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Smithsonian Magazine 19th Annual Photo Contest
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Smithsonian Magazine 19th Annual Photo Contest is now open for entries!


CALL FOR ENTRIES: Smithsonian Magazine is very pleasant to announce 19th edition of its international annual Photo Contest inviting all photographers all over the world who are 18 years old or older to participate.


Smithsonian Magazine is calling for entries to its 19th Annual Photo Contest, open to all photographers who are 18 years old or older.

Award-winning photographs can range from a captivating portrait of a family member to a moon-drenched landscape to movement captured at just the right time. Smithsonian is looking for the best of the best.

To be eligible for any category, a photograph must have been shot by the entrant since January 1, 2019.

You may submit up to 15 photographs per category for a contest total of 90 submissions.


➜ 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.
➜ Mobile: Any photograph taken with a mobile device (phone or tablet).


Who can participate? ⇣

This competition is open to all photographers who are 18 years old or older.

Prize ⇣

Eight prizes will be awarded in spring 2022, including a Grand Prize of $2,500, 6 category prizes of $500 each and a Reader’s Choice award of $500.

No Entry Fee!There is no entry fee to participate!

Number of winners






Start date

12 May 2021  -  30 November 2021


12 May 2021  -  30 November 2021





Eight prizes will be awarded in spring 2022, including a Grand Prize of $2,500, 6 category prizes of $500 each and a Reader’s Choice award of $500.


Age restriction: 18 /

Available for citizens: Worldwide