National Geographic International Photography Contest 2009

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photo contest competition award national geographics photographyEvery year, National Geographic‘s International Photography Contest draws thousands of spectacular photos from users around the world.


  • People
  • Places
  • Nature

First Prize:

  • LEICA D-LUX 4: where compact size, extraordinary image quality, durability, and design meet. The D-LUX 4 features a superior glass Leica lens (24mm-60mm), an advanced image stabilization system, several manual controls, and a 11.3 megapixel sensor that also captures HD video.


You may submit a total of six (6) photos to the contest. Judging consists of two (2) rounds of evaluation for each category. In round one, each judge in a panel of photographic experts will select ten (10) entries in each category from among all the eligible entries, based on the following criteria: (1) Creativity—50%; (2) Photographic quality—50%.

Before you submit a photograph, please make sure it meets the following requirements:

  • JPG or JPEG file format (ex. YourImage.jpg or YourImage.jpeg)
  • At least 1,600 pixels wide (if a horizontal image) or 1,600 pixels tall (if a vertical image)
  • Total file size must be less than 5 megabytes (MB)

To enter, visit; complete an entry form with the required information, including your name, address, telephone number, email address, and photo caption; and submit along with your photograph and fee in accordance with the instructions that follow.

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