29/04/2011 - 04:00 am

AEM and “I Make America” Launch Photo Contest

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), Milwaukee, Wis., and the “I Make America” campaign, 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 and aims to greatly amplify the voices of “I Make America’s” grassroots supporters and others committed to demonstrating the real cost of Congressional inaction on infrastructure investment. They are also pushing for passage of a fully-funded six-year highway bill by Sep. 30th.

“We’re calling on all Americans to send in their photos to the ‘Picture a Better America Photo Contest,’ ” said Dennis Slater, AEM president. “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. The time is now for Congress to invest taxpayer dollars in projects that will create meaningful jobs and will make our roads safer.”

From April 28 through July 15, people across the U.S.—both recreational photographers and professionals— can enter one photo in each of four thematic categories:

One Bumpy Ride: Disintegrating roads are a fact of life for almost everyone.

When we work, America works: Did you know that every $1 billion spent on infrastructure provides 30,000 jobs to hard-working Americans?

America Grows Here: A fully-funded highway bill will ensure that the crops that feed and clothe the world reach their final destination.

Our Many Faces: Americans work hard; it’s what we do.

One winner in each category will be selected by a guest panel of judges (to be announced) and the winners will be announced on the “I Make America” photo contest website. Each category winner will receive a $250 cash prize.

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