Opening: April 2, 2019
Deadline: November 30, 2019
Entry fee: Free
Prizes: $500, $2,500, valuable prizes
Smithsonian.com’s 17th Annual Photo Contest begins April 2, 2019, and ends November 30, 2019, at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.
What to enter
The following six contest categories are drawn from subjects of special interest to Smithsonian.com:
- Natural World
Animals, plants and landscapes; geological or climatological features; and scientific processes and endeavors.
Locales, peoples or activities in the United States and abroad that convey a sense of place.
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.
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, 2017.
You may submit up to 15 photographs per category for a contest total of 90 submissions.
Eight prizes will be awarded, as follows:
$2,500, plus a trip sponsored by Travel category sponsor The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. Images submitted to all categories are eligible for the Grand Prize.
The winners of each of the six categories will receive $500.
The winner of the online Readers’ Choice award will receive $500.
Smithsonian Photo Contest 2018 Winners
Newest Cowboy in Town
Newborn Jestin is welcomed by his father Jessie at his home in Cleveland, Mississippi.
A lava lizard hitches a ride atop a marine iguana on Fernandina Island, Galápagos. Witnessing the mutualistic relationship between the two reptiles was truly magical!
A red-fronted lemur in Kirindy Mitea National Park, Madagascar.
Young boys in Trapani, Italy assist in carrying heavy floats bearing sculptures that depict scenes from the Passion of Christ during the day-long Misteri di Trapani procession on Good Friday.
A spring snow in Moscow.
The Painful Aftermath
A little over a month after fires ripped through Santa Rosa, California in 2017, the long and painful process of rebuilding began. Many people didn’t survive the horrendous fires in northern California, and thousands lost their homes. Aerial image (photographed from a plane).
Imagine, dream, bend and break the rules. My photo series GRVTY2 tries to see the world in an unexpected way. Places you see every day, either by traveling or on a screen, are turned into something else.
Best friends sit together trying to play the piano.