WASHINGTON (Sept. 21, 2011)—National Geographic invites photographers from around the world to enter its 2011 National Geographic Photography Contest. The grand-prize winner will receive $10,000 (USD), and the photographer’s winning image will be published in worldwide editions of National Geographic magazine. Open to both professional photographers and amateur photo enthusiasts, the grand-prize winner also will receive a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2012.
Entrants of all skill levels can visit www.ngphotocontest.com to submit photographs and view entries from photographers throughout the world across three categories: People, Places and Nature. Entry fee is $15 (USD) per photo, and there is no limit to the number of submissions per entrant. Entries must be in digital format and submitted electronically. The contest, which is open now, ends Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 9 a.m. (ET).
For the first time, National Geographic allows participants to look at every photo entry and encourages them to choose their favorite images from all available entries and share them with family and friends through Twitter and Facebook. Each image is accompanied by a Facebook Like button, which allows entrants to vote on their favorite images. Online photo galleries featuring top submissions received to date in each category will be updated weekly at www.ngphotocontest.com. In addition, users can download wallpapers and complete jigsaw puzzles featuring contest entries.
“We want to challenge photographers to capture true moments enhanced by composition, lighting and mood — without enhancement through digital effects, photo stitches, HDR and fisheye lenses,” said Kurt Mutchler, National Geographic magazine’s executive editor for photography. “Keeping it real is what National Geographic photography is all about.”
Judged on creativity and photographic quality, one first-place winner will be selected in each of the three categories, and the overall global grand-prize winner will be chosen from the three category winners. The contest judges are National Geographic magazine photographers Amy Toensing, Tim Laman and Peter Essick. The grand-prize winner will be announced in December 2011.
No print or film submissions will be accepted for entry into the contest. While entries must be in digital format and submitted electronically, photographs need not be taken with a digital camera; scans of negatives, transparencies or photographic prints are acceptable. Photographs must have been taken within two years of the date of entry. For details and official contest rules, visit www.ngphotocontest.com. Void where prohibited.
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