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FOTO's Fourth of July Photo Contest

Cue the fireworks and welcome to FOTO’s first contest: Picturing the Fourth.

THE CONTEST: For some, the 4th is about family and friends, for others the focus is massive explosions in the sky, or free-flowing beer or parades or hotdogs. Or maybe a moment to reflect on what it means to be an American in complicated times. Whatever it is that defines your 4th, we want to see your best photo of it.

THE WINNERS: The four winning photographers will each receive a framed print of their choice from Photos.com valued at up to $300. Winners and a select group of finalists will have their photos featured in a story on FOTO.

HOW TO ENTER: Submit your best picture via Instagram using the hashtag #FOTOfourth and #contest anytime until July 5th at 11:59 p.m. PT. In order to qualify, you'll need to:

       •  Follow @gettyimages on Instagram
       •  Set your profile to "public"
       •  Add the hashtag #FOTOfourth and #contest in the caption or comments section of your photo

Please see below for the official contest rules. Open to U.S. residents, age 18 or older.

Our amazing panel of judges will select a group of finalists and four winners. Now, about those judges:

BRANDON RUFFIN   (@ruffdraft)
An Oakland-based photographer, filmmaker, and writer who specializes in portrait photography, with a focus on the African-American community in Oakland.

LEAH FRANCES   (@americansquares)
A New York City-based photographer whose American Squares page captures “the lovely and lovable world which quietly persists..."

LISA GUERRIERO   (@analogstreets)
A Los Angeles-based documentary photographer whose work focuses on social documentary, subculture, and life in small-town America.

BILL SHAPIRO  (@billshapiro)
The editor of FOTO and the former editor-in-chief of LIFE magazine.

The winning photographers, as well as the other finalists, will be announced the week of July 16th and featured in a story on FOTO.

We look forward to seeing your best shots. For a little inspiration, take a look at these July 4th photos. And have a happy 4th!

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