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In its fifth year, citywide photography show FotoWeekDC has ballooned from a mostly local affair to a magnet for international work. Naturally, it’s been dogged by allegations of snubbing local artists. But an early glimpse at some of this year’s photos shows that D.C. photogs have plenty of strong stuff on view this year—they just have to share the spotlight with some seriously stiff out-of-town competition.

Who will win the battle between local photographers and international infiltrators? Viewers. This year’s event kicks off Nov. 9 at eight area venues, with most notable shows opening at FotoWeek HQ at the Warner Building downtown. Overwhelmed by the offerings? Take a look at what we’re looking at.