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Holidays Around The World: Smashing Photo Contest

Update: 15 Dec 2011. Submissions are now closed! The winners will be contacted tomorrow and announced next week!

2012 is around the corner and the year is (already!) coming to an end. We’d like to know how upcoming holidays are celebrated in your city. Just send us a photo of your kind of Christmas or New Year’s Eve and with some luck you may be the winner of some truly smashing prizes! We’re giving away five wonderfully designed books as well as five golden tickets for our upcoming Christmas special bundles.

But I Don’t Celebrate Christmas… Link

Of course, not everybody celebrates Christmas, but there is still something special about the atmosphere that upcoming holidays create worldwide. You may take pictures of your office New Year decorations, a market in your town or even a winter wonderland you’ve discovered! You can also make a photo of a special event  —  an event that makes you relate to the year coming to an end, or even your list of your New Year’s resolutions, or anything else really. Just keep in mind to stay creative!

The Prizes Link

The best photos will be rewarded with one of the five books presented below. The winners can select which book they’d like to have. We hope that the book will be delivered in time before the holidays, but unfortunately we can’t guarantee it. We’ve found the books in a selection by Maria Popova over at Brainpickings1. As mentioned above, we’ll also be giving away five golden tickets for our upcoming Christmas special bundles, meaning there will be ten winners in total! So… what are you waiting for?

Visual Storytelling2
Stunning, ambitious, and thoughtfully curated, Visual Storytelling is part high-concept dictionary for a language of increasingly critical importance, part priceless time-capsule of bleeding-edge creativity from the Golden Age of information overload, the era we call home. Image source.


Moby-Dick In Pictures: One Drawing For Every Page4
This artbook collects Matt Kish’s lo-fi drawings in a 600-page visual masterpiece of bold, breathtaking full-page illustrations that captivate eye, heart, and mind, inviting you to rediscover the Melville classic in entirely new ways.


Visual Complexity6
A rigorously researched, beautifully designed, thoughtfully curated anthology of the world’s most compelling work at the intersection of these two relatively nascent yet increasingly powerful techno-cultural phenomena, network science and information visualization. Image source7.


Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout9
In Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout, artist Lauren Redniss tells the story of Curie through the two invisible but immensely powerful forces that guided her life: Radioactivity and love.


344 Questions: The Creative Person’s Do-It-Yourself Guide to Insight, Survival, and Artistic Fulfillment11
A pocket-sized compendium of flowcharts and lists to help you figure out life’s big answers by ever-inventive designer Stefan G. Bucher.


Submission Guidelines Link

  • Your photo should have JPG format, a maximum size of 4000 x 3000 pixels and should not exceed 8 MB in size.
  • Each participant may send one photo at most.
  • You may take photos of anything or anyone, as long as it fits the theme of the contest and nobody is harmed. Don’t forget to mention the city where your photo was taken at!
  • Please name your photo with your full name (john-peterson.jpg)
  • Please do not send ZIP, RAR or other compressed archives — just the image.
  • You must own the copyright of the photo you are submitting.
  • Submit your photo to

All selected photos will be published in an upcoming Smashing Magazine post. So, get your cameras ready and shoot!

Examples To Get You Inspired Link

Just to give you an idea and inspiration for your entry, here are some photos to get your creative juices flowing:


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Deadline and Announcement Link

Please submit your photo by December 15th at the latest. The qualifying submissions and the winners will be announced a couple of days later after that. We will showcase the most interesting photos here on Smashing Magazine, including the names of the contributors.

Please note: your photo will be used only for this event, and you will retain the full rights to it.

Let’s Go! Link

On your marks. Ready? Set? Go! Send your photo to! We look forward to your photos, folks!

Wishing Y’all Happy Holidays!
 —  The Smashing Team

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  1. 1

    I’ll try! But my city is still not ready for the christmas :)

    • 2

      It will be very soon! Until then, looking forward to your submission! ;)

      — Smashing Editorial

  2. 3

    Cool, had just 50 cms snow falls today in the french Alps… Trees are white covered… Ready to shoot!

  3. 4

    Cool you used my photo as an example :-)

    • 5

      Hi Jimmy! Yes, your picture of the snowy street in Stockholm is fantastic! Do you have any more of the like? You’re more than welcome to send us another one for the contest! ;)

      — Smashing Editorial

  4. 6

    Interesting contest again, thank you SM! I’ll try!

    • 7

      Hi Oxana! Yes, please do :) We’ve received many photos already, but the more, the better, and easier it will be to choose the winners! ;)

      — Smashing Editorial

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    Krzysztof Banas

    December 8, 2011 12:41 am

    I’ll try too:) thanks!

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    Jon delos Reyes

    December 12, 2011 8:54 am

    CooL! love to submit Holiday photos here in the Philippines!…I think we celebrate Holidays the longest!

  7. 10

    Cool, I’ll will find my beautiful of x’mas!

  8. 11

    I sent my picture. Here in Brussels there is no snow (at least not for the moment), so I took my picture indoors :)

  9. 12

    Read “Submission Guidelines” section in the post.

  10. 13

    Hey Smashingmagazine,

    Awesome contest, love the images. The only problem my photos are distributed across channels like fb and instagram and mail just sucks with the attachment limit


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