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15th Annual Smithsonian Photo Contest 2017
Total awards: 3500 $
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Description

Smithsonian.com’s 15th Annual Photo Contest ends November 30, 2017, at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. By submitting an entry, each contestant agrees to the rules of the contest and states that he or she is 18 years old or older. The following 6 contest categories are drawn from subjects of special interest to Smithsonian.com: 1. Natural World: Animals, plants and landscapes; geological or climatological features; and scientific processes and endeavors. 2. Travel: Locales, peoples or activities in the United States and abroad that convey a sense of place. 3. People: Portraits and photos of groups or individuals. 4. 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. 5. Altered Images: Photographs manipulated for artistic purposes by applying digital and/or traditional special effects (i.e., colorizing, toning, collage, photo composites, HDR, etc.). 6. 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, 2015. Please submit photographs and requested information online through our website at smithsonian.com/photocontest. You may submit no more than 15 photographs per category for a contest total of 90 submissions. In order to be displayed in our online gallery without being stretched or distorted, photographs must be submitted in .jpeg, .jpg or .gif format, edited for web, at least 2,000 pixels wide and no larger than 10 MB. You must complete a separate form for each photo submitted. We do not accept photographs submitted through the mail and do not accept more than one contestant per e-mail address. High-quality scans of non-digital photographs are acceptable. Digital photographs should be taken at the highest resolution possible. Finalists will be asked to submit an original, unedited digital file or an original negative, print or slide. Original negatives, prints or slides will be returned to finalists. The Smithsonian Institution reserves the right to disqualify incomplete entries and/or contestants who are unable to submit, upon request, a high-resolution photograph of at least 300 dpi at 3,000 pixels on the longest side or an original photo negative, print or slide. Mobile photographs are exempt from this size requirement, but must be submitted at their highest resolution upon request. 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 by the end of February 2018 and will appear on our website in spring 2018. At that time, the public can vote on our 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 2018. The Smithsonian will notify the winner 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.

Number of winners

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Status

completed

Host

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Photography

Start date

6 November 2017  -  30 November 2017

Registration

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Voting

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Awards

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Prizes: Eight prizes will be awarded, as follows: Grand Prize: $2,500 Category Winners: The winners of each of the six categories will receive $500. Readers' Choice: The winner of the online Readers’ Choice award will receive $500. One cash prize per person; winners may receive additional noncash prizes. Winners must sign a release and license, as well as a declaration of eligibility, and will be responsible for paying any notary public fees or taxes they may owe on a prize.

General rules

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Submit your best shots to our Photo Contest for a chance at our $2,500 Grand Prize. Details The following 6 contest categories are drawn from subjects of special interest to Smithsonian.com: 1. Natural World: Animals, plants and landscapes; geological or climatological features; and scientific processes and endeavors. 2. Travel: Locales, peoples or activities in the United States and abroad that convey a sense of place. 3. People: Portraits and photos of groups or individuals. 4. 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. 5. Altered Images: Photographs manipulated for artistic purposes by applying digital and/or traditional special effects (i.e., colorizing, toning, collage, photo composites, HDR, etc.). 6. Mobile: Any photograph taken with a mobile device (phone or tablet). Eligibility: The competition is open to photographers who are 18 years old or older. You may enter no more than 15 photographs in each category for a total contest submission of 90 photographs. Copyrights & Usage Rights: You retain your rights to your photograph; however, by entering the contest, entrants grant the Smithsonian Institution a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for any educational, promotional, publicity, exhibition, archival, scholarly and all other standard Smithsonian purposes. Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit as feasible. The Smithsonian Institution will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses. Theme: People Nature Travel;

Restrictions

restrictions
Age restriction: 18 /

Available for citizens: Worldwide