In conjunction with the Caribbean Tourism Organization,
National Geographic Traveler magazine today announced the first annual Caribbean
Youth Photography Contest. The “In My View” competition invites Caribbean students
aged 12-17 to submit photos that they believe capture the best attributes of their
The images should represent a variety of elements in Caribbean culture - the people,
food, landscapes or local events that best describe the spirit of the community.
Submissions will be accepted from Sept. 15 until Nov. 15, 2005, and each student may
enter up to five images. Students can pick up entry forms at their local school.
The grand-prize winner will receive a four-day, three-night trip for two (child and
parent or guardian) to Washington, D.C., which will include a visit to National
Geographic Society headquarters and a tour of the city with a National Geographic
photographer, plus a 35 mm digital camera. In addition, the winning student’s
photographs will be published in National Geographic Traveler’s May/June 2006 issue.
The second-place winner will receive the Ultimate Photography Package of a digital
camera and camera carrying case, as well as three National Geographic Society
photography books. The third-place winner will receive 10 National Geographic
Society photography books. A photo exhibit of some of the finalists’ work will be on
display at select travel shows.
“Photography is one of the cornerstones of our magazine,” said Kimberly Connaghan,
National Geographic Traveler advertising director. “We believe the winner of this
contest will provide an insider perspective that can only be captured by locals
living in the region.”
“We are very excited about this new opportunity for the children of the Caribbean to
participate in this competition and possibly have their creativity recognized
internationally. A chance to learn from a National Geographic professional
photographer is itself a life-changing experience for a young enthusiast,” said Hugh
Riley, Caribbean Tourism Organization director of marketing for the Americas.