International Photo Contest For Kids From National Geographic

by Sandra Foyt on August 10, 2012

in Enrichment Ideas

Got a budding photographer in the family? Want to give a child a chance to win a Five-Day, Four-Night Trip to Washington, D.C.?

National Geographic Seeks Next Generation of Photographers for its 6th Annual International Photography Contest for Kids

For more than 100 years, National Geographic has featured the work of some of the world’s foremost photographers in its magazine and other media products. Now, National Geographic is giving kids a chance to be the next Chris Johns, Joel Sartore or Annie Griffiths with its sixth annual International Photography Contest for Kids. The competition is conducted in partnership with the U.S. edition of National Geographic Kids magazine (also available in Canada) and 10 local-language NG Kids editions in Bulgaria, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Slovenia, South Africa, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Each country will select first- and second-prize winners in four categories: People, Animals, Scenery and Humor. All first-place winners will compete for the grand prize: a five-day, four-night trip to Washington, D.C., and a special tour of National Geographic headquarters.

The contest is open to kids ages 6-14. U.S. contestants may enter now through Oct. 31, 2012, by submitting one photo in any or all four categories. Photos can be black-and-white or color, and shot with a digital camera or with conventional film.Entries can be submitted online at or via regular mail. Entry forms and official contest rules are found at Void where prohibited.

“Whether it’s documenting a moment shared between friends or an interesting angle of an everyday object or even a funny portrait of a family dog, a photograph has the magic to bridge barriers to communicate a message or feeling,” said Melina Bellows, International Photography Contest judge and National Geographic’s executive vice president and chief creative officer for Books, Kids and Family. “Through the National Geographic International Photography Contest for Kids, we hope to encourage kids from around the globe to use the power of photography to capture their world and share it with others.”

Each participating international local-language edition will submit its winning entries in each category to National Geographic headquarters to be judged alongside the winning U.S. entries by a panel of three National Geographic experts: Bellows; National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore (author of “Photographing Your Family” and “Rare: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species”); and Jay Sumner, photo director for National Geographic Kids Publishing and Media.

The judges will announce the winning entries in January 2013. Winning entries will be featured in the U.S. and international editions of National Geographic Kids magazine.

National Geographic International Photography Kids' Contest Winner 2011

| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email:, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

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