Google and Saatchi Launch Contest for Most Beautiful Photos

You can simply be new to the art of photography or a tried and true professional looking at the world through a lens. As long as you are a student over age 18, you can enter the Google's contest.

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Even if you have never taken a photograph of serious consequences, you might want to read on and find out about the first ever Google Photography Prize in a partnership with Saatchi Gallery, London.

You can be simply new to the art of photography or a tried and true professional looking at the world through a lens. As long as you are a student over age 18, you can enter the contest.

Following the first 100 days in existence, Google+ users uploaded more than 3.4 billion photos. The Prize program is meant to showcase the social media platform as a medium for sharing and exploring photography.

The contest is open to amateur photographers who are university or other higher education students age 18 or older, and living anywhere in the world. Contestants have an opportunity to upload up to eight photographs in any of ten categories. Some of the categories are fashion, travel, action, food and street photography.

Curators selected by the Saatchi Gallery will appraise all submissions and will choose the 100 best submissions for a shortlist. Those 100 will receive a Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone. The ten finalists will be selected from that list by a jury of photography professionals. The finalists will have their work showcased at the Saatchi Gallery in London for six months, and will win a trip to London with a friend to attend the opening event. The principal winner of the contest will receive a trip to “a destination of their choice” with a professional photography coach as well.

The deadline is January 31, 2012, so get your camera ready and see the world through a lens!