WASHINGTON (Feb. 24, 2006)–The National Geographic Society is launching an international photography contest in partnership with the local-language editions of its flagship magazine. Local contests will be held in more than 20 countries this spring. Winning entries from each country will be sent to Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., where judges will announce three international grand-prize winners in September.
Readers of National Geographic magazine’s local-language editions are eligible to enter the contest, submitting photos in three categories: Natural World, Travel/Culture, People. The winning entries from each country will be featured in that country’s local-language edition of the July 2006 National Geographic magazine. The grand-prize winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to National Geographic headquarters.
Entries of one photograph for each category can be sent electronically or by mail to (address of local-language partner). Photographs can be black-and-white or color, prints or 35 mm slides, shot with a digital camera or with conventional film. For full contest rules, visit (local URL).
National Geographic is synonymous with unparalleled photographic excellence. The magazine draws on the best photographers around the world and devotes more resources to photography than any other general-interest magazine. Since the 1890s, National Geographic photographers have captured images where readers could not go themselves: places too far, too deep, too dark, too dangerous. Recent advances in photographic technology have illuminated and captured much of the previously unknown. Through the lenses of National Geographic’s photographers, readers have been able to view unique life forms on the ocean floor, visit sunken ships, explore Egyptian tombs, “see” the temperature ranges of a star, discover the hidden world inside our bodies, observe the microscopic world of molecules and subatomic particles, and savor the perfect structure of a snowflake.
Today, National Geographic’s photographic archive contains 10.5 million images; a selection of these is available for advertising use. National Geographic offers photography workshops and photography expeditions and publishes photography field guides as well as signature coffee-table photo books.
Founded in 1888, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, with a mission to increase and diffuse geographic knowledge while promoting conservation of Earth’s cultural, historical and natural resources. It reaches more than 330 million people worldwide each month through its official journal, National Geographic, and its four other magazines; the National Geographic Channel; television documentaries; radio programs; films; books; videos and DVDs; maps; and interactive media. National Geographic has funded more than 8,000 scientific research projects and supports an education program combating geographic illiteracy. For more information, log on to nationalgeographic.com; AOL Keyword: NatGeo.