Photo Contest

September 10-30, 2020

Open to All!

Theme: Speak French through your lens!

Choose a French phrase used in everyday English to illustrate a photo taken by yourself, then match it to one of 3 categories:

  1. DRAMA


  3. HUMOR

You'll be surprised how many French phrases are used in English!  For example:

Joie de vivre, laissez-faire, cul-de-sac, faux-pas, je ne sais quoi, avant-garde, bon appetit, à la carte, Ohlala, rendezvous, c'est la vie, crème de la crème...

Matching your best photos to any of these or any other French expressions embedded in the English language will be a breeze!


  • Submit up to three (3) of your best photos                    between September 10 and 30th.

  • Email your photo(s) to:


    • Email Title: Your first and last names 
      If you email 1 photo at a time, add a number for each email (1,2, or 3), for ex. Jane Doe 1

  • Each photo should be tagged using the following pattern:

  • If you submit 2 or 3 photos, these can be in the same category, or 2 or 3 different categories.

  • The photos must be high resolution. Low resolution / low quality photos will not be considered.

There will be 1st prize and 2nd prize

in each category

That's 6 winners in total

The winning photos will be featured in the

Alliance's 2021 calendar!​

Image by Christian Wiediger
Phone Camera

Meet our Jury:


  • Michèle Alias - Professional Photographer

  • Kshama Rajneesh - Professional Photographer

  • Jackie Tiryakian - Professional Artist



Results will be posted by October 11th! 

The Fathers of Photography

Photography, as we know it today, began in the late 1830s in France.  Joseph Nicéphore Niépce used a portable camera obscura to expose a pewter plate coated with bitumen to light. This is the first recorded image that did not fade quickly:

Niépce's experiment led to a collaboration with Louis Daguerre. The result was the creation of the daguerreotype, a forerunner of modern film.

Louis Daguerre

1787 – 1851

Joseph Nièpce

1765 – 1833

View of the Boulevard du Temple, taken by Daguerre in 1838 in Paris, includes the earliest known photograph of a person. The image shows a busy street, but because the exposure had to continue for several minutes the moving traffic is not visible. At the lower right, however, a man apparently having his boots polished, and the bootblack polishing them, were motionless enough for their images to be captured. There is also a young girl looking out of a window at the camera.