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Deadline: November 28, 2014
Winner is: Judged
Entry: Free Entry

Smithsonian.com 2014 Photo Contest

Smithsonian.com 2014 Photo Contest The 12th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest is now open to photographers ages 18 and over. Submitted photographs must have been taken since January 1, 2012.

Five contest categories are drawn from subjects of special interest to Smithsonian.com:

The 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: Individuals from all walks of life.

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.).

A sixth category is for images taken with a mobile device (phone or tablet). The Smithsonian will award a prize to the best photograph submitted in any of the five categories that was taken with a mobile device. You must affirmatively check the provided box to submit your annual contest entry to the mobile competition.

Submit no more than fifteen (15) photographs per category. We do not accept more than one contestant per e-mail address.

Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: Grand Prize: $2,500
Category Winners: The winners of each of the five categories will receive $500.
Readers' Choice: The winner of the online Readers’ Choice award will receive $500.
Mobile: The best photo in any of the five categories that was taken with a mobile device will receive $500. ELIGIBILITY: International / 18+

Photographs must be in a .jpeg, .jpg or .gif format. Files submitted may not be larger than 5Mb. Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: Photos that violate or infringe upon another person's rights, including but not limited to copyright, are not eligible

You retain your rights to your photograph USAGE RIGHTS: By entering the contest, entrants grant the Smithsonian Institution, and those authorized by the Smithsonian, a royalty-free, worldwide, 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 educational, promotional, publicity, exhibition, archival, scholarly and all other standard Smithsonian purposes. Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit as feasible. The Smithsonian Institution will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.

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