What are the hallmarks of a winning image in Smithsonian magazine’s photo contest? 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. Over the past eleven years, our judges have seen over 290,000 photographs from more than 112 countries and we once again look forward to viewing the world through your own unique lens.
Enter photographs in any of our five categories—the American Experience, the Natural World, People, Travel and Altered Images—and compete to win cash prizes. This year we are also looking forward to highlighting the best photographs taken with mobile devices, so as you enter your work into the aforementioned categories, let us know that it was taken with your phone or tablet reader and show us the wonders of this new generation of photography.
The contest is open until November 29, 2013 at 2:00 PM EST. Smithsonian judges will post the best of the incoming entries to our Photo of the Day and Tumblr pages. Finalists will be announced on March 3, 2014. Good luck to you all!