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Democracy Is…

The U.S. Department of State is part of a new photo challenge. The contest begins today and asks people across the globe to submit photos which finish the phrase “Democracy is…”

Entries will be accepted until July 28, at the contest site.

An independent jury will chose 36 finalists, and the public will choose 12 winning photos through a global online vote. That vote will start Aug. 19 (International Day of Photography).

Winners will be announced Sept. 15, which is the United Nations’ International Day of Democracy.