The Google Photography Prize contest is still open and those who have not participated yet with their submissions can do so until January 31. The participant has to be at least a student pursuing higher education, aged 18 years or more.

A participant can submit as many as eight entries in any one of the 10 interesting categories that include — Me, Action, Food, Fashion, Night, Street, Sport, Sound/Silence, Travel, and Point of View. The concept and ideas about this contest originated after the search giant took notice of an ever-growing community of amateur photographers on its new social networking site — Google+ — that saw around 3.4 billion photos being uploaded in its first 100 days of its launch. A panel of famous photographers will judge the entries and select 10 finalists whose work will be displayed at the Saatchi Gallery, London for two months along with the exhibition ‘Out of Focus’ (to showcase the works of hotshot photographers such as JH Engstrom and Katy Grannan) that is already scheduled there. The finalists’ trip to the exhibition will be sponsored by Google.

The photographs can be submitted through the Google+ account. A participant can upload a photograph by creating an album on profile’s Stream and naming it Google Photography Prize. In the description box, the participant has to add a hashtag (use the code given against the names of each of the categories on the contest’s webpage) of the category and keep the sharing level as Public. They must retain the original photographs with them.

There is a grand prize for the winner – they can go on a photography trip to any destination of their choice. A professional photography coach will accompany the winner on the ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ photography trip, as Google puts it.

For submission form, rules, and FAQs, visit Google Photography webpage here.

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