Smithsonian Photo Contest is an annual photography competition run by Smithsonian Magazine.

Smithsonian Magazine is a monthly magazine created for modern, well-rounded individuals with diverse interests. It chronicles the arts, history, sciences and popular culture of the times. Their photos, articles, videos and slideshows take a dynamic and interactive approach to exploring our changing world.


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 (i.e., colorizing, toning, collage, photo composites, HDR, etc.).

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

Smithsonian Photo Contest – Prize Details

– Grand Prize: $2,500
– The winners of each of the six categories will receive $500.
– Readers’ Choice winner: $500