Now Taking Submissions! The National Geographic Travel Photo Contest


One photography contest made headlines last week, and for all of the wrong reasons.

After all, when $USD 120k is on the line, you can expect people will have more than a few opinions about the winning photo.

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Of course, if you’d like to brush up on the “posed winning photo” controversy from last week, you can do that by clicking here.

But, if you’d like to enter a potentially career-changing contest, then you’re probably going to want to read on because the National Geographic Travel Photo contest is now accepting submissions.

You’ll want to get them in as soon as possible, however, as the contest entry fee goes up by $USD 5 every week with the fee starting at $USD 10. Outside of cost, it never hurts to get in on something early.

According to FStoppers, National Geographic will be taking entries until May 3.

And, as FStoppers points out, this is probably one of the most prestigious awards in its category out there. Given that, the submission fee is pretty low.

There are three categories for the submissions: Nature, cities, or people.

The guidelines for what the judges are looking for is pretty vague but it falls along the usual lines of photos that tell a story or capture a specific moment in time (with all the attendant feelings the image evokes).

The grand prize of $USD 10,000 is nothing to laugh at it, either, though many people will probably take a lower prize amount in exchange for having National Geographic on their resume. If that isn't like throwing jet fuel into the engine that is your portfolio, we don't know what is.

If you’d like to enter the National Geographic Travel Photo contest you can do so over at the website by clicking here.

Let us know if you enter the contest! Best of luck!

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