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Get your Obama pix published in inaugural book

The publisher of The Official Barack Obama Inaugural Book will include images from amateurs alongside those from professionals in new photographic compilation.

Amateur photographers are being offered a chance to get their work published in an official presidential inaugural photography book.

Publisher Epicenter Communications announced Friday that for the first time it will allow anyone to submit photos to be considered for the large-format book it produces for each new president. The photos will appear alongside those from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and professional photographers of past presidents.

Photos can be submitted to the Web site of The Official Barack Obama Inaugural Book, hosted by Photobucket, or directly on the Photobucket site. Photos can be uploaded from a computer or cell phone. The book will be available in April.

Meanwhile, Obama has become the first U.S. president to have his official presidential portrait taken with a digital camera.

Epicenter Communications