"Treme, New Orleans" won 3rd place in the Contemporary Life category in the 201 FotoWeek International Contest. See the image, and a lot more, when the festival officially kicks off this week at venues across Washington. (Photo by Yacouba Tanou)

The Washington-born fest has quickly emerged as a major venue for experiencing the work of contemporary photojournalists and fine art photographers from around the world. While some partner shows are already up, FotoWeek Central won’t throw open its doors until Saturday, after which time it stays open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Nov. 18.

Check out images from some of this year’s competition winners here. Here’s what you should know about getting around this year’s festival.

Where is it?

FotoWeek Central, the hub for several major exhibitions, lectures and a library of photo books, has moved into 40,000 square feet in the Warner office building on E Street NW (the entrance is between 12th and 13th). The easiest way to get there is Metro, to Federal Triangle or Metro Center.

Shows at FotoWeek Central include images from the winners of the International Awards Competition; “Come Together,” featuring work by emerging photographers themed around Beatles songs; and “Looking at the Land,” a contemporary-landscape show curated by FlakPhoto.com.

A handful of peripheral venues also are taking part: Georgetown’s not-yet-opened restaurant Malmasion (3401 Water St. NW) will host the potluck party and slideshow Slideluck Potshow on Sunday ($10). For professionals, portfolio reviews and seminars (registration required) will take place at the Goethe-Institut. The Corcoran will open the exhibit “Taryn Simon: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I-XVIII” on Saturday, but in a change from last year, it also won’t be free.

What does it cost?

This is the big news: For the first time in its five years, the festival is charging admission to FotoWeek Central. Passes, which are good for the week, are $5 in advance, $7 at the door and free for age 12 and younger.

“It’s just impossible as an arts organization, as a nonprofit, to be putting on events of this scale for free,” says FotoWeek founder Theo Adamstein.

As in previous years, tickets also are required for such events as the launch party Saturday at the Warner building ($55) and portfolio reviews for budding photogs ($75). Other FotoWeek partners will have free exhibitions.

Can I take part?

Would-be shooters can compete in the festival’s first Instagram competition. Take or upload a photograph onto Instagram, and be sure to include the hashtag #fotoweekcontest. Selected works will be displayed at FotoWeek Central, and prizes will include admission to photography seminars.