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Celebrate the New Year By Contributing to Project Midnight

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Some people use crowdsourcing to get restaurant tips or ideas for stories. Mary C. Matthews, a longtime editor, producer and videoblogger, uses crowdsourcing to make art — and this New Year’s Eve, you can be a part of her latest project.

Matthews is putting together a second installment of Project Midnight, which last year compiled 82 photos of people at the strike of midnight, celebrating the arrival of 2009. Getting involved is simple: take a photo of the moment midnight strikes in your time zone, email it to mcmpress at gmail dot com, and it’ll be edited into a montage, similar to the one below, that will provide the sense of celebrating the new year with friends and strangers from all around the world.

For proof of Matthews’ editing skill, check out one of her other crowdsourced videos, a celebration of the slow dramatic clap. She hasn’t yet selected what song she’ll be using for this year’s montage, but it’s currently narrowed down to three or four options. “It depends on what people send me,” she said via phone. “Something will jump out at me.”