For the 8th year in a row Smithsonian Magazine is holding a photo contest that draws entries from around the world. The quality, depth and breadth of the finalist and winning photographs is stunning, and offers not only a look at the world around us, but at the people who make the photographs.
While the photographs take front stage, keep in mind that not everyone who takes them is a professional photographer. The only requirement for entering the contest is being 18 or older.
The deadline is looming — you have until December 1st to submit a photo in one of five categories:
Americanaâ€”Events, objects or activities connecting the American people to their history or their cultural heritage.
The Natural Worldâ€”Animals, plants and landscapes; geological or climatological features; and scientific processes and endeavors.
Peopleâ€”Individuals from all walks of life.
Altered Imagesâ€”Photographs manipulated for artistic purposes by applying digital and/or traditional special effects (i.e. colorizing, toning, collage, photo composites, HDR, etc.).
Travelâ€”Locales, peoples or activities in the United States and abroad that convey a sense of place.
Click here for the complete rules and how to enter. Each of the category winners gets $500 as does the Readers’ Choice winner. The Grand Prize winner gets a Grand Canyon vacation.
What are the judges looking for? “Technical quality, clarity and composition are all important, but so too is a flair for the unexpected and the ability to capture a picture-perfect moment.” In other words, your eye and your heart and the way you look at the world are going to matter as much as your technical proficiency.