Fifty finalists will be selected, ten for each of the five categories. Smithsonian will notify the 50 finalists by February 28, 2014. Finalists' entries will be published on the magazine's Web site on March 4, 2014. At that time, readers can vote online for one readers' choice winner. The Smithsonian will award eight prizes, as follows:
Grand Prize: $2,500
The winners of each of the five categories will receive $500
The winner of the online Readers’ Choice award will receive $500
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.