Love to take pictures? Have a knack for adventure? Ever wanted to be in a National Geographic-like trip? If you answered yes to any of these questios, get your camera ready and submit those images to win a once in a lifetime trip.

For decades, shutterbugs have dreamed of having one of their best shots appear in the pages of National Geographic magazine. Now, just as millions of Americans are dusting off their cameras to capture their summer memories and travels, that dream is within reach for one lucky photographer whose photograph will be featured in an Energizer Ultimate Lithium ad that will run in the December 2008 issue of Nationa Geographic magazine.

Not only will the winning photo be a part a new ad campaign in the magazine for Energizer, the winner will also receive a National Geographic Expeditions trip to Tanzania and Zanzibar accompanied by an expert. Both represent one-of-a-kind opportunities for one gifted amateur photographer.

The contest was crated to celebrate the change of Energizer e2 Lithium into Energizer Ultimate Lithium, which allegedly lasts eight times longer in high-tech devices-perfect to keep using digital cameras. Photos can be submitted in one of eight thematic categories: adventure and exploration, travel, weather, science, people and cultures, festivals and celebrations, wildlife and nature, and space. A winner in each category will be selected in July, at which time the public will be asked to vote online for the photo they think should be included in the Energizer ad.

“Reliability is a big deal for me when I’m choosing equipment,” said Jim Richardson, National Geographic photographer and judge for the contest. “Long-lasting batteries that can function in extreme temperatures help me get the job done, and let me concentrate on more important things- like getting great pictures.”

In addition to long life, the batteries are 33 percent lighter than ordinary alkaline batteries and perform in extreme temperatures from -40 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, making them ideal for professional, and amateur, photographers. Photos can be submitted online by July 25.

If online submission is not possible, entries for the contest will also be accepted by mail. Photos provided cannot be larger than 8 x 10 inches and must be accompanied by an entry form available online. Further details and mailing address are also on the website.

Richardson will judge the entries based on the extent to which photo captures the essence of the theme selected composition, clarity and technical quality and creativity.

Each of the eight category winners will receive a photography-themed package valued at more than $300 and comprised of Energizer batteries; a “Gear on Assignment Earth Explorer” shoulder bag; a VuPoint Film Scanner, which enables users to scan strips of negatives or color slides and convert them to 5 megapixel digital files via a USB port; and the National Geographic Ultimate Field Guide to Photography. Start clicking!

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Bessie King is a Blast contributing editor. She can be reached at [email protected]

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