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Photo Slam 2021

Live-streamed from the Lost Origins Gallery in Mount Pleasant, the Photoworks Slam returns June 6, 2021!


Hosted by national poetry slam winner Regie Cabico and presented in cooperation with Focus on the Story, the Slam offers photographers the opportunity to vie for an exhibition in the Photoworks 2022 Gallery.  

Did you miss the zoom event? No worries - click the video to the right and watch the recording of an incredible night. 

Read about our Judges and 2021 Finalists below!


Meet our Judges

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JOE NEWMAN is a writer, editor, photographer and media strategist who has spent the past 14 years working in non-profit advocacy in Washington, D.C. In 2018, he founded Focus on the Story, a non-profit organization that supports impactful visual storytelling and each year hosts the Focus on the Story International Photo Festival, a month-long celebration of photography in the nation's capital. 

SHEDRICK PELT is a DC creative originally from Huntsville Alabama by way of Harlem.  A passionate live music photographer, Shedrick has worked on the official SXSW photo crew since 2015, collaborating with artists across the U.S. as a portrait photographer, designer, and creative director.  Committed to culture and community, Shedrick has worked with many community art groups in the DC area.  He recently curated the “riseup” exhibit at Dupont Underground, where he serves as Ambassador to the Arts.  Shedrick has been featured in exhibitions at ICP (NYC), Center for Photography at Woodstock, Dupont Underground, ExposedDC, and in Washingtonian Magazine.

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SOFIA SEBASTIAN was born in Madrid and currently lives in Washington DC.  Sofia was introduced to photography while watching classic movies as a teenager.  Sofia’s street and documentary photography has been exhibited internationally in both solo and group shows, including a personal show at BASE Milan.  Sofia received the first Female in Focus Award from 1854 Media in 2019.

Meet our Finalists

1st Place - Shelby Swann


View more of Shelby's work on her website  

and follow her on instagram. 

2nd Place - Matt Reaves


Best Image

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View more of Matt's work on his website 

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3rd Place - Kristian Whipple

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Audience Choice - Scott Lassman

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Scott Lassman

Remaining Finalists

Joseph Barretto

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James Corbett

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David Frey

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View more of David's work on his website 

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Reed George

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View more of Reed's work on his instagram.

Tom Mullins


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Smita Parida

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View more of  Smita's work on her website  

and follow her on instagram. 

Sonia Suter

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View more of  Sonia's work on her instagram.

Greg Williams


Greg Williams

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