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Entrants to a new photo contest have a chance to show off their hometown — and visit ours. (New York City, that is, for those of us who have adopted the place.) Sponsored by The New York Institute of Photography, the contest is called NYIP Focus: Photograph Your Hometown. Open to amateur photographers, the competition’s prizes include a trip to the Big Apple, Nikon camera equipment and lenses, and “the chance to have your work exhibited at an elegant Midtown Manhattan location.” Also, visitors to the NYIP Website can vote on their favorite entries. (In the interest of full disclosure, Popular Photography & Imaging is one of the sponsors.) To upload entered photos, or to vote, click here. Happy shooting. — Jack Crager