The contest is organised by Smithsonian magazine.
The following six contest categories are drawn from subjects of special interest to Smithsonian.com:
1.Natural World: Animals, plants and landscapes; geological or climatological features; and scientific processes and endeavors.
2.Travel: Locales, peoples or activities in the United States and abroad that convey a sense of place.
3.People: Individuals from all walks of life.
4.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.
5.Altered Images: Photographs manipulated for artistic purposes by applying digital and/or traditional special effects (i.e., colorizing, toning, collage, photo composites, HDR, etc.).
6.Mobile: The Smithsonian will award a prize to the best photograph submitted in any of the other categories that was taken with a mobile device (phone or tablet).
The Grand Prize, Readers’ Choice prize, Natural World, Travel, People, The American Experience and Mobile category prizes are open to photographers who are 18 years old or older.
The Sustainable Travel category prize, made possible through the support of United Eco-Skies, is restricted to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Colombia. Individuals affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, including employees, emeriti, Regents, trustees, interns, volunteers, fellows, research associates and their immediate families (children, siblings and spouses), and employees of United Airlines, Inc. (Sponsor), its parent or affiliate companies as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children), and others living in their households are not eligible for any prize. The Smithsonian will determine winners’ eligibility in its sole discretion.
There are no entry fees.
• Grand Prize winner: $2,500
• Category winners: $500
• Readers' Choice winner: $500
• Mobile Photography winner: $500
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