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Smithsonian contest for photography

If you're an amateur photographer who dreams of seeing your work published, you might try's 6th Annual Photo Contest, now open for submissions at photocontest

Smithsonian magazine judges post the best of the incoming entries online, in a new, ongoing photo gallery feature called “Picture This” ( multimedia/picture-this/).

“When we see the entrants' skill, passion and vision come together in an image that truly captures a moment, we know we have a winner,” said Smithsonian magazine Editor Carey Winfrey.

To date, Smithsonian magazine editors have judged about 72,000 photographs from more than 90 countries around the globe for their yearly amateur photography contests.

Contestants can enter photographs in five categories: The Natural World, Americana, Altered Images, Travel and People that represent subjects of special interest to the magazine.

Fifty finalists will be selected, 10 for each of the five categories. Smithsonian magazine will notify the 50 finalists by Feb. 28. From these 50 finalists, five category winners and a grand prize winner will be selected.

The entries of all finalists will be published on the magazine's Web site on March 2. 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.