Winning Digital Photo Contests

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

8th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Contest!

Smithsonian Magazine has announced their 8th annual photo contest and it's one of the premiere magazine photo contests in the world, so it's worth checking it out. There are $500 category prizes and the grand prize winner gets a Grand Canyon weekend adventure trip. This is one of the contests featured in my book Winning Digital Photo Contests and they provided us with several great winning shots. Below is the official press release from their site. And if you need some photo inspiration, here are the winners of the 7th Annual Smithsonian Contest.

The 8th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest

Our eighth photo contest brings a new opportunity for Smithsonian to see the world through your unique lens. After seven competitions, our editors have seen over 140,000 photographs from more than 90 countries around the world. What makes a photograph a Smithsonian winner? 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.

Enter the contest

Contestants can enter photographs in five categories—Altered Images, Americana, The Natural World, People and Travel—that represent subjects of special interest to the magazine. Fifty finalists will be selected, ten for each of the five categories. Smithsonian will notify the 50 finalists by February 28, 2011. From these 50 finalists, five category winners and a grand prize winner will be selected. The entries of all winners and finalists will be published on the magazine's Web site on March 1, 2011. At that time, readers can vote online for one readers’ choice winner. The winning entries will be published in the print edition of Smithsonian magazine during summer 2011.

Category winners will be awarded $500. The readers’ choice winner will be awarded $500. The grand prize winner will receive a Smithsonian Journeys Grand Canyon Weekend Adventure for two, or the wholesale cash equivalent.

On a weekly basis beginning April 4, Smithsonian judges will post the best of the incoming entries in the Editors’ Picks portion of our Web site.

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