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

Smithsonian.com's 2014 Photo Contest Is Now Closed

We will announce the finalists of our 12th Annual Photo Contest in March 2015


Our 12th Annual Photo Contest is now closed. Check back in March 2015 for contest finalists and vote for our Readers' Choice winner. We look forward to reviewing your entries! Our editors will be posting a selection of their favorite submissions on our Photo of the Day page.

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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