentions of the Focus on the Story Portrait Awards will be exhibited at the Focus on the Story International Photo Festival in Washington, D.C. in June 2021. We will also award $1,000 to an overall winner, $500 to the first... 

Focus on the Story Portrait Awards 2021 Jurors

Jide Alakija
International wedding and documentary photographer; Nikon Ambassador.

Rhonisha Franklin
Portrait photographer; winner Sony Alpha Female+ Grant

Kirsten Lewis
Documentary photographer, co-founder of the Documentary Family Awards.

Priyanca Rao
New York City-based wedding, engagement, portrait, family photographer and educator.

Chinelle Rio
Self-portrait artist, logo designer. Fujifilm Creator.

Matt Sayles
LA-based entertainment, fashion, and documentary photographer.