Smithsonian magazine 18th Annual Photo Contest


Published: Monday, 5 April 2021

30 November 2021

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

The contest is organised by Smithsonian magazine.

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, 2019.

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 the official competition website.