Maximum Exposure

Providing yet more evidence of photojournalism’s pro-am trajectory…the Newseum is partnering with the nonprofit org FotoWeekDC to sponsor FotObamaWeek, “an international photography contest celebrating the Presidential campaign and the Inauguration of Barack Obama.” The contest is “worldwide” and “open to anyone, including professional photographers, amateurs, students and children.”

Per the press release,

You may not have a front row seat to the Swearing-In Ceremony, but what about that impromptu moment captured at a campaign rally, or election night at your own private party? Iconic impressions are yours for the taking, wherever you are, here in Washington or abroad.

FotoWeek is accepting entries (digital photos; film photos; camera-phone photos) until March 15; the top 100 winning images (selected by a Newseum panel of judges—though there will be a separate People’s Choice vote) will be exhibited at the Newseum. And grand prize winners will receive cash prizes of $5,000 each.

In other words: laid-off photojournalists of the world, in particular…get thee to D.C.

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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.