National Geographic Student Photo Contest

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National Geographic announces photo contest for an opportunity to win a free National Geographic student trip to London.

This [photo] contest invites high school students to submit a photo and a short statement describing the photo and how it captures the essence of what exploration means to them.

National Geographic announces the kickoff of the first National Geographic Student Photo Contest to win a trip on a National Geographic Student Expedition this summer. This contest invites high school students to submit a photo and a short statement describing the photo and how it captures the essence of what exploration means to them. The grand prize is a Summer 2012 London Photography Workshop, including round-trip airfare and program tuition, valued at approximately $6,500. Also, second and third place prizes are being awarded respectively with $250 and $100 gift certificates to the National Geographic Store.

“We are excited to offer this opportunity to a student who is passionate about photography and exploration,” says Deb Harris, Director of Student Travel. “The London Photography Workshop is an exceptional chance to work with a dynamic team of instructors and like-minded students, and to hone photography skills in one of the world’s greatest cities.”

The London Photography Workshop is a completely unique program that gives students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn creative and technical photography techniques in a world-class destination. A top National Geographic photographer and professional photography instructors will work with students in small groups to teach a broad range of themes, including light and shadow, composition, depth of field, motion, photographing people, and much more. During the 12-day program, students live in the University of London Garden Halls campus. Mornings are spent in the classroom, editing work, taking lessons, and participating in group critiques. Students spend afternoons shooting in the field. The London Photography Workshop is one of many summer student travel programs offered by National Geographic Student Expeditions.

To enter the contest, US high school students must submit via the online entry form a photograph that captures the spirit of exploration and discovery. Along with the photo, students must submit a brief, 100-word statement that describes the photo, the date and location it was taken, and how it depicts the student’s experience of exploring his or her world.

The contest is open to US residents who are current high school students (in grades 9 through 12). Submissions will be accepted March 1 to April 1, 2012 and a winner will be selected and notified by email by April 16, 2012.

About National Geographic Student Expeditions

National Geographic Student Expeditions, the high-school student travel program of the National Geographic Society, was founded on the same belief in the importance of exploration that has been the hallmark of the Society's 121-year history. National Geographic Student Expeditions offers student trips to 20 destinations across six of the seven continents. Each National Geographic Student Expeditions travel program is joined by top-tier experts, including anthropologists, biologists, explorers, naturalists, photographers, filmmakers, and historians and is led by a team of dynamic trip leaders. On each program, students select an On Assignment project that allows them to focus on a specific topic—Photography, Wildlife & Conservation, Filmmaking, Archaeology, Community Service, etc. This project-based program enables students to further engage with the places they visit. Three types of student travel programs are available, and each provides a unique learning experience. Students may participate in community service trips, field workshops, or expeditions. Destinations include domestic locations such as Alaska, Yellowstone National Park, and the Grand Canyon. International trip destinations include the Galapagos, Cambodia, Buenos Aires, London, Iceland, Australia, Peru, Tanzania, China, and more. National Geographic Student Expeditions strives to maintain immersive educational and cultural experiences through its specialty travel programs to unique locations worldwide.

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