In 2011, FotoDC hosted its first photography contest in conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival. In an open call, photographers were invited to submit photographs of the blossoms and festival in three categories—Events, People, and Landscapes. The photographs on view are among the winners and honorable mentions selected in each category by jurors David Hicks, Kim Hubbard, and Jayme McLellan before being acquired by the Library on the occasion of this Sakura exhibition. An Truong’s festival parade shows sunlight glowing in floating lanterns near the Washington Monument. Community and family are celebrated by Leah L. Jones, who captured a mother enjoying her daughter’s first time at the Cherry Blossom Festival. Bernard Chen’s exquisite portrait of a Tidal Basin cherry tree brings us full circle, connecting the original planting of the trees in 1912 to our continued enjoyment of them today.

Parade, 2011

An Truong. Parade, 2011. Digital photograph. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (058.00.00)

Blossom, 2011

Leah L. Jones. Blossom, 2011. Digital photograph. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (059.00.00)

Reflection of Spring, 2011

Bernard Chen. Reflection of Spring, 2011. Digital photograph. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (060.00.00)