Smithsonian Photo Contest

Status: Open for entry Opening date: 27 March 2018 Closing date: 30 November 2018 Winners chosen by: Judging panel
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Smithsonian Photo Contest

Competition summary:

The Smithsonian.com 16th Annual Photo Contest is now open for submissions! Enter your award winning photos, from a captivating portrait of a family member to a moon-drenched landscape to movement captured at just the right time. The contest features six categories and a $2,500 grand prize!

Category details:

The categories in this contest are:

Natural World: Animals, plants and landscapes; geological or climatological features; and scientific processes and endeavors.

Travel: Locales, peoples or activities in the United States and abroad that convey a sense of place.

People: Portraits and photos of groups or individuals.

The American Experience: Events, objects or activities connecting the American people to their history or their cultural heritage; photographs that tell us what it means to be an American and provide a sense of what it is like to live in this country.

Altered Images: Photographs manipulated for artistic purposes by applying digital and/or traditional special effects (i.e., colorizing, toning, collage, photo composites, HDR, etc.).

Mobile: Any photograph taken with a mobile device (phone or tablet).

Entry requirements:

Photographers must be 18 or over on the closing date. Photographers from all countries can enter the contest. You may enter up to 15 photographs in each category for a total contest submission of 90 photographs.

Entry fee:

Entry to this contest is free.

Prize details:

Grand Prize: $2,500

Category Winners: The winners of each of the six categories will receive $500.

Readers' Choice: The winner of the online Readers’ Choice award will receive $500.

Terms and Conditions

Please visit the contest website for full Terms and Conditions.

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