National Geographic Kids Magazine Launches 2015 International Photography Contest

Young photographers are invited to take part in National Geographic’s International Photography Contest for Kids, with the U.S. grand-prize winner receiving an eight-day National Geographic Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion National Parks Family Adventure, and the worldwide grand-prize winner receiving a trip to visit National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. The worldwide grand-prize-winning photograph and the winning images from each of the four subject categories from the U.S. contest will be featured in the May 2016 U.S. edition of National Geographic Kids magazine. Open to children ages 6 to 14, the contest is hosted by National Geographic Kids magazine in the United States and through 10 local-language editions in Australia/New Zealand, China, Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, the Netherlands, Slovenia, South Africa, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

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U.S. Contest: U.S. contestants may enter now through October 15, 2015, by submitting one photo in any or all of four 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); and Wild Vacation (photos taken during vacation travels). Photos may be black-and-white or color and shot with a digital camera or with conventional film. Entries may be submitted online at natgeo.com/kids/photo-contest or via mail to International Photo Contest for Kids/KB, National Geographic Kids, 1145 17th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036-4688.

A panel of National Geographic Kids photography experts will select and announce the U.S. winners in November 2015 and feature them on the National Geographic Kids website. Four first-place winners and four second-place winners will receive digital cameras, memory cards, and a selection of National Geographic Kids books. The first-place winners will compete for the U.S. grand prize of the eight-day National Geographic Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion National Parks Family Adventure. Their photos will go on to compete against first-place-winning entries from international editions in the worldwide contest.

International Contests: International contest deadlines vary by country, and contestants should check local-language editions for details. More information is also posted here.

Worldwide Contest: In December 2015, each participating international local-language edition will submit its winning entry in each category to National Geographic headquarters to be judged alongside the winning U.S. entries for the grand prize of the global contest: a trip for two to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C. The grand-prize-winning photograph and the winning pictures from the U.S. contest in each category will also be featured in the May 2016 issue of the U.S. edition of National Geographic Kids magazine. The worldwide winners will be featured on the National Geographic Kids website. 

Introducing Archetypes Product of the Week: First Up, Eau De Parfums

Starting this month, a different product every week will be spotlighted on Archetypes.com, the innovative social destination that helps you identify your own distinctive patterns of behavior and harness them for a more inspiring, empowering and beautiful life. First up will be the new Archetypes Eau De Parfums ($64), fragrances inspired by who you are.

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Archetypes Eau De Parfums

The idea of the archetype originated with the great philosopher Plato and is at the core of the influential Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung’s analysis of human behavior. Simply put, an archetype is a pattern of behaviors that, once discovered, helps you better understand yourself and others. Archetypes are the blueprints of your soul. You are born with them, or a combination of them, and this combination can change according to the time of day or time in your life. Archetypes cut across factors such as age, race, religion, gender, education, and profession. Individual archetypes are often grouped into archetypal families. On the site you will meet these families, which include Caregiver, Creative, Intellectual, Visionary, Royal, Athlete, Spiritual, Tastemaker, Advocate, Rebel, Explorer, and Performer.

Based on your particular archetype, as arrived at by taking an online proprietary quiz, you can make more inspired choices about everything from relationships to excelling at work to choosing a piece of clothing. Through the prism of those archetypes, the world is clearer. You can live a truly empowered life knowing which doors you should walk through and which are best left unopened. Knowing your archetypes gives you the vocabulary to help you understand yourself and others better.

Archetypes.com curates lifestyle content based on individual’s archetypes. Based on your archetypes, you can make more inspired choices about everything from relationships to excelling at work to choosing a piece of clothing. Through the prism of those archetypes, the world is clearer. You can live a truly empowered life knowing which doors you should walk through and which are best left unopened. Likewise, these luxurious new products — the very first to be launched through social media — help you make inspired choices in beauty, the kind that make you look and feel your very best.

Said Archetypes creator Cristina Carlino, “Merging the art of fine perfumery with the science of archetypes, these twelve gorgeous scents reflect the essence of each archetype. But there’s no need to limit yourself to just one scent.  Choose a fragrance that expresses exactly who you are in the moment, or a scent that reflects the archetype you aspire to be. While your primary archetypes represent your fragrance constants, the Archetypes collection itself allows for endless personal expression. Enjoy the ride!

Other product lines include Archetypes Pheromones, ($50, a naturally occurring chemical secreted by the body to boost attractiveness and enhance relationships). Pheromones are known to lift your mood, calm your mind and help create powerful connections). Archetypes Pheromones include Tranquil Topical (essential oil blend for easing tension), Yield! Topical (essential oil blend for curbing your appetite), Passion Topical (essential oil blend for promoting attraction), Euphoric Topical (essential oil blend for enhanced happiness), Sharp Focus Topical (essential oil blend for improved focus) and Love Topical (a blend of pheromones and essential oils that helps promote attraction and well-being). Other categories include Skin Care (Caregiver Bedside Beauty Balm, Explorer Cleansing Mask, Royal Lip Treatment, $28 – $39), Liquid Skin (1.7 oz Liquid Skin Virtual Cream, $45 and Liquid Skin Virtual Sunshine, $32), and House of Miracles (Miraculous Room Spray, Miraculous Multi-Surface Spray, Miraculous Toilet Water, Miraculous Scented Candle, $16-$60).