2012 Smithsonian Photo Contest Grand Prize Winner (Photo by Bjorn Olesen)

Smithsonian.com's 2014 Photo Contest Is Now Closed

The finalists have been announced, and the 13th Annual Photo Contest is right around the corner


Our 12th Annual Photo Contest is now closed. Our finalists have just been announced, so vote for your favorite photo for the Readers' Choice prize. We will announce the winners of this contest on March 31, as well as open the 13th Annual Photo Contest that same day. Stay tuned!

Contestants submitted up to 15 photos to each of the following six categories:

  • The Natural World: Animals, plants and landscapes; geological or climatological features; and scientific processes and endeavors.
  • Travel: Locales, peoples or activities in the United States and abroad that convey a sense of place.
  • People: Individuals from all walks of life.
  • 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 (i.e. colorizing, toning, collage, photo composites, HDR, etc.).
  • Mobile Photos: Photographs taken with a phone or tablet.

Smithsonian.com will award eight prizes, as follows:

  • Grand Prize: $2,500
  • Category Winners: The winners of each of the six categories will receive $500.
  • Readers' Choice: The winner of the online Readers’ Choice award will receive $500.

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