As part of the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival held in Washington D.C., the festival organizers teamed up with FotoDC to create the National Cherry Blossom Photo Contest, a photo contest open to any and all who attended the event, with cash and prizes to the top three in any category. The contest was divided into three sections: Landscape, Festivities and People, and the winners for all three have just been announced. The first place image for landscapes (above) was taken by Bernard Chen using a Nikon D700, and titled "Reflection of Spring."
First place in the People section went to Chantal Dusuel, with the shot "Taking Photos of the Washington Monument," taken using Hipstamatic for the iPhone.
The first prize in the Festivities section went to Patel Jaimin with the photograph "Johnnei Walker," shot with a Canon T1i.
The competition had almost 700 entrants submitting more than 2,000 photographs. The rest of the winning entrants are expected to go up on the websites soon, but until then, here's a list of the winning entries:
1st Place: Bernard Chen
2nd Place: Buddy Secor
3rd Place: Meredith Rizzo
Honorable Mention: George Lafko
1st Place: Patel Jaimin
2nd Place: An Truong
3rd Place: Wayne Shen
Honorable Mention: Jim McMahon
Honorable Mention: Christopher Gindlesperger
1st Place: Chantal Dusuel
2nd Place: Jeff Simpson
3rd Place: Rebecca Drobis
Honorable Mention: Leah L. Jones
Honorable Mention: Sarah King