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Third Annual APA|DC Portfolio Review

  • Busboys & Poets 450 K Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)

This is an acceptance only portfolio review for professional commercial and editorial photographers at Busboys and Poets, 450 K Street NW. This is a once-a-year opportunity to share new work and meet with creatives from around the Washington, DC area, one-on-one. Afterwards, stay to hang out for a social hour with the reviewers.

Each participant will have (3) 17 minute reviews with some of the top creatives in the region from organizations and companies including AARP, Ogilvy, Capital One, Subject Matter, The Washington Post, Under Armor and more. There is a possibility that additional review slots will become available, a la carte, in October.

WHEN        October 18th – 6:30 – 9:00. First reviews begin promptly at 7 pm.

WHERE     Busboys and Poets, 450 K Street, NW. 

PRICING    APA Professionals/Leaders: $75; APA Associate/Supporter/Contributor: $95; General Public: $125 


The Reviewers (alphabetical by company):

1. Michael Witchita - AARP

2. Tina Caye – Capital One

3. Ambica Prakash - Eighty2degrees

4. Cory Lawrence –Freelance

5.  Jamin Hoyle – Freelance

6. Richard Bloom - Huge Inc

7. Jeff Kibler - Imagination

8. Chris Just - Marriner Marketing

9. Jen Smith - MCI Group

10. Molly Roberts - National Geographic

11.  Jill Foley – National Geographic Books

12. Kevin Richards + Jason Free – Subject Matter

13. Xang Mimi Ho - Under Armor

14. Gretchen Carswell – Van Metre Homes

15. Jennifer Beeson-Gregory - The Washington Post

16. Clark Fairfield - Yes&

See the Reviewer Bios here ....


There are several steps in the process, so please read and follow each step completely. Questions? Email Jen Cubas at or Jason Hornick at

Step 1) Submit your Website for Consideration.

In order to keep these reviews as competitive as possible, all participants are required to submit their websites for acceptance into the reviews. Website reviews will be conducted by an affiliated APA chapter representative and participants will be notified within 24 hours of submitting whether or not they have been accepted. If you were accepted to the review last year, no need for this, go straight to Step 2. 

What we are looking for: Criteria for entry includes a working website that properly showcases a tightly edited body of work. The work should demonstrate a clear visual signature that shows what you would like to do as a photographer.

Submit your website to: at any time for review. There is no application fee.

Step 2) Register.

Upon acceptance, register as soon as your membership allows (i.e. Pro and Leader levels on 9/7.) There are a limited number of attendee slots available.


Registration Period Dates:

•  Professional & Leader level APA members – Friday, 9/7 and later;

• Other APA membership levels – Monday, 9/24 and later;

• General Public – Monday, 10/1 and later.

Step 3) Choose your Reviewers.

After registering, we will contact you to choose your top 5 preferred reviewers the week before the event (we are still confirming reviewers). You will be awarded three, 17-minute time slots. We will do everything we can to accommodate participant’s selections but we cannot guarantee specific reviewers. Choices will be awarded in the order you register.

Registration ends at midnight on October 17th. Final schedules will be sent to attendees by Monday October 15th at the latest.

Step 4) Preparation

We will share tips and strategies leading up to the portfolio reviews as well as updates to our list of reviewers via our social media. Please follow us!

Step 5) Attendance

The reviews will begin promptly at 7 pm. Busboys and Poets, 450 K Street, NW,  is located in the NOMA neighborhood. There is garage parking nearby, as well as four blocks from METRO’s Mount Vernon Square-7th Street-Convention Center stop. Please give yourself time to come in and get settled before the event begins. Drinks and food will be available for purchase from Busboys and Poets. 

Earlier Event: September 27
Industry Happy Hour
Later Event: December 19
2018 Members-Only Holiday Party