Smithsonian magazine 5th Annual Photo Contest

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For the past four years, Smithsonian editors have judged a total of 58,500 photographs from more than 90 countries around the globe. As we enter our fifth year, we have a clear sense of 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 the right moment. We are excited when we can see the photograph through your eyes—through your skill, your passion, your vision. Contestants can enter photographs in five categories:
The Natural World,
Altered Images,
Travel and

that represent 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 March 31, 2008. 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 April 1, 2008. 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 2008.

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 from July 11-14, 2008, or the cash equivalent.

The Smithsonian magazine photo contest is open to amateur photographers ages 18 and over. Photographers who earn more than half of their income taking photographs are not eligible. Submitted photographs must have been taken within the past three years (since January 1, 2005).

Digital photographs should be taken at the highest resolution possible.

Don’t forget: All entries must be uploaded by 2pm Eastern Time, Thursday, January 03, 2008.

Enter the contest

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