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Seattle on the Spot Photo Contest

Calling all photographers! Your photo could be a part of MOHAI’s featured exhibit Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith. Take a photo that showcases how your community celebrates and tag it with #SpotOnMOHAI via Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to enter.

A panel of exhibit curators will choose three winning photographs to be displayed in the exhibit! Entries must be submitted by February 28.

Seattle on the Spot Photo Contest — Community Celebrations

Al Smith’s photographs often captured community celebrations in his beloved Central District. Now it’s your turn to show the world how you celebrate!

Entering the Seattle on the Spot Photo Contest is easy:

  • Take a photo that captures a community celebration
  • Upload it to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram
  • Tag your post with the hashtag #SpotOnMOHAI

A panel of Seattle on the Spot curators will select their three favorite photographs for inclusion in the exhibit itself!

MOHAI Members As a special part of MOHAI’s community, we want to know what photos you submit!  To enter the member contest category tag your photos via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and then submit copies via email to

All contest entries must be received by February 28.

Photo Inspiration

Looking for ideas on how to get started? Here are some examples of how Al Smith used his camera to capture community celebrations. Use these photos and prompts to think about how you can showcase your community! Click photos to view full size.

Al photographed many family events in the neighborhood—like this toddler’s birthday party, around 1950.

Music often plays an important role in community celebrations. Al snapped this photo of a band performing at the Basin Street nightclub around 1948.

Al visited the International Festival parade in 1950 and took this photo of a Cadillac on Jackson Street displaying the “Royal Esquires” banner.

Al photographed this happy couple celebrating on their wedding day in 1952.

Sometimes celebrating is as simple as spending time with good friends. Al captured this shot of an unidentified group hanging out at Basin Street around 1944.