love geography and photography so naturally this story got my attention - The National Geographic Photo Contest.. very cool this year, for the first time, readers of National Geographic's English-language editions in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and United Kingdom will be able to participate in the contest that was inaugurated in 16 of its local-language editions in 2006. The new photo essay category invites participants to create a unique and in-depth story with a series of photos. "We're looking for a photographer who tells a visual narrative, a story with a very clear beginning, middle and end," explains National Geographic Director of Photography David Griffin. "A good story will elicit an emotional response. More than just a visual reaction, it must evoke a feeling."
Contest Details -- For English-language-edition contestants, a portfolio of up to 10 photographs in the photo essay category and up to a total of six photographs across the people, landscape and animals categories should be submitted electronically to ngphotocontest.com between Entries must be received between Aug. 1, at midnight (12 a.m.) U.S. Eastern Daylight Time, and Oct. 31, 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Standard Time. Photos can be black-and-white or color, shot with a digital camera or with conventional film. First-place winners of the English-language competition will win a digital camera kit. For details and official contest rules, visit www.ngphotocontest.com.