Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest 2012

Enter photographs in any of our five categories—Altered Images, Americana, the Natural World, People and Travel—and compete to win cash prizes. After reviewing the contest rules and list of frequently asked questions, you will be fully prepared to enter the contest.

The contest is open until November 30, 2012 at 2:00 PM EST. On a weekly basis beginning April 2, Smithsonian judges will post the best of the incoming entries in the Editors’ Picks portion of our web site. Finalists will be announced on March 1, 2013. Good luck to you all!

Eligibility: Photographers 18 years old or older

Free to Enter


• The grand prize winner will receive $2,500.

• Category winners will be awarded $500.

• Readers’ choice winner will be awarded $500.

What to enter:
The five contest categories are drawn from those subjects of special interest to the Smithsonian magazine:

Americana—Events, objects or activities connecting the American people to their history or their cultural heritage.

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

People—Individuals from all walks of life.

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

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

Photographs must have been shot by the entrant since January 1, 2010.

Copyright and usage: You retain your rights to your photograph. By entering the contest, entrants grant the Smithsonian Institution 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.

Entry deadline: All entries must be received through the Smithsonian magazine web site by 2pm Eastern Time on November 30, 2012.


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