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Enter the 2012 National Geographic Photo Contest

Deadline: 30 November 2012
Open to: Individuals who have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry and who do NOT reside in Cuba, Iran, New Jersey, North Korea, the Province of Quebec, Sudan, Syria or Vermont.
Prize: The Grand Prize Winner will receive $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2013

Description

As a leader in capturing our world through brilliant imagery, National Geographic sets the standard for photographic excellence. Last year, The National Geographic received more than 20,000 entries from over 130 countries, with professional and amateur photographers across the globe participating. Well, it’s that time of year again—enter today! Send National Geographic your best shots in any of these three categories: people, places, and nature. Please submit images that accurately reflect the captured moment in time. In other words, keep it real.
The Grand Prize Winner will receive $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2013: A behind-the-scenes experience like none other.
During the contest, visit National Geographic weekly to view the editors’ favorites. Want to be your own judge? See every photo, choose your own faves, then share them with family and friends.

Who can enter?

Contest is open only to individuals who have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry and who do NOT reside in Cuba, Iran, New Jersey, North Korea, the Province of Quebec, Sudan, Syria or Vermont. Employees of National Geographic Society, and its subsidiaries and affiliates, and their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they live) or persons living in the same households of such employees, whether or not related are not eligible. For more insight in the rules and regulation see this page.

Prizes

Grand Prize: $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar.
Two Runner-up Prizes: $2,500
The winning photos will be published in National Geographic magazine.
In addition to prizes, National Geographic photo editors will be showcasing their favorite entries every week on the website. Submit your photos early for a chance to be featured on the National Geographic website.

How to enter?

To enter the contest, upload your photos to the National Geographic Photo Contest website between September 1 and November 30, 2012. Enter as many photos as you’d like!
Each Entry consists of an entry form, a single image, and an entry fee. The entry fee is US$15 per entry. To enter, visit this page; complete an entry form with the required information, including your name, address, telephone number, email address, and photo caption; and submit along with your photograph and fee in accordance with the instructions that follow.
The Categories for entries are: (1) People, (2) Places, and (3) Nature (the “Categories”). There is no limit on the number of entries per person. Photographs must be in digital format. Only online entries will be eligible. No print or film submissions will be accepted for entry into this Contest. The photograph need not be taken with a digital camera; scans of negatives, transparencies, or photographic prints are acceptable. All digital files must be 5 megabytes or smaller, must be in JPEG or JPG format, and must be at least 1,600 pixels wide (if a horizontal image) or 1,600 pixels tall (if a vertical image).
Photographs must have been taken within two (2) years before the date of entry and may not previously have won an award in the National Geographic Photography Contest, the National Geographic International Photography Contest, or any, National Geographic Traveler photo contest in the last three years. For more details about the submissions, releases, the judging process, limitations and conditions see the same page.
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