MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the I Make America campaign today launched the Picture a Better America Photo Contest to demonstrate the urgent need to invest in America's crumbling infrastructure. The contest will showcase the hard-working men and women who "make" America. The Picture a Better America Photo Contestaims to greatly amplify the voices of I Make America'sgrassroots supporters and others committed to demonstrating the real cost of Congressional inaction on infrastructure investment and who are pushing for passage of a fully-funded six-year highway bill by September 30th of this year.
"We're calling on all Americans to send in their photos to the Picture a Better America Photo Contest. We need to show our elected officials that our roads, bridges and highways are crumbling and America needs Congress to pass a fully-funded highway investment bill this year," said AEM President Dennis Slater. "The time is now for Congress to invest taxpayer dollars in projects that will create meaningful jobs and will make our roads safer."
Photo Contest Details
From April 28 through July 15, 2011, people across the U.S. - both recreational photographers and professionals - can visit www.IMakeAmerica.com/photocontest to enter their photos in the four thematic categories below. Everyone may enter, regardless of their amateur or professional status as photographers. AEM encourages contestants to share their photos on their personal Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr accounts, and to browse other photo submissions.
Contestants can submit different photos in the four thematic categories below, limit one per category:
-- One Bumpy Ride: Disintegrating roads are a fact of life for almost
everyone. Some have even rewarded us with a flat tire or worse! Send a
photo of a decaying bridge or roadway; show Congress the consequences of
-- When we work, America works: Did you know that every $1 billion spent on
infrastructure provides 30,000 jobs to hard-working Americans? Send a
photo of a job site to show what a working America looks like.
-- America Grows Here: A fully-funded highway bill will ensure that the
crops that feed and clothe the world reach their final destination.
Contestants can show the beauty of America's farms by submitting a photo
-- Our Many Faces: Americans work hard; it's what we do. Send us a picture
of you, a family member, a neighbor or a colleague hard at work,