Photo Contest

Application Information

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Amount Awarded


Application Deadline

November 30, 2020

Awarded By

Smithsonian Magazine

Award Amount

Cash prizes are awarded as follows: one grand prize, $2,500; six category winners, $500; one Readers' Choice, $500. There will also be an "Eco-Skies Sustainable Travel Leadership Award" given, which will consist of an electronic travel certificate for two economy round-trip tickets on flights operated by United to the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, or Central America.


Eight cash awards offered annually.

Additional Information

Judging will be conducted by the editors of Smithsonian and The Smithsonian will select 10 finalists per category, a winner for each category, and a Grand Prize winner from the 70 finalists; except that the category sponsor United Airlines will participate in the final selection of the Sustainable Travel category winner, and a Readers' Choice winner will be selected from among the 70 finalists based on public voting. Winning photographs will be announced on in spring. All selected finalists will be notified of their status by March 2020 and will appear on the Smithsonian website in spring 2019. At that time, the public can vote on the website for one Readers' Choice winner from the 70 finalists. The Readers' Choice winner will be revealed online in spring 2020. Individuals affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, including employees, emeriti, Regents, trustees, interns, volunteers, fellows, research associates and their immediate families (children, siblings and spouses) and others living in their households are not eligible to enter this contest.

Deadline Info

Entry information is available on the Smithsonian Magazine website. Students must complete an online entry form and upload their photographs to enter the contest. Each contestant may submit up to 15 ... sign up for full scholarship deadline information.

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