The Smithsonian.com 17th Annual Photo Contest is now open for submissions! Enter your award winning photos, from a captivating portrait of a family member to a moon-drenched landscape to movement captured at just the right time. The contest features six categories and a $2,500 grand prize!
Use your best judgment, but here are the guidelines we suggest you follow when selecting the category:
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).
Closing date: 30 November 2019
Photographers must be 18 or over on the closing date.
I took a photo five years ago. Can I enter it?
Photographs that were taken before January 1, 2017 are not eligible. This date applies to all images used in a composite.
There is no entry fee to participate!
It’s free to enter!
What is the Readers’ Choice winner?
Photographers from all countries can enter the contest. You may enter up to 15 photographs in each category for a total contest submission of 90 photographs.
Do you accept non-digital photographs?
Yes. We accept high-quality scanned images of non-digital photographs. We do not, however, accept hard copies of photographs.
Grand Prize winner: $2,500, plus a trip to Casa Ybel Resort on Sanibel Island sponsored by The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel.
Category winners: $500
Readers’ Choice winner: $500