The Washington Post Magazine invites area amateur photographers of all ages to compete in the magazine's sixth annual photography contest. The theme of this year's competition is Monuments and Public Buildings. Entries must include at least a portion of such a public structure, but can also include images of people, other buildings, signs, objects, etc.

DEADLINE: FRIDAY, 5 pm JULY 30, 1982


Entries will be accepted in four categories: color photographs, "instant" color photographs, black-and-white photographs and photographs taken by persons under 16 years of age.


All entries must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, July 30, 1982.


A first-prize award of $150 will be presented to winners in each category. There will also be a $100 second prize awarded in each category. Other entries of particular distinction will be recognized by certificates of honorable mention.


Judges for the contest will be a panel of experts in the visual arts drawn from inside and outside The Washington Post.


So that your entries will receive proper handling and judging, please read and carefully follow these rules:

1. Amateur photographers of any age may compete in the color and black-and-white categories. The youth category is open only to photographers under 16 years of age on July 30, 1982. An amateur is considered to be someone who has not sold one or more photographs for a total of more than $25 from July 31, 1981 to July 30, 1982.

2. Contestants may submit up to three entries in each category for which they are eligible. Photographs must have been taken between July 31, 1981, and July 30, 1982.

3. Entries may be mailed to The Washington Post Magazine Photography Contest, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071, or delivered to the security guard's desk in the lobby of The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, in an envelope marked "Washington Post Magazine Photography Contest." Entries mailed must be postmarked no later than July 30, 1982.

4. Black-and-white entries must be glossy or matte-finished prints no smaller than 5i x 7i and no larger than 11i x 14i including mounting, if any. No negatives will be considered.

5. Color entries may be 35mm transparencies, glossy or matte-finished prints no smaller than 4i x 4i and no larger than 11i x 14i including mounting board, if any.

6. Instant photography entries (from cameras such as Kodak's Colorburst or Polaroid's SX-70 that use self-developing film) must be in color and should not be "manipulated" in any way. Entries should be submitted exactly as they were ejected from the camera. Enlarged or reduced instant photos will not be accepted.

7. To be considered, each individual print or slide must be marked on the back with the contestant's name, address and category and the structure photographed.

8. Contestants who want their entries returned must include a stamped self-addressed envelope of sufficient size with the submission. The Washington Post cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage of entries, although all reasonable care will be taken with them. Contestants should submit padded envelopes or packing material to protect entries for return. Entries will be returned only by mail and only if a self- addressed stamped envelope is enclosed with the entry. Photos not clearly marked with the contestant's name and address will not be considered by judges.

9. To be considered, entries must be received no later than 5 p.m. July 30, 1982. Winners will be announced and most published in the October 10, 1982, issue of The Magazine.

10. Employes of The Washington Post, its subsidiaries and members of their families are ineligible to compete.