WASHINGTON (Sept. 22, 2010)—National Geographic invites photographers from around the world to enter the 2010 National Geographic Photography Contest. The grand-prize winner of the global contest will receive $10,000 (USD) — the first monetary prize ever offered by National Geographic magazine for a photo contest — 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 2011.
Entrants of all skill levels can now visit to submit photographs across three categories: People, Places and Nature. Entry fee is $15 (USD) per photo, and there is no limit on the number of submissions per entrant. Entries must be in digital format and submitted electronically. The contest ends Tuesday, Nov. 30.
Online photo galleries featuring top submissions received to date in each category will be updated weekly on the contest’s home page. Using National Geographic’s Voting Machine, Web users can vote for their favorite entries, and a Viewers’ Choice winner will be selected. In addition, users can download wallpapers and complete jigsaw puzzles featuring contest entries.
“National Geographic magazine reflects life on our planet in a universal language that unveils the world like no other — photography,” said Kurt Mutchler, National Geographic magazine’s executive editor of photography. “Many photographers dream of publication in National Geographic magazine. We’re therefore thrilled to invite a global audience to this year’s photo competition who can turn that dream into a reality.”
Judged on creativity and photographic quality, one first-place winner will be selected in each category by a panel of experts. From the three category winners, the overall global grand-prize winner will be selected. The contest judges are natural history photographer Joel Sartore (“Rare: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species”); landscape photographer Len Jenshel; and National Geographic magazine senior photo editor Sadie Quarrier. The judges will announce the global grand-prize winner in December 2010.
Entry into the 2010 National Geographic Photography Contest began Thursday, Sept. 16, and ends Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, 9:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time. 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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