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The White House News Photographers Association has been mounting exhibitions of its contest winners for decades. This year, a related but separate exhibit sponsored by the association—one that for the first time solicited entries from photographers around the country—is being held at the much smaller Carroll Square Gallery. A number of the images do a lot within these tight confines. Some are familiar: Vice President Joe Biden giving a shoulder squeeze to a female biker, or a close-up of an Obama supporter with a tear rolling down her cheek. Others—like one in which Mitt Romney is shown from a great enough distance to reveal the tumbledown barn behind his patriotic flag backdrop—are not as recognizable. The best in show, however, is the New York Times image of a Florida pizza owner giving a surprise hug to Obama, hoisting the president fully off the ground. The spontaneous lift at the center of the image is winningly eccentric, but an even more unexpected pleasure is the contrast between the genuinely astonished customers on the left and the dutifully deadpan press corps on the right. The exhibit is on view 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Fridays to Nov. 22 at Carroll Square Gallery, 975 F St. NW. (202) 347-7978. carrollsquare.com.