Opportunity to Win 2,500 in The Smithsonian's 17th Photo Contest 2019

Date limite : 30 nov. 2019

Organisation à but non lucratif: Smithsonian Institution

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Opportunity to Win 2,500 in The Smithsonian's 17th Photo Contest 2019

Smithsonian Institution has announced the opening of it's annual photo contest Smithsonian's 17th Photo Contest


  • The Grand Prize, Readers’ Choice prize, Natural World, Travel, People, The American Experience, Altered Images and Mobile category prizes are open to photographers who are 18 years old or older.
  • The Travel category is made possible through the support of The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel.
  • Individuals affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, including employees, emeriti, Regents, trustees, interns, volunteers, fellows, research associates and their immediate families (children, parents, siblings and spouses) and others living in their households, as well as employees of The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, its parent or affiliate companies as well as their immediate families (children, parents, siblings and spouses) and others living in their households, are not eligible for any prize.
  • The Smithsonian will determine winners’ eligibility in its sole discretion.

Contest Categories:

  • 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 people 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, 2017. This date applies to all images in a composite. The contestant certifies that he/she is the sole creator and copyright owner of the submitted photograph. 


  • Grand Prize: $2,500, plus a trip sponsored by Travel category sponsor The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. Images submitted to all categories are eligible for the Grand Prize.
  • Category Winners: The winners of each of the six categories will receive $500.
  • Readers’ Choice Award: The winner of the online Readers’ Choice award will receive $500. 


  • 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 Smithsonian's website in March 2020. At that time, the public can vote on the website for the Readers’ Choice winner from among the 60 finalists. The Readers' Choice winner, Grand Prize winner and category winners will be revealed online in spring 2020.
  • The Smithsonian will notify winners via the contact information provided at the time of entry; the Smithsonian may disqualify anyone who fails to respond to the notification within five business days.

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