Monday, March 2, 2009

Ten Photo Contests You Can Win

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Perhaps you have considered entering a photo contest. Or perhaps you thought the odds were too high and never tried.

Here are ten photo contests you can enter. And can you win? Yes, I have won two of the contests below and to tell the truth I have only entered four contests in my photo career.

1. Smithsonian photo contest

From their website:

Fifty finalists will be selected, ten for each of the five categories. Smithsonian will notify the 50 finalists by February 28, 2009. From these 50 finalists, five category winners and a grand prize winner will be selected. The entries of all finalists will be published on March 2, 2009. At that time, readers can vote online for one readers' choice winner. The winning entries will be published in the print edition of Smithsonian magazine during summer 2009.

Category winners will be awarded $500. The readers' choice winner will be awarded $500. The grand prize winner will receive a four-day, three-night Smithsonian Journeys Grand Canyon Weekend Adventure for two from July 17-20, 2009, or the wholesale cash equivalent.
2. National Wildlife PhotoZone
A fee of 15 dollars to enter 20 pictures

From their website:

We are now accepting entries to our 39th annual contest. Cash prizes totaling $25,000 plus other gifts will be awarded to the winners in seven categories in three separate divisions: Professional, Amateur and Youth.
Prizes up to 10,000 dollars.

4. Tamron photo contest
Win a Tamron AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 VC Di-II Aspherical (IF) lens

5. Dream Assignment
Tell them about your dream photo assignment to win.
Win 50,000 dollars and a lenovo thinkpad w700
Sponsored by Microsoft and IBM

6. The Best of Citizen Journalism
Grand prize epson stylus printer R1800

7. National Parks Foundation

Share the Experience photo contest prizes not announced yet. Last year grand prize equaled over 40,000 dollars. I was lucky enough to have won second place.

8. National Geographic Your shot
No prizes here, but your picture may be published in National Geographic.

9. Burrad-Lucas
Prize: Olympus SP-57OUZ

10. Parents Magazine (from American Baby, Parents and Family Circle)
Themes vary each month.

Prize: Canon - PowerShot 8.0MP Digital ELPH

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