Tetsugo Hyakutake (MFA '09) Awarded Excellence of Fine Art Series, Fotoweek DC International Awards Competition

Tetsugo Hyakutake (MFA '09) received the Award of Excellence of Fine Art Series in Fotoweek DC International Awards Competition 2009.

FotoWeek DC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2008 to celebrate the power of photography. The first annual weeklong festival brought over 20,000 visitors to the Nation’s Capital, galvanizing the Washington, DC community. Washington is unique in the photographic world, consisting as it does not only of a nexus of talented photographers, but also its far-ranging collections of photography. From national institutions like the Smithsonian to edgy galleries on 14th Street, the image is everywhere, and FotoWeek DC was created in part to pay tribute to this. The inaugural competitions attracted an astounding amount of high caliber work, and a photographic light show on the walls of the Nation’s monuments was, well, electrifying.

FotoWeek DC isn’t just about seven days or one city, however. Exhibitions continue throughout the year, including our most recent exhibition, Fotobama, at the Newseum. The educational, community building and informational exchange platforms provided for photographers and photo enthusiasts have expanded to an international level, which is why, in 2009, the awards competition has gone global. Finally, as the first organization to recognize the need to create a photographic forum that engages people of all ages, races, and economic means, FotoWeek DC hopes to foster both grassroots initiatives and public/private partnerships to publicize global issues and encourage positive social change.

For more information about Fotoweek DC, visit www.fotoweekdc.org

To view the winner's work: www.pixcetera.com/pixcetera/fotoweek-dc-2009-award-winners

To see more of Tetsugo's work, visit www.tetsugohyakutake.com

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