By: Joe Strupp
The Associated Press and Getty Images were among the professional news outlets to win a recent Newseum competition seeking the best images from the election and inauguration of Barack Obama.
A new exhibit at the Newseum launched last week features the top 100 professional and amateur photographs selected from a field of more than 1,500 in the competition. The 2009 FOTOBAMA international competition is sponsored by the Newseum and FOTOWEEK DC.
“For FOTOBAMA, the Newseum and FOTOWEEK DC — a nonprofit group dedicated to promoting photography — solicited entries from around the world and convened a panel of distinguished judges,” a release stated.
Photographs have been divided into two categories: Presidential Campaign and Election, which cover photographs from Jan. 1, 2007 to Jan. 14, 2009, and Inauguration Week (Jan. 15-21, 2009). For each category, first and second place professional and first and second place amateur winners have been selected, for a total of eight awards. In addition, a “Best in Show” prize has been awarded to a single image.
The exhibit opened May 7, on the Newseum’s sixth floor. The winners posted in the exhibit are:
Presidential Campaign and Election – Professional
First Place and Best in Show
Chris Carlson, The Associated Press
Whistling While He Waits
Jae C. Hong, The Associated Press
Presidential Campaign and Election – Amateur
Crowd-Surfing to Victory
Inauguration Week – Professional
End of Anonymity
Aude Guerrucci, Polaris
David S. Holloway, Reportage by Getty Images
Inauguration Week – Amateur
Walking the Walk
The winning images can be seen here.