Enter the NatGeo International Photography Contest for Kids

Photo credit: Kyla, age 13 / National Geographic 2014 International Photography Contest for Kids

Photo credit: Kyla, age 13 / National Geographic 2014 International Photography Contest for Kids

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Photo credit: Kyla, age 13 / National Geographic 2014 International Photography Contest for Kids

While you’re out this weekend, hand your kids your smartphone or your camera. Their photo could win you a  a National Geographic Costa Rica Family Adventure! Getting snapping because the  NatGeo International Photography Contest for Kids ends October 15 (for U.S. residents).

Kids ages 6-14 can enter their photos in the following categories:

  • Amazing Animals (photos of pets, zoo animals or wild animals)
  • Dare to Explore (photos of outdoor scenery)
  • Weird But True (photos that capture something odd or funny)
  • Wild Vacation (photos taken during vacation travels)

Just make sure to submit their photos by the October 15, 2014 deadline.

Photo credit: Kyle, age 10 / National Geographic 2014 International Photography Contest for Kids

Photo credit: Kyle, age 10 / National Geographic 2014 International Photography Contest for Kids

If your kids don’t know where to start, Kelley Miller, senior photo editor offers some photography tips on the website, but here’s 3 photography tips for kids (and adults) to get them started:

1. Use what’s available: You don’t need a fancy camera. Smartphones and point-and-shoot cameras take great photos! Use subjects around you, such as friends, family, pets and school events.
2. Take photos of what you’re interested in: Give your child a photo assignment, such as taking photos at a family event. For taking photos of food, the best place is with plenty of natural light, like near a window. For taking photos of pets, be mindful of the background (it can be distracting) and try different angles
3. Test out different camera settings. Turn off the flash! On your smartphone, tap the screen so the camera knows what to focus on (a great tip for adults too!). For point-and-shoot cameras, test out the different modes. For example, the “fireworks” setting is good for night photos because it turns off the flash and gives photos a longer exposure.
I’m going to add a tip of my own:
4. Take more shots than you need. Thankfully with digital cameras, we don’t have to worry about wasting film. Take several shots of the same subject and experiment with angles (sit on the ground, standing, holding camera up high). It only costs you the time to press the button.
Photo credit: Cassia, age 14 / National Geographic 2014 International Photography Contest for Kids

Photo credit: Cassia, age 14 / National Geographic 2014 International Photography Contest for Kids

We’re hoping to go apple picking this weekend, so there’s sure to be a lot of photo opportunities for Sophia. All the photos on this page are from this year’s entries.

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