Shoot the T: A Photo Competition to Highlight Tacoma

TACOMA, WA – Shoot The T is a photo contest created to showcase the beauty of Tacoma as well as promote art and creativity in the City of Destiny. The winning contestant is destined for a grand prize, but also the honor of capturing a photo that brings pride to a hometown. This competition is a collaboration between streetwear brand eTc Tacoma (, the art gallery and boutique Gallery of Ambition (, and Tacoma Apparel Co. (

On February 3, 2014, contestants can tag their best photos of Tacoma with the Instagram handle “@shootthet_tac” and the hashtag “#shootthet” in the “Comment” field. Photographers who are not on Instagram can email their best pics to with “#shootthet” in the “Subject” field. This contest is open to all photographers of all ages and skill levels, whether they use a cell phone camera or a professional camera. The entry deadline for this competition is February 17, 2014.

Photos of Tacoma will be posted to the Shoot The T Instagram account at The amount of entries received will determine the amount of finalists selected. 50 finalists are expected, and only one photo per photographer will be eligible. The top 50 will be determined by “Likes”, and those photos will be developed and displayed at the Gallery of Ambition (313 S 9th St. Tacoma, WA 98402).

From February 20-22, in-person voting will take place of the top 50 at the Gallery of Ambition. Anyone can vote, and voters will be asked to choose their 5 favorite photos. Votes will be tallied and the field will be narrowed down to 5. After that, a panel of judges from Take And Create Photography (, the Instagram account @tacoma_wa (, eTc Tacoma, Gallery of Ambition, and Tacoma Apparel Co. will choose the winner. The winner will be announced on February 22, 2014.

The winner takes all, and the grand prize winner will receive $253 in cash, a hand-made, customized camera strap from Black Anchor Workshop (, and a one year subscription to Photoshop CC ( on Adobe’s Creative Cloud.

For complete contest rules and guidelines, please visit the Shoot The T website at

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