Smithsonian magazine 18th Annual Photo Contest


Thursday, 2 April 2020

30 November 2020

Who may enter
The competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over.

The contest is organised by Smithsonian magazine.

What does an award-winning photograph look like? It can range from an captivating portrait of a family member to a moon-drenched landscape to movement captured at just the right time. Our 18th Annual Photo Contest is now open for submissions, and we're looking for the best of the best. 

There are 6 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 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).

To be eligible for any category, a photograph must have been shot by the entrant since January 1, 2018.

Click here to see past winners.

Entry fees
The competition is free to enter.

• Grand Prize: $2,500
• The winners of each of the six categories will receive $500.
• Readers' Choice winner: $500

Competition website
For further information visit https://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/

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