National Geographic Photo Contest 2012

National Geographic Photo Contest

National Geography Photo Contest 2012

National Geography Photo Contest 2012


As a leader in capturing our world through brilliant imagery, National Geographic sets the standard for photographic excellence. Last year, National Geographic received more than 20,000 entries from over 130 countries, with professional and amateur photographers across the globe participating. Well, Today you can participate in this prestigious photography contest for 2013. Send National Geographic your best shots in any of categories mentioned below. Click here for Photo Contest Page.

The 2012 National Geographic Magazine Photo Contest begins September 1, 2012 at 9:00:00 a.m. US Eastern Time and ends November 30, 2012, 11:59:00 p.m. US Eastern Time (“ET”)


  1. people
  2. places
  3. nature


Please submit images that accurately reflect the captured moment in time. In other words, keep it real. More about National Geography Photo contest rules here


License – Make sure you read this!

By entering the Contest, all entrants grant an irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide non-exclusive license to Authorized Parties, to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of the entries (along with a name credit) in connection with the Contest and promotion of the Contest, in any media now or hereafter known, including, but not limited to: Display at a potential exhibition of winners; publication of a book featuring select entries in the Contest; publication in National Geographic magazine or online highlighting entries or winners of the Contest. Entrants consent to the Sponsor doing or omitting to do any act that would otherwise infringe the entrant’s “moral rights” in their entries. Display or publication of any entry on an Authorized Party’s website does not indicate the entrant will be selected as a winner. Authorized Parties will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such use. Additionally, by entering, each entrant grants to Authorized Parties the unrestricted right to use all statements made in connection with the Contest, and pictures or likenesses of Contest entrants, or choose not to do so, at their sole discretion. Authorized Parties will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such use.


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.

The First Place winner in each Category will each receive US$2,500, and his/her winning photograph will be published in National Geographic magazine. One Grand Prize winner will receive, in addition to the First Place prize, US$7,500 and a trip to the District of Columbia, USA from Jan. 8 to Jan. 11, 2013 to participate in the National Geographic Photography Seminar. Trip includes round-trip coach class air transportation between a major airport near winner’s home and Washington, D.C.; three nights hotel accommodations in Washington; a behind-the-scenes tour of National Geographic headquarters; and access to the all-day Seminar on Jan. 10, where Grand Prize winner’s winning entry will be projected. The Grand Prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is available.


Contest consists of three (3) rounds of evaluation. In Round One, each judge in a panel of photographic experts (at least one of whom will be independent of Sponsor) (“Judges”) will select ten (10) entries in each Category from among all eligible entries based on the following criteria (“Judging Criteria”): (1) Creativity; (2) Photographic quality; (3) genuineness/authenticity of the content.

Winners List

Entrants are responsible for complying with these Official Rules. Winners’ names will be available online at after December 15, 2012.
During the contest, you can visit National Geography’s website weekly to view National Geographic editors’ favorites.

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