Pro-democracy demonstrators offer flowers to police blocking the road to the royal palace in Riffa, Bahrain,  in March 2011. The photo was exhibited as part of last year's FotoWeek DC.   (Photo by James Lawler Duggan)

FotoWeek, the District-born festival that showcases international photography, photojournalism, fine-art photos and even iPhone snapshots with a week-plus worth of exhibitions and panels, is returning Nov. 1-10 with a few major changes.

In the past FotoWeek exhibits have leaped from the Corcoran Gallery of Art to a vacant Borders bookstore to a giant office building downtown; in the festival's sixth year, a partnership with National Geographic means the opening bash and FotoWeek Central exhibitions will be planted at National Geographic's Museum and its courtyard. FotoWeek Central will move outdoors this year to the courtyard  (accessible on M Street NW between 16th and 17th streets), which means the public can drop in and see the (obviously weather-proofed) photos day or night, without having to pay the admission charge that was collected at FotoWeek Central last year. Inside the museum, Nat Geo and FotoWeek will host "Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment," which patrons will be charged admission to see.

Back this year are the popular professional portfolio reviews and workshops, Nov. 2-Nov. 7, which will be held at the Goethe-Institut in Chinatown. And, in a nod to the local scene, a new, separate exhibition of curated local photography (with its own opening party) will be held in a 25,000-square-foot space in NoMa, at 51 N St. NE; a $5 suggested donation for admission will be requested at that show, called FotoNoMa: The District Experience.