About the Scholarship

Smithsonian.com Photo Contest is organized by Smithsonian Magazine. This is the 17th annual photo contest of Smithsonian.com. The Smithsonian magazine and Smithsonian.com place a Smithsonian lens on the world, looking at the topics and subject matters researched studied and exhibited by the Smithsonian Institution.


How to Apply

  • The entry form is available on the Smithsonian Magazine website, the applicants have to complete the online entry and upload their photographs to enter the contest. Each contestant may submit up to 15 photographs per category:

    • 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: Portraits and photos of groups or individuals.

    • 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.

    • Mobile: Any photograph taken with a mobile device (phone or tablet).

  • Photographs must be shot by the entrant since January 1, 2017.

  • Photographs may be cropped, not other alteration is permitted except for those photographs entered in the altered image category.

  • photographs must be submitted in .jpeg, .jpg or .gif format, edited for web in sRGB color space, at least 2,000 pixels wide and no larger than 10 MB.


 Prize Details

This contest has a total of Eight prizes as follows:

  • One Grand Prize of $2500 plus a trip sponsored by Travel category sponsor The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. Images submitted in all categories are eligible for the Grand Prize.

  • Six Category winners will receive an amount of $500.

  • One Reader's Choice Prize of $500.


Deadline Information

The contest begins on April 2, 2019. All entries must be received through Smithsonian.com by 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on November 30, 2019.


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