Photo Contest Prize Details

Sixty finalists will be selected, ten for each of the five categories: Natural World, Travel, People, The American Experience, Altered Images and Mobile. Smithsonian will notify the 60 finalists by February 20, 2015. Finalists' entries will be published on the magazine's Web site in spring 2015. At that time, readers can vote online for one readers' choice winner. The Smithsonian will award eight prizes, as follows:

Grand Prize: $2,500
Category Winners: The winners of each of the five categories will receive $500
Readers' Choice: The winner of the online Readers’ Choice award will receive $500
Mobile: The best photo in any of the five categories that was taken with a mobile device will receive $500.

One cash prize per person; winners may receive additional noncash prizes. Winners must sign a release and license, declaration of eligibility, and will be responsible for paying any taxes they may owe on a prize.