End your festival presentation circuit on Saturday at "2012 — The Year of Anonymous," a powerful multimedia presentation taking a look back on the year in photojournalism, presented by award-winning picture editor Scott McKiernan.
A example of "iPhonography" by Benjamin Lowy, who will also give a presentation.
If you have a little more money to spend, look into tickets for other individual events, including workshops, FOTOshoots, master workshops, computer labs, and portfolio reviews. Individual workshop ticket prices range from $100 to $300 for nonmembers, and if you just feel like rubbing shoulders with the elite, $45 will get you entry into the festival's opening reception and closing bash.
For $95, portfolio reviews are available Wednesday through Saturday; those offer an opportunity for one-on-one critique with top photographers, picture editors, and other pros.
"If someone were to try [on their own] to get an appointment with the editor of the [New York] Times, good luck," said NeJame. "Here at FOTOfusion, a photographer can bring their portfolio and actually see all these editors, curators, museum agents. Many of them get [hired for] assignments."
NeJame advises registering early if you have a specific artist or mentor in mind for a portfolio review or master workshop, as sessions fill up quickly. Wednesday's "Everglades Cattle Ranch Photo Shoot" lecture with Carlton Ward has already sold out, as has Tuesday's "Portraits of Flowers" master workshop session with Vincent Versace (although an additional session may open up to accommodate the high demand).
Festival programming will also feature a variety of "mini" FOTOshoots, interactive panel discussions, photography and digital art exhibitions, book signings, gallery walks, a Shutterbug magazine talent search, and nightly "fuse and schmooze" parties. Phew!