Photo Contest Support

What rights does National Geographic have to my photo contest entry?

Please read through the official photo contest rules for further information on the rights you grant.

Is image manipulation allowed in the photo contest?

No. Minor burning, dodging, and color correction are acceptable. We encourage you to submit photographs that...

What should I include in the description of my photograph?

Captions are a great way to engage others in your photography. Who is it about? What happened? When ...

Are captions fact-checked for accuracy?

We trust our users to give accurate caption information, so we do not research or fact-check their captions. H...

Do photos have to be taken with a digital camera?

Submitted photos do NOT have to be digital photos taken with a digital camera. Any digital scan will do, as lo...

How old can my photograph entry be?

Photographs must have been taken within the past two years.

I’d like to enter a photo that has previously won a contest. Is that allowed?

Photographs must have been taken within two (2) years and may not previously have won an award in the National...

Will I be notified if my photo is chosen for the online galleries?

Yes, an editor will comment on your image in your Your Shot profile.

Why is my country not permitted to enter?

The photo contest is not available in all countries. Some countries are excluded from the contest because ther...