American Moments Photo Contest Honorable Mentions

Last week, we announced the grand prize winner of the American Moments photo contest. Put your hands together for our five Honorable Mentions! These submissions caught the attention of our judges for their thoughtful captions and artful composition. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Honorable Mention_Chuck Flether_DC Street Hoops

Photo: Chuck Fletcher

DC Street Hoops by Chuck Fletcher
This American Moment was taken on U Street in Washington DC, the city’s cultural epicenter of black history. Until the 1920s, the U Street Corridor was home to the nation’s largest urban African American community. During the 1920s and 1930s, the area thrived with world-renowned entertainment venues like the Howard and Lincoln Theaters and private clubs hosting legendary entertainers including the neighborhood’s own Edward “Duke” Ellington. In 1968, the neighborhood declined after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the resulting DC riots. Today, we see a diverse blend of nationalities, talent, and skin tones on U Street.

Honorable Mention_Andrew Nathan Morgan_Nathan

Photo: Andrew Nathan Morgan

Nathan by Andrew Nathan Morgan
Picture I took of my son on his first trip to NYC. He’s looking over the city from the top of the Empire State building. We took a train from DC and spent the day walking around, seeing as much as we could before catching the train back.

Honorable Mention_Ann McCormick Saybolt_Fourth of July

Photo: Ann McCormick Saybolt

Fourth of July by Ann McCormick Saybolt
Annual parade in the Palisades neighborhood of Washington, DC. Americans were warned by federal homeland security officials to “remain vigilant” during holiday celebrations due to a heightened security alert. July 4, 2015.

Honorable Mention_Lou Havlicek_Mom_2016_06–29

Photo: Lou Havlicek

Mom_2016_06–29 by Lou Havlicek
So many baby boomers are dealing with aging parents today. Though there is profound beauty in death—just as in birth—this does not make the road leading towards it any less hard. I took this image of my mother as she enters her final days. Our family is so grateful to my sister who has both the burden and privilege of caring for her. There is no tougher job. The rest of us help as we can, but negotiating the maze of the American healthcare system makes an already difficult time even more so.

Honorable Mention_Jere Kittle_A November Fog

Photo: Jere Kittle

A November Fog by Jere Kittle
Dense fog minimizes details, revealing the bold dynamic between a pair of bridges—one suspended beneath the other—and reflects the contrast in lifestyle and pace between the decades that separate them. The upper bridge carries vehicular traffic along historic U.S. Route 1; the lower, suspended by cables, provides pedestrian access to Belle Isle, a 540-acre natural area in the James River in the heart of Richmond, Virginia. Two figures cross over river rapids below for a morning walk on the island where forested trails and rock formations offer respite from 21st century urban life.

American Moments Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations to Bella Kirchner, winner of the American Moments photo contest! Bella’s picture and caption capture an American moment in the 21st century beautifully. Stop by the August Phillips after 5 to mail a postcard featuring Summer Vacation. Ingram, TX. Thanks for your thoughtful submission, Bella! Check back soon for an announcement of the five photo contest honorable mentions.

WINNER_Bella Kirchner_Summer Vacation Ingram, TX

Photo: Bella Kirchner

Summer Vacation. Ingram, TX. by Bella Kirchner
This was a candid shot of my niece and son playing with stickers at some cabins we were staying at in Ingram, Texas this summer. To me, this photo epitomizes the American Moment of a summer vacation: wet hair from swimming, a bathing suit as the day’s outfit, towels drying in the background, being silly with your cousin.

 

Capturing an American Moment Today: Photo Contest Kick-off

Yesterday, we launched a photo contest in conjunction with this summer’s American Moments photography exhibition. Through July 21, show us your interpretation of an American Moment today for a chance to win a Leica D-Lux (Type 109) camera, your image on a postcard, Phillips membership, and more. Looking for some inspiration? We let staff loose in the city to get the wheels turning with some examples:

Beauty in the Breakdown_contest example_Emily Conforto

Photo: Emily Conforto

Beauty in the Breakdown
This image was inspired by various photographs depicting city development featured in the “Labor” section of the American Moments exhibition. Much like the works of Bruce Davidson and Lewis Hine in the 20th century, this picture seeks to capture the beauty that still exists in American urban development today.

Fuel of America_contest sample_Allyson Hitte

Photo: Allyson Hitte

The Fuel of America
While famous monuments and memorials may epitomize America herself, in the 21st century, nothing can compete with Starbucks. The act of picking up your standard drink in the morning before work or at lunch and enjoying that feeling of having that special cup and boost of energy defines a true American Moment.

Through the lens of the iphone_contest example_Emily Conforto

Photo: Emily Conforto

Through the lens of the iPhone
This photograph captures the iconic American view of the Washington Monument from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. A man holding a “selfie stick” on the right exemplifies the way new technologies have revolutionized the idea of photography in the 21st century.