Smithsonian Photo Contest- deadline November 28, 2014

2012 Smithsonian Photo Contest Grand Prize Winner (Photo © Bjorn Olesen)

2012 Smithsonian Photo Contest Grand Prize Winner (Photo © Bjorn Olesen)

Five contest categories are drawn from subjects of special interest to Smithsonian.com:

The 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: Individuals from all walks of life.

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.).

A sixth category is for images taken with a mobile device (phone or tablet). The Smithsonian will award a prize to the best photograph submitted in any of the five categories that was taken with a mobile device. You must affirmatively check the provided box to submit your annual contest entry to the mobile competition.

Photographs must have been shot by the entrant since January 1, 2012.

Prizes: The Smithsonian will award eight prizes, as follows:

Grand Prize: $2,500
Category Winners: The winners of each of the five categories will receive $500.
Readers’ Choice: The winner of the online Readers’ Choice award will receive $500.
Mobile: The best photo in any of the five categories that was taken with a mobile device will receive $500. For more information visit the website HERE.

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