Cost-conscious individuals passionate about photography can travel the world with one click, the site that has turned photographic enthusiasm into a social networking phenomenon throughout Europe, is inviting Americans to join the fun. It’s fun America could use.

“Americans received and used the least amount of vacation time of anyone on the planet for the eighth straight year. Add to that the increasing popularity of “staycations”, a top trend in 2008 for those who are taking vacation, as rising costs and travel challenges push the nation to vacation at or close to home–virtually visiting with like-minded people around the world is an idea whose time may have come,” says Andreas Meyer, founder of fotocommunity.

Meyer continues, “For the photography-minded in the US, fotocommunity may be the best summer travel deal of all–an instantaneous and inexpensive connection to like-minded people anywhere in the world without spending one penny on fuel.”

More than a website, the 750,000+ strong fotocommunity is a hot social network community of passionate members from every walk of life– from amateur members who parlay their enthusiasm into second careers to world famous photographers who lecture at company-sponsored events.

Contests like POP Photography and Imaging & American Photo Photography, comments, photo postcards, chats, text forums, bookmarks, linked pictures and profiles help create fotocommunity’s unique community feeling – with user-friendly features constantly being added to enhance the experience.

Currently, fotocommunity receives approximately 200-million page views every month with 11 million posted photos. Interest has proved so strong it extends beyond the virtual realm into real life, with over 1,200 user-organized fotocommunity events taking place annually. Some 10,000 members are expected to meet in September at the international trade fair photokina in Cologne with special programs and discounts.

Registration on fotocommunity is free, although free visitors can post only limited photos. Membership is extremely affordable, starting at a basic level of $6. For more info CLICK HERE.