Smithsonian magazine’s seventh annual photo contest allows the magazine and its readers the chance to see the world through your unique lens. After sixth competitions, Smithsonian editors have seen over 89,000 photographs from more than 90 countries around the world.
So, what makes a photograph a Smithsonian winner? Technical quality, clarity and composition are all important, but so too is a flair for the unexpected and the ability to capture a picture-perfect moment.
Contestants may enter photographs in five categories; The Natural World, Americana, Altered Images, Travel and People. Each represents subjects of special interest to the magazine. Fifty finalists will be selected, ten for each of the five categories. Smithsonian will notify the 50 finalists by February 28, 2010. From these 50 finalists, five category winners and a grand prize winner will be selected. The entries of all winners and finalists will be published on the magazine’s Web site on February 28, 2010. At that time, readers can vote online for one readers’ choice winner. The winning entries and select finalists will be published in the print edition of Smithsonian magazine during summer 2010.
Category winners will be awarded $500. The readers’ choice winner will be awarded $500. The grand prize winner will receive a four-day, three-night Smithsonian Journeys Grand Canyon Weekend Adventure for two, or the wholesale cash equivalent.
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 16TH DECEMBER 2009
Contest Prize & TERMS
ELIGIBILITY: Photographers ages 18 and over—except for individuals affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, including employees, Regents, trustees, interns, volunteers, fellows, research associates and their immediate families (children, siblings and spouses) and others living in their households—are eligible. Smithsonian magazine will determine winners' eligibility. Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.
COPYRIGHT: By entering the contest, entrants grant Smithsonian Institution a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to display, distribute, reproduce, and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for any Smithsonian Institution purpose, including, but not limited to advertising and promotion of the magazine and its Web site, exhibition, and commercial products, including but not limited to Smithsonian Institution publications. Photographs may appear on the Smithsonian Journeys Web site as well as in Journeys publications. Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit. The Smithsonian Institution will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.