Tuesday, August 10, 2010

National Geographic Announces 4th Annual International Photography Contest for Kids

National Geographic Announces 4th Annual International Photography Contest for Kids

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Young photographers around the world are invited to take part in the 2010 National Geographic 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 12 local-language editions of the magazine in Bulgaria, Egypt, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, the Netherlands, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. The international grand-prize winner will receive a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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U.S. and Canadian contestants ages 6-14 may enter now through Nov. 1, 2010, by submitting one photo in any or all of four categories: People; Animals; Scenery; and Humor. Photos can be black-and-white or color, shot with a digital camera or with conventional film. Entries can be submitted online or via mail. Entry forms and official contest rules are found at http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/contests/photo-entry-form. Void where prohibited.

One grand-prize winner from the U.S. / Canada regional contest will be selected from the four first-place category winners to receive a trip for four to Toronto, Canada, courtesy of Tourism Toronto and the Delta Chelsea Hotel. The five-day, four-night trip includes CityPasses to explore Toronto's attractions, including the CN Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere; the Ontario Science Center; Casa Loma; the Royal Ontario Museum; and the Toronto Zoo. The four first-place and four second-place category winners also will win digital camera kits as well as National Geographic books.

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. / Canada entries by a panel of four National Geographic experts: Melina Bellows, National Geographic Kids magazine editor in chief; Annie Griffiths, National Geographic photographer; Steve St. John, National Geographic Image Collection senior editor; and Jay Sumner, National Geographic Kids photo director. The judges will announce the overall grand-prize winner of a trip to National Geographic headquarters in January 2011. Winning entries from each country will be featured in that country's edition of National Geographic Kids magazine.

National Geographic Kids, geared toward children ages 6-14, is an interactive, multitopic magazine covering animals, entertainment, science, technology, current events and cultures. The magazine has 20 international editions.

For further information: Ethan Fried, +1-202-857-7037, efried@ngs.org