May 6, 2009

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'FOTOBAMA' Opens at the Newseum

WASHINGTON — A new exhibit showcasing the top 100 winners and finalists in the 2009 FOTOBAMA international photography contest opens May 7, 2009, at the Newseum.

"FOTOBAMA: Picturing the President" features images from the historic campaign, election and inauguration of Barack Obama. With a wide array of perspectives, the exhibit chronicles the campaign that captivated Americans and led them to embrace the country’s first black president.

Obama can be seen body-surfing during a campaign break in Hawaii, shedding a tear for his late grandmother at a campaign rally and embracing his wife, Michelle, after the election night victory. Images from inauguration week depict not only official events, but also the outpouring of emotion from the millions who came to the nation’s capital to witness the beginning of a historic presidency.

Amateur and professional photographers were invited to submit photographs to the FOTOBAMA competition, which received more than 1,500 entries. A panel of noted photojournalists and photo editors selected 25 finalists in each of four categories. First and second place were awarded in each group. "Best in Show" went to Associated Press photographer Chris Carlson for his image of Obama being swamped by supporters after clinching the Democratic nomination. For other contest winners, visit FotoWeek DC.

FOTOBAMA is sponsored by the Newseum and FotoWeek DC, a nonprofit group dedicated to promoting photography. The exhibit will be on display on Level 6 until Sept. 7, 2009.

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