Winter Photo Challenge: 12 Nights of Solstice Entry Form

Submit your winter photos for our second 12 Nights of Solstice celebration on social media! This year's theme is Life While Nature Sleeps. For 12 nights starting on the winter solstice Dec. 21, we'll share your inspirational nature photos blending the ideas of life, winter, and stillness. Six photos will come from the public, and six will come from Smithsonian staff and volunteers. Creative interpretations of the theme encouraged! Using the entry form below the slideshow, submit up to three photos with a short description and credit information before midnight December 6.

A panel of SERC judges will select the final 12 photos based on 1) the "Life While Nature Sleeps" theme; 2) artistic beauty; and 3) creativity and originality. Note: When featuring the winners on social media, some cropping may occur due to each platform's formatting requirements, but we'll do our best to preserve the key features of your work!

Read the full rules of entry and permissions statement

View some of the winner's from last year's challenge, "Nature's Winter Lights"

  • Pine trees on a snowy hill, backlit by the sun against a blue sky

    Blue and white sunset in Idaho's Selkirk Mountains, by Kim Holzer

  • Animal tracks across an expanse of snow, with a black mountain and sunset in the background

    Coyote tracks over the frozen Eyak Lake in Alaska, by Danielle Verna

  • A hawk perched on a snowy branch inspects its feet

    "Cold Feet," by Jack Turner

  • Black branches silhouetted against a gray sky

    A haunting silhouette of trees over a river in Davis, California, by Kathy Smeets

  • Sharp close-up of icy snowflakes, with a blurry blue, gold and orange sunrise in the background

    Frozen snowflakes on a windshield at sunrise, by Natasha Hitchcock

  • Black tree against a pink and blue sky, reflected in the water

    Pastel water colors mark a cold winter sunset on Maryland's Eastern Shore, by Max Ruehrmund

 
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