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The Shorty Award for Real-Time Photo of the Year

The ubiquity of cameraphones combined with real-time distribution offered by Twitter has changed the world of photography. When something happens in one part of the world, people can now see it all over the world almost instantly -- if someone with a cameraphone and Twitter account is nearby.

Unlike the rest of the Shorty Awards categories which recognizes content creators, The Shorty Award for Real-Time Photo of the Year recognizes an individual piece of content. The selection process also works differently.

To be nominated, photos must have been taken in 2009, shot on a cameraphone, uploaded to a social media (e.g. Twitpic, Yfrog, Tweetphoto, Facebook and Flickr) and distributed via Twitter.

The photo will be judged on how newsworthy, interesting, and provocative it is, and how well it makes use of the real-time nature of the medium.

Please paste the full, exact URL of the photo's web page showing who uploaded it and comments (and not a bit.ly, tinyurl, or other url-shortened link, and not a link to the .jpg file itself), for example: http://twitpic.com/1g64e or http://img111.yfrog.com/i/vcpm.jpg/

Nominations will be open until Friday, February 12 at midnight. The winner will be chosen by The Real-Time Academy of Short Form Arts & Sciences. Award will be presented at the Shorty Awards Ceremony on March 3, 2010 in New York City.