The 18th Annual Photo Contest, organised by Smithsonian Magazine now is calling for entries!
The six contest categories for 2020 are drawn from subjects of special interest to Smithsonian magazine:
➜ 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.
➜ Mobile: Any photograph taken with a mobile device (phone or tablet).
➜ To be eligible for any category, a photograph must have been shot by the entrant since January 1, 2018.
➜ Award-winning photographs can range from a captivating portrait of a family member to a moon-drenched landscape to movement captured at just the right time. Smithsonian is looking for the best of the best.
➜ You may submit up to 15 photographs per category for a contest total of 90 submissions.
➜ Photographs must be submitted in .jpeg, .jpg or .gif format, edited for web in sRGB color space, at least 2,000 pixels wide and no larger than 10 MB.
➜ Cropped photos are eligible in all categories. It’s not accepted digitally or otherwise enhanced or altered photos, except for those entered in the Altered Images category. Minor adjustments, including the removal of sensor dust or scratches on scans of negatives, dodging and burning, sharpening, contrast, toning, slight color adjustment and conversion to grayscale are acceptable for all categories. The addition and subtraction of objects is not permitted except in the Altered Images category.
➜ Finalists must be prepared to submit high-resolution photograph of at least 300 dpi at 3,000 pixels on the longest side or an original photo negative, print or slide.
➜ Photo entries will be judged based on creativity, quality, originality, responsiveness to the prompt and overall impact.
The Smithsonian will select 10 finalists per category, a winner for each category, and a Grand Prize winner from the 60 finalists. The 60 finalists will be notified of their status and appear on our website in March 2021.
There is no entry fee to participate!
No Entry Fee!There is no entry fee to participate!
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Grand Prize will recive $2,500. The winners of each of the six categories will receive $500. The winner of the online Readers’ Choice award will receive $500.