16th Annual Smithsonian Photo Contest

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16th Annual Smithsonian Photo Contest

Applications are open for 16th Annual Photo Contest funded by Smithsonian.com magazine. The competition is open to photographers who are 18 years old or older. At Smithsonian, applicants have a chance to apply into multiple categories.

The six contest categories are- Natural World, Travel, People, The American Experience, Altered Images, and Mobile. You may submit up to 15 photographs per category for a contest total of 90 submissions.

The Smithsonian will select 10 finalists per category, a winner for each category, and a Grand Prize winner from the 60 finalists.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • Must be a photographers
  • Who are 18 years old or older.
  • Individuals affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, including employees, emeriti, Regents, trustees, interns, volunteers, fellows, research associates and their immediate families (children, siblings and spouses), and others living in their households, are not eligible for any prize.

How to Apply & Competitions Rules:

To win the competition you need to do register through the given link: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/accounts/login/?next=/dashboard/photocontest/upload/

Rules:

  • Individuals affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, including employees, emeriti, Regents, trustees, interns, volunteers, fellows, research associates and their immediate families (children, siblings and spouses), and others living in their households, are not eligible for any prize.
  • The following six contest categories are drawn from subjects of special interest to Smithsonian.com:
    • 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).
  • Cropped photos are eligible in all categories. We do not accept digitally or otherwise enhanced or altered photos, except for those entered in the Altered Images category.
  • You may submit up to 15 photographs per category for a contest total of 90 submissions.
  • In order to be displayed in our online gallery without being stretched or distorted, photographs must be submitted in .jpeg, .jpg or .gif format, edited for the web in sRGB color space, at least 2,000 pixels wide and no larger than 10 MB.
  • You must complete a separate form for each photo submitted.
  • They do not accept photographs submitted through the mail and do not accept more than one contestant per e-mail address.
  • High-quality scans of non-digital photographs are acceptable.
  • Digital photographs should be taken at the highest resolution possible.
  • Finalists may be asked to submit an original, unedited digital file or an original negative, print or slide. Original negatives, prints or slides will be returned to finalists.
  • You may enter up to 15 photographs in each category for a total contest submission of 90 photographs.

Benefits:

Eight prizes will be awarded, as follows:

  • 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.
  • Online Features: The Smithsonian may select photos for the highlight on its website or display in a publicly accessible contest archive; such selections will be made in the Smithsonian’s sole discretion.

Note: One cash prize per person; winners may receive additional noncash prizes. Winners must sign a release and license, as well as a declaration of eligibility, and will be responsible for paying any notary public fees or taxes they may owe on a prize.

Application Deadline:

All entries must be received through Smithsonian.com by 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on November 30, 2018.

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If you have any question, contact by photocontest@si.edu.

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