Cover Story: The Pro-Am Divide Narrows (Again)

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April 27, 2009

News item: TIME paid $30 for this cover photo via iStockphoto. (New frugality, indeed.)

The photographer: Robert Lam, who says: “Photography is an enormous passion for me.”

Jeff Howe, author of Crowdsourcing, says: Passion is the currency of the 21st century.”

Moral: As passionate photographers continue to master their new digital tools, the gap between professional and amateur photographers will undoubtedly keep shrinking.

Question: Is it time for our Society to dispense with the Our Shot / Your Shot distinction? After all, isn’t one of our goals to showcase great photographs—no matter who takes them?

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≡ Your Shot cover via nationalgeographic.com

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