Shoot The T


“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 was created by Spaceworks alum Gallery of Ambition and eTc Tacoma along with the cities favorite t-shirt brand Tacoma Apparel Co.

On September 2, 2014, contestants began tagging their best photos of Tacoma with the Instagram handle “@shootthet_tac” and the hashtag “#shootthet” in the “Comment” field. Photographers who aren’t 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 September 15, 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 eTc Tacoma (907 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402).

From September 18-20, in-person voting will take place of the top 50 at eTc Tacoma. 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, the Gallery of Ambition, and Tacoma Apparel Co. will choose the winner. The winner will be announced on September 21, 2014.

The winner takes all, and the grand prize winner will receive $253 in cash, a $100 gift card to eTc Tacoma, and more from our sponsors that include Bluebeard Coffee Roasters, the Grand Cinema, Hilltop Kitchen, and Marrow Kitchen & Bar.